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The Johnson Bixby Summer Reading List

Last Friday, June 21 marked the first day of summer – a time to enjoy reading on the porch, picnic blanket or by the pool. If you’re still looking for summer reading suggestions, you are in luck. We’ve asked some of the Johnson Bixby team to share their summer reading recommendations. From long-time favorites to those on our own personal lists, we hope you’re inspired to hit the local library or bookstore and check out some of our suggested titles.



Terassa Wren, Executive Assistant: I have two non-fiction recommendations, but both read like spy novels. I’m obsessed with both and wish I could read them again for the first time – that’s how good they are!

Red Notice by Bill Browders tells the story of one man taking on overpowering odds to change the world. The New York Times called it, “part John Grisham-like thriller, part business and political memoir.”

American Radical by Tamer Elnoury is the explosive memoir of an active Muslim American federal agent revealing his experience infiltrating and bringing down a terror cell in North America.


Paula Lee, Director of Talent & Culture:I’m looking forward to reading Where We Come From by Oscar Casares a novel about a Mexican-American family in Brownsville, Texas that reluctantly becomes involved in smuggling immigrants into the United States.


Karen Brown, Client Services: The best selling book of all time is one I read every morning and will continue to do throughout the summer: The Bible. Sometimes I read chapters in sequence, or other times I flip it open and read various sections. I’ve also focused on a particular book like Psalms or Proverbs at points in my life. I find it helpful in gaining new insights, finding wisdom, receiving encouragement or when feeling convicted about an attitude or habit that may need adjusting.


Lynn Snyder, Investments: I have two recommendations Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner and Flashboys by Michael Lewis.

Angle of Repose won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1972. The novel is narrated by retired historian Lyman Ward. Confined to a wheelchair and abandoned by living family, he sets out to document his frontier-era grandparents lives. The novel is compelling historical fiction set in the late 19th Century American West and tracks his mining engineer grandfather through Colorado, California, Mexico and Idaho. The story details struggles on various mining, hydrology and construction engineering jobs, and his grandmother’s adaptation to a hard life. A must read for those who love the American West and how it has evolved into what we enjoy today.

Another page turner by Michael Lewis, Flashboys is a non-fiction book that explores the evolution of High Frequency Trading (HFT) in US equity markets, the effects on the trading industry and the ethics of HFT. Like the arcane topic he is covering, the book keeps a fast pace while uncovering the personalities and issues behind this controversial and under-regulated practice.


Rachel Gorretta, Marketing & Communications Director: With the recent 75th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy, I was reminded of The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, one of the better books I’ve read in the last few years. The Nightingale tells the story of two sisters in France during World War II and their struggle to survive and resist the German occupation of France. Plus, Kristin is a Pacific Northwest author and a few pieces in the book reference local areas.


Melissa Spoharski, Tax: In The Innocents Abroad, Mark Twain writes about traveling with a group of Americans to Europe and the Holy Land. I think Americans who have traveled to the same locations may find it interesting to compare their experiences with those of Mark Twain’s and his fellow travelers’.

Originally published in 1867 another interesting read is the review of the book from the December 1869 issue of The Atlantic!


Kartr Johnson, Information Technology: I recommend the book Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke. It’s a funny, unique and meandering tale beautifully written. You’d never know it’s over 800 pages long!


Happy Reading!

Written By Johnson Bixby