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Allied's summer 2013 reading list.

Online career training is very flexible, so the concept of a traditional summer doesn't really exist. Plus, as you know well, our families, work, and online courses fill up our schedules pretty easily. But we do have time here and there. So we thought it would be nice to put together a list of 5 books we wanted to read, and that weren't related to school work. After all, it’s good for the brain. We hope you enjoy our summer 2013 reading picks!

1. The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel

As America's Mercury Seven astronauts were launched on death-defying missions, television cameras focused on the brave smiles of their young wives. Overnight, these women were transformed from military spouses into American royalty. They had tea with Jackie Kennedy, appeared on the cover of Life magazine, and quickly grew into fashion icons.

 (Source: The Astronaut Wives Club Book Description on Amazon.com)






2. A Matter of Life by Jeffrey Brown

After the acclaimed indie film Save the Date and the bestselling all-ages humor book Darth Vader and Son, graphic novelist Jeffrey Brown (Clumsy, Unlikely) returns to the autobiographical work that first made his reputation. In A Matter of Life, Jeffrey Brown draws upon memories of three generations of Brown men: himself, his minister father, and his preschooler son Oscar. Weaving through time, passing through the quiet suburbs and colorful cities of the midwest, their stories slowly assemble into a kaleidoscopic answer to the big questions: matters of life and death, family and faith, and the search for something beyond oneself.

(Source: A Matter of Life Book Description on Amazon.com)









3. Super Boys: The Amazing Adventures of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster –the Creators of Superman by Brad Ricca

Drawing on ten years of research in the trenches of Cleveland libraries, boarded-up high schools, and secret, private collections, and a love of comic books, Brad Ricca's Super Boys is the first ever full biography about Superman's creators. Among scores of new discoveries, the book reveals the first stories and pictures ever published by the two, where the first Superman story really came from, the real inspiration for Lois Lane, the template for Superman's costume, and much, much more. Super Boys also tracks the boys' unknown, often mysterious lives after they left Superman, including Siegel's secret work during World War II and never-before-seen work from Shuster.

 (Source: Super Boys Book Description on Amazon.com)





4. The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers

Poor Duncan just wants to color. But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing: His crayons have had enough! They quit! Beige Crayon is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown Crayon. Black wants to be used for more than just outlining. Blue needs a break from coloring all those bodies of water. And Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking—each believes he is the true color of the sun. What can Duncan possibly do to appease all of the crayons and get them back to doing what they do best? Kids will be imagining their own humorous conversations with crayons and coloring a blue streak after sharing laughs with Drew Daywalt and New York Times bestseller Oliver Jeffers.

(Source: The Day the Crayons Quit Book Description on Amazon.com)


5. Claudia Silver to the Rescue by Kathy Ebel


In this gutsy debut novel, flawed but unsinkable Claudia Silver cuts a wide comic swath through 1990s New York City in her misguided attempts to find love and happiness. Estranged from her bohemian Brooklyn family and fired for an impropriety at work, Claudia Silver is officially in over her head. When her younger sister lands on her doorstep urgently in need of help, twenty-something Claudia desperately wants to offer the rescue that she herself has longed for. But Claudia missteps dramatically, straight into a disastrous love affair that disrupts three very different New York households. Ultimately, she discovers the resilient nature of love where she least expects it—among her own family.

 (Source: Claudia Silver to the Rescue Book Description on Amazon.com)


What are you planning on reading for fun this summer? Leave your book choice in the comments! And, as always, please give us a call if you have any questions about our real estate, medical billing, or business career training at (888) 501-7686.

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