Recently, I’ve been writing some pieces for The Nashville Edit and, since summer is officially here, they asked me (and a few other amazing local authors whom I admire) what I have on my Summer Reading List. This summer, I’m traveling to London for a week to take an acting class at the Central School Of Voice And Drama and figured I’d do some “light” reading on the flight over!

I’ve always been a voracious reader and I truly believe the best way to learn something new is to read a book. See my list below and if you’re ambitious and looking for more to read, head to the original Nashville Edit article to find more picks from other amazing local authors J.T. Ellison and Rea Frey!

1776 by David McCullough | I realized recently that, like a lot of Americans I do not know as much about my own country’s history as I should!

Fate of Food by Amanda Little | Amanda, an environmental journalist and Vanderbilt University professor, was my mentor in a business class that I took a few years back. I have since been blown away by her dedication to her journalistic career, sustainability, and documenting where the food industry will go over the next few years. I cannot wait to read this book, which came out last week!

Model Woman by Robert Lacey | I was lucky enough to interview this famed British biographer, and historian on the Netflix show “The Crown,” two years ago and have been obsessed by his work ever since.

On Writing by Stephen King | This book is a must-read for anyone that aspires to be a writer and I find myself going back to it time and again for inspiration.

And Our Faces, My Heart, Brief as Photos by John Berger | This book of poems was given to me by someone very dear and I find myself flipping through it for inspiration from time to time.

Still Life with Woodpecker by Tom Robbins | A novel

Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller | This is deemed to be one of the greatest plays of all time and I am excited to read a vintage copy of it gifted to me by a friend.

At Work by Annie Leibovitz

A Sidecar Named Desire by Monte Beauchamp and Greg Clarke | I love reading books about niche subjects, such as alcohol, and am particularly excited about this illustrated text as it is by one of my dad’s, cartoonist George Hansen, best friends Monte Beauchamp. This book, which combines stories about writers who drank and what they liked to imbibe along with cocktail recipes, is a fantastic gift for anyone that is a literary or booze fan. Being both, it’s my go-to gift!

Al Pacino by Lawrence Brobel | Being someone who is all about the art, I have made Al my new hero for sticking to his guns and only making projects that he likes.

Lily C Hansen


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