Summer time is the perfect time to pick up a great book and expand your horizons. Whether it’s catching up on FFL’s book club picks, building your confidence in your professional development, or diving into a page turning novel, here are 14 books (both fiction and non-fiction) to devour during your time at the beach, traveling, and everything in between this summer.

Grace & Steel: Dorothy, Barbara, Laura, and the Women of the Bush Dynasty | Biography

The epic, hidden history of the exceptional women behind the greatest political dynasty of all time―the Bush family.

Ladies Of The House: A Modern Retelling of Sense and Sensibility | Contemporary Fiction

Set in High Society Georgetown, an irresistible family drama about two sisters and the public scandal that may just lead them to rewrite the rules…

Everything Will Be Okay: Life Lessons for Young Women (from a Former Young Woman) | Self-Help

Everything Will Be Okay is a no-nonsense how-to guide to life for young women looking to reframe their thinking, to believe in themselves, to take risks, to understand their power, and to feel better overall through finding serenity and taking action.

Meet You In The Middle | Romance

What happens when the person you find most impossible becomes impossible to resist? The Hating Game meets The West Wing in this hilarious across-the-aisle romantic comedy debut about America’s least likely couple.

The Triumph of Nancy Reagan | Biography

The definitive biography of the fiercely vigilant and politically astute First Lady who shaped one of the most consequential presidencies of the 20th century: Nancy Reagan.

The Sisterhood of Secret Ambitions | Young Adult

A teen girl, backed by a secret society of powerful women, competes to make an 18-year-old future President fall in love with her.

Fighting For Life: Becoming a Force for Change in a Wounded World | Politics

You want to make a difference in the world. You’re concerned about all the problems you see, the injustices and the suffering. But you don’t know where to begin. Designed for the aspiring activist or world-changer, this book is the key to get you started.

Influence | Young Adult Mystery

A twisty new mystery that dives into the world of teen influencers from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Pretty Little Liars Sara Shepard and seventeen-year-old actress and social media personality Lilia Buckingham. 

Jackie and Maria: A Novel of Jackie Kennedy & Maria Callas | Historical Fiction

A story of love, passion, and tragedy as the lives of Jackie Kennedy and Maria Callas are intertwined―and they become the ultimate rivals, in love with the same man.

You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington | Biography

Alexis Coe takes a closer look at our first–and finds he is not quite the man we remember.

Cleo McDougal Regrets Nothing | Contemporary Fiction

Cleo McDougal is a born politician. From congresswoman to senator, the magnetic, ambitious single mother now has her eye on the White House – always looking forward, never back. Until an estranged childhood friend shreds her in an op-ed hit piece gone viral.

The Authoritarian Moment: How the Left Weaponized America’s Institutions Against Dissent | Politics

Ben Shapiro asks how far Americans are actually willing to go in forcing each other to fall in line.

Tokyo Ever After | Young Adult

The Princess Diaries meets Crazy Rich Asians in Emiko Jean’s Tokyo Ever After, a story of an ordinary Japanese-American girl who discovers that her father is the Crown Prince of Japan.

When We Left Cuba | Historical Fiction

The Cuban Revolution took everything from sugar heiress Beatriz Perez—her family, her people, her country. Recruited by the CIA to infiltrate Fidel Castro’s inner circle and pulled into the dangerous world of espionage, Beatriz is consumed by her quest for revenge and her desire to reclaim the life she lost.

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