What We're Reading - Winter 2020 Reading List

posted Katie Hansen 1/27/2020 in Seasonal

This year, instead of sharing the books we see growing in popularity, or hear about from friends, we’ll be showcasing different books being read across our organization. Below, we’re featuring books from various employees who submitted recommendations this month. Lincoln Savings Bank does not take a stance on any political affiliations or opinions held within these books, but encourages the reading of material from both sides of the aisle and across various subject matters.

We hope you discover some new inspiration within this list, and dive into 2020 with a renewed passion for reading.

Living With a SEAL, by Jesse Itzler
This book chronicles a 31-day journey completed by author, Itzler as he invites a Navy Seal into his home to live with him and his family over the course of a month. Through a series of twists and turns, Itzler learns about the dedication and intense physical requirements of a Navy Seal, while creating an immense friendship in the process.

Book recommended by Spencer Struve, Software Administrator

Outlander, by Diana Gabaldon
Jam-packed with everything from historical non-fiction, romance, mystery, and science fiction, you can find a glimpse of nearly every literature genre within the pages of this book. Winning a Quill Award in 2006, Gabaldon has established herself as an impactful author through her narration of this entrancing story. Placed in 1946 after WWII, we find ex-combat nurse Claire, with her husband in the Scottish Highlands on their second honeymoon. They’re enjoying a blissful reunion until Claire stumbles upon something that lands her over 100 years in the past.

Book recommended by Sue Schneiderman, Receptionist

Traction, by Gino Wickman
Lincoln Savings Bank took an exciting initiative in 2019 to better align our meetings to improve productivity and transparency within our organization. Wickman’s novel lays the foundation of the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS) which helps business grow and prosper beyond their current ceilings. Filled with insightful stories and business insights, Wickman’s, Traction, is a must read for anyone looking to increase their business capacity in 2020.

Book recommended by Jed Gammell, Insurance Producer

All the Wrong Places: A Life Lost and Found, by Phillip Connors
Faced with the tragic and unexpected death of his brother, Connors shares an in-depth look into the years following this personal tragedy. Encompassing months of self-destruction and self-discovery, Connors compels an honest glimpse into the window of his past, and shares the trials and tribulations, which led him to some of the most beautiful destinations, and some of the most traumatic scenes in history.    

Book recommended by Amee Freidhof, Commercial Lines Manager

Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women, by Kate Moore
During the early 20th century in the United States, the element radium is discovered. At the time it streaked across headlines nationwide as the newest wonder ingredient for everything from beauty to medicine. In several factories in the U.S. women were contracted to painted radium laced paint onto clocks and dials for everything from watches to military instruments. As work progressed more and more women began to fall ill from the radium exposure. This book encapsulates the poignant portion of history as the Radium Girls fought for both their rights and their lives.

Book recommended by Rhiannon Smuck, Accounting Intern

The Book of Gutsy Women: Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience, by Hilary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton
Filled with stories upon stories of impactful and historical women, this book highlights numerous role models and their life’s achievements as an inspirational outlook for younger generations. With Hilary and her daughter Chelsea, narrating the tales, these women offer a glimpse into the past while actively stoking the fire on the female ambition for years to come. 

Book recommended by Kate Peterson, Retirement Services Officer

If you have a book or author you would like featured in our Spring Reading list, please submit the information you have below for our consideration. We look forward to a year full of new reads, and a lifetime full of continued learning.

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