One of the best parts of retirement living is having more free time to read. While our Book Discussion Groups are very popular among the members of our independent living and assisted living community, many book fans are interested in adding a few extra titles to their reading list, whether to read privately or to suggest as a future book club selection.
Here are five great books that you can read next:
“A Square Meal: A Culinary History of the Great Depression” by Jane Ziegelman and Andrew Coe
Take a culinary trip back in time with this new tale from Jane Ziegelman, the author of the acclaimed book “97 Orchard,” and her husband, Andrew Coe. It is a 2017 James Beard Book Award Winner for Nonfiction, that is praised as an engaging social history. As an added treat, it also features authentic recipes from the time period.
“The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics” by Daniel James Brown
This inspiring tale of perseverance will help you get into an athletic state of mind, which makes it perfect to read during the spring when the weather is ideal for outdoor recreation. It’s also being made into a movie, so if you read it now, you’ll be fully prepared to see it in theaters.
New York Post writer Mackenzie Dawson describes it as, “The true-grit story of what happened when a scrappy team of men — the sons of farmers, loggers and shipyard workers — went up against the elite crew teams of the East Coast and Britain in the 1936 Olympics — and won, going on to score a stunning defeat against Adolf Hitler’s German rowing team.”
“The Book That Matters Most” by Ann Hood
This book has been making its way through many of the country’s book groups due to its theme, which takes relatability to the next level. That’s because it’s actually a book about book groups. It’s written by the bestselling author of “The Knitting Circle,” who spins a tale of a woman who uses the strength she finds from her book group to overcome hardships in her life.
“Leading Lady: Sherry Lansing and the Making of a Hollywood Groundbreaker” by Stephen Galloway
If “The Book That Matters Most” is a selection for the book lovers, this is one for the movie lovers out there. It contains insider stories from Sherry Lansing, who was the first woman to run a film studio. Readers travel back in time with her to the set of the making of Titanic, Forest Gump and many more of Hollywood’s most popular films. While describing the life within the film studio, this book also delves into the ways that Hollywood has changed and stayed the same since the 70s.
“The Stars Are Fire” by Anita Shreve
The best-selling novel “The Stars Are Fire” by Anita Shreve wins a place on the list in part due to its local setting—coastal Maine in 1947, but also it’s ability to engage and inspire its readers with a gripping tale of overcoming hardship. It is based on a real-life event, the largest fire in Maine’s history, which adds to the drama.
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