Must Read (or Must Give) Books

Must Read (or Must Give) Books




Our #1 must read suggestion - a heart-moving and beautifully written #1 New York Times Bestseller chronicling a young neurosurgeon's search for the meaning of life after being diagnosed with lung cancer.  His story and words will sit in your soul long after you've read the last page.



FOR THE Historian

killing the rising sun, Bill O'Reilly & Martin Dugard

This newest addition to the best selling Killing series takes readers on a vivid and emotional historical journey through the violence and destruction as it was witnessed in the mid-1940s covering the War in the Pacific beginning in 1944, culminating with the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima.



FOR THE Animal Lover

A Dog's Purpose, W. Bruce Cameron

Coming to the big screen, this hilarious and heart-tugging bestseller shares the soulful story of a devoted dog who goes through multiple reincarnations to find the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love.



FOR THE closet optimist

A man called ove, Fredrik Backman

In this funny, tender and thought-provoking book from one of Sweden’s most successful authors, a grumpy yet lovable man finds his solidarity challenged when a cheerful young family moves in next door.   While Ove may come off like a curmudgeon he soon will grow deep in your heart as his story on loss and life unfolds.




FOR THE Young Reader

Wonder, R. J. Palacio

Also coming to the big screen, this book beautifully captures the struggles and strengths of August Pullman - a 10-year old boy born with a facial deformity who heads to public school after being home schooled all his life.  It converges the perspectives of August and the people around him in a portrait of one community's struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance.



FOR THE thrill seeker

the girl on the train, Paula Hawkins

Now a major motion picture starring Emily Blunt, this dark, psychological thriller is so suspenseful it will be hard to put down as you find yourself trying to solve make sense of a missing person case through the eyes of multiple engrossing characters.  A great next read for those that loved Gone Girl.



FOR THE Thinker

Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers" - the best and the brightest, most famous and successful while exploring unconventional contributors to their success. It's a eye-opening and easy read that that takes the reader through multiple scenarios that gives you a new perspective on how success is achieved.



FOR THE Romantic

Everything we keep, Kerry lonsdale

This atypical and psychologically thrilling love story is full of unexpected twists and turns as you follow Aimee Tierney through a seemingly perfect life that then disappears when her fiancé vanishes in a boating accident. Instead of walking down the aisle on their wedding day, Aimee finds herself at funeral that leaves her more unsettled than at peace.




Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Vance

Named one of six books to read if you want to understand why Trump won the election by the New York Times, Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis—that of white working-class Americans.

Written as a deeply moving memoir with its share of humor and vividly colorful figures, Hillbilly Elegy is the story of the urgent and troubling meditation on the loss of the American dream felt by so many.