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Prosek’s Ultimate 2022 Summer Reading List

Kearney Dewing ,  David Wells,  Kristin Cole,  Kristen Anderson,  Ben Freundlich,  Amy Tizio,  Kristina Corso,  Lauren Hendrickson

Sure, we might be living in the Golden Age of Television. And yeah, we’ll admit that streaming movies straight from the couch (without being overcharged for snacks) is pretty magnificent. But at the end of the day, there’s nothing that beats the feeling of curling up with a great book—especially when it’s summertime.

To help you find your next page-turner, we asked our colleagues at Prosek to recommend some of their favorite books. Whether you’re an avid reader or trying to get yourself back into the game, make sure to check out our 2022 summer reading list:


Kristen’s recommendation: The Newcomer by Mary Kay Andrews

Genre: Suspense, Mystery, Romance and Thriller—all at once!

Why Kristen loves it (and you will too!): This story is a page-turner that will keep you on the edge of your seat as it tells a suspenseful tale of murder, family, love and the race to right the wrongs of the past. You’ll find yourself longing to relax on the beaches of Florida while simultaneously itching to put together pieces of a complicated puzzle.


Kris’s recommendation: The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles

Genre: Historical Fiction

Why Kris loves it (and you will too!): This charming and touching story of four young boys on a road trip to leave their troubled pasts and chart a new future is rich with heartwarming, funny and sad adventures. It’s an excellent follow-up to Amor Towles’ other masterpiece, Gentleman in Moscow, a story that shows that every challenge can be faced with a commitment to living a wonderful life.


Kristina’s recommendation: The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

Genre: Fantasy/Romance

Why Kristina loves it (and you will too!): This book strikes a rare balance of being delightfully charming, funny and generally heart-warming while also exploring themes of inclusivity, prejudice and blindly following authority. Klune creates wonderful characters that illustrate important topics while maintaining a light tone that makes this book a great summer read.


Kearney’s recommendation: Bewilderment by Richard Powers

Genre: Science Fiction

Why Kearney loves it (and you will too!): Bewilderment doesn’t align with my go-to genre, as I’m a romance/mystery/beach read kind of girl. That said, I really enjoyed it because it tested the way I think about our purpose, the relationships we keep and our interactions with one another by exploring the future of science and medicine, as well as standing up for all you believe in, in a story centered around the beautiful relationship between a boy and his father. If you want a book to challenge the way you think and look at the world, this one is for you.


Ben’s recommendation: A Visit from the Goon Squad Sea by Jennifer Egan

Genre: Fiction

Why Ben loves it (and you will too!): It’s fiction, which is most books I read, but kind of unique in that it’s an anthology book: almost every chapter is a new character loosely connected by some thread. I think it’s a book that everyone, no matter who they are or at what stage of their lives they are in, can relate to—as the main theme of the book is the passing of time. There’s a lot of characters, so it’s easy to find someone to identify with; it’s accessible no matter what your reading style is; and it’s unpretentious. The writing is also amazing, plus there’s an entire chapter in PowerPoint format, and the music references are A+.


Lauren’s recommendation: And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

Genre: Mystery

Why Lauren loves it (and you will too!): I have read 30+ Agatha Christie mysteries, and her power to craft a thought-provoking, chilling tale never ceases to amaze me. While I normally prefer Agatha Christie’s Poirot novels (read them all in a book club with my dad), And Then There Were None is an absolutely gripping mystery novel that will keep you turning pages until you discover the truth of who –or what – is preying on ten people trapped on an island. It’s full of twists and turns, suspense, and is even quite spooky at times.


Amy’s recommendation: One by One by Ruth Waren

Genre: Thriller

Why Amy loves it (and you will too!): I read a ton of thrillers, but this one stood out to me because of the setting—it takes place at a chalet in France that’s hosting an off-site company retreat. If you’re asking yourself, “what could go wrong?” The answer is, well…a lot. Anyone who enjoys trying to figure out the mystery before the last chapter will love this book. 😉


David’s recommendation: How to Write One Song by Jeff Tweedy

Genre: Nonfiction/Music 

Why David loves it (and you will too!): I came across the book via Ezra Klein’s podcast. He says it best: “Recently, I picked up Jeff Tweedy’s How to Write One Song. It was a bit of a lark. Tweedy is the front man for Wilco, one of my favorite bands, but I’m not a songwriter, and I don’t plan to become one. But, unexpectedly, I loved the book. It’s the most generous and approachable guide to the creative process I’ve read.” Even if you don’t think you are creative, this book will help you tap into that part of your brain, and your body will thank you.

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