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Summer Reads

By Sarah Crumrine

Dream of spending your summer days lounging outside with a good book but don’t know which book to choose?  YNPN Twin Cities has got you covered! Check out these book suggestions from some of our members and why they loved them then be sure to pick one (or more) up!

Elissa S.:

  • “How to be Black” by Baratunde Thurston. How to be Black is a satirical look at blackness, what it means in the USA, white privilege, and all the ridiculous things these tend white people to do.
  • “The 4-Hour Chef” by Timothy Ferriss. The 4-Hour Chef is a look at how efficiency is omg the best and how we can parse learning to maximize our time.
  • “1491” by Charles C. Mann. What were the Americas like before Columbus came and had an undue impact on all things? Here are some theories people are discussing/dismissing/accepting/exploring.
  • “The Robber Bride” by Margaret Atwood. Every woman in this book is vastly different from every other, and yet I see myself in all of them. I understand myself, and the context in which I live and love as a woman, better for having read it.

Michael M.:

  • “The Years on Lyndon Johnson” by Robert Caro. For the more adventurous, a 4 (to be 5) volume detailing, in incredible - breathtaking - narrative, the how, why, who, and what behind his rise to power and ruthlessly pragmatic hold of it. Great for those who want to see how influence is yielded, leadership is wrought, and duality pervades good - how a flawed, vulgar, and lascivious liar roped congress to his bidding, to do good.

Lindsay B.:

  • “Men We Reaped” by Jesmyn Ward. Ward's personal account of the deaths of five young men in her community. Utterly devastating.

Amelia C.:

  • "Americanah" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. This book explores the intersection of race, nationality, class, and gender through a beautifully spun story about a Nigerian woman who comes to the United States for college.

Happy reading, YNPN-TCers!


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