ProLiteracy Staff’s 8 Must-Read Books
Posted by Dee Cater on August 08, 2016 in categoryMember Tips

ProLiteracy Staff's 8 Must-Read Books

As a national literacy organization, you can probably guess that ProLiteracy employs book lovers. We’re big readers here, and it’s not uncommon to see piles of books on our coworkers’ desks.

In honor of National Book Lovers Day on August 9, I’ve asked ProLiteracy staff members to recommend their favorite books. Feel free to add your own recommendations in the comments below.

Art of War
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The Art of War, by Sun Tzu

Recommended by June M.

The first rule of war is to try to avoid war.
Learn and use diplomacy.
If you have to go, it’s best to be prepared.
When to wait. When to act.
What to leave. What to bring.
What to not do. What to do.
Plan well, learn all you can, and go all in.
At its essence, it’s all about life.


10% Happier

10% Happier, by Dan Harris

Recommended by Whittney R.

10% Happier is an inspirational memoir and New York Times bestseller written by Nightline news anchor Dan Harris. After a major on-air panic attack, Harris started to research meditation to help him tame and rewire the negative “voice in his head.”

I love it because it isn’t a typical, cheesy “here are all the answers and keys to happiness” self-help book. It follows his very human, cynical, and humorous journey to find inner peace, which is something we all want and need. It is a relatable and real book.


The Girl on the Train

The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins

Recommended by Tasha N.

For a pleasure reading book I think book lovers will enjoy The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins. It is a murder mystery that is so good you won’t want to put it down. I went around and made sure all my windows were locked in my apartment when I read it, it is that scary!


A Man Called Ove

A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman

Recommended by Terrie L.

Ove (OOH-vah) is a cranky old man who recently lost his wife. He feels he has no reason to live, and he makes a plan to kill himself. But life intervenes and his plan is foiled. Over and over he tries to end his life, but each time something happens to disrupt his plans. Each of these disruptions becomes another reason to live. What you would think might be a depressing book actually turns out to be full of lessons about how just being open to what’s happening around you can add so much joy to your life.


The Exiled

The Exiled, by Christopher Charles

Recommended by Nina S.

This dark, gritty crime novel follows Detective Wes Raney as he struggles to solve a brutal murder in the New Mexican desert. The crime brings back memories of Raney’s early career as an undercover narcotics detective in New York City—a career that ended in disgrace. The two crime locations and storylines overlap to paint the portrait of a man haunted by his past, who seeks to construct a new, redemptive future for himself. This book has the added bonus of being written by my husband!


Interred With Their Bones

Interred With Their Bones, by Jennifer Lee Carrell

Recommended by Lara P.

I’d like to recommend Jennifer Lee Carrell’s Interred With Their Bones. This book is a page-turner and has everything I like—mystery, history, travel, and some romantic tension. Carrell’s writing is clean and easy-to-read. This book is well worth your time.

Sidenote: Interred With Their Bones is the first pick for ProLiteracy’s new Book Club. Learn more and sign up!


Jurassic Park

Jurassic Park, by Michael Crichton

Recommended by Amanda M.

I like my summer reads the way I like my summer movies: full of action and adventure! If you love the Jurassic Park films, do yourself a favor and go back to where it all began and experience the true fun and greatness of Michael Crichton’s story.



Salt, by Mark Kurlansky

Recommended by Kevin M.

I recently read Salt and enjoyed it immensely. I had no idea that salt has such a remarkable influence on history.


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