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Summer Reading for Scientists

This year’s summer reading program is full of fun and food, games and prizes – but what about the books?  Not to worry, we still have scads of those, too!  Summer in the City just wouldn’t be complete without great reads to jog your mind on these lazy days. Read More..

Summer Reading for Good Citizens

This year’s summer reading program is full of fun and food, games and prizes – but what about the books?  Not to worry, we still have scads of those, too!  Summer in the City just wouldn’t be complete without great reads to jog your mind on these lazy days.

 

 

Short Girls by Bich Minh NguyenShort Girls book cover

Van and Linny are as baffling to each other as their parents’ Vietnamese legacy is to them both. But when summoned for their dad’s citizenship party, the siblings find common ground.

 

Good Neighbors by Ryan David JahnGood Neighbors book cover

At 4:00 am on March 13, 1964, a woman is attacked in the courtyard of her building. Unfolding over the course of two hours, this is the story of the woman’s last night, and the bystanders who hear her cries but keep to themselves.

 

Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy KidderMountains beyond Mountains book cover

Dr. Paul Farmer travels from Harvard to Haiti, Peru, Cuba and Russia, treating infectious diseases and bringing lifesaving modern medicine to those who need it most.

 

The Partly Cloudy Patriot by Sarah VowellThe Partly Cloudy Patriot book cover

Why is Vowell happiest when visiting the sites of bloody struggles like Gettysburg? Why do people always inappropriately compare themselves to Rosa Parks? And why must doubt and internal arguments haunt the sleepless nights of the true patriot?

 

Half the Sky by Nicholas KristofHalf the Sky book cover

Two Pulitzer Prize-winners issue a call to arms against a pervasive human rights violation: the oppression of women in the developing world.

 

Summer Reading for Globe Trotters

This year’s summer reading program is full of fun and food, games and prizes – but what about the books?  Not to worry, we still have scads of those, too!  Summer in the City just wouldn’t be complete without great reads to jog your mind on these lazy days.

 

 

Iberia by James MichenerIberia Book Cover

James Michener shares the hidden Spain he has come to know, where toiling peasants, the oranges of the inland fields, and the dark weight of history conspire to create a wild, contradictory, passionately beautiful land.

 

360 Degrees Longitude: One Family’s Journey Around the World360 Degrees Longitude Book Cover
by John Higham

John Higham and his wife bid their high-tech jobs good-bye, packed up their home, and set out  to travel around the world.

 

The Soccer War by Ryszard Kapuscinskithe soccer war book cover

Part diary, part reportage, The Soccer War chronicles 27 revolutions and coups in in the late 20th century. Recounting the stories behind his official press dispatches, Kapuscinski gives firsthand accounts of life during war.

 

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth GilbertEat, Pray, Love book cover

After making the difficult choice to leave behind all the trappings of American success, Elizabeth Gilbert sets out for a year abroad to explore the arts of pleasure and devotion.

 

Dark Star Safari by Paul TherouxDark Star Safari book cover

The wittily observant and endearingly irascible Paul Theroux takes readers the length of Africa by rattletrap bus, dugout canoe, cattle truck, armed convoy, ferry, and train.

 

Summer Reading for Entrepreneurs

This year’s summer reading program is full of fun and food, games and prizes – but what about the books?  Not to worry, we still have scads of those, too!  Summer in the City just wouldn’t be complete without great reads to jog your mind on these lazy days.

 

 

Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and ActionsEnchantment book
by Guy Kawasaki

Enchantment can happen during a retail transaction, corporate negotiation, or a Facebook update. And when done right, it’s powerful.

 

Steve Jobs by Walter IsaacsonSteve Jobs Book Cover

A riveting biography of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries.

 

How to be Useful: A Beginner’s Guide to Not Hating Work by Megan HustadHow to be Useful Book Cover

A delightfully original, unerringly hip, yet marvelously practical handbook for a new and slightly cynical generation.

 

Craft, Inc. : Turn Your Creative Hobby Into a Business by Meg Mateo IlascoCraft, Inc. book cover

Accessible, informative, and more than a little spunky, Craft, Inc. is the  definitive hipster business primer for entrepreneurial crafters to turn what they do for fun into what they do for money.

 

Citizen Girl by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola KrausCitizen Girl book cover

With biting accuracy and devastating wit, Citizen Girl captures what it means to be young and female in the new economy, where a college degree qualifies you to make photocopies and color-coordinate file folders.

 

Summer Reading For Athletes

This year’s summer reading program is full of fun and food, games and prizes – but what about the books?  Not to worry, we still have scads of those, too!  Summer in the City just wouldn’t be complete without great reads to jog your mind on these lazy days. Read More..

Summer Reading For Artists

This year’s summer reading program is full of fun and food, games and prizes – but what about the books?  Not to worry, we still have scads of those, too!  Summer in the City just wouldn’t be complete without great reads to jog your mind on these lazy days.

 

 

An Object of Beauty by Steve MartinBook Cover

Lacey Yeager is young, ambitious, and looking to take the NYC art world by storm. Hungry to climb the social ladder, her ascension parallels the soaring highs and lows of the art world.

 

I am Madame X by Gioia DilibertoI am madame x book cover

When John Singer Sargent unveiled Madame X at the 1884 Paris Salon, its subject’s provocative pose shocked the critics.  This is Madame X’s story, drawing on historical facts to re-create the captivating milieu of 19th-century Paris.

