The summer season brings a summer mentality, here’s a women’s reading list that will entertain, inspire, and bring laughs, even for professional women. Hopefully this means a little less work and a little more time for fun in the sun and relaxation. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite books for the summer in a few different categories. From beach reads to business books, we’ve got you covered no matter your interest. Take a look below, and let us know your picks for the summer on our Facebook page!
w2wlink Staff Picks:
The Book of Unknown Americans- Cristina Henríquez
This is a classic immigration story with a unique twist- it is centered in Delaware and focuses on a love story. Rather than focusing on the journey, as many novels in this vein do, it focuses on making “el Norte” a home. Suggested by Lisbeth McNabb, Founder
The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
A story of two bright ladies (12 year old resident and 54 year old concierge of French apartment building) looking at daily life around them and shift from seeing life as depressing and hierarchical to joyful and abundant. Well crafted and thoughtful to read.
Suggested by Lisbeth McNabb, CEO, w2wlink
Lucia, Lucia by Adriana Trigiani
Set in the 1950’s, the conflict of a woman with dreams breaking through the norms of family expectations.
Suggested by Erin Bender, CMO, w2wlink
Mandela’s Way: Fifteen Lessons on Life, Love and Courage by Richard Stengel
Richard Stengel provides unique insight into the man and the leader behind the iconic presence that is Nelson Mandela. His stories make Mandela more human and fallible while making him seem all that more extraordinary. Great inspirational and humbling read for those who strive to be their better self.
Suggested by Karen Williams, w2wlink expert contributor
The Death of Santini by Pat Conroy
A memoir by the bestselling author of The Prince of Tides and his father, the inspiration for The Great Santini, about their search for common ground.
Suggested by Connie Whitton, w2wlink President
Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely
Ariely delves into the idea that our choices are not nearly as rational as we think they are, yet our decisions are predictable. This clever exploration of the human mind identifies possible forces behind our predictably irrational choices.
Suggested by Megan Sheets, w2wlink Intern
Without Reservations, by Alice Steinbach
An autobiographical account of a middle-aged woman with a successful career who takes a much-needed and well-deserved sabbatical in order to travel through Europe alone and "without reservations" in an attempt to teach herself to slow down and live in the present. Highly inspirational and extremely well-written, the reader becomes Alice's travel companion through Paris, Oxford, London and Milan.
Suggested by Ryland Devero, w2wlink business manager.
Turn Right At Machu Picchu: Rediscovering The Lost City One Step At A Time by Mark Adams
It's about the discovery of Machu Picchu in 1911 and how Yale professor Hiram Bingham III was accused of stealing artifacts from the city. Adams attempts to investigate these charges 100 years later, tracing Bingham's steps to find out the truth. Suggested by Holly Murdoch, w2wlink project manager
Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
The master of contemporary American literature, Kurt Vonnegut creates an odd, but strangely hilarious vision of the future in this apocalyptic story of the Earth’s ultimate fate.
Suggested by Kaavya Balan, w2wlink marketing team member
On Business and Leadership:
Hard Choices by Hillary Rodham Clinton
Clinton’s memoir focuses on her years as secretary of state and her views on America’s role in the world. A good read especially considering tribulation that she’ll be running in 2016.
The Four Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss
Ferriss teaches some crucial lessons for women. He turns the 40-, 60-, or 80-hour work week on its head by asking key questions that force the reader to focus and prioritize.
Suggested by Kathy Korman Frey, founder of the Hot Mommas Project
Powering Up by Anne Doyle
Packed with advice for every business women, Doyle’s Powering Up brings the voices women from three generations to reach the ultimate goal of women leadership.
201 Great Ideas For Your Small Business by Jane Applegate
A comprehensive guide for the small business owner, this book is full of great ideas and references for the up and coming entrepreneur.
The Innovator's Dilemma by Clayton M. Christensen
Christensen explores how even the most successful companies can lose their edge as new waves of innovation come. Featured on Stanford Graduate School of Business's 10 Business Books to Read in 2014.
Playbook for Success by Nancy Lieberman
Top sports coach and athlete Nancy Lieberman brings her teamwork and leadership skills to the business world, creating the ultimate guide to success.
The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
A study of the history and causes of fads and how an idea hits a “tipping point” at which it will catch fire or fizzle out. Featured on Stanford Graduate School of Business's 10 Business Books to Read in 2014.
She Wins, You Win: The Most Important Rule Every Businesswoman Needs to Know by Gail Evans
Executive vice president at CNN, Gail Evans tries to overcome the gender divide of the business world by creating a strong community of women.
The Ultimate Question (Book Summary)
Just a ten minute read, this book provides all the benefit of a leadership book but with a bit of a short cut, saving you tons of time.
Switch: How to Change When Change is Hard by Chip Heath and Dan Heath
An exploration of the rational mind and emotional mind, and forces that prevent us from making changes. Featured on Stanford Graduate School of Business's 10 Business Books to Read in 2014.
Some Summer Fun:
Class Matters by The New York Times (various reporters)
This is a collected series of New York Times stories that together set out to show how social class affects us in a society that is intended to be equal opportunity.Taken from the Bryn Mawr College Required Summer Reading
The Amateur Marriage by Anne Tyler
The story of an oddly paired couple who marry in the turmoil of World War II, The Amateur Marriage captures all the nuances of marriage as its characters perfectly embody the phrase “fight like a married couple.” Featured in “100 books every woman should read” from More.com
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
Never Let Me Go is Ishiguro’s elegant mystery, love story, and novel of self-discovery. It details the lives of three school mates from a highly elite academy investigating their mysterious sheltered life as they come to grips with a darker reality lurking in their past. Featured as one of Time Magazine’s top novels of all time.
Mr. Rosenblum Dreams In English by Natasha Solomons
More of a comedy than a masteripeice of literature, this novel follows Mr. Rosenblum on his quest to become a true Englishmen despite his Jewish German ancestry. The setting of the novel, the English countryside, is the charm of the book as optimistic Rosenblum and his mourning wife carry out their lives. Featured on Oprah.com
The Borrower by Rebecca Makkai
A light novel that tracks the relationship between a young librarian and a 10 year old boy in love with books and their escapades, The Borrower has good humor and self-discovery from both characters. Featured on Oprah.com
Bossypants by Tina Fey
The actress and comedian uses funny anecdotes to tell her life story from small-town Pennsylvania to Hollywood success and becoming a women’s rights activist.
Wanderlust by Elizabeth Eaves
Wanderlust, a memoir following the 15 year travels of Eaves, details the diverse destinations of Eaves and her experience taking on the world as an independent woman. While she does take on various lovers, Eaves approach to love is what builds the backbone of the memoir. It confronts the questions of Eaves’s desire to search for home, to live independently, and to live without ties. Featured on Oprah.com.
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