Life at Relish: Summer Reading Picks

With the summer semi-officially kicked off, the Relish Marketing team has their summer reads queued up and ready to go. Here is what we are looking forward to reading next.

I’m looking forward to finishing Oreo by Fran Ross. I discovered it at City Lights in San Francisco last summer, but I got distracted by something else and never finished it. The book chronicles the quest of the title character – born of a black actress and a Jewish student – to find her dad who disappeared when she was a baby. It’s laugh-out-loud funny and unexpectedly unconventional in its visual presentation.

I just ordered a copy of After the Miracle by Art Shamsky. I am really excited to read it, since it was my first experience with my New York Mets. It details their incredible and improbable World Series win in 1969 against the Baltimore Orioles. The book is about the players, their experiences from that season and what followed. Since these are players that are near and dear to my youth, it should bring back some awesome memories.

I just started reading Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin, two former Navy SEALs. They tell about what they faced, and how taking responsibility for actions also means taking responsibility for the actions of those they lead. These are lessons learned through battle experience, but the lessons are meant to be applied in business and life in general. The book was a birthday gift from my son.

Next up for me is Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi. Ostensibly, a riff on Hansel & Gretel (and I do love re-envisioned classic stories), it also looks to be about the power of creativity – particularly when it comes to creating one’s own life, as well as the power of food to transport us.

This is my next read – The Pan Industrial Revolution. It talks about the transformative future of manufacturing and 3D printing and everything that comes with disrupting basically how everything in the world is made from nuts and bolts to entire skyscrapers.

I am looking forward to Iron Gold. Pierce Brown has a way of making far off science fiction universes into immersive, compelling worlds. I can’t wait to read his latest tale.

I recently binged a Netflix show called Tidying Up with Marie Kondo and adopted a new way of organizing my clothes from the show. I was so impressed with how it has helped me that I am eager to learn more from Marie Kondo, so I’ve purchased her book Spark Joy. The author teaches people how to declutter down to things that only spark joy.

I have just ordered Flight Portfolio by Julie Orringer and I can’t wait to get my hands on it. It is historical fiction about the real-life quest of Varian Fry to save the lives and work of Europe’s great minds, including Max Ernst and Marc Chagall, from the impending Holocaust. I love stories like this that help illuminate key points in history.