End of Summer Reading List

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Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work by Chip Heath and Dan Heath. Recommended by Elisa van Dam, Director of Executive Education. "As a big fan of the Heath brothers and books on decision making, this was right up my alley. And the authors don't disappoint - they provide a very practical approach to making better decisions in their highly readable and memorable style. » View on GoodReads

Lean In Book CoverLean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg. Recommended by Nancy Leeser, Director Corporate Relations & Business Development, SimmonsLEADS. "There has been so much written about Sheryl's Sandberg's book Lean In that I found myself forming opinions about her and her book before even reading it. After hearing her speak and then reading the book, it is clear that most of what has been written doesn't really represent what she is trying to convey. While I wish that in 2013 a book like this did not need to be written, that fact is that it does and that both women and men need to read it." » View on GoodReads

Read more reviews and discussions of"Lean In" in our "Lean In" Round Up.

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My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor. Recommended by Linda Schuller Wolf, Simmons College Librarian. "One of my recent favorite memoirs, a story of a very courageous and tenacious woman." » View on GoodReads



More summer reading recommended by Linda Schuller Wolf:

The Art Forger by B. A. Shapiro. On The New York Times bestseller list, this is a great story based on the art theft from the Gardner Museum, complete with fascinating, troubled characters and a missing, valuable Degas. » View on GoodReads

The Paris Wife a novel by Paula McLain. Always a fascinating subject, this is a fictionalized tale of the love of Hemingway's life. Full of love, loyalty and deception, and the intriguing literary scene of 1920s Paris. » View on GoodReads 

The Round House by Louise Erdrich. Her latest masterpiece, which won the National Book Award for Fiction, takes place in North Dakota, with a coming-of-age tale that is riveting and suspenseful. Definitely read this one if you are an Erdrich fan! Beautiful use of language. » View on GoodReads