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The Sound of Ideas Summer Reading List

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Looking for a book to bring on your summer vacation? Below is the official 2017 The Sound of Ideas Summer Reading List comprised of smart, fun and suspenseful recommendations from our team, our listeners and a panel of book lovers. Add your own recommendations in the comments! 

The Sound of Ideas Summer Reading List

Books The Sound of Ideas team recommends: 

I Will Find You by Joanna Connors

The Gay Revolution: The Story of the Struggle by Lillian Faderman

The Cultural Matrix - Understanding Black Youth by Orlando Patterson

Boycotts Bussing and Beyond: The History and Implications of School Desegregation - James L. Hardiman, Donna McIntyre Whyte, Ronnie A. Dunn, Mittie Davis Jones 

They Can’t Kill Us All by Wesley Lowery

100 Things to Do in Cleveland Before You Die by Nikki Delamotte

Electronic Health Records and Medical Big Data: Law and Policy by Sharona Hoffman

How to Speak Midwestern by Edward McClelland

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

Uplifting Leaders* (Who Happen to Be Women) by Margie Flynn & Barbara Brown

Juniper: The Girl Who Was Born Too Soon by Tom & Kelley French  

Locking Up Own Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman Jr.

Callings: The Purpose and Passion of Work by Dave Isay

On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder

Grocery – The Buying And Selling Of Food In America by Michael Ruhlman


Books our panel of book lovers recommends: 

-A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

-Cast the First Stone by James Ziskin

- A Welcome Murder by Robin Yocum

-Based on a True Story by Delphine De Vigan 

- Mrs. Sherlock Holmes by Brad Rica

-Rise to Dark by Michael Koryta 

-Dance of the Broken by Jacob Grovey 

-The works of Russell Atkins

-Seriously...What Am I Doing Here?: The Adventures of a Wondering and Wandering Gay Jew by Ken Schneck 

-Theft by Finding by David Sedaris

- The Inheritance of Shame: A Memoir by Peter Gajdics

-Driving Miss Norma: One Family's Journey Saying "Yes" to Living by Tim Bauerschmidt

-Everything is Awful and You're a Terrible Person by Daniel Zomparelli

-Al Franken, Giant of the Senate by Al Franken

-Hunger by Roxane Gay 

-A Separation by Katie Kitamura

-Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

-I Will Find You by Joanna Connors

-Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

-Everybody’s Son by Thrity Umrigar

-The works of Isabel Allende 


Books our listeners recommend: 

Back Over There: One American Time-Traveler, 100 Years Since the Great War by Richard Rubin  

The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict

The Accusation: Forbidden Stories from Inside North Korea by Bandi

The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout

The Lost Girls by Heather Young

RGB Workout by Bryant Johnson

Thank you for being late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations by Thomas Friedman

The Punch Escrow by Tal Klein

The Better Angels of Our Nature by Steven Pinker

Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

The Fifties by David Halberstam

Kennedy and King by Steven Livingston

The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes - and Why by Amanda Ripley

My Marathon, Frank Shorter, Refections in a Gold Medal Life by Mark Brandt 

The Sellout by Paul Beatty

The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer

Tears We Cannot Stop By Dr. Michael Eric Dyson

Can You Hear Me Now? By Dr. Michael Eric Dyson

I'm Single, So What by Dr. Heather E. Burton

The True Story for God's Glory by Siohvaughn Funches-Wade

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Golden Prey by John Sanford

The Fix by David Baldacci

Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing

A Great Big Lunch by Jim Harrison

Nevertheless by Alec Baldwin

Shattered by Jonathan Allen 

Nixon: A Life by Jonathan Aitken

Dark Money by Jane Mayer

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Ill Will by Dan Chaon

The Vaccine Race: How Scientists Used Human Cells to Combat Killer Viruses by Meredith Wadman

Beartown by Fredrik Backman

Dreamland by Sam Quinones

Behind Closed Doors by B. A. Paris

Tune In, The Beatles: All These Years by Mark Lewisohn

Millionaire Success Habits by Dean Graziosi

Windswept House, A Vatican Novel by Malachi Martin

Revolution by Russell Brand

Resisting happiness by Matthew Kelly

Under the Bleachers by Seymour Butz

Ill Will by Dan Chaon

The Circle by Dave Eggers

Station 11 by Emily St. John Mandel

American Kingpin: The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road by Nick Bilton

Heavenly Table by Donald Ray Pollock

Masters of Craft: Old Jobs in the New Urban Economy by Richard E. Ocejo

Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

Everything I Need to Know I Learned in The Twilight Zone by Mark Dawidziak

Himself A Novel By Jess Kidd

Becoming Ms. Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women” by Cari Lynn and Susan Burton

The Glory and the Dream a Narrative History of America by William Manchester

My American Journey by Colin Powell

A Beautiful Blue Death by Charles Finch

Rachel is the supervising producer for Ideastream Public Media’s morning public affairs show, the “Sound of Ideas.”