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Summer Reading Recommendations from the KMA Team

Looking for some good reads this summer?

Here’s what KMA Team Members recommend:

Emily Tibbetts: I really loved Bird Box by Josh Mallerman. If edge-of-your-seat, suspense, psychological thrillers are your thing, this is a must read! The Good Braider by Terry Farish is an excellent novel, written a bit like poetry, about an immigrant family from war-torn Africa who moves to Portland, Maine! It is told from the eyes of a teenage girl, so it’s great for teens and young adults. Also, the winner of the Lupin Award!

Jenny Ellis: I just tore through Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou, the tell-all about the rise and fall of Theranos, a startup once valued at $6 billion (based on fraudulent claims of testing using just a finger prick of blood) that’s now bankrupt. Besides being an incredibly riveting read, it’s also a definitive catalog of all the HR worst practices. Everything not to do is in this book!

Kristen Kellner: My current summer read is Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandberg (Facebook COO) and Adam Grant. I’m truly enjoying the practical aspects of this book for dealing with crisis in our lives. The sudden death of Sheryl’s husband, Dave Goldberg, who was CEO of Survey Monkey at the time of his passing, is at the center of this story. Having experienced the loss of a dear friend in recent months, her words are helping me think about better approaches with those bearing the brunt of his absence.

Lisa Shorey: For fun, I just finished The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah, a work of fiction based in Alaska. Loved it! I love all the books by this author, especially The Nightingale. For business/self-help I just started Thinkertoys: A Handbook of Creative-Thinking Techniques by Michael Michalko.

Lucy Ditzel: My two standing favorites are The Help by Kathryn Stockett and The One Plus One by Jojo Moyes. Both will get you hooked early on and are impossible to put down, even if they’re a bit of a lighter beach read!

Mary Mickiewicz: The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. Family heartache and joy, all told from a dog’s point of view.

Rhoda McVeigh: I would recommend anything by David Sedaris. His most recent book is Calypso, which I haven’t yet read, but some of my favorites are: Me Talk Pretty One Day; When You Are Engulfed in Flames; and Holidays on Ice. These are collections of satiric and sarcastic essays about life and people as experienced through David’s eyes. Laugh-out-loud funny! Easy to read for an hour, put it down, come back to it in a week, and start laughing again.

Sarah Evan: Three books come to mind: Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult; Let’s Pretend this Never Happened by Jenny Lawson; and The Magic Shop of the Brain by James Doty.

Susan Wasserott: I haven’t had much time to read for fun lately, but I am reading Killing Lincoln right now. My husband had gotten me Killing England for Christmas, which I enjoyed because I love the history surrounding the Revolutionary War. Killing Lincoln is good too, because it focuses on the ending of the Civil War and goes into the plot by John Wilkes Booth to kill President Lincoln.

Tara Marquis: I don’t have any good books to recommend, but I love podcasts and am listening to The Tony Robbins Podcast.

Terri Fasulo: I am about to embark on Zealot. It was recommended by a friend, and former priest. He knows I’m curious about religious history and thought I’d like the book.

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