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Summer Reading List

Welcome to the PYAW Summer Reading List... where we have collected our favorite summer reads for you to dive into adventure, imagination, and discovery. Don't let summer slip away without launching your own reading journey.

Join us for a summer filled with reading, learning and endless possibilities... making this one, one for the books.

The Art Thief by Michael Finkel

This thrilling true story details the exploits of Stéphane Breitwieser, one of the most prolific art thieves in history, who stole over 200 pieces of art across Europe. It delves into his motivations, techniques, and the eventual unraveling of his audacious crime spree.

Recommended by: Melissa

Die with Zero by Bill Perkins

Many of us spend our working lives mindlessly attempting to save and accumulate wealth for our futures. But do we ever stop and ask ourselves what exactly we are saving for? In Die with Zero, Bill Perkins proposes a framework to ensure you spend your money in ways that bring you joy and fulfillment while challenging traditional financial planning by suggesting that life should be lived fully, aiming to “die with zero” by the end of one’s life.

Recommended by: Eric

Path Lit by Lightening by David Maraniss

This comprehensive biography chronicles the life of Jim Thorpe, one of the greatest athletes of all time. Many are familiar with Thorpe’s Olympic medals, astonishing athletic achievements, and professional careers across both baseball and football. But fewer are familiar with the personal struggles and tragedy he endured as the most public Native American figure in a racially divided America. This book explores Thorpe’s life and offers a unique perspective on 20th century life in the United States.

Recommended by: Payton

Troubled by Rob Henderson

This highly compelling memoir explores the psychological impact of growing up in the foster care system, highlighting the challenges faced by many children in the system. It combines personal experiences and broader research to shed light on the emotional and social hurdles these children encounter and the long-term effects on their lives.

Recommended by: Bill

Untangle Your Emotions by Jennie Allen

How often have you heard, “Don’t let your emotions get the best of you”? In Untangle Your Emotions, Jennie Allen offers a practical guide to understanding and managing emotions, drawing from psychological research, biblical insight, and personal anecdotes. This book aims to provide tools and strategies for untangling complex feelings to live a more balanced and emotionally healthy life.

Recommended by: April 

The Six by Loren Grush

Recounting the pioneering journey of the first six women astronauts selected by NASA in 1978, this book highlights their challenges, achievements, and contributions to space exploration. It captures their groundbreaking efforts in breaking barriers in a male-dominated field.

Recommended by: Claire

Read, Write, Own by Chris Dixon

A potent exploration of the power within blockchain technology to reshape the future of the Internet- and how that affects us all- from highly influential entrepreneur and technology investor Chris Dixon.

Recommended by: Aaron Nolan

The Exchange by John Grisham

The Exchange, set fifteen years after Grisham’s breakout success, The Firm, continues the story of Mitch McDeere’s thrilling legal career. McDeere, now a powerful lawyer in Manhattan, faces a complicated legal challenge when his mentor asks him to run point on a case involving the Libyan government. The young attorney quickly finds himself ensnared in a perilous situation with profound geopolitical implications.

Recommended by: Amber 

The Wager by David Grann

This harrowing true story recounts the British ship HMS Wager, which was wrecked on a desolate island in the 18th century. Detailing the crew's struggle for survival, mutiny, and the subsequent court-martial, the book reveals a gripping tale of endurance and human nature.

Recommended by: Trevor           

Outlive by Dr. Peter Attia

In this operating manual for longevity, Dr. Peter Attia draws on the latest science to deliver innovative interventions, techniques for optimizing exercise and sleep, and tools to address emotional and mental health. Dr. Attia’s informative and easy-to-read guide helps readers create a sustainable physical and emotional roadmap aimed at extending one’s ‘healthspan,’ the length of time in one’s life during which an individual is in good health.

Recommended by: Aaron Sams