Studio 5 Summer Reads that are Inspiring

Salt Lake County librarian Trish Hull has compiled a list of 10 compelling books that will inspire you in so many different ways.

Inspiring Reads

The Help

By Kathryn Stockett

F Stockett

pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary
women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever
changes a town, and the way women-mothers, daughters, caregivers,
friends-view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy,
humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and
universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don’t

Just Who Will You Be?

Maria Shriver

#170.44 Shr

Who Will You Be?

is a candid, heartfelt, and inspirational book for seekers of all ages.
Inspired by a speech she gave, Maria Shriver’s message is that what you
do in your life isn’t what matters. It’s who you are. It’s an important
lesson that will appeal to anyone of any age looking for a life of

Life on the
Refrigerator Door

By: Alice Kuipers

#:F Kuipers

touching and unforgettable, Life on the Refrigerator Door
is a glimpse into the lives of mothers and daughters everywhere. In
this deeply touching novel told through a series of notes written from
a loving mother and her devoted fifteen-year-old daughter, debut author
Alice Kuipers deftly captures the impenetrable fabric that connects
mothers and daughters throughout the world. Moving and rich with
emotion, Life on the Refrigerator Door delivers
universal lessons about love in a wonderfully simple and poignant


The Zookeepers Wife

By Diane Ackerman

#:940.531 Ack

lovely story about the Holocaust might seem like a grotesque oxymoron.
But in The Zookeeper’s Wife, Diane Ackerman proves
otherwise. Here is a true story—of human empathy and its
opposite—that is simultaneously grave and exuberant, wise and
playful. Ackerman has a wonderful tale to tell, and she tells it

Post Susie Linfield

Three Cups of Tea

By  Greg

#: 371.822 Mor

Cups of Tea traces Mortenson’s decade-long odyssey to build schools,
especially for girls, throughout the region that gave birth to the
Taliban and sanctuary to Al Qaeda. While he wages war with the root
causes of terrorism – poverty and ignorance – by providing both girls
and boys with a balanced, nonextremist education. Mortenson must
survive a kidnapping, fatwas issued by enraged mullahs, death threats
from Americans who consider him a traitor, and wrenching separations
from his family.”

Eat, Pray, Love

By Elizabeth Gilbert

#:910.4 Gil

celebrated author of The Last American Man creates
an irresistible, candid, and eloquent account of her pursuit of worldly
pleasure and spiritual devotion.

The Great

By David McCullough

#:624.23 McC

monumental book is the enthralling story of one of the greatest events
in our nation’s history, during the Age of Optimism — a
period when Americans were convinced in their hearts that all things
were possible.

The Five People You
Meet in Heaven

By: Mitch Albom

#: F Albom

is a novel that explores the unexpected connections of our lives, and
the idea that heaven is more than a place; it’s an answer. One by one,
from childhood to soldier to old age, Eddie’s five people revisit their
connections to him on earth, illuminating the mysteries of his
“meaningless” life, and revealing the haunting secret behind the
eternal question: “Why was I here?”


By Amy Bloom

#: F Bloom

her family is destroyed in a Russian pogrom, Lillian comes to America
alone, determined to make her way in a new land. When word comes that
her daughter, Sophie, might still be alive, Lillian embarks on an
odyssey that takes her from the world of the Yiddish theater on New York’s Lower East
Side, to Seattle’s
Jazz District, and up to Alaska,
along the fabled Telegraph Trail toward Siberia.

Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

By Mary Ann Shaffer

#: F Shaffer

1946: writer Juliet Ashton receives a letter from a stranger, a
founding member of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.
And so begins a remarkable tale of the island of Guernsey during the
German occupation, and of a society as extraordinary as its name.

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