Hillary Clinton signs off on a summer reading list

When you’re not working, you have no shortage of time to spend on activities of your choosing.

And for Hillary Clinton, that means plenty of reading (in addition to writing a book about her failed 2016 campaign for the presidency).

Here’s what she recently told a gathering of the American Library Association she has been reading:

“I finished Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels. I devoured mysteries by Louise Penny, Donna Leon, Jacqueline Winspear, Charles Todd. I reread old favorites like Henri Nouwen’s “Return of the Prodigal Son,” poetry of Maya Angelou and Mary Oliver. I was riveted by “The Jersey Brothers” and a new book of essays called “The View from Flyover Country,” which turned out to be especially relevant in the midst of our current health-care debate. And I’ve enjoyed making my way through the growing stack of books people have sent me, often with notes that say things like, ‘This one helped me; I hope it will help you.’”

The Jersey Brothers,” published in May, is the true story of three brothers at key moments in World War II and the efforts of the two oldest to save their youngest brother. It makes Amazon’s list of the best biographies and memoirs of the year so far. “The View from Flyover Country” is a collection of essays from St. Louis journalist Sarah Kendzior published in 2015 as an e-book.

Clinton said losing herself in books — plus “long walks in the woods and the occasional glass of Chardonnay” — has helped get her cope with losing the election.

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