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March "Must Reads" - Access Staffing Book List

2/27/2020

 

March "Must Reads" - Access Staffing Book List

By Cecelia Bocker

 

The month of March seems to drag on and on. There are no days off from work or school to look forward to, it’s grey and rainy outside, and we lose an hour of sleep on March 8th (thanks Daylight Savings Time).

One thing many people don’t know about this month though, is that March 2nd is “Read Across America Day”. In honor of this day, and to help you pass the time this month, employees of Access Staffing were asked to submit one book to add to our March "Must Reads” book list.

Check out our recommendations below! For more informatin about a book, click on the title!  

 

1. The Chairman by Stephen Frey – When the founder of one of New York’s most powerful equity firms dies, thirty-six-year- old Christian Gillette is lucky enough to take his place. However, Christian quickly learns how far some people will go, and what it truly takes, to be the one with the power on Wall Street.

 

2. The Help by Kathryn Stockett – A group of African American women risk it all by joining together to write a tell-all book about what it’s really like to work as a maid in 1960’s Jackson, Mississippi.

 

3. New York: A Novel by Edward Rutherford – Follow the stories of both fictional and real families through the history of NYC, beginning as a small fishing village all the way through 9/11.

 

4. Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens - When the “golden boy” of a small town in North Carolina is found dead, everyone blames “The Marsh Girl” - Kya Clark. Could the smart, sensitive, beautiful girl left to fend for herself in the marshes truly be responsible for the murder? Or is she simply another scapegoat for a bigger 1960’s scandal?

 

5. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng - When the home of a picture-perfect suburban family goes up in flames, who’s to blame? And why? Friends turn on each other, secrets from the past are revealed and societal standards are pushed to the breaking point in an attempt to track down the arsonist.

 

6. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom - Twenty years after graduating from college, Mitch Albom reconnects with his mentor/college professor Morrie Schwartz. In the final stage of Morrie’s life, Albom sits with him every Tuesday as he did years ago to discuss life lessons, gain wisdom, and find answers to life’s hard questions.

 

7. The Lying Game by Ruth Ware - Four old friends are brought back together by three words... “I need you”. How could one text change so much? Their lives (and pasts) are turned upside down as they learn the true weight of secrets, revenge and lies.

 

8. The Other Woman by Sandie Jones - Adam and Emily appear to be the perfect couple, but it seems someone else will stop at nothing to tear them apart. This “someone”? His mother.

 

9. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald - The classic 1920’s story of the mysterious Jay Gatsby, his love for Daisy Buchanan, their extravagant Long Island parties and the man in the middle who wrote it all down...Nick Carraway.

 

10. Montauk: A Novel by Nicola Harrison - Contrary to her thoughts,  Bea learns she will be spending the summer of 1938 at Montauk Manor with other wealthy wives, as opposed to with her “busy” husband. Eventually, Bea finds herself at home with Montauk’s nature, the laundress at the manor, and... a local man.

 

11. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini - Mariam and Laila might have been born a generation apart, but in a war torn Kabul, AP they find themselves holding on to each other for support, survival, and love.

 

12. In A Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware - When Leonora agrees to attend a bachelorette party for an old friend in the English countryside, things take a dark turn. She quickly learns the women - and the secrets - she is locked away with might be more than she signed up for.

 

13. Only The Dead Don’t Die by A.D. Popovich - After the CDC advises people to get the vaccine against “The Super Summer flu”, only a few survivors remain. Scarlett, Dean and Justin are three of the “lucky ones” left to attempt to avoid the unfortunate fate that awaits the remaining members of the human race.

 

14. Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis - An honest, humorous and inspirational read for those of us who think we are the only ones who haven’t figured out life yet. A book that allows you to get out of your own way and build yourself into the person you’re meant to be.

 

15. Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay - Sixty years after the Vel’ d’Hiv’ roundup in Paris, Julia is tasked with writing an article about this heinous night. On her quest for answers and research, she stumbles upon secrets that link her family history to that of a ten year old girl, Sarah, who was brutally arrested that same night, just after hiding her younger brother in a cabinet with the intent of coming back for him. These secrets might just derail Julia’s life in Paris, along with her marriage and everything she ever believed about the past.

 

16. The Shack by William P. Young - Mack’s daughter Missy was abducted and found brutally murdered in a shack four years ago. He recently received a letter from God asking him to return to the place of his worst nightmare. Reluctantly, Mack decides to go and get answers to his biggest question in life...where was God when this happened to his daughter?

 

17. The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations by Ryan Holiday - 366 daily insights and exercises to help you find serenity, resilience, perseverance and knowledge of yourself.

 

18. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom - Eighty-three year old war veteran Eddie is killed while trying to save a girl’s life. Once in heaven, he is taken on a journey by five different people who have influenced his life, whether he knew it or not. When an unlikely source finally gives him clarity about a mysterious event in his past, he learns if he was truly a war hero or just a failure with a well preserved secret.

 

19. Once We Were Brothers by Ronald H. Balson - Sixty years after the Holocaust, Elliot Rosenzweig is a wealthy philanthropist. At a fundraiser, Ben Solomon accuses him of being his former pseudo-brother and a Nazi SS Officer named Otto Piatek, known as “The Butcher of Zamosk”. Solomon and his lawyer, Catherine Lockhart, try to determine if Solomon is simply a mistaken old man, or if Rosenzweig is secretly one of the world’s most despicable people who escaped justice.

 

20. The Great Alone by Kristen Hannah - When Ernst Allbright comes home from the Vietnam War and decides to move his family to a small town in Alaska, it’s more than just the cold they need to worry about. Although the locals are welcoming, this might not have been the place for the Allbright family. Stuck in their cabin thanks to 18 hours of darkness each “day” and constant snow, Ernst begins to lose his mind. The Allbrights are forced to realize their only choice is to rely on each other if they plan on surviving this winter.

 

21. The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris - The true love story that miraculously began with the Holocaust, but did not end with it. A future Holocaust survivor is on line to get 34902 tattooed on her when she meets Lale Sokolov, a Jewish man who was put to work as a tattoo artist based on his ability to speak multiple languages. Lale vows to use his powerful position in the camp to keep her alive so he can marry her when it all ends.

 

22. 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez - The story of the rise and fall of Macondo, a mythical town, through the eyes of multiple generations of the Buendia family.

 

23. One for the Money by Janet Evanovich - Stephanie Plum is out of ideas and out of time to come up with rent money until she decides to become a bounty hunter in New Jersey. Her first case? A dirty cop who humiliated her in her teenage years. With more than one motive pushing her forward, she is about to find out some people would rather take their secrets to an early grave than be brought to justice.

 

24. Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline - Molly is about to age out of the foster system. The only thing keeping her out of juvie is her community service position helping an edlerly woman, Vivian, clean out her house. Through their days spent together, Molly and Vivian realize they have a lot more in common than they previously thought.

 

25. The Unlikely-Thru-Hiker by Derick Lugo - The story of an NYC comedian, Derick Lugo, who packs his things after finding himself unemployed and sets off to hike all 2,184.2 miles of the Appalachian Trail… despite never hiking before in his life.

 

26. Motivate This! by Steve Rizzo - Tools to stay motivated in business for more than just a day or two, while increasing your personal happiness and professional success.

 

Have you read any of these? Do you have any to add to our list? What’s your “one book recommendation”? Let us know! 


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