Relax with a Good Book this Summer!

July 25, 2022 |
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Commonfund Institute is excited to release our latest picks of best summer 2022 reads. Whether you are taking a vacation or stay-cation, these selections are perfect for packing wherever your plans may take you. We hope you enjoy your summer and look forward to hearing your thoughts on our top-picks.

The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking | Oliver Burkeman

“Thought-provoking, counterintuitive, and ultimately uplifting, The Antidote is the intelligent person's guide to understanding the much-misunderstood idea of happiness.”1

The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters | Priya Parker

“At a time when coming together is more important than ever, Parker sets forth a human-centered approach to gathering that will help everyone create meaningful, memorable experiences, large and small, for work and for play.”2

Ego is the Enemy | Ryan Holiday

“Ego Is the Enemy has been used by people all over the world, from championship golfers and coaches to generals and politicians, to help them rein in the force of ego and achieve their goals.”3

The End of the World is Just the Beginning | Peter Zeihan

“In The End of the World Is Just the Beginning, author and geopolitical strategist Peter Zeihan maps out the next world: a world where countries or regions will have no choice but to make their own goods, grow their own food, secure their own energy, fight their own battles, and do it all with populations that are both shrinking and aging.”4 

Facing the Mountain | Daniel James Brown

“In this unforgettable chronicle of war-time America and the battlefields of Europe, Daniel James Brown portrays the journey of Rudy Tokiwa, Fred Shiosaki, and Kats Miho, who volunteered for the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and were deployed to France, Germany, and Italy, where they were asked to do the near impossible. Brown also tells the story of these soldiers' parents, immigrants who were forced to submit to life in concentration camps on U.S. soil.”5

A Hell of a Book | Jason Mott

“In Jason Mott’s Hell of a Book, a Black author sets out on a cross-country publicity tour to promote his bestselling novel. That storyline drives Hell of a Book and is the scaffolding of something much larger and more urgent: Mott’s novel also tells the story of Soot, a young Black boy living in a rural town in the recent past, and The Kid, a possibly imaginary child who appears to the author on his tour.”6

The People We Keep | Allison Larkin

“The People We Keep is about a young songwriter longing to find a home in the world… As April moves through the world, meeting people who feel like home, she chronicles her life in the songs she writes and discovers that where she came from doesn’t dictate who she has to be….This lyrical, unflinching tale is for anyone who has ever yearned for the fierce power of found family or to grasp the profound beauty of choosing to belong.”7

The Power of Crisis: How Three Threats – and Our Response – Will Change the World | Ian Bremmer

“In this revelatory, unnerving, and ultimately hopeful book, Bremmer details how domestic and international conflicts leave us unprepared for a trio of looming crises—global health emergencies, transformative climate change, and the AI revolution. Today, Americans cannot reach consensus on any significant political issue, and US and Chinese leaders behave as if they’re locked in a new Cold War. We are squandering opportunities to meet the challenges that will soon confront us all.”8

Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man's Fight for Justice | Bill Browder

"The first half of Red Notice traces Browder’s improbable journey from prep-school washout through college, business school, and a series of consulting and Wall Street jobs before becoming Russia’s largest foreign investor.... Browder’s business saga meshes well with the story of corruption and murder in Vladimir Putin’s Russia."9

The RE Generation: Sowing Seeds for a Future of Reimagination, Reconnection, and Regeneration | Jack Ulrich and Camille Kolles

“This uplifting book gives you permission to not only reimagine a future of greater congruence between your deep values and outer actions, but to hear your own promptings for becoming an uncompromising force for good in the world and advance skills to help usher this new world into creation.”10

A River Called Time | Courrtia Newland

“The Ark was built to save the lives of the many, but rapidly became a refuge for the elite, the entrance closed without warning…..Years after the Ark was cut off from the world--a world much like our own, but in which slavery has never existed--a chance of survival within the Ark's confines is granted to a select few who can prove their worth. Part sci-fi, fantasy, and Afro-futurism but not squarely one or the other, A River Called Time transports the reader into a London undone by time, a London of possibility and, necessarily, of new villains.”11

The Vanishing Half | Britt Bennet

“From The New York Times-bestselling author of The Mothers, a stunning new novel about twin sisters, inseparable as children, who ultimately choose to live in two very different worlds, one black and one white….Looking well beyond issues of race, The Vanishing Half considers the lasting influence of the past as it shapes a person's decisions, desires, and expectations, and explores some of the multiple reasons and realms in which people sometimes feel pulled to live as something other than their origins.”12

Where the Crawdads Sing | Delia Owens
“Where the Crawdads Sing is at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder. Owens reminds us that we are forever shaped by the children we once were, and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.”13

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Sources

  1. The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking
  2. The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters
  3. Ego is the Enemy
  4. The End of the World is Just the Beginning
  5. Facing the Mountain
  6. A Hell of a Book 
  7. The People We Keep
  8. The Power of Crisis: How Three Threats – and Our Response – Will Change the World
  9. Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man's Fight for Justice
  10. The RE Generation: Sowing Seeds for a Future of Reimagination, Reconnection, and Regeneration
  11. A River Called Time
  12. The Vanishing Half 
  13. Where the Crawdads Sing

 

 

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