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Fact or Fiction from Dunleavy & Associates

Summertime is all about relaxing and enjoying some time to breathe easy. During the moments to kick back and relax, Dunleavy & Associates wants you to enjoy what we’re reading on our days off. We’ve compiled a list of both fiction and non-fiction books that our team is enjoying as well as our personal reviews.

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Patty Cook’s choice delves into the possibility of exploring our own curiosity as a way of living and overcoming obstacles.

A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life by Brian Grazer and Charles Fishman

"Captivating and thought-provoking. Grazer’s notion that “Life isn’t about finding the answers, it’s about asking the questions” and his unrelenting pursuit of “curiosity conversations” is truly brilliant and motivating. This book speaks to the power of curiosity and inspired me to nurture and develop this rare and often untapped skill." ~ Patty Cook


Mark Glidden strongly recommends this book as an inspirational agenda for grit and hardworking minds.

The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt by Edmond Morris

"I am rereading this for the third time in nearly 20 years. When the world seems hard and immovable, all I need to do is read about what Roosevelt overcame as a youngster to become a posterchild for toughness, resolve and intellectual pursuits. Even if you don’t feel you like the man, you will love how he fought to survive and lead."~Mark Glidden


Kelly Bellmonte has recommended a book to help educate young writers and those pursuing a dream of the literary art style.

Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg

"This book changed my writing life, and I have recommended it over the years to hundreds of aspiring writers. Go buy two copies so you can give one away!" ~Kelly Bellmonte


Brittany Alba found her summer book from an unusual book club recommendation, but she sings high praise of the book:

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

“I’ve always been fascinated by crime shows. Is it odd to say I was excited when my book club picked this psychological thriller as our next read? Probably. Oh well. It’s a page turner that lived up to the excitement!” ~Brittany Alba


Jeannette Fournier’s selection is made to inspire each reader with the means of creative thinking and problem solving.

Made to Stick - Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Chip & Dan Heath

“One of my favorite nonfiction ‘re-reads’ that helps to spark creativity on how to craft donor approaches that stick and inspire. Entertaining side bars abound.” ~ Jeannette Fournier


Renetta Holloway advocates this book, knowing that summer is a time to relieve stress and enjoy simple things for all ages.

The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka

“After a very stressful day, sometimes I reach for this book to clear my mind. A spoof on fairy tales that’s fun and lighthearted, enjoyed by kids and grown-ups, too.” ~Renetta Holloway