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Summer Reading Recommendations

Summer reading 2Part II

Looking for things to read on your summer vacation? Here is the second installment of the AICPA summer reading recommendations. Missed Part I? You can find it here.

Tammy Atkins, Manager, Brand Management recommends:

  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (2014)

This Pulitzer Prize-winning book is set during WWII. A blind French girl and young orphaned German boy offer the experience of war through children/young adults’ eyes. The young girl flees Paris with her father. The boy is enrolled in an academy for Hitler youth. The story gradually connects the two so that eventually their paths cross.

Samantha Delgado, Communications Manager—Consumer Education recommends:

  • Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari (2015)

A lighthearted take on dating in a world ruled by technology. Comedian Aziz Ansari does a great job of combining sociological research about love with funny jokes, making for a fun but also enlightening book.

Ann Marie Maloney, Communications Manager-Tax recommends:

  • How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny (2013)

Cleverly follows the paths of two seemingly unrelated stories involving Chief Inspector Armande Gamache without getting confusing – a murder in a small village and internal corruption.  Part of the Inspector Gamache series, all of which are good.

  • The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin (2009)

Easy to read and practical suggestions for each month to tackle various aspects of life.

Heather O’Connor, Senior Manager, Communications recommends:

  • The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe (1979)

The U.S. space program and the pilots and astronauts who pioneered it are the subjects of this New Journalism masterpiece.

  • Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder (1932)

The lure of the expansive West drives the Ingalls family to rewrite their destiny and inspires daughter Laura’s adventures in the big woods.

  • Becoming Amish by Jeff Smith (2016)

If you ever dreamed about ditching your smart phone and plugging into a more simplified lifestyle, this might be the summer read for you.

Alexis Rothberg, Communications Specialist recommends:

  • The World on a Plate: 40 Cuisines, 100 Recipes, and the Stories Behind Them by Mina Holland (2015)

If you love travel and food, this book is for you. Organized by continent, country and region, this is an educational read that will make your mouth water. Holland tells the history behind cuisines around the globe and shares anecdotes from her own personal experience.

Donna Salter, Senior Manager, Young Member Initiatives recommends:

  • Corsega Search by Brandt Legg (2014)

He had been looking for it his whole life. When he finally found it, it made no sense. 
Now everyone wants it. Nothing will ever be the same again. Great sci-fi thriller!

James Schiavone, Senior Manager, Public Relations recommends:

  • Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets (1991)
  • The Corner (1997), both by David Simon

These two books are set in Baltimore in the 90s and are written from the perspective of the police force and the neighborhoods impacted by drugs and crime (respectively). Vivid imagery and impeccable detail draw the reader in until they are personally invested in the outcomes of the stories. Simon, who went on to win wide acclaim for his work on The Wire, is a terrific writer with a talent for capturing human emotion. The popularity of The Wire guarantees you opportunities to chime in that you’ve read Simon’s work whenever the show comes up in conversation, affording you the opportunity to pay my recommendation forward.

Lauren Sternberg, Communications Manager recommends:

  • Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan (2012)

Secrets, history, and the Catholic Church mixed with a healthy dose of dysfunction. Maine is involves four generations of women from an Irish-American family, centered on their summer home in Maine. Juicy, sad, intriguing. Great beach read.

  • Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld (2016)

A modern day retelling of Pride and Prejudice set primarily in Cincinnati, Ohio. Sittenfeld’s Elizabeth Bennett, known as Liz, grapples with societal struggles and signs of the time—reality television, dating apps, compulsive shopping, CrossFit and miscommunication as a result of modern day technology. I couldn’t put it down.

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