Dr. Holly’s Summer Reading List 2013
Looking for a great summer read? One that you just can’t put down? Dr. Holly from "Dance Moms" offers her favorite titles for you and your tween. Whether you are on the beach, at the pool or sacked out on your living room couch, these are the books that you’ll lose yourself in. Enjoy!
Dr. Holly’s All-Time Favorite Books
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
This true story chronicles the discovery of HELA cells and the life of the woman who impacted the medical world and never knew it.
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
Tan captures the lives of four Chinese women who form a strong bond of friendship as they discover the joys and pitfalls of motherhood and friendship in a new country where their cultural norms are sometimes challenged.
Mama Day by Gloria Naylor
A supernatural love story where love triumphs over all.
Mindset by Carol Dweck
Discover if you operate from a fixed or growth mindset, and learn how that affects your everyday life as well as your attitudes, beliefs and goals.
Dr. Holly’s List of Summer Reads
The Astronauts’ Wives Club by Lily Koppel
What was the tie that united the wives of the Mercury Seven mission? Learn about these individual women, treated as celebrities during their era, and what made them tick.
Inferno by Dan Brown
Suspense at its finest. Robert Langdon is back! The latest book from Dan Brown that is sure to follow in the path of The DaVinci Code and Angels and Demons.
The Last Chinese Chef by Nicole Mones
A widowed food writer discovers that her husband may have led a secret life overseas when he has to address a paternity claim in China. Maggie’s personal journey allows her to seize a professional opportunity to discover more about a chef from the imperial palace lineage.
Oleander Girl by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
A novel that chronicles the life of an orphaned girl who leaves India for America in a search for answers about her identity, her family and her future.
Once We Were Brothers by Ronald H. Balson
A wealthy Chicago philanthropist is accused of being a World War II war criminal, but is it a case of mistaken identity? The accuser attempts to build his case with the help of a dedicated young lawyer.
The Black Count by Tom Reiss
Many know of the adventures of General Dumas through the stories of The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers, because his actions and leadership provided the inspiration for these classics written by his son, Alexandre Dumas. This is the general's story as uncovered by Tom Reiss, in which you learn how the son of a black slave and French nobleman rose in the ranks of the French military and fathered and inspired one of the most celebrated writers of all time.
Shanghai Girls by Lisa See
In this story set in Shanghai in the 1930s, two sisters learn that they are required to marry American men looking for Chinese brides in order to settle their father’s gambling debts.
Dreams of Joy by Lisa See
The sequel to Shanghai Girls continues the story in China.
Dr. Holly's List of Tween Reads
Rules by Cynthia Lord
What does it mean to be normal? Who writes the rules for social norms? Follow a young girl’s journey as she wrestles with acceptance and conformity.
Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Federle
A young boy dreams of leaving his small town in Pennsylvania for an open casting call for a Broadway show. Does Nate have it what it takes to make it big on Broadway?
Wonder by R. J. Palacio
August Pullman was born with a facial deformity and is going to a mainstream school for the first time. His peers are overwhelmed by his appearance, yet he is determined to show them that there is more to him than meets the eye. Told from multiple points of view, this is a wonderful book about acceptance.
Chomp by Carl Hiassen
Wahoo has an opportunity to be a part of a reality television show on wildlife. This opportunity sounds like a chance of a lifetime, but is it too good to be true?
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
A journey through folktales that is full adventure, magic, special creatures and imagination as Minli searches for some of life’s important answers.
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
Conformity is the goal at Mica Area High School—until Stargirl arrives. Stargirl chooses not to conform and instead flaunts her individuality. Initially embraced by her peers, Stargirl quickly finds herself at odds with her peers and misunderstood.
Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff
Discover the true story behind Rumpelstiltskin.
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Junior lives on the Spokane Indian Reservation, and he is determined to find a way out by transferring to an affluent all-white school away from the reservation. By escaping his roots, does Junior find a solution or an even bigger problem?
It’s Raining Cupcakes by Lisa Schroeder
Isabel desperately wants to get out of Willow, Oregon, and discovers a bake-off with an all-expense paid trip to New York City for the winners that may just be a ticket out.
Dr. Holly's Favorite Cookbooks
-Ad Hoc at Home by Thomas Keller
-Essential Pepin by Jacques Pepin
-Gourmet Today by Ruth Reichl
-Patti Labelle's Lite Cuisine
-Burgers by Rachael Ray
-Cooking with Love by Carla Hall
-Any Crock-Pot cookbooks