Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
For those who were not required to read Atlas Shrugged in high school, the 1950’s American Classic is worth a read. Author Ayn Rand paints a gloomy picture of a futuristic, dystopian America where successful, entrepreneurial individuals depart from a society ruled by an oppressive government. The novel contains themes of individualism, capitalism, and reason while at times highlighting some comical failures of government. I recommend this novel to everyone as a staple to keep on the family bookshelf.
Recommended by Jake Cahn
Alone on the Ice by David Roberts
Alone on the Ice is a gripping, true account of Douglas Mawson's survival in the Antarctic after disaster struck his expedition. The story would be unbelievable if it wasn't true. Mawson's survival against all odds on this lesser known expedition cements his place as one of the great explorers of the heroic age of polar adventure.
Recommended by Jason Mann
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
When Breath Becomes Air is the story of Paul Kalanithi, a neurosurgeon just beginning his career after many, many years of medical school when he was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in his mid-30’s. It’s an incredible memoir that sadly wasn’t finished before he died, but written with a certain wisdom that seems far beyond his years. He wrestles with life’s big questions like “what’s my purpose here?” or, “how do I live a meaningful life?” while facing his own mortality at a very young age. It’s incredibly well written and will definitely stick with you for a while.
Recommended by Bob Mellon