Long summer days call for lounging in the sun and sand. To keep your mind sharp while still enjoying the slow pace of the season, dive into a good book or two. Here are the 6 best summer reads from Seedling founder and CEO Phoebe Hayman.
1. Euphoria by Lily King
This historical novel, loosely based on the life of Margaret Meade, circles around the marriage of two anthropologists plagued by jealousy, infertility, and the unexpected emotions that arise when confronted with a new and intriguing friendship.
2. The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
A tale of a most unlikely friendship between a wealthy plantation owner's daughter and a young slave girl, The Invention of Wings follows each girl's individual struggle to become free--one from patriarchy and bigotry, the other from the shackles of inhumane slavery.
3. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
A young New York boy survives an explosion at an art museum that kills his mother, leaving him orphaned. While bouncing from home to home, and friend to friend, he clings to the one thing that reminds him of her: a painting that he stole the day she died, that he continues to illegally conceal.
4. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
Ursula Todd dies, and is reborn to the same family again and again. Similar to the film Groundhog Day, she must relive her life, sometimes retaining the memories to change foolish decisions, sometimes not. This book has been said to be a compulsive read, one that you may find yourself reading over again.
5. Ruby by Cynthia Bond
Ruby tells the story of a young girl who yearns to escape racial cruelty, sexual abuse and tormenting memories of her past. Will the light inside her find its way through the seemingly never-ending darkness?
6. Leaders Eat Last by Simone Sinek
An intriguing look at the elements of business leadership and how to effectively motivate a company. From bioloigcal to psychological effects of the workplace, Sinek offers insight on how to band together and make work feel like less, well, work.