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The LaSallian Summer Reading List










Summer is in full swing, and there's nothing quite like diving into a new book to enjoy in the sunshine. We've got some avid readers here at LaSalle, and this summer we thought we'd share the books that keep us turning pages:


Annie Lorenz, Supply Chain Project Manager

the helpreading The Help

I love reading, it’s a great way to take your mind off of the busy day and let your imagination go wild. Right now I’m reading “The Help.” I love this book because it’s educational, and inspiring.






Elizabeth Newkirk, Business Analyst

how to win friendsreading Disrupted and How to Win Friends and Influence People

The last book I read was Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble by Dan Lyons, in which he chronicles his two-year experience working as a blog editor for a marketing startup. It was fascinating (and at times shocking) to read about the ins and outs of a startup culture from the perspective of a former Newsweek editor in his early fifties. I highly recommend it!

I’m currently reading How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie. It’s a classic- my copy is the 75th anniversity edition- but his words have stood the test of time. In addition to providing insightful advice on how to cultivate strong personal & professional relationships, the book has lots of old timey historical references, which I love.



Lauren Benenati, Senior Sales Manager

nightingalereading The Nightingale

I am just wrapping up The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. It’s a historical fiction story about two estranged sisters living in France during World War II, and the very different but equally tragic and heroic journeys they end up on as a result of the war. My dad and I share an interest in WWII. so we’ve read a lot of WWII books over the years.

I really liked this one as it was a relatively unique perspective on the war: from the eyes of two women in the most difficult circumstances.  I couldn’t put this book down – I read it in less than a week!



Jenna Jacobson, Account Manager

tougnessI’m reading “Toughness.” It’s one of Alan’s favorite books that he gave to me. Meghan McEvoy-Hein is also reading it and it’s one of those books that makes you self-reflect on different situations you’ve been through and prepares you for future road bumps. Most of the stories and examples are told through the sport of basketball but there’s so much parallel between sports and business which is why it’s easy for me to relate to.



Jessica Schaeffer, Director of Marketing

scarictyreading Scarcity

I'm reading Scarcity, by Sendhil Mullainathan and Eldar Shafir.

I heard Sendhil speak at an event I recently attended for the Ounce of Prevention. Sendhil cited a lot of information from his book about the effect of poverty on an individual and how much it truly impacts someone's ability, bandwidth, and intelligence. I was fascinated, and I decided to read more about it. The book draws parallels that help the reader understand how deeply scarcity impacts us in all areas of life. It's truly eye-opening.



Paul Wallenberg, Technology Team Lead

louder than hell bookreading Louder than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Metal

My friend Neil Jendon from Vibes Media recommended this book. Louder than Hell is one part origin story and another part anecdotal history told in the first person by the artists who developed or were inspired by heavy metal music.

The book includes sound bites and testimonials from the musicians responsible for the signature styles and looks of the heavy metal scenes, like Tonny Iommi (guitarist for Black Sabbath), the late, great Darrell Abbott and his brother Vinnie Paul from my personal favorite band Pantera, and also insiders like Jonny Z, the industry luminary who built the Megaforce roster and is immensely responsible, albeit behind the scenes, for embedding heavy metal music as a mainstay of the American counter-cultural consciousness.

Don’t let my suit and tie fool you. Metallica and Pantera is the soundtrack of my youth and even at a robust 768 pages, I can’t put the book down. Louder than Hell is painstakingly compiled from interviews and seemingly off-the-record comments made to its editors. The history is not always pretty. The book is full of cautionary tales of the perils of excess and the darker, seedier sides of success. That said, for fans of the genre, it’s a must-read.