'The View' co-hosts' summer 2021 reading list

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Summertime is the best time to unwind and get lost in a good book, or few!

All week, the "The View" co-hosts will share their summer reading list in a series called, "Ladies Get Lit," showcasing their favorite books to read for summer 2021. Find out the co-hosts' favorite books to head outside, kick back and get lost in this summer.


"The Vanishing Half" by Brit Bennett

A New York Times bestseller and one of former President Barack Obama's favorite books, "The Vanishing Half" is a novel about identical twin sisters, inseparable as children, who ultimately choose to live in two very different worlds, one Black and one white.

The story goes beyond issues of race; it explores the lasting influence of someone's past, which shapes a person's decisions and expectations in their future.

"Paper Gods" by Goldie Taylor

Atlanta Mayor Victoria Dobbs is a Harvard-trained attorney. When her mentor is gunned down alongside a congressman, Victoria works with a washed-up reporter to investigate a series of assassinations.

Victoria finds a piece of origami – a "Paper God" – tucked inside the congressman's Bible, and it turns up again and again, always after someone is killed. She uncovers a conspiracy that reaches into the heart of the city's political machine.

"Summer on the Bluffs" by Sunny Hostin

Sunny Hostin's debut novel, "Summer on the Bluffs," offers a world to escape to this summer.

Taking place on the island of Martha's Vineyard, the books tells the story of three 20-something women's relationship with their godmother, Amelia Vaux Tanner. Over the summer, she reveals to her goddaughters how and why she came into their lives.

The three women from all different backgrounds spend one last golden summer together with their godmother before moving to the south of France to reunite with her college sweetheart.

Sometimes secrets bring people together or tear them apart, but you'll have to read the novel to find out which one happens!


"Anansi Boys" by Neil Gaiman

"Fat Charlie," as his father called him, thought there was nothing wrong with his so-called "normal" life until his father dropped dead on a Florida karaoke stage. Charlie didn't know the secrets his dad was keeping, including a brother, who showed up at his doorstep one night

The brother he never knew makes "Fat Charlie's" life more interesting, and a lot more dangerous.

"Sex, Race, and Robots" by Dr. Ayanna Howard
In this audio book-only, roboticist Dr. Howard, explores how the tech world's racial and sexual biases are infecting artificial intelligence with profoundly negative effects.

She reveals how the world of computer programmers, which largely lacks women and Black people, is creating thinking machines that too often think like their flawed creators and discusses how governments are using supercomputers to track COVID-19 patients and monitor Black Lives Matter protests.

"The Whiteness of Wealth" by Dorothy A. Brown
Dorothy Brown is a law professor and tax policy expert who gives an exposé of racism in the American taxation system. After going to law school, she realized that her parents, a plumber and a nurse, were paying an unusually high percentage of their income in taxes.

Brown demonstrates how American tax law rewards the practices of white people while pushing Black people further behind.

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