What do 8-hour flights, long layovers, and lazy beach days all have in common? They are the perfect times to delve into a book! When traveling, there is plenty of time to explore and experience a destination, but the journey also comes with down time where you can read. And when you’re not traveling, a book is the perfect way to let your mind travel to a new place or time. Our Advisors have shared what they’re reading in our first ever Brownell Book Club post! Take a look, and let us know if you have any suggestions for us!
“Nelson Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom because it and his life were referenced SO MANY TIMES when we were in South Africa, that I felt like I was missing out because I didn’t really get it. It’s a long book, but don’t go to South Africa without reading it first!” –Louisa Gehring
“I just finished reading a book called Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay. It focuses on the events of the Vel’ d’Hiv’ roundup that occurred in Paris in July 1942. Over 12,000 Jewish people (more than 4,000 of them were children) were rounded up from their homes in Paris and sent to Nazi death camps. For me, it was a compelling read about unfamiliar history and adds a layer of perspective to the city’s diverse communities.” –Karen Lee-Ishmael
“I seem to be in World War II mode, which fits because I am planning a personal trip to Normandy in March. I just finished All the Light We Cannot See, a beautifully written story that focuses on St. Malo during the War. I am currently reading a biography called Wolves at the Door a true story about an American woman, Virginia Hall, who worked as a spy for both the US and England.” –Gayle Soloe
“I just read Pico Iyer’s The Art of Stillness, Adventures in Going Nowhere – -really! And for [and upcoming trip to] Sri Lanka, Noontide Toll by Romesh Gunesekera, Anil’s Ghost and Running in the Family by Michael Ondaatje, and Island of A Thousand Mirrors by Nayomi Munaweera.” –Yeardley Williams
“I read Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver—one of my favorite authors. This book is about global climate change and monarch butterflies migration. Great characters, a fictional way to understand how climate change will affect all of us.” –Rebecca Falkenberry