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Our Summer Reading List

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Summer is at its zenith and there’s no better companion than a good book! We tapped five McKinney collaborators (and writers) to share their top summer reads. Whether you’re soaking up the sun on a Caribbean beach or chilling on your patio, we’re certain something here will captivate, capture and draw you in.

We asked, they responded!


Carmel Ferrer – As for summer reading, I haven’t had time to do much! But I would recommend The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, which I re-read a couple of months ago. As women’s rights continue to be rolled back by the current administration and by Republican legislatures in states across America, Atwood’s terrifying future scape suddenly seems less like science fiction and more like a primer for misogynists everywhere. It’s essential reading for the Resistance.


Bill Fletcher, Jr. – I will probably be reading a book on the labor movement, by Jane McAlevey, No Shortcuts: Organizing for Power in the New Gilded Age but my focus is on articles and getting my novel completed.


Kim Fredrich – Scarcity-Why Having Too Little Means So Much by Sendhil Mullainathan and Eldar Shafir. Great read about how scarcity of resources (money, time etc.) impacts all of us, with particular interest in the vicious cycle of poverty.


Diane McKinney-Whetstone – Most of this summer will be spent reading, re-reading and re-reading more my novel-in-progress. Though I have peeled the covers on some incredible books. Roxane Gay’s Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body  has absorbed me, even when I should be writing. Everything I Never Told You   by Celeste Ng is captivating. Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing  is spellbinding. And a couple of times a week, I experience the pure joy of reading with Kennedy, my almost-two-year old granddaughter, Be Who You Are by Todd Parr.


Linda Wright Moore – Shattered: Inside Hillary’s Doomed Campaign by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes — a good read and counterbalance to the daily flood of strangeness flowing from the Swamp and the Trump White House. Great entertainment for political junkies like me.

Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandberg & Adam Grant — an interesting read for anyone navigating grief and loss (as I am times three).

Designing Your Life: How to Build A Well-Lived, Joyful Life by Bill Burnett & Dave Evans — this book was written by Stanford University design educators who pioneered the extremely successful course that helps people – from students to retirees – build satisfaction into their lives by thinking like designers. It’s great if you’re looking to reframe, refresh or make course corrections in your life path.


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