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For the Road: Summer Reading Recommendations, Part 2

6/22/11

We hope you enjoyed our fiction book suggestions. Now, we're ready to offer some recommendations for non-fiction fans. And we want to hear yours too so please leave recommendations and reviews in the comments!

Non-Fiction and Travel:

BossyPants by Tina Fey - The writer, actress and comedian shares her thoughts on (and jokes about) balancing career, kids and comedy. It's laugh-out loud funny. The audiobook is particularly recommended. Fey reads it herself - definitely not to be missed!

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot - The story of how one woman's cancer cells turned medical research on its ear. A fascinating read that doesn't bore you at all with medical jargon - you want to keep turning the pages to find out more about Henrietta, her descendants and her cells. 

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls - The author describes her bizarre childhood where she and her family were constantly on the move and dealing with mental illness. It's hard not to be touched by Walls' amazing resilience in the face of constant hardship. There's a reason it's been on the NY Times bestseller list for 224 weeks.

Likeable Social Media by David Kerpen - If you're looking to brush up on your social media skills, this may be the book for you. Kerpen, who is the CEO of Likeable Media,  talks about how to build a community and provides specific strategies for improving your brand.

Just Kids by Patti Smith - This memoir won the National Book Award. In it, rocker Smith delves into her life in New York in the 60's with the late photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.  

A Good Girl's Guide to Getting Lost by Rachel Friedman - Wanderlust for Europe this summer? Maybe this will help ease it - it's an easy read about a young woman's romp through Europe.

Summer at Tiffany by Marjorie Hart - One of the first two girls to work on Tiffany's sales floor (as a page, mind you), Hart recalls the summer of 1945 with elegant fondness.

The Sweet Life in Paris by David Lebovitz - A contemporary cousin to Julia Child's My Life in France, Lebovitz shares his trials and tribulations of living in a new land. He learns the etiquette of the French language (Cafe creme, not cafe au lait, which has strange implications), and starts to bribe the natives with food. It also calls to mind the equally amusing expat in Paris memoir, French Lessons by Peter Mayle.

The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them by Elif Batuman - A memoir that tells the adventures of women in love with literature.

My Double Life: Memoirs of a Naturalist by Frances Hamerstrom - the biography of wildlife biologist Frances Hamerstrom, who with her husband Frederick spent years in Wisconsin working to save the prairie chicken. The Buffalo News says "Like James Herriot's stories, these are filled with humor and wonderful characters, the best of whom is the author herself." Also recommended by Flashlight Worthy.

Pink Boots and a Machete: My Journey from NFL Cheerleader to National Geographic Explorer by Mireya Mayor - For something completely different, check out this autobiography that some critics say is for the reality TV generation. Mayor left the football field sidelines to explore some of the most remote places on earth. Most reviewers on Amazon said it was a definite page turner - filled with the tales of a strong female role model.

And wait there's more ... look for another post, this time talking mysteries and cookbooks!?

Remember to leave us your recommendations and reviews in the comments.

See you on the road ... reading a good book we hope!

Road Reporters Vicki Zwart and Maia Gillet

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2 Comments:

Blogger Blue Morpho said...

Just started Tina Fey's book on audio. What fun! Best drive to work in a long time.

6/27/11, 12:53 PM  
Anonymous Vicki Zwart said...

It is the best! I listened to it too and didn't want it to end.

7/8/11, 10:58 AM  

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