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Summer Reading List

Ok, it's not summer yet, but there are a lot of great books coming out that I can't wait to read.  I readily admit that I'm lacking in the non-fiction/political department.  There's just something about reading on the beach or by the pool that makes me want to read for fun.  Hopefully, other Conversation contributors can make other suggestions if you're looking for a well-rounded list.

Seven Men and Their Secret to Greatness by Eric Metaxas
I'm a big fan of Metaxas.  His latest is out this week.  From the book description: Each of the seven biographies represents the life of a man who experienced the struggles and challenges to be strong in the face of forces and circumstances that would have destroyed the resolve of lesser men. Each of the seven men profiled—George Washington, William Wilberforce, Eric Liddell, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Jackie Robinson, John Paul II, and Charles Colson—call the reader to a more elevated walk and lifestyle, one that embodies the gospel in the world around us.

The Tao of Martha: My Year of LIVING; Or, Why I'm Never Getting All That Glitter Off of the Dog by Jen Lancaster
Lancaster's latest book comes out June 4.  Here's my post about her last book, "Here I Go Again." From the book description: Jen’s still a little rough around the edges. Suffice it to say, she’s no Martha Stewart. And that is exactly why Jen is going to Martha up and live her life according to the advice of America’s overachieving older sister—the woman who turns lemons into lavender-infused lemonade.

By immersing herself in Martha’s media empire, Jen will embark on a yearlong quest to take herself, her house, her husband (and maybe even her pets) to the next level—from closet organization to craft making, from party planning to kitchen prep.

Black List: A Thriller by Brad Thor
Thor is a joy to follow on Twitter.  I recently interviewed him for my column at Townhall, so I'm looking forward to reading his latest on July 24.  From the book description:  #1 New York Times bestselling author Brad Thor returns with his most explosive thriller ever. Somewhere deep inside the United States government is a closely guarded list. Members of Congress never get to see it—only the President and a secret team of advisers. Once your name is on the list, it doesn’t come off . . . until you’re dead.

Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns by Lauren Weisberger
The long-awaited sequel to "The Devil Wears Prada" comes out on June 4. Basically, Miranda Priestly is back.  (Is it wrong that I always identified with her and not with Andy?)

Men on Strike: Why Men Are Boycotting Marriage, Fatherhood, and the American Dream - and Why It Matters by Helen Smith, M.D.
Smith (aka InstaWife) frequently writes about relationships between men and women for PJ Media.  I'm looking forward to reading her book, which is out on June 18.  From the book description: American society has become anti-male. Men are sensing the backlash and are consciously and unconsciously going “on strike.” They are dropping out of college, leaving the workforce and avoiding marriage and fatherhood at alarming rates. The trend is so pronounced that a number of books have been written about this “man-child” phenomenon, concluding that men have taken a vacation from responsibility simply because they can. But why should men participate in a system that seems to be increasingly stacked against them?


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