‘The View’ hosts share their favorite summer 2022 books

Summer is the best time to relax and get lost in a good book, or a little!

Throughout the week, “The View” hosts will share their summer reading list in a series called “The Ladies Get Lit,” showcasing their favorite books to read, as well as some audiobooks. Read on for co-hosts’ favorite books to sit back and relax, and get lost in a story that will take you wherever you want to go.

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Summer Reads in Anna Navarro

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Ana Navarro shares her favorite read of summer 2022 on The Ladies Get Lit series on The View.

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“Olga Dies Dreaming” by Zochitel Gonzalez

Olga and her brother, Pedro, are hot shots in New York City. Pedro is a famous congressman who represents the Brooklyn neighborhood they live in while Olga plans the weddings of Manhattan powerhouses. Their public life seems magical, but behind closed doors things are less rosy.

As Olga struggles to find a love of her own, their estranged mother returns to their lives. Set against the backdrop of New York City and the months before Hurricane Maria, this story examines political corruption, family strife and the American dream.

The book is being turned into a TV series.

Violetta by Isabel Allende

This letter-shaped book takes you through the life of Violetta, the first girl in a family of five boys. It takes the reader through the Great Depression, the fight for women’s rights, the rise and fall of tyrants, and two epidemics.

This story of maturity tells of heartbreak, emotional affairs, poverty, tragic loss, and sheer joy.

Summer Reads by Joy Behar

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Joy Behar shares her favorite read of summer 2022 on “The Ladies Get Lit” series on “The View.”

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“Leave the gun, take the cannoli” by Mark Sell

Leave the Gun, Take the Cannoli by Mark Sale is an impressive behind-the-scenes account of the making of the iconic film The Godfather. The author has interviewed director Francis Ford Coppola, Al Pacino, the late James Caan, and even some anonymous sources.

The film makers had to contend with the real-life mob members who were the subjects of the film, and they didn’t always agree with the content. The studio also didn’t want Marlon Brando or Pacino to be cast in the film, but Coppola “went to mattress” for them.

For anyone interested in filmmaking, Hollywood history, and even the story of organized crime in America, it’s a great read.

“Maybe You Should Talk to Someone” by Laurie Gottlieb

Nearly 30 million Americans sit on a therapist’s couch, and some of those patients are themselves therapists. Author Lori Gottlieb – also a successful psychotherapist – wrote the memoir “Maybe You Should Talk to Someone” to explain why people do self-destructive things and how to stop them.

When she’s faced with a personal crisis, the tables turn and she goes into therapy on her own. As she delves into the lives of her patients–a self-absorbed Hollywood producer who in her twenties can’t stop communicating with the wrong men–she discovers that the questions they face are the same. She is now submitting to her own therapist.

Sarah Haynes Reads Summer

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Sarah Haines shares her favorite read of summer 2022 on The Ladies Get Lit series on The View.

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“Chicken Boycott” by David Ezra Stein

Sarah’s son Caleb loves to read David Ezra Stein’s “Chicken County”. The story is about a chicken who can’t stop interrupting his father while reading some of his favorite bedtime stories such as “Hansel and Gretel” and “Little Red Riding Hood”.

But what happens when it’s this little chicken’s turn to read a story to his dad? Will you turn the tables? Will he learn a lesson other than the lessons of the stories he reads? You have to discover for yourself!

“It Ends With Us” by Colin Hoover

In Colin Hoover’s novel It’s Over Us, Lily moves to Boston after graduating from college to start her own business and falls in love with Rael, a wonderful neurosurgeon.

It all seems too good to be true, even if Lily finds herself an exception to Rael’s “not dating” rule. As she wonders about this new relationship, she can’t help but think of her first love, Atlas.

Read the book as fast as you can because the long-awaited sequel, “It Starts With Us,” will be out in October.

Summer Reads at Sunny Houston

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Sunny Hostin shares her favorite read of summer 2022 on “The Ladies Get Lit” series on “The View.”

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“A Frog Named Earl: A Story of Adventure, Courage, Friendship and Acceptance” by Earl Trewin

Earl Trewin wanted to write a children’s book about overcoming physical challenges and accepting differences. So “A Frog Named Earl” wrote a story of determination, hope, acceptance, and friendship.

The main character is Earl, a frog that does not jump like other frogs. When he goes on a mission to find a wise owl that helps all creatures face challenges, he makes new friends that are just as unique as him.

“The Hidden Storm: A Soldier’s Memoir in Politics and PTSD” by Jason Kander

In 2017, a former intelligence officer, Jason Kander, was preparing to run for president. When he began his bid for mayor of Kansas City, he was destined for a landslide victory.

After 11 years of battling PTSD from his service in Afghanistan, Jason developed depression and suicidal thoughts. He dropped out of the mayor’s race, walked out of public life, and eventually sought help.

In this memoir, readers learn about Jason’s struggle with the most painful moments of PTSD. Through his eyes, readers learn of the impact of this undiagnosed disease on his family as they see him undergoing treatment and give hope to many.

Whoopi Goldberg Summer Reading

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The End of Hollywood: Harvey Weinstein and the Culture of Silence by Ken Olita

Ken Olita wrote a profile for The New Yorker about a man who was at the height of his power 20 years ago: Harvey Weinstein. The profile revealed his volatile and violent behavior towards some of his employees and collaborators.

At the time, there were rumors that Weinstein was a sexual predator, but he denied the allegations when confronted. Years later, Auletta shared his reporting notes with Ronan Farrow and finally revealed the truth about Weinstein.

For this book, movie stars, Miramax employees, board members, old friends and family – including Weinstein’s brother – spoke to Auletta at length. Even Weinstein himself answered his questions from prison.

Remarkably Bright Creatures: A Novel by Shelby Van Pelt

After the death of her husband, Tova Sullivan worked the night shift at the local aquarium. Being busy has always helped her cope, which she has done since her 18-year-old son mysteriously disappeared on a boat more than 30 years ago.

For Tuva, talking to the marine creatures in the aquarium was easier than talking to humans. When she meets a giant octopus living in the aquarium, she realizes that he knows more than anyone, and this helps her find out what happened to her son.

“Charlotte Sophia: Legend, Madness and More” by Tina Andrews

Before her father’s death, Princess Charlotte was told a family secret in Germany: she was of African descent. In order to marry well, she was forced to hide her ethnic color under makeup for years.

Charlotte has a chance to be the potential wife of the newly crowned King George III, but what happens when the King is in love with someone else who is forbidden to marry, or when Charlotte is forced to give up her true love to marry the King?

The book is full of lust, betrayal, politics, murder, and madness.

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