Summer officially starts today in Seattle.

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Summer officially starts today in Seattle.

Oh, sure, the first day of summer technically was June 20, but I’ve heard several people joke recently about Seattle’s summer not really starting until July 5. Of course, last year, you could make a case, it didn’t start til September.

In honor of Seattle’s summer, I’d like to hear what is on your reading list. Here’s mine.

In the political category, I just finished one, though a little wonky, by moral pscyhologist Jonathan Haidt, called “The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion” His analysis of how the deep political divisions in our society have developed certainly gave me pause. People are becoming more tribal and not listening or interacting with people they disagree with.

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In the guilty pleasure category, I’ve started a thriller, The Expats by Chris Pavone. It’s about a mom and wife, raising kids who also happens to be a spy. The premise adds another dimension to the recent controversy spawned by Anne-Marie Slaughter in The Atlantic over whether women can really have it all — children, marriage and a carreer.

My all time favorite book is Lost Horizon, written by English writer James Hilton in 1933. Heard of Shangri-la? It originated with this book. A plane crash, people gaining personal and metaphysical insights in a lush paradise — many have speculated that it was the inspiration for ABC’s television series, “Lost.”

So what’s on your list?

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