Summer Picks

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Kids are away at camp? A trip to the beach is in order? Or just need a title to cozy up with on the couch during a midday summer storm? We’ve got your summer reads covered here at Meeting House.  From complicated and witty meditations on motherhood, to stories steeped in complex family dynamics and page turners you won’t be able to put down, here are 10 books to put on your summer reading list.  


Self-Development and Relationships

Unplug: A Simple Guide to Meditation for Busy Skeptics and Modern Soul Seekers
Unplug is not the book for anyone who loves buddhas and woo-woo talk.  It's a revolutionary book by spiritual entrepreneur and founder and CEO of a popular LA-based meditation studio Suze Yalof Schwartz.  The first book that shows the overwhelmed and overworked type-A person how and why to unplug in order to recharge.

Changeable: How Collaborative Problem Solving Changes Lives at Home, at School, and at Work
Based on more than twenty-five years of clinical work with juvenile offenders as well training parents, teachers, counselors and law enforcement, and supported by research in neuroscience, Changeable presents a radical new way of thinking about challenging and unwanted behavior -- Collaborative Problem Solving -- that builds empathy, helps others reach their full potential, and most of all really works.

12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos
What does everyone in the modern world need to know? Renowned psychologist Jordan B.  Peterson's answer to this most difficult of questions uniquely combines the hard-won truths of ancient tradition with the stunning revelations of cutting-edge scientific research.

Raising Children Who Soar
A Guide to Healthy Risk-Taking in an Uncertain World: How can we keep children safe in an uncertain world, but also raise them to be confident in taking the healthy, emotional risks necessary to succeed in life? The authors of this unique book―two clinical psychologists, who are also mothers―provide essential guidance for parents and teachers.     

A Memoir: An unforgettable memoir about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University.  A New York Times bestseller. 


Beach Reads and Page Turners:

The Great Alone
In this unforgettable portrait of human frailty and resilience, Kristin Hannah reveals the indomitable character of the modern American pioneer and the spirit of a vanishing Alaska―a place of incomparable beauty and danger.  The Great Alone is a daring, beautiful, stay-up-all-night story about love and loss, the fight for survival, and the wildness that lives in both man and nature.

Little Fires Everywhere
From the bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You, a riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives.

The Woman in the Window
For readers of Gillian Flynn and Tana French comes one of the decade’s most anticipated debuts, to be published in thirty-six languages around the world and already in development as a major film from Fox: a twisty, powerful Hitchcockian thriller about an agoraphobic woman who believes she witnessed a crime in a neighboring house.  

An American Marriage: A Novel
Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South.  He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career.  But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined.  Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime Celestial knows he didn’t commit.  Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend, and best man at their wedding.  As Roy’s time in prison passes, she is unable to hold on to the love that has been her center.  After five years, Roy’s conviction is suddenly overturned, and he returns to Atlanta ready to resume their life together.

How to Walk Away: A Novel
From the author of Happiness for Beginners comes the instant New York Times bestseller (May 2018), an unforgettable love story about finding joy even in the darkest of circumstances.