 

Visual Shock: A History of Art Controversies in American Culture Visual Shock book cover
by Michael Kammen

Michael Kammen presents an analysis of cutting-edge art and artists and their ability to both delight and provoke us.

 

The Painted Word by Tom WolfeThe Painted Word Book Cover

“America’s nerviest journalist” addresses the scope of Modern Art from  Abstract Expressionism through its transformations to Pop, Op, Minimal, and Conceptual.

 

Rembrandt’s Eyes by Simon SchamaRembrandt's Eyes Book Cover

The great 17th-century Dutch artist left us so many arresting self-portraits that his distinctive face has become a familiar part of the 20th-century cultural landscape.  Nonetheless, the artist himself remains tantalizingly an enigma.

Summer Reading for Locavores

This year’s summer reading program is full of fun and food, games and prizes – but what about the books?  Not to worry, we still have scads of those, too!  Summer in the City just wouldn’t be complete without great reads to jog your mind on these lazy days.

 

 

Real Food by Nina PlankReal Food Book Cover

The “patron saint of farmers’ markets” suggests that foods like beef and butter have been falsely accused, while industrial foods like corn syrup have created a national epidemic of disease.

 

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara KingsolverAnimal, Vegetable, Miracle book cover

When Kingsolver and her family move from suburban Arizona to rural Appalachia, they take on a new challenge: to spend a year on a locally produced diet.

 

In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto by Michael PollanIn Defense of Food Book Cover

“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” These simple words go to the heart of Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food.

 

Food Matters by Mark BittmanFood Matters Book Cover

From the award-winning guru of culinary simplicity comes a plan for responsible eating that’s good for the planet and the waistline.

 

The Paradise Cafe and Bakery Cookbook by Missy McCoyparadise cafe

It’s hard to name a place whose closing was more lamented than downtown Lawrence’s Paradise Café and Bakery.  Now you can recreate such classics as breakfast enchiladas and Douglas County pie.

 

Summer Reading for History Buffs

This year’s summer reading program is full of fun and food, games and prizes – but what about the books?  Not to worry, we still have scads of those, too!  Summer in the City just wouldn’t be complete without great reads to jog your mind on these lazy days.

 

 

The American Heiress by Daisy GoodwinThe American Heiress book cover

Traveling abroad at the turn of the 20th century, Cora Cash suddenly finds herself Duchess of Wareham, married to the most eligible bachelor in England. But, she finds, the English social scene is full of traps and betrayals.

 

Wolf Hall by Hilary MantelWolf Hall Book Cover

Exploring the intersection of individual psychology and wider politics, Mantel peels back history to show us Tudor England as a half-made society, molded with great passion, suffering and courage.

 

Destiny of the Republic by Candice MillardDestiny of the Republic book cover

Four months after Garfield’s inauguration, a deranged office seeker shot him in the back. The drama of what happened next is a powerful tale of medical mishaps and national turmoil.

 

In the Garden of Beasts by Erik LarsonIn the Garden of Beasts book cover

The time is 1933, the place, Berlin, on the cusp of Third Reich Germany.  Larson’s historical narrative is suffused with unforgettable portraits of bizarre and sinister characters.

 

Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy SchiffCleopatra book cover

Her palace shimmered with onyx and gold, but was richer still in political intrigue. Above all else, Cleopatra was a shrewd strategist. Pulitzer Prize-winner Stacy Schiff brings to life the most intriguing woman in the history of the world.

 

Summer Reading for Performers

This year’s summer reading program is full of fun and food, games and prizes – but what about the books?  Not to worry, we still have scads of those, too!  Summer in the City just wouldn’t be complete without great reads to jog your mind on these lazy days.

 

 

The Chaperone by Laura Moriartythe chaperone book cover

Moriarty’s most anticipated novel imagines the story of Cora, the Wichita housewife who accompanied an irreverent 15-year-old Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922.

 

Marrying Mozart by Stephanie CowellMarrying Mozart book cover

The four Weber sisters share an artistic life in a ramshackle house until 21-year-old Wolfgang Mozart walks into their lives. Cowell brings 18th century Europe to life with unforgiving winters, yawning princes & scheming parents.

 

Love is a Mix Tape by Rob Sheffieldlove is a mixt tape book cover

What is love? According to Western philosopher Pat Benatar, love is a battlefield. From Elvis to Missy Elliott, the Rolling Stones to Yo La Tengo, Sheffield uses mix tapes to tell the story of his time with a hell-raising punk-rock girl.

 

Ghost Light by Frank Richghost light book cover

There is a superstition that if an emptied theater is left completely dark, a ghost will take up residence. To prevent this, a “ghost light” is left burning at center stage after everyone has gone home.

 

Just Kids by Patti SmithJust Kids book cover

It was the summer Coltrane died, the summer of love and riots, and the summer when a chance encounter in Brooklyn led a young Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe on a path of art, devotion and initiation.

 

Summer Reading for Book Worms

This year’s summer reading program is full of fun and food, games and prizes – but what about the books?  Not to worry, we still have scads of those, too!  Summer in the City just wouldn’t be complete without great reads to jog your mind on these lazy days.
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