What we’re reading this summer at New York Life

man reading a book on the beach

It's officially summertime, but our brains are not going on vacation! If you’re in the market for something to read this summer that isn’t AI generated, then you’ll love our curated list of 10 suggested books from our colleagues at New York Life.


1.    The Silent Patient

Alex Michaelides

A forensic therapist seeks out the motive behind Alicia Berenson’s murder of her own husband, but she refuses to speak a word to anyone.

Shelby Hipp, Group Benefit Solutions: “Reads like a cinematic thriller with a very unique twist!”


2.    Nicholas Nickleby

Charles Dickens

When the young Nicholas Nickleby finds himself penniless in the wake of his father’s death, he must turn to his wealthy uncle to help him secure a job to protect his mother and sister.

Lauren Goodwin, Group Benefit Solutions: “It should take me all summer to read!”


3.    The East Indian

Brinda Charry

This novel imagines the life of the likely first immigrant from South Asia to the colonies.

Christine Cullen, Institutional Annuities: “I have always had an interest in pre-Revolutionary history.”


4.    If We Were Villains

M. L. Rio

An homage to Shakespeare, the story of seven actors nearing graduation at an elite college and achieving all of their dreams when tragedy suddenly strikes. 

Karan Shah, Technology: “If you like Shakespeare and murder mysteries, this is the book for you!”


5.    Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow

Gabrielle Zevin

Following the story of two college friends who become creative partners in a dazzling and intricately imagined world of video game design, they must learn to deal with the ups, downs, and immortality of success. 

Karla Hourihan, Agency: “About friendship and video games – two of my favorite things!”


6.    Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams

Matthew Walker PhD

Using recent scientific discoveries, this book explains how to procure and benefit from the best sleep one can achieve.

Joseph Sneary, Group Benefit Solutions: “There’s so much to learn about sleep from just this book.”


7.    Life

Keith Richards and James Fox

An autobiography of Keith Richards, guitarist of the Rolling Stones, spanning from early childhood, through his time playing in his legendary band.

Ian Ulinski, Service: “A real good book.”


8.    Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men

Caroline Criado Perez

An examination of gender bias, lack of female representation in data, and other disadvantages tied to one’s gender.

Yvonne Baez-Last, Product Solutions: “Shows the lack of female representation in many areas of life.”


9.    Trust

Hernan Diaz

This Pulitzer Prize-winning novel explores the perception and realities of American wealth through four different genres.

Jennifer Covell, Office of the General Counsel: “This book has a unique structure.”


10.  Lessons in Chemistry

Bonnie Garmus

Follows the story of 1960s female chemist, Elizabeth Zott, who becomes the star of a beloved cooking show as she encourages women to change the status quo.

Margaret Daley, Agency Communications: “Funny, sad, and fierce.”


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