LIFESTYLE

Winter reading recommendations

The SVB Private Book Club is a collection of recommended books from our community of experts and thought leaders, like you.

Where The Crawdads Sing
by Delia Owens

From New York Times bestselling nature writer Delia Owens, this is a debut novel about an unforgettable young woman making her way alone in the wilds of North Carolina.
Recommended by Emily Rush, Executive Vice President, Commercial Real Estate & Private Equity Sponsors

Eating Bitterness: Stories from the Front Lines of China’s Great Urban Migration
by Michelle Loyalka

Every year over 200 million workers flock to China’s urban centers, providing a profusion of cheap labor that helps fuel the country’s staggering economic growth. Award-winning journalist Michelle Dammon Loyalka follows the trials and triumphs of eight such migrants—including a vegetable vendor, an itinerant knife sharpener, a free-spirited recycler, and a cash-strapped mother—offering an inside look at the pain, self-sacrifice, and uncertainty underlying China’s dramatic national transformation.

The Soul of America
by Jon Meacham

This New York Times bestseller is the well-known, US historian’s effort to help us better understand where we are today politically and culturally by looking through the lens of our country’s past. His primary focus is on those periods in America’s history when hope ultimately won out over fear—a fascinating, comforting read during these challenging times.
Recommended by Gloria C. Larson, Boston Private Board of Directors

Wealth in Families
by Charles W. Collier

Wealth in Families, a book by Charles W. Collier, Harvard’s former senior philanthropic advisor, addresses many of the questions of concern to families of wealth, including ways to teach values to your family through philanthropy. In this book, he writes about the role philanthropy can play in helping families to convey both assets and values from generation to generation.
Recommended by Ash Daggs, Senior Relationship Manager

Atom: Journey Across the Subatomic Cosmos
by Isaac Asimov

The legendary Isaac Asimov starts what is perhaps the most fascinating of all his books with a simple query: How finely can a piece of matter be divided? But like many simple questions, this one leads us on a far-flung quest for a final answer, a search that becomes a series of beautifully structured building blocks of knowledge.
Recommended by Bill Woodson, Executive Vice President, Head of Wealth Advisory and Family Office Services

Deacon King Kong
by James McBride

I very much enjoyed Deacon King Kong by James McBride. It is set in New York City where I live. The good guys were part bad, the bad guys were part good, and the story was beautifully woven. Best of all, at times it made me laugh out loud!
Recommended by Susan Matlow, Managing Director, KLS, a Division of Boston Private

The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America’s Wealthy
by Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko

The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America’s Wealthy by Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko is a quick and easy read with practical advice about living within your means. Financial success is about creating good habits around saving and investing and avoiding the temptation to live a lifestyle that is beyond your ability to support it.
Recommended by Amy Born, Senior Wealth Advisor

Flavor
by Yotam Ottolenghi

I am obsessed with cooking and own every single cookbook written by Yotam Ottolenghi, a London-based chef who specializes in healthy Mediterranean inspired cuisine. His latest book – Flavor – focuses on what makes vegetables distinct and how to amp up their flavor to mind-blowing levels.
Recommended by Allison Baird, Chief Marketing Officer

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