Elise’s 2019 Reading List

As a Member of the Education and Labor Committee, I believe passionately in promoting literacy and the power of reading for all ages in all communities. My mother instilled my love of reading as a child, which was further cultivated by my teachers in school. No matter how busy the days are, I try to read for 30 minutes every night before going to bed. And each year, I love sharing my annual reading list. Thank you to all of the passionate NY-21 readers for asking me throughout the year what I’m reading and for sharing their favorites with me!

TOP FIVE OF 2019

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

Israel: A Concise History of a Nation Reborn by Daniel Gordis

Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway Revolution by Todd Purdum

The Gown: A Novel of the Royal Wedding by Jennifer Robson

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann

COMPLETE 2019 READING LIST

The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss, and American Royalty in the Nation’s Largest Home by Denise Kiernan

Ashley’s War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann

The Paris Seamstress by Natasha Lester

The Once and Future Worker: A Vision for the Renewal of Work in America by Oren Cass

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine: A Novel, by Gail Honeyman

The Days of Abandonment by Elena Ferrante

The Return of the Soldier, by Rebecca West

The White Darkness by David Grann

Troubling Love by Elena Ferrante

The Envoy: From Kabul to the White House, My Journey Through a Turbulent World by Zalmay Khalilzad

There There by Tommy Orange

Who Thought This Was A Good Idea?: And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work at the White House by Alyssa Mastromonaco

The Cast: A Novel by Amy Blumenfeld

The Other Einstein: A Novel by Marie Benedict

Mostly Sunny: How I Learned to Keep Smiling Through the Rainest Days by Janice Dean

The Tattooist of Auschwitz: A Novel by Heather Morris

The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living: A Novel by Louise Miller

The House at Tyneford: A Novel by Natasha Solomons

Nothing Like the Sun by Anthony Burgess

Letters from Paris, by Juliet Blackwell

Fiercombe Manor, A Novel by Kate Riordan

Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love by Dani Shapiro

Inseparable: The Original Siamese Twins and Their Rendezvous with American History by Yunte Huang

The First Wave: The D-Day Warriors Who Led The Way to Victory in World War II by Alex Kershaw

The Road to Character by David Brooks

The Great Successor: The Divinely Perfect Destiny of Brilliant Comrade Kim Jong Un by Anna Fifield

Love Your Enemies: How Decent People Can Save America from the Culture of Contempt by Arthur Brooks

Spies of No Country: Secret Lives at the Birth of Israel by Matti Friedman

Power, Faith, and Fantasy: America in the Middle East: 1776 to the Present by Michael Oren

Israel: A Concise History of a Nation Reborn by Daniel Gordis

American Carnage: On the Front Lines of the Republican Civil War and the Rise of President Trump by Tim Alberta

Rutka’s Notebook: January-April 1943 by Rutka Laskier

The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes The World by Melinda Gates

Chasing Hillary: Ten Years, Two Presidential Campaigns, and One Intact Glass Ceiling by Amy Chozick

The Gown: A Novel of the Royal Wedding by Jennifer Robson

The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters by Priya Parker

Enter Helen: The Invention of Helen Gurley Brown and the Rise of the Modern Single Woman by Brooke Hauser

The Haunting of Maddy Clare by Simone St. James

The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels by Jon Meacham

Not Just Jane: Rediscovering Seven Amazing Women Writers Who Transformed British Literature by Shelley DeWees

Political Tribes: Group Instincts and the Fate of Nations by Amy Chua

The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciations by John McCain and Mark Salter

The Hellfire Club by Jake Tapper

Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway Revolution by Todd Purdum

Impeachment: An American History by Jeffrey Engel, Jon Meacham, Timothy Naftali and Peter Baker