Men Who Read: The holiday book edit

11.05.2017

Whether you prefer a gripping political novel or an inspiring non-fiction book from one of Google’s top executives, discover our edit of this summer’s best reads.

For the political
The Nix by Nathan Hill

Samuel hasn’t seen his mother for decades when suddenly she is the highlight of the nightly news for committing a politically motivated crime. As Samuel begins to excavate his mother's history, the story moves from the rural American Midwest of the 1960s, to New York City during Occupy Wall Street, and finally to war-torn Norway, home of the mysterious Nix. A groundbreaking debut novel, The Nix explores love and betrayal against a backdrop of American social conflict and popular culture.

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For the poetic
Fathers & Sons by Howard Cunnell

Growing up with an absent father, when Cunnell’s daughter realises he’s a boy he starts to question his sense of self. This is a story about love - its necessity and fragility - and its unequalled capacity to enable us to be who we are. Deeply thoughtful, searingly honest and exquisitely lyrical, Fathers & Sons is an exploration of fatherhood, masculinity, authenticity and family.

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For those in need of inspiration
Happiness of Pursuit by Chris Guillebeau

The New York Times bestselling author of The $100 Startup wants to help you find purpose in work and life by committing to a life-changing quest. The Happiness of Pursuit offers inspirational and practical advice to help you bridge the gap between 'impossible dream' and 'everyday reality'.

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For true-crime lovers
Pill City by Kevin Deutsch

Pill City is the true story behind the looting of pharmacies in Baltimore during the 2015 riots, and the two teenagers who became America’s youngest drug lords. Award-winning criminal justice reporter Kevin Deutsch speaks to all the key players and interweaves their stories to tell a gritty, hard-hitting story of survival in the Baltimore underworld.

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For the escapists
Ithaca by Alan McMonagle

Jason escapes his difficult home life for the Swamp where he meets a girl - a being as lost as himself and with even less regard for reality. Together, they conjure exotic adventures transporting them from ancient Egypt to Greece on the search for Ithaca, home of Odysseus. But what begins as innocent flights of fancy soon become forays into hazardous territory - the girl is a dangerous (and very committed) partner in crime. Ithaca is the ferociously funny and unbelievably poignant debut novel from Alan McMonagle.

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For the analytical
Solve for Happy by Mo Gawdat

According to Gawdat, to steer clear of unhappiness traps we must dispel the six illusions that cloud our thinking, overcoming the brain’s seven deadly defects and embrace five ultimate truths. Solve for Happy is a startlingly original book about creating and maintaining happiness, written by a top Google executive with an engineer's training and fondness for thoroughly analyzing a problem.

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For those questioning the important things in life
Let Go My Hand by Edward Docx

Louis Lasker’s family has a lot of history - his father’s marriages, his mother’s death, one brother in exile and another in denial. When his dying father asks him and his two brothers to join him on one final journey across Europe, Let Go My Hand becomes a darkly comic and deeply moving twenty-first-century love story between sons and their father. It asks elemental questions about how we love, how we live, and what really matters in the end.

For the time-poor
The Reminders by Val Emmich

Overcome with the loss of his boyfriend Sydney, Gavin Winters has set fire to every reminder in their home. He flees LA to New Jersey to life with his close friend and her daughter Joan - who has a rare ability to remember every single day of her life in perfect detail - hoping that she can reconnect him with the memories of Sydney he is now in danger of losing forever. Charming, beautifully observed, poignant and funny, at just over 200 pages The Reminders explores the unlikely friendship between a grief-stricken man who can’t remember and a ten-year-old girl who can’t forget.