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Baby-Boomers Read for Fun!
And… Share Their Favorite Selections

By: Inter Valley Health Plan





Reading for the FUN of it is the new “COOL.” What better way to reduce stress than by engaging in a historical fiction novel where you live in a far-a-way country hundreds of years ago. Or, an enchanted love story that sets your imagination and anticipation in motion. Whether you prefer fiction or fact, reading gives you the opportunity to be mentally stimulated, adding tranquility to your life. Many studies prove that reading can enhance short-term memory.

For Health & Living has asked members of the eMAC (Electronic Member Advisory Council from Inter Valley Health Plan), who are avid readers, to email their favorite novels. We found that members of this council read between 50-60 books a year. This group also enjoys watching the movie versions of the stories that they read, and they unanimously agree that the books are ALWAYS better than the movies.

Here is a list of 40+ novels recommended by Baby-Boomers for your next book club selection or just for quiet reading (for the fun of it).

*The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency --Alexander McCall Smith
*The Art of Racing in the Rain --Garth Stein
*Three Cups of Tea -- Greg Mortenson
*Sarah's Key-- Tatiana de Rosnay
*Little Bee--Chris Cleave
*Personal History --Katharine Graham
*Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet-- Jamie Ford
*One Thousand White Women-- The Journals of May Dodd-- Jim Ferguson
*The Help--Kathryn Stockett
*Outliers: The Story of Success-- Malcolm Gladwell
*The Shack-- Wm. Paul Young
*The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo-- Stieg Larsson
*The Road Less Traveled: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth– M.D. M. Scott Peck
*The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest -- Stieg Larsson
*The Mayor of Casterbridge --Thomas Hardy and Elliot Perlman
*Cutting for Stone -- Abraham Verghese
*Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption -- Laura Hillenbrand
*Water for Elephants  -- Sara Gruen
*The Clan of the Cave Bear--- Jean M. Auel
*Frank: The Voice -- James Kaplan
*Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia –   Elizabeth Gilbert
*The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel -- Diane Setterfield
*The Glass Castle: A Memoir -- Jeannette Walls
*Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy -- Sarah Ban Breathnach
*Change of Heart -- Jodi Picoult
*Mudbound -- Hillary Jordan
*Skipping Christmas  -- John Grisham
*Stones from the River -- Ursula Hegi
*The Widow's War  -- Sally Gunning
*Steve Jobs --Walter Isaacson
*Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet-- Bill McKibben

*The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures --Anne Fadiman

*Return from Tomorrow -- George C. Ritchie and Elizabeth Sherrill

*The Goldfinch --Donna Tartt

*This Is Where I Leave You --Jonathan Tropper

*My Beloved World -- Sonia Sotomayor

*Flight Behavior -- Barbara Kingsolver

*Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers -- Anne Lamott

*Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption -- Laura Hillenbrand

*The 8th Confession (Women's Murder Club) -- James Patterson

*The Clan of the Cave Bear: Earth's Children, --Jean M. Auel

*The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith and J. K. Rowling



 



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