For Montage Hotels & Resorts Literary Ambassador and New York Times best-selling author Brad Meltzer, reveling in a captivating story can be a life-altering experience. “There’s nothing more powerful than good stories,” he says. “Whether they’re real or fiction, the best ones stay with us forever and can have a tremendous influence on the decisions we make.”
Meltzer’s literary picks for this warm-weather season echo that sentiment. “The common thread running through the books I’ve recommended is that the main characters are put into situations where they’re each forced to look at their own world and question how and why they’re living in it,” he says. “What they come up with is a fascinating look into human nature.”
In between dips in the pool, dive into new worlds, meet dynamic characters and master the art of resiliency with these book recommendations from Meltzer for the month of May.
Meltzer says there are beautiful things within this volume about building resiliency, which was written by two dear friends; Sheryl Sandberg, who had experienced the devastating sudden death of her husband, and Adam Grant, a psychologist at Wharton who guided her to recovery. Combining Sandberg’s brave insights about building resiliency with Grant’s research on finding strength in the face of heartbreaking loss, “Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy” offers hope for those who think all is lost. “When Option A is no longer available, you have to learn how to find joy with Option B,” Meltzer says.
Here, the great northern tales are told through the Norse pantheon: from the poetic sky god Odin, the mighty Thor, and the trickster Loki to the wisest of all, Kvasir. Gaiman interprets the myths in dramatic fashion, leading the reader to the end of the mythical cycle where the cosmos is both destroyed and recreated. “These are not stories of ridiculousness or lost gods, but stories of us,” Meltzer explains. “Neil shows us how they’re remarkably relevant.”
Check back next month for Meltzer’s book recommendations for the month of June. Also, be sure to look back at his Reading Across America recommendations.