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VICKIE’S Book List

I love to read a wide variety of fiction and non fiction. One of my favorite writers is Donna Tartt and I can’t seem to read enough historical fiction set between WWI and WWII. I am intrigued by current business and world events and Malcolm Gladwell and Michael Lewis write the kind of books I devour.

2020 Reading Now:

The Splendid and The Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz , by Erik Larson

A portrait of Winston Churchill and London during the Blitz. Larson provides a fascinating day to day lens on London’s darkest year through Churchill’s family. An invigorating read. Already a customer favorite!

2019 and Prior Past Favorites:

The Jungle Grows Back by Robert Kagan

A very informative recap of how America emerged as a super power after WWII. It offers insight into the world as it progressed after the war up through present day. I would encourage everyone to read this book to acquire a better understanding of what is happening in the modern world.

Presidents of War by Michael Beschloss

Beschloss takes us into the lives of eight Presidents who took America into War and their motivations as well as their struggles with Congress. Although I was not a student of history, I found this book extremely interesting and informative. Reading this book helped to refresh my knowledge on American History.

The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels by John Meacham

If you are struggling to understand the current political climate in America, I recommend this book! As the text indicates, we have been challenged many times in history and managed through success and failure to meet those challenges. We have always chosen right over wrong and hopefully we will continue on the path of hope that will bring us together again.

When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing by Daniel H. Pink

Fascinating information on good and bad timing in life. It offers insight on how you can maximize the outcome of a situation in your favor when making a decision. A must read for the fans of Malcolm Gladwell’s books.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson

This book examines resiliency and happiness. It’s a go to read for-how not to waste time and energy on what is not important to you. Accept your flaws and move forward! Quick read with valuable information.

A History of the United States in Five Crashes by Scott Nations

This books takes readers on a journey through the five significant stock market crashes of the past century. While reading this book it helped me understand a little more about where we are in America today. It’s a blend of economic and cultural history and if you liked The Big Short, this is a must read!

Option B  by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant

Life always provides us with difficult moments to navigate. In reading Option B, you realize no matter if it is the loss of a loved one or a horrible tragedy that forever changes the life you loved, there is always hope if you choose to look for it.

The Barrowfields  by Phillip Lewis
A stunning debut novel rich in character and place, this coming of age story takes place in the mountains of NC. Echoes of Thomas Wolfe run through this well written ode to honoring the bonds of family while struggling to forgive the past.

Lillian Boxfish Takes A Walk  by Kathleen Rooney
A wonderful story of an eighty four year old woman reminiscing on New Year’s Eve as she walks Manhattan.

The Undoing Project  by Micheal Lewis
Lewis’s book the Undoing Project is a compelling collaboration between two extraordinary men and one of the greatest partnerships in the history of science. Not only does the book tell the story of how these two laid the foundation for behavioral economics it also gives us insight to their complicated personalities and drive.
Siracusa  by Delia Ephron
Two couples tangled in secrets and betrayals that unravel as they vacation together. A page turner and great beach read!

Our Man In Charleston by Christopher Dickey
Britain’s Consul in Charleston before and during the early years of the Civil War painted one picture for the Southern in Charleston where he lived and quiet another for England. Robert Bunch’s secret correspondence with the British Foreign Office made clear his hostility to slavery and was credited by some as the reason the British did not become involved in the War. Robert was an unlikely spy.

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
Monsieur Perdu calls himself a literary apothecary. Set in a floating barge along the Seine, this is a love letter to books- and to the broken people who are healed by them. This book is filled with warmth and adventure and made me smile.

Capital Dames by Cokie Roberts
In Capital Dames Cokie Roberts introduces us to the fascinating women from the north and south living in Washington DC. As you read you find the Civil War not only changed Washington DC but also changed the lives of women living in America. As the city evolved into a sprawling union Army camp many of the southern belles fled to confederate territory while some became nurses and spies. At the same time many other women moved to the capitol to fill positions previously held by men who were now fighting the war. The details of the lives of these women and their contribution to history before, during, and after the war help you understand just how important they were to America.

Dead Wake by Erik Larson
On May 1, 1915 the Lusitania sailed out of New York bound for Liverpool. The luxury liner was filled with a cast of characters that thoroughly entertain the reader. It is a story many of us think we know but don’t. This book captures the sheer drama of the disaster that helped place America on the road to war.

The Impulse Society: America in the Age of Instant Gratification by Paul Roberts
This book will open your eyes to what the future will be if we do nothing. It convinced me that our personal behavior needs a reset button if we want future generations to enjoy a sense of community and a life of hopefulness.

Factory Man by Beth Macy
Great story of how one man saved a small town factory and kept his manufacturing in the USA when everyone else was moving to China.

Zero to One by Peter Thiel
A must read for every entrepreneur. If you are thinking about opening a new business – don’t until you read this book!

Who Owns The Future? by Jaron Lanier
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Think Like A Freak by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
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I Am Having So Much Fun Without You by Courtney Maum
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A Paris Apartment by Michelle Gable
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