Summer Reading List

Just finished: 

  • Lean In
    I read this in one day. No lie. Sheryl Sandberg addresses things that I *feel* like I know, but then validates it. I particularly the loved the advice regarding leveraging your network and making your partner a *true* partner, and the admission that it’s not really possible to have it all (sorry, Liz Lemon). My only major quibbles are that Sheryl does live something of an extraordinarily privileged life (which she freely admits), but I’m advocate for the idea that people create their own luck, so it didn’t bother me too much. The other quibble is that she doesn’t address something that I’ve experienced in varying degrees, which is the Queen Bee-Mean Girl-We’re All Competing syndrome. I don’t feel it as acutely as when I was in college and doing internships, but hey: we’re ALL competing at that level, male and female.
  • The Big Miss
    Hank Haney coached Tiger Woods for years until he was fired after the Tiger mystique luridly imploded. I’m so intrigued by individuals like Tiger, who are so insanely driven to the point of distraction by their obsessions, so I was pretty into this book. It is heavy on the golf (Haney is a world renowned coach, after all), so if you’re not into long stories about Tiger’s swing problems, you can skim through without missing too much.
  • The Fault in Our Stars
    ohn Green is breaking teenage hearts all over the place in this coming-of-cancer kind of tale. I’m still crying.

Just started: 

  • The Third Reich
    Roberto Bolaño. I’ve been meaning to read his stuff for a while, but never got around to it. Former BN coworker Most Ridiculous created a little book club for hard reads like this, so I’m starting this behemoth with support. Hopefully this goes better than last summer’s try with Murakami’s The Wind-up Bird Chronicle…I finished, but it was anything but timely.
  • How Colleges Work
    Robert Birnbaum’s book is subtitled The Cybernetics of Academic Organization and Leadership. So, yes. Not the light read of the summer.
  • The Intuitionist
    I’ve heard great things about Colson Whitehead’s freshman effort about elevator repair (obvi metaphorical), so hopefully this summer’s *light* read will prove just that.

Just waiting for time: 

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