Our Summer Reading Picks – Grownups Edition



Our Summer Reading Picks – Grownups Edition



Summer is the perfect time to fall back in love with reading. Warmer days and longer daylight hours call for time spent relaxing with a book, whether you’re on your patio or on a plane en route to your vacation destination.


Looking to add to your reading list? We asked local leaders for their recommendations of books that will inspire, educate and motivate you this summer.



A Walk in Someone Else’s Shoes

Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay and a Mother’s Will to Survive


By Stephanie Land


This memoir about working as a maid offers a beautiful and gritty exploration of poverty in America.


-United Way staff pick




Disability Rights

No Pity: People with Disabilities Forging a New Civil Rights Movement


By Joseph P. Shapiro


Even more than 20 years since its publication date, No Pity has become the essential read on the disability rights movement.


-Aimee Wehmeier, President & CEO, Paraquad




For Motivation



By Angela Duckworth


The secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a special blend of passion and persistence, or grit.


-Qiaoni Linda Jing, Senior Director of Global Corporate Affairs, Bayer Crop Science





For Blended Families

Blending Families: A Guide for Parents, Stepparents, Grandparents and Everyone Building a Successful New Family


By Elaine F Shimberg


Newly blended “stepfamilies” are often confronted with their own special challenges and needs. This helpful guide offers solid solutions from families who have been there before.


-Scott Myers, CEO, Kids in the Middle




A Biography of an Icon

The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers


By Maxwell King


This definitive biography highlights the personal, professional, and artistic life of the children’s television pioneer and American cultural icon.


-United Way staff pick



An Illuminating Look at Mental Illness

The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays


By Esmé Weijun Wang


This award-winning collection of essays takes an artful, intimate look at the effects of mental and chronic illness.


– Lisa Krystosek, Counselor, Provident




Quirky Local History

What’s With St. Louis?: The Quirks, Personality, and Charm of the Gateway City


By Valerie Battle Kienzle


Kienzle consults local experts and archives to discover answers to the questions that puzzle natives and newcomers alike.


-United Way staff pick


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