Books to Take With You

Summer Reading 2015:  a list for anyone looking for a book or three into which to dive during the coming months while one is lolling on the beach, seriously globe trotting, or simply dreaming


  1. Death in Florence: The Medici, Savonarola, and the battle for the Soul of a City, by Paul Strathern

  2. How to Fly a Horse: The Secret History of Creation, Invention, and Discovery, by Kevin Ashton

  3. Jacksonland: President Andrew Jackson, Cherokee Chief John Ross, and a Great American Land Grab, by Stephen Inskeep

  4. The Resilience Dividend: Being Strong in a World Where Things Go Wrong, by Judith Rodin



  1. On the Move, by Oliver Sacks

  2. Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs, by Sally Mann

  3. Do No Harm, by Henry Marsh

  4. It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War, by Lynsey Addario

  5. The Wright Brothers, by David McCullough



  1. Meet Me in Atlantis: My Obsessive Quest to Find the Sunken City, by Mark Adams

  2. Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America by John Waters






  1. Go Set a Watchman, by Harper Lee

  2. The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins

  3. How to Start a Fire, by Lisa Lutz

  4. The Festival of Insignificance, Milan Kundera

  5. All That Followed, by Gabriel Urza

  6. The Boatmaker, by John Benditt

Young Adult:

  1. Undertow, by Michael Buckley

  2. Because You’ll Never Meet Me, by Leah Thomas

  3. Those Girls, by Lauren Saft




Juvenile Fiction:

  1. Circus Mirandus, by Cassie Beasley

  2. Book Scavenger, by Jennifer Bertman

  3. Rook, by Sharon Cameron

  4. Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer, by Kelly Jones

  5. The Arctic Code by Matthew J. Kirby


Some Older Paperback Favorites

To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

Ahab’s Wife,by Sena Jeter Naslund

Life After Life, by Kate Atkinson

Shantaram, by Gregory Roberts

Straightman, by Richard Russo

Sense of An Ending, by Julian Barnes

The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy