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What We're Reading This Summer

Summer’s here; we're for that. Of the many virtues of this time of year, one of our favorites at GLG is taking advantage of the extralong days to get smarter from, or just get lost in, a great book. We polled the eclectic bunch here at GLG to see what we’re all diving into this summer. Here’s a glimpse.

The Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace-Wells: Climate change is one of the most important issues on our minds. This is a terrifying but immensely readable exploration of what our carbon emissions have done to the planet already, and what the future will look like if we don’t change course.

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown: The relentless pursuit of all of life’s good things and noble pursuits can lead to spreading your efforts so thin that you make no impact at all. McKeown offers concise and eloquent advice on paring life down to its essentials.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling: One GLG mom started the series to keep up with her 10-year-old daughter’s interest in it. However, it’s now become a guilty pleasure because even adults are powerless to its many charms.

Becoming by Michelle Obama: The former First Lady’s story of resilience, grace, and determination continues to be a source of inspiration, as one GLGer explains: “BECAUSE I LOVE HER!!!”

Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity by Kim Scott: We’re always looking for ways to inspire teams to do the best work of their lives. Scott’s advice from her time at Apple University, AdSense, YouTube, and Google is packed with illuminating truths and practical suggestions.

The General’s Son by Miko Peled: The author’s story of being the son of an Israeli general and how a family tragedy made him reconsider Israeli history from a Palestinian perspective.

21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari: Harari’s insightful take on the political, technological, social, and existential issues transforming our world. Written in 21 accessible chapters, it helps make sense of where we have come from and where we are going.

The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton: Art and artists, muses, love, murder, history, and mystery combine for an intriguing read of a tale across time.

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah: After a former Vietnam POW struggles to adjust to civilian life, he moves his family north to Alaska where they live off the grid in America’s last true frontier. The human condition, extreme conditions, isolation—they all make for quite a maelstrom.

Bucking the Sun by Ivan Doig: A novel about the building of the Fort Peck Dam in eastern Montana during the 1930s as part of the New Deal. We love how the author wraps a slightly lost bit of history around a compelling drama.

The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim: Sometimes, the classics are the best. This sweet book written in 1922 tells the story of four London women who don’t know each other and the transformation of their lives when they decide to go to Italy together. One GLGer is reading this in anticipation of traveling to Europe this summer.

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel: Thomas Cromwell, legal man and general fixer for Cardinal Wolsey, negotiates the political ups and downs of Henry VIII’s court as the king tries to dissolve his first marriage. The novel also charts the rise and fall of Anne Boleyn and became a BBC miniseries.

D-Day Girls by Sarah Rose: We love bada$$ women, and who better than these spies who armed the French resistance, sabotaged the Nazis, and helped win World War II?

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah: Another fascinating historical novel about France in World War II and the people who reached out to others despite the Nazi occupation. This year’s 75th anniversary of D-Day has us on a WWII binge.

The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life by David Brooks: Many of us seek to live for a cause larger than ourselves, but how do we do it? Brooks explores the four commitments that define a life of meaning and purpose: to a spouse and family, to a vocation, to a philosophy or faith, and to a community.

Recursion by Blake Crouch: A mind-bending thriller that follows a New York City cop as he investigates the devastating phenomenon of False Memory Syndrome, a mysterious affliction that drives its victims mad with memories of a life they never had.

The Culture Code by Daniel Coyle: Describes the magic behind highly successful teams, from the Navy SEALs to IDEO to the San Antonio Spurs. If culture eats strategy for breakfast, we’re finding out why.

Blue Ocean Shift: Beyond Competing by W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne: Moving brands forward includes seizing opportunities for growth. This sequel to Blue Ocean Strategy focuses on growth opportunities for brands.

The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan: Sometimes you just need something to curl up with in your tent at night. The first book of the Wheel of Time series, it features monsters, magic, and heroes. Good enough for us.

Well+Good by Alexia Brue and Melisse Gelula: A cookbook with 100 healthy recipes plus expert advice for better living. You gotta eat, so why not save the planet at the same time?

Mama Eats: The e-Cookbook by Amanda Forcella: We’re still hungry, so here are 200 plant-based recipes.

The Clarity Cleanse: 12 Steps to Finding Renewed Energy, Spiritual Fulfillment, and Emotional Healing by Habib Sadeghi, DO: The Clarity Cleanse will enable you to help your mind clear and your body heal.

Summer: it’s our favorite time of the year, and we’re glad that it’s here.