Americana Reading List

Americana Reading Guide - 2019 - Ashley Brooke Designs

6 Americana books

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Summer is in full swing and we are shopping for pool floats, buying fireworks, and are more than ready to celebrate America’s 243rd birthday! Of course any holiday begs for good reading time so we have put together a mini reading guide with some of our favorite Americana themed books.

As you work your way through the guide, make sure you share which books you’re reading and which ones are your favorite. Tag us on Instagram @ashleybrookebookclub and use the hashtag #ashleybrookebookclub so we can see your posts and share them with the rest of the club. 

I hope you enjoy the guide and are able to pick up a title or two! Also, if you are interested in the PDF version, click here to download

Happy reading, friends! 

P.S. Don’t forget to join the discussion on June’s book, The Unhoneymooners happening on the blog. Check back in tomorrow for the reveal of July’s book, we seriously can’t wait!

perfectly curated for your 4th of July weekend!

Upstairs at the White House

By: J. B. West with Mary Lynn Kotz

A fun behind the scenes look at the White House private residence. Written by J.B. West who worked as assistant to the chief usher and eventually became chief usher himself, he personally attended to the needs of six consecutive presidents and their families. 

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Sisters First

By: Barbara Pierce Bush & Jenna Bush Hager

Jenna and Barbara Bush share stories from their upbringing in one of America’s foremost political families. Tender and funny, each of their voices lends its own uniqueness to the backdrop of recent history.

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By: Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama’s intimate memoir tells the story of her early life, her career and marriage, and eventually her 8 years as first lady. It is filled with beautiful storytelling and revealing reflection. 

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Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win

By: Jo Piazza

A riveting novel about the fictional Charlotte Walsh, candidate for the US Senate in Pennsylvania. This book addresses the dynamics of a woman running for high political office and offers a behind the scenes look at a campaign over the course of a year. 

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I Think You’re Wrong But I’m Listening

By: Sarah Stewart Holland & Beth Silvers

Sarah from the left and Beth from the right dive deep in to politics each week on their podcast, Pantsuit Politics. In this book they teach us how to have grace-filled political conversation no matter which side of the aisle we find ourselves on.

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Rocket Men

By: Robert Kurson

With the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing happening this July, we had to include a book about the 60’s space race. This book chronicles the Apollo 8 mission and the astronauts who made man’s first trip to the moon possible. 

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  1. Ellie
    June 30, 2019 / 8:32 pm

    What a great reading list idea! I loved Sisters First and Becoming and have Charlotte Walsh and Upstairs at the White House on my TBR list!

    • July 8, 2019 / 11:56 am

      Thanks Ellie, so glad you loved the list! 🙂 xx – AB

  2. Megan Goodman
    July 15, 2019 / 12:05 pm

    I haven’t started my July AB book club pick yet but took “Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win” from this list and it’s great!! Thanks for the round up!!

    • July 15, 2019 / 3:15 pm

      Megan! I love hearing that! I’m so glad you enjoyed it! xx – AB

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