7 Must-Read Books for Seniors This Summer

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It’s summertime! This is the best time for you to relax with a good book. We’ve compiled a list of seven of the best books for you to dip into this summer. Whether you’re taking a vacation or taking a quick break at home, these choices are sure to keep you turning the pages!

The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah

From the bestselling author of The Nightingale, The Four Winds takes place in Texas in 1934. In the midst of the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl Era, Elsa Martinelli must choose whether to fight for her beloved land or strike out and go west to California. 

The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes

In Depression-era Kentucky, The Giver of Stars tells the story of a group of women called the Packhorse Librarians who deliver books to people who’ve never owned one. Led by Alice Wright who moved to America from England, four incredible women brave the Kentucky mountains and develop bonds that change their lives forever. 

Sooley by John Grisham

Grisham forays into the world of sports with this gripping tale of young Samuel “Sooley” Sooleymon, who earns a scholarship to play at North Carolina Central after civil war breaks out in his native South Sudan. Sooley’s determination and hard work make him a star player, but can he save his family? 

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

This beloved book features grumpy curmudgeon Ove, a man who’s set in his ways, to say the least. His life gets turned upside down when a young, boisterous family moves in next door. Antics and friendships follow in this heartwarming tale. 

Nomadland: Surviving America in the 21st Century by Jessica Bruder

The inspiration for the Oscar-winning film directed by Chloe Zhao and starring Frances McDormand, Nomadland explores the life of the new American nomads, transient older adults who live and work on the road. A true story of survival in the face of the Great Recession, Rebecca Solnit called Nomadland “scorching, beautifully written, vivid, disturbing (and occasionally wryly funny).”

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

This moving memoir by a neurosurgeon faced with terminal cancer explores the question “What makes life worth living?” When Breath Becomes Air is an inspirational and life-affirming account of a doctor, a patient, and how we face our own mortality. 

Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout

This sequel to Olive Kitteridge again features Olive, a woman in her 70s in Crosby, Maine. Strout interweaves the stories of various characters in the town with Olive’s own wry and cantankerous observations on aging and life. Everyday moments are imbued with deep significance in this warm-hearted novel.   

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