MERU's 2022 Summer Reading List


Our favorite reads this summer

Need a good read? If you're looking for a book to enjoy on your next vacation, our latest reading list features something for everyone.

Burn Rate: Launching a Startup and Losing My Mind
by Andy Dunn

Andy Dunn was the co-founder of clothing DTC startup Bonobos (I was an early fan). Stanford GSB grad, successful entrepreneur... the world was his oyster. But his struggles with mental health cost him dearly. Equal parts startup story and clear-eyed memoir, this is very different from the typical autohagiography that plagues this genre. – Kyle

Project Hail Mary
by Andy Weir

The author of 'The Martian' is back again with a new survival themed novel about one man's attempt to save the human race. Try this one out or wait for the new motion picture film starring Ryan Gosling. – John

Phil: The Rip-Roaring (and Unauthorized!) Biography of Golf's Most Colorful Superstar
by Alan Shipnuck

Though the book recaps some of Phil's triumphant golf victories, it is the stories from those around him that provide the real intrigue in this book. His willingness to risk it all is not confined to the golf course and with the latest developments surrounding breakaway golf tours, this book gives some insights into the potential motivations for Phil to leave the PGA. – Josh

The Grid
by Gretchen Bakke

A very detailed description of our power grid from its inception to today. Gretchen does a thorough job of outlining the pros and cons to all of the ways some of the best and brightest are doing to improve our power generating capacity in a cost efficient, safe and practical manner. – Nick

The Unfair Advantage
by Mark Donohue

Mark Donohue was the driving force behind Roger Penske, now owner of Indycar and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and Penske Racing in the 1960s and ‘70s. In 1974, Donohue took a year off from driving at the height of his racing career to write "The Unfair Advantage," a candid and revealing book about his journey through the world of auto racing -- from amateur races to winning the Indy 500. What spoke to me most about this story was his honesty about what success in motorsports cost him personally, a lesson that serves as a good reminder to never forget those that are most important to you. – Rob

by John Grisham

Samuel "Sooley" Sooleyman gets the chance of a lifetime to compete in a U.S. summer showcase for dozens of college basketball scouts. After a few days of play, 17-year-old Sooley quickly learns that his basketball skills need work. As he struggles on the court, he receives devasting news from home in South Sudan where a civil war is raging. Readers are rooting for Sooley as he journeys through the ups and downs of life and his story unfolds. A classically written John Grisham novel, the pages turn quickly in this moving story filled with play-by-play action of each basketball game. Anyone with an interest in sports will enjoy this read! – Anna

I am Amelia Earhart: Ordinary People Change the World
by Brad Meltzer

Looking for children's books about inspirational women? Groundbreaking American pilot Amelia Earhart is the 2nd hero in the New York Times bestselling picture book biography series for ages 5 to 8. Amelia Earhart refused to accept no for an answer; she dared to do what no one had ever done before and became the first woman to fly a plane all the way across the Atlantic Ocean. This biography follows her from childhood to her first flying lessons and onward to her multi-record-breaking career as a pilot. – Daisy

Outliers: The Story of Success
by Malcolm Gladwell

While hard work and talent are responsible for many of the success stories that we have seen, there is much more to success than meets the eye. This book takes us on a journey through the world of "outliers" - the world's brightest and the most successful. Gladwell asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? – Samir

HBR's 10 Must Reads 2022: The Definitive Management Ideas of the Year
by Harvard Business Review

HBR's description sums it up: A year's worth of management wisdom, all in one place. Topics discussed include how Apple is organized, how businesses should think about innovation, and how leaders can lead through anxiety (especially during uncertain times). This volume focuses on key issues that are front and center for any business leader today. – Samiksha