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The Well-Read Gentleman

New Releases for the Modern Man’s Bookshelf

Article by Rhiannon Johnson

Photography by Photography provided

Originally published in BuckHaven Lifestyle


  • Leading Men by Christopher Castellani
  • Before She Knew Him by Peter Swanson
  • The Old Drift by Namwali Serpell


  • How to Raise a Boy: The Power of Connections to Build Good Men by Michael C. Reichert
  • The Life of Dad: Reflections on Fatherhood from Today's Leaders, Icons, and Legendary Dads by Jon Finkel, Art Eddy
  • The Sports Shoe: A History from Field to Fashion by Thomas Turner

Celebrity Memoirs

  • Mentors: How to Help and Be Helped by Russell Brand
  • Too Much Is Not Enough by Andrew Rannells
  • Let Love Have the Last Word by Common

From novels to non-fiction to the latest celebrity memoirs, these nine selections are sure to transport, educate, and inspire any reader.

Escape into a novel.

Travel to 1953 Portofino, Italy, for a literary love story featuring a beautiful aspiring actress, Truman Capote, and Tennessee Williams in Leading Men. Spiral out of control as a woman obsessively watches her new neighbor, believing he is behind a recent unsolved murder in Before She Knew Him. Lose yourself in the epic, magical, multigenerational tale of three interconnected Zambian families in The Old Drift.

Learn something new.

Psychologist Michael Reichert offers scientific evidence, insight, and suggestions for helping young boys and teenagers develop into confident, accomplished, and kind men in How to Raise a Boy: The Power of Connections to Build Good Men. An all-star cast of fathers share their acquired wisdom in The Life of Dad: Reflections on Fatherhood from Today's Leaders, Icons, and Legendary Dads. Even the most die-hard “sneakerhead” will learn something from The Sports Shoe: A History from Field to Fashion, which charts the footwear’s evolution from Victorian tennis shoe to athletic necessity to fashionable accessory.

Think differently.

Comedian Russell Brand follows up his bestseller, Recovery, with Mentors: How to Help and Be Helped, sharing the perspectives, guidance, and benefits of seeking and offering help. Actor, singer, and performer Andrew Rannellscoming-of-age memoir gives readers a glimpse of a twenty-something man chasing his dreams in New York City in Too Much Is Not Enough. Award-winning musician, actor, and activist Common follows up his bestselling memoir One Day It’ll All Make Sense with an inspiring call to action for a new generation to explore love and mindfulness in Let Love Have the Last Word.

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