MHE 2018 Summer Reading Recommendations
May 4, 2018
The semester is almost done, the weather is slowly but surely getting nicer, and it’s time to officially start planning for the summer. And what better way to do that than by buying some nice and new, just-for-fun summer reading material?
McGraw-Hill Education has a lot of literature lovers amongst our ranks so here’s our 2018 Summer Reading recommendations. Enjoy!
You Think It, I’ll Say It by Curtis Sittenfeld (April 2018)
A modern, thrilling collection of ten short stories that upend assumptions about class, relationships, and gender roles in America.
Educated by Tara Westover (February 2018)
Educated is the remarkable memoir from Tara Westover, a girl who set foot in a classroom for the first time at 17 years old. The book brings to light the power of education, and its ability to enable people to see life through new eyes.
Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky (January 2003)
The story of salt is an epic one. A substance so valuable it served as currency, salt has shaped civilization from the very beginning, and its story is a glittering part of the history of humankind.
Barracoon: The Story of the Last Black Cargo by Zora Neale Hurston (May 2018)
A true, never-before-published story of the last known survivor of the Atlantic slave trade. From the author of the American classic Their Eyes Were Watching God.
Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War by Karl Marlantes (May 2011)
Written over the course of thirty years by a highly decorated Vietnam War veteran, Matterhorn is a timeless story of a young Marine lieutenant and his comrades, who are dropped into the mountain jungle of Vietnam as boys, forced to fight their way into manhood.
Ready Player One by Ernest Clive (June 2012)
A look in to the not-so-distant future where to escape the harsh realities of life, people meet as avatars in a virtual online world. But there are real dangers in the virtual world too.
The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border by Francisco Cantú (February 2018)
An autobiographical story of Francisco Cantú, a former U.S. Border Patrol agent who saw firsthand the complexities of policing people on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border.
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (1985)
The Handmaid's Tale follows a woman as she attempts to seek truth and gain individualism in a dystopian, patriarchal society. Read this book alongside episodes of the television adaptation, currently in its second season.
Pachinko (February 2017) by Min Jin Lee
A story of faith, family, and identity - Pachinko follows Sunja, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame her family in Korea. Deserted by her lover, Sunja is saved when a minister offers to marry and bring her to Japan.
Burying Me Standing: The Gypsies and Their Journey by Isabel Fonseca (September 2011)
Burying Me Standing is an essential document of a disappearing culture. Isabel Fonseca describes the four years she spent with Gypsies from Albania to Poland, listening to their stories, deciphering their taboos, and befriending their matriarchs, activists, and child prostitutes.
After Anna by Lisa Scottoline (April 2018)
Be prepared for twists and turns – and a surprise ending – in After Anna, the groundbreaking domestic thriller that explores emotional justice.
The Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean Defector’s Story by Lee Hyeonseo (July 2015)
Lee Hyeonseo, who escaped North Korea at age seventeen, provides extraordinary insight into life under one of the world’s most secretive dictatorships. This is the story of a terrifying struggle to avoid capture - and Lee Hyeonseo’s journey to guide her family to freedom.
Twisted Prey by John Sandford (April 2018)
The third installment in Sandford’s Prey crime/mystery series, Twisted Prey is a heart-pumping novel centering on shady figures in the U.S. Senate.
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg (2012)
In The Power of Habit, award-winning business reporter Charles Duhigg explores scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. Duhigg presents a new understanding of human nature and its potential to transform our businesses, our communities, and our lives.
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng (June 2014)
A gripping novel about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio, Everything I Never Told You uncovers ways in which mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives struggle, all their lives, to understand one another.