Summer lends itself to long, lazy days spent beach or poolside – with a good book in hand. This summer, we’re inviting you join our virtual #jamesbookclub by highlighting a selection of classics, currents and just-for-fun reads as curated by our team.
 
As the season comes to an end, August’s picks come courtesy of Food and Beverage Manager at The James New York - Soho, Tara Cullon, whose diverse selections are as unique as New York itself. 
 
I love this book as it showcases women in a different light in regards to pursuing a career and finding themselves prior to finding a partner in life. The pressure to find a mate haunts most women approaching their 30s, but this book counters with the idea of having a life before bringing a life into the world. Makes you want to grab your passport and travel.
 
At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. I found this read emotional and challenging in the sense that it discusses a topic that we all have experienced in one way or another. It is the only book written by the Dr. Kalanithi and showcases his tumultuous journey from life to death. 
 
This is a non-fiction memoir written by civil rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson who specialized in undertaking cases of prisoners on death row in the Southernmost part of Alabama during the 70s-00s. The book addresses the inequality in our justice system for those who are underprivileged, issues ever more poignant given today’s landscape.

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