Have I Told You This Already?

Comedian Lauren Graham has written a conversational biography about her life as an actor. Her wry humor is evident, and very entertaining. Graham name drops here and there, but not in an overpowering way. The reader feels like he/she is listening to a monologue that she is delivering, albeit one that runs over 180 pages long. I’ve read other books she has written, and enjoyed them as well. If you are looking for a quick, fun read, check this one out.

If You Want Something Done…

The subtitle of this is “Leadership Lessons from Bold Women”, and the title comes directly from a quote by Margaret Thatcher: If you want something said, ask a man. If you want something done, ask a woman. Nikki Haley profiles ten women who have inspired her during her life and the lessons learned from each of them. Each of the ten chapters focuses on a woman that she admires, and why. Many of the women were the first to break a barrier, including herself, and the book is indeed a fitting tribute to Haley’s role models; some famous (Margaret Thatcher, Jeane Kirkpatrick, and Golda Meir) and some unknown to many people (Cindy Warmbier, whose son was imprisoned in a North Korean jail, and Nadia Murad, who was sold by ISIS as a sex slave.) Some of the stories related are difficult to read, but the strength and determination shown by these women is remarkable, and their stories need to be heard. This book demands to be read.

Red Notice by Bill Browder

This is a true story describing unbelievable levels of corruption in post-Soviet government and justice systems. Although the story is compelling, Browder himself comes across as unsympathetic and narcissistic, detracting from what is otherwise an excellent book. Worth reading. 4/5 stars.

–From an anonymous Summer Reading participant.