9 Books to Read This Summer
Whether you are relaxing on vacation or just need something new to read, we hope you will enjoy this specially curated list of some of the Roan's favorite reads.
the gifts of imperfection
by Brené Brown
Recommended by: Lucas Hitechew '14: I think that as leaders it is easy for us to become both hypercritical of ourselves and protective of our weaknesses. We seek to be perfect in the eyes of those around us while also criticizing our every flaw internally. However, in this book, Dr. Brown discusses the power behind vulnerability while also discussing ways to find our own worthiness in life. A hard read when combined with introspection, but a much needed and worthwhile read for us all.
thank you for being late
by Thomas Friedman
Recommended by: Scott Jeffress:Thought-provoking and very readable, this work tackles topics that are all-too-often overwhelming in a way that makes them seem less so - and that inspires optimism about our future..
by Mohsin Hamid
Recommended by: Dr. Jennifer Axsom Adler: What if there was a world where doorways transported us to distant places? That is one of the questions posed by this beautiful novel. Through a light touch of magical realism, it presents an urgent, timely portrait of love, war, and immigration.
by Greg McKeown
Recommended by: Tiffani Carrasco ‘18: Essentialism is great for the highly motivated student. It helps to differentiate being highly involved and over involved. It definitely helped me see time and my priorities from a difference perspective. Great for freshman and sophomores especially.
by Daniel Pink
Recommended by: Dr. Heather Cook ‘04: Timing is so important and this book allows you to understand how you should structure your day to get the most out of it. I'm a fan of creating space and not waste. This book gives you the plan to do just that.
The Common Good
by Robert Reich
Recommended by: Sharon Boles (Steering Committee Chair): Best read with an inquisitive mind about the phrase itself, The Common Good is a mix of social and religious themed philosophy that embeds the need for ethical principles in personal and business relationships. If you look at this as simply a “political read,” you’ll lose the message. Instead, use it as a springboard to think/study about the collective impact of character, leadership and intellectual curiosity in all facets of life: personal, business, community and nation.
George Washington: The Wonder of the Age
by John Rhodehamel
Recommended by: Louie Gump (Founder): This is probably the best book I have ever read about George Washington. In addition to the "usual facts," it addresses his leadership skills, personal philosophy, and obsession with integrity.
The Forgotten Man
by Amity Shlaes
Recommended by: Alan Levine (Steering Committee): It’s a great book about how FDR’s big government policies actually extended the depression, and how the free market got snuffed out during that period.
Born to Run
by Bruce Springsteen
Recommended by: President Brian Noland (Steering Committee): This work compelled me to travel to NYC to see him on Broadway. It is compelling for it tells a true American story of family, adversity, faith, romance, journey, failure, and reclamation.