Great reads


As the weather cools, we thought you might like to settle in with a few books. Our colleagues across the country have shared some great recommendations that we think you’ll enjoy.

Wishing you and yours a safe, healthy season.

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GREAT READS featured


Before We Were Yours Lisa Wingate

Historical fiction that is sad but had me hooked from page one. Two women’s stories are told side by side and discovering how they intersect makes this story one you won’t soon forget."

Recommended by:
Beth Mayfield
Senior Wealth Strategist

The Great Alone Kristin Hannah

The Great Alone is a captivating story of a family, told through the eyes of a teenage girl who has to deal with moving to a remote area of Alaska and a difficult family situation. Not only is the story engrossing, but the author’s vivid description of Alaska makes you feel you are on this journey with her."

Recommended by:
Judy Saxe
Senior Wealth Strategist

A Good Cry – What We Learn From Tears and Laughter Nikki Giovanni

Giovanni writes this book of poems and short stories about her life – heartbreak, enjoyment & triumphs. It reminds us that healing is possible, and sometimes not. Laughter, as well as a good cry, is part of the process and both certainly get the emotion out."

Recommended by:
Frances Boatwright
Senior Equity Trader

Lady in Waiting: My Extraordinary Life in the Shadow of the Crown Anne Glenconner

A compelling read and extraordinary memoir of a woman trapped in a gilded cage with no inheritance as she traversed a rarified world including royalty and the rich and famous."

Recommended by:

Steven Smith
Senior Relationship Manager

GREAT READS extended

More book recommendations

Categories: Business | Business thriller | Leadership | Non-fiction | Personal growth | Fiction | Wealth & Philanthropy


The Moment of Lift

Melinda Gates

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

Susan Cain

Measure What Matters: How Google, Bono and The Gates Foundation Rock the World with OKR's

John Doerr

Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World.

Adam Grant

Shoe Dog

Phil Knight

Getting Naked: A Business Fable

Patrick Lencioni

Business thriller

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silcon Valley Startup

John Carreyrou

The Billionaire's Vinegar

Benjamin Wallace


Playing Big: Practical Wisdom for Women Who Want to Speak Up, Create and Lead

Tara Mohr

Call Sign Chaos: Learn to Lead

Jim Mattis

Inside the Empire: The True Power Behind the New York Yankees

Bob Klapisch and Paul Solotaroff

Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't

Simon Sinek

The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups

John Daniel Coyle

Leadership in Turbulent Times

Doris Kearns Goodwin


Between the World and Me

Ta-Nehisi Coates

The Yellow House

Sarah M. Broom

The Last Castle

Denise Kiernan

When Breath Becomes Air

Paul Kalanithi

Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

Christopher McDougall


Tara Westover

Navajos Wear Nikes: A Reservation Life

Jim Kristofic

The Emerald Mile: The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History Through the Heart of the Grand Canyon

Kevin Fedarko

Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea

Gary Kinder


David McCullough

The Hiding Place

Corrie Ten Boom

Margaret Thatcher: Herself Alone: The Authorized Biography

Charles Moore

The Unwinding of the Miracle: A Memoir of Life, Death, and That Comes After

Julie Yip-Williams

Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon's Quest to Discover the Myseteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart

James Doty, MD

The Mountbattens: Their Lives and Loves

Andrew Lownie

Personal growth

The New Jim Crow 

Michelle Alexander


Michelle Obama

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, HER Therapist and Our Lives Revealed

Lori Gottlieb

Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life…and Maybe the World

William McRaven


Angela Duckworth

Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

Malcom Gladwell

Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies and Why

Laurence Gonzales


I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Maya Angelou


Yaa Gyasi


Toni Morrison

Go Tell It on the Mountain

James Baldwin

The Color Purple

Alice Walker

Brown Girl Dreaming

Jacqueline Woodson

Where the Crawdads Sing

Delia Owens

A Gentleman in Moscow

Amor Towles

The Alice Network

Kate Quinn

A Fine Balance

Rohinton Mistry

The Magus

John Fowles


Min Jin Lee

Happiness: A Memoir: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After

Heather Harpham

Cutting for Stone

Abraham Verghese

The Dutch House

Ann Patchett

Before We Were Yours: A Novel

Lisa Wingate

Wealth, philanthropy and legacy

Richer, Wiser, Happier: How the World's Greatest Investors Win in Markets and Life

William Green

Capitalism in America: A History

Alan Greenspan and Adrian Wooldridge

The Wise Inheritor's Guide to Freedom from Wealth - Making Family Wealth Work for You

Charles Lowenhaupt

The Wealth Elite

Reiner Zitelmann

Generation Impact: How Next Gen Donors are Revolutionizing Giving

Sharna Goldseker and Michael Moody

Putting Wealth to Work: Philanthropy for Today or Investing for Tomorrow?

Joel L. Fleishman

Splendid Legacy 2: Creating and Re-Creating Your Family Foundation

Virginia M. Esposito

Successful Philanthropy: How to Make a Life by What You Give

Jean Shafiroff

The Almanac of American Philanthropy

Karl Zinsmeister

Getting to Giving: Fundraising the Entrepreneurial Way

Howard H. Stevenson

Managing Foundations and Charitable Trusts: Essential Knowledge, Tools and Techniques for Donors and Advisors

Roger D. Silk and James W. Lintott

The Art of Giving: Where Soul Meets a Business Plan

Charles Bronfman and Jeffrey R. Solomon

The Foundation: A Great American Secret; How Private Wealth is Changing the World

Joel L. Fleishman

Grassroots Philanthropy

Bill Somerville and Fred Setterberg

Raising Charitable Children

Carol Weisman

Strategic Giving: The Art and Science of Philanthropy

Peter Frumkin

Philanthropy Heirs & Values

Roy Williams and Vic Preisser

Doing Good Great

Doug Balfour

Wealth in Families, Third Edition

Charles Collier

Give Smart: Philanthropy that Gets Results

Thomas J. Tierney and Joel L. Fleishman

Family Wealth: Keeping it in the Family

James E. Hughes, Jr.

The Cycle of the Gift

James E. Hughes, Jr.

Philanthrocapitalism: How the Rich Can Save the World

Matthew and Michael Green Bishop

Silver Spoon Kids: How Successful Parents Raise Responsible Children

Eileen Gallo and Jon Gallo

It's Good to be Queen: Every Women's Pocket Guide to Financial Sovereignty

Roselyn Wilkinson

Legacy: The Hidden Keys to Optimizing Your Family Wealth Decisions

Richard J. Orlando