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Summer Reading, Lawmaker-Style

What members of Congress have been reading — and you can, too!

Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, D-Va., holds up his copy of “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” in his Cannon Building office in July 2011. (Tom Williams/Roll Call file photo)

Looking for a summer read? HOH has been asking lawmakers for months about the last book they read, and their choices have ranged from historical dives to books about their issues or districts.

Here are some of the interesting titles recommended by members of Congress.

From the Senate …

Sen. Doug Jones, D-Ala: “Profiles in Courage” by John F. Kennedy

Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo.: “The Accidental President” by A.J. Baime, “Prague Winter” by Madeleine Albright and “The Heist” by Daniel Silva

Sen. John Thune, R-S.D.: “Calvin Coolidge in the Black Hills” by Seth Tupper

From the House …

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash.: “The Speed of Trust” by Stephen M.R. Covey

Rep. Patrick T. McHenry, R-N.C.: “The Oxford History of the French Revolution” by William Doyle

Rep. Joseph Crowley, D-N.Y.: “Gotham” by Edwin G. Burrows and Mike Wallace

Rep. Tom Garrett, R-Va.: “The Art of War” by Sun Tzu

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Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md.: “This Is an Uprising” by Mark Engler and Paul Engler

Del. Jenniffer González-Colón R-P.R.: “George Washington’s Secret Six” by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger

Rep. Al Green, D-Texas: “The Case for Impeachment” by Allan J. Lichtman  and “To End a Presidency” by Laurence Tribe and Joshua Matz

Rep. Darren Soto, D-Fla.: “Winter of the World” by Ken Follett

Rep. John Garamendi, D-Calif.: The collected works of Shakespeare

Rep. David Kustoff, R-Tenn.: “Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush” by John Meacham

Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla.: “Dept. of Speculation” by Jenny Offill and “The Road Not Taken” by Max Boot

Rep. Jack Bergman, R-Mich.: “The High Cost of Good Intentions” by John F. Cogan

Del. Stacey Plaskett, D-V.I.: “Land of Love and Drowning” by Tiphanie Yanique

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