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

Grit

 

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

 

 

 

Witty Fiction

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

 

By Gail Honeyman

 

This is an uplifting story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes just where she fits in.

 

-Suzanne King, President & CEO, Mental Health America of Eastern Missouri

 

 

 

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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Emily Becherer
Emily Becherer

Emily Becherer is a proud native St. Louisan, writer and lover of stories in all their forms. Faced with a captivating question, she will research her way down a rabbit hole and emerge with words that educate and inspire. You can probably find her taking in a musical, bingeing through a new podcast series, exploring the trails at local parks or curating her extensive library of Spotify playlists.