GUY STUFF: Five of the Hottest Summer Reads for Men by Hampton Rhodes

Five of the Hottest Summer Reads for Men

Not every guy is a weekend warrior or the athletic outdoorsy type that has to be busy with sports on his beach vacation. Some guys want to catch up on their reading during down time, learn what other people are thinking without a 140-character limitation, and dive deeper into areas that spark interest or curiosity, to increase his comprehension of the changing ways the world works, or to understand some of the “whys” of our ever-globalized society.

This week, Z’Scoop has gathered a list of best selling books that are targeted to men’s interests and are creating a buzz among booksellers and the media. Let’s take a look at the books that today’s literate men are reading.

Al Franken: Giant of the Senate, by Al Franken
Al Franken’s recently released, “Al Franken: Giant of the Senate” is both politically observant and funny as hell. A decided and outspoken liberal, Franken’s book is being read by all spectrums of political affiliations – because he’s both funny and ironic.

“We seem to have entered an era where getting caught lying openly and shamelessly, lying in a manner that insults the intelligence of both your friends and foes, lying about lying, and lying for the sake of lying have all lost their power to damage a politician.”

Released in June of 2017, “Al Franken: Giant of the Senate” is already a best-selling book at’s book list and is enjoying a 4th week on the NY Times best-selling non-fiction list.

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, by J. D. Vance
Published prior to the Presidential Election in 2016, Hillbilly Elegy actually explains why and how Donald J. Trump was elected. Vance takes a probing look at the struggles of America’s white working class through the author’s own story of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town in a slowly declining, white, middle-class family.

The Economist reviewed this book by saying:
“J.D. Vance’s memoir, ‘Hillbilly Elegy,’ offers a starkly honest look at what that shattering of faith feels like for a family who lived through it. You will not read a more important book about America this year.”

Hillbilly Elegy is enjoying 48 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list.

A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel, by Amor Towles
The setting is the Metropol, a famous Moscow hotel where movie stars and Russian royalty hobnob, where Bolsheviks plot revolutions and intellectuals discuss the merits of contemporary Russian writers, where spies spy, thieves thieve and the danger of twentieth century Russia lurks outside its marbled walls.

It is the story of Alexander Rostov, unflinchingly devoted to his station, even when forced to wait tables, play hide and seek with a young girl, or confront communism. Towles captures the grandeur of the magnificent hotel and brings to life the bizarre characters that reside there.

Booklist reviews A Gentlemen in Moscow saying:
“In his remarkable first novel, the bestselling ‘Rules of Civility,’ Towles etched 1930s New York in crystalline relief … His latest polished literary foray into a bygone era is just as impressive … an imaginative and unforgettable historical portrait.”

Thank You for Being Late, by Thomas L. Friedman
Published late last year, “Thank You for Being Late” is a self-described optimist’s guide to thriving in the age of accelerations.

Friedman’s latest offering exposes the tectonic shifts that are reshaping the world today and explains how to take best advantage of them and cushion their worst impacts. How you understand the news, the work you do, the education your kids need, the investments your employer has to make, and the moral and geopolitical choices our country has to navigate are all being dissected, explained and refashioned by Friedman’s analysis.

Says John Micklethwait of the New York Times Book Review:
“’Thank You for Being Late’ is a master class in explaining … As usual with Friedman, it is all backed up by pages of serious reporting from around the world … After reading this book, you have a much better idea of the forces that are upending your world, how they work together — and what people, companies and governments can do to prosper. You do have a coherent narrative — an honest, cohesive explanation for why the world is the way it is, without miracle cures or scapegoats.”

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, by Neil de Grasse Tyson
“Astrophysics for People in a Hurry” is a straightforward, easy-to-understand introduction to the laws that govern the universe.

What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There’s no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil de Grasse Tyson.

Paul Halpern reviews “Astrophysics for People in a Hurry” by saying:
“Tyson’s compelling anecdotes and clear prose shine throughout. His cultural references are especially memorable, from quotes by Shakespeare, the Bible, and a poem by Einstein, to modern-day allusions to “Star Trek.” There are excellent sections about the origin of the chemical elements (Tyson wonders why the general public is afraid of chemicals) the shape of astronomical bodies (comparing them to hamburgers and hot dogs), and the mysteries of dark matter and dark energy. “

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