Mickey’s Summer Reads

July 6, 2017

As the summer heat begins to ramp up, it’s easy to settle into a pool of complacency with a refreshing libation and an easy beach read — resist the temptation! Here are several worthwhile books that also are promisingly entertaining.

Jeff VanderMeer, Borne 

VanderMeer is at the forefront of a group of writers who bend the old devices of genre fiction to unaccustomed ends: the New Weird. His newest novel is part sci-fi, part family drama, envisioning a world shaped by both technology and the supernatural. A massive golden bear named Mord and feral, genetically modified children tyrannize a semi-ruined post-apocalyptic city, as an ex-scientist, scavenger, and ominous “dark purple… hybrid sea anemone and a squid” form an unlikely bond.





Amy Thielen, Give a Girl a Knife 

Amy Thielen is nationally known foodie, host of “Heartland Table” on the Food Network and author of the cookbook “The New Midwestern Table.” She’s cooked  in the kitchens of David Bouley, Daniel Boulud, and Jean-Georges Vongerichten, learning the secrets behind traditionalist dishes and experiencing the food culture of New York. Then she moved home to Park Rapids, Minnesota, into a house with no electricity or running water and began a classic Minnesota garden: planting horseradish, chives and tarragon, as well as rhubarb, crabapple trees and lilacs. Give a Girl a Knife is a touching memoir and a must-read for food enthusiasts alike, and since Thielen lives just miles from my family cabin, her book hits close to home.



Adam Grant, Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World 

Grant’s new book studies the question of how we can originate new ideas, policies, and practices without risking it all. Using stories, studies, and personal anecdotes, Grant covers a spectrum of topics including business, politics, sports, and entertainment, attempting to discover the best ways to support original ideas and that go against the grain, battle conformity, and force progression. A must read that may change the way you see the world and be a source of  inspiration.