Looking for something a bit more stimulating than rewatching The Office for the tenth time? Take a trip to your local bookstore, and pick up our top picks to read before the summer is over!

 

Running to the Edge: A Band of Misfits and the Guru Who Unlocked the Secrets of Speed

By Matthew Futterman 

Ideal for the avid runner, anyone who has followed Olympic runners or just loves the Olympics, this novel following Bob Larsen is the perfect pick for you. Larsen is well-known for being a visionary coach who has changed the course of distance running over the last 50 years. Futterman follows Larsen’s journey from a high school track coach all the way to the Olympics, placing the reader in the middle of all the emotions that came with his journey. 

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The Path Between Us: An Enneagram Journey to Healthy Relationships 

By Suzanne Stabile 

If you’ve been on social media this summer, you’ve probably seen at least one post about the Enneagram of Personality test. The nine-pointed symbol of the Enneagram represents nine interconnected personality types. Stabile’s novel takes each of the nine personality types and guides readers into a more in-depth description of themselves and their loved ones, ultimately guiding the reader to better understand their significant others’ moods and reasons behind their actions. 

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How to Win Friends and Influence People

By Dale Carnegie 

If you feel like you’re in a bit of a rut or a standstill in your life, either personally or professionally, Carnegie’s latest novel was made for you. This book was originally published during the Great Depression and is full of advice that has been tested time and time again. How to Win Friends and Influence People features six ways to make people like you, twelve ways to change your way of thinking and nine ways to change people without arousing resentment.

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A Death in the Rainforest: How a Language and a Way of Life Came to an End in Papua New Guinea 

By Don Kulick 

If you wanted to travel this summer, but it just didn’t fit in the budget, pick up Kulick’s novel set in a small village in Papua New Guinea. Described as “engaging, deeply perceptive and brilliant interrogation of what it means to study a culture,” readers will join Kulick on his 30 year journey of learning the Tayap language. Along the way, he learned the jokes, how they argue, how they gossip and many other parts of their culture that were slowly disappearing.  

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By Morgan Hill