Books

I love to read. Here are some of my favorite books, current read, reading log and to-read list.

Currently Reading:

His Excellency: George Washington by Joseph J. Ellis

Favorite Classics

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
If I had to read one book forever this would be it. Yes, it’s a big book but frankly my dear…

House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
I have to believe Margaret Mitchell was inspired by this book.

Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
A simplified but heart-wrenching look at slavery

Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austin
A lovely romance. Only ever watch Colin Firth movie version.

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
This screwball comedy can be hard to read but once you finish you’ll want to start it over immediately.

Favorite Fiction

Eleanor Roosevelt mysteries by Elliott Roosevelt
A series of novels that make history a bit more fun.

Some Luck trilogy by Jane Smiley
A 100 year journey with the Langdon family is simply not enough.

The Winter Palace & Empress of the Night by Eva Stachniak
A thrilling and beautiful look at the complex life of Russia’s Catherine the Great.

The Truth According to Us by Annie Barrows
I really like this book. It’s easy to read and so enjoyable, the characters are right out of your favorite 90s movies.

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
I feel in love on the first page, the writing is flawless and captivating.

Favorite Non-Fiction

You Learn By Living by Eleanor Roosevelt
This book encompasses everything I want to be.

No Ordinary Time by Doris Kearns Goodwin
I’ve read many Roosevelt biographies and this one is my favorite – probably because FDR clips coupons.

By Myself and Then Some by Lauren BaCall
I’ve read many good celebrity bios (I always recommend listening to them on tape when they narrate them) but Betty BaCall gets all the credit for starting my love of Golden Hollywood.

Sarge: The Life and Times of Sargent Shriver by Scott Stossel
My admiration for the Shriver family knows no bounds, if you want to know ALL the reasons why – read this.

Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation by Joseph J. Ellis
This book should be required reading by all Americans. An insightful look at how this country was founded and a refreshing reminder that our politics have always been brutal.

Scorpions: The Battles and Triumphs of FDR’s Great Supreme Court Justices by Noah Feldman
A fascinating look at how people form their opinions and how they evolve over time.

2017 Reading Log – Asterisk by recommended reads

The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

*Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney

*Victoria by Daisy Goodwin

*The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines

*Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

*One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter by Scaachi Koul

*In the Company of Women by Grace Bonney

*The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

*Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation by Joseph J. Ellis

Founders as Fathers: The Private Lives and Politics of the American Revolutionaries by Lorri Glover 

On Deck

Clementine: The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill By Sonia Purnell

A $500 House in Detroit: Rebuilding an Abandoned Home and an American City by Drew Philp