What Am I Reading This Summer?

I frequently open up conversations with friends I haven’t seen in a while by asking them “What have you been reading?” I get lots of good ideas from them. Now that Labor Day (and the 2014 Bigelow Forum) has come and gone, and since turnabout is only fair play, here’s a brief list of selected reading from my summer 2014 of mostly light beach reading (in more or less chronological order):

becarefulwhatyouwishfor     Be Careful What You Wish For by Jeffrey Archer


therise     The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery by Sarah Lewis

the painter     The Painter by Peter Heller

casebook     Casebook: A Novel by Mona Simpson

the path to power     The Path to Power by Robert Caro

all the light     All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

son-jo-nesbo     The Son by Jo Nesbo

i am pilgrim     I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes

the heist     The Heist by Daniel Silva

powers of two     Powers of Two by Joshua Schenk

a spy among friends     A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby And His Great Betrayal by Ben Macintyre

the white van     The White Van by Patrick Hoffman

by the late     By the Late John Brockman by John Brockman

zero to one     Zero to One by Peter Thiel

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