by Christina Cush | November 24, 2016

Florida Author Brad Meltzer Tells us What to Read

An eclectic stack from a history junkie, Brad Meltzer

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Photography by Jessie Preza; Flowers by Citron of Jacksonville Beach

With his mix of history and intrigue, Brad Meltzer knows how to thrill readers. In fact, two of his books have reached the No. 1 spot on the New York Times bestseller list (The Inner Circle and The Book of Fate). Several more of his books, thrillers and non-fiction works alike, have also landed on the coveted list. This summer, the prolific writer launched a historical mystery series with writer Tod Goldberg. A family man at heart, the Miamian also digs sharing history with tykes, as his children’s picture book series has sold more than one million books. Check out some of Meltzer’s favorite reads that he didn’t write.

  1. Washington: A Life
    by Ron Chernow
    “I never get tired of him. Still the President with the greatest faith in us.” (Penguin Press, 2010)
  2. Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World
    by Adam Grant
    “Grant is just the best social scientist, with the best lessons for your own life.” (Viking, 2016)
  3. Before the Fall
    by Noah Hawley
    “Love the Fargo TV show? Then go love this.” (Grand Central, 2016)
  4. Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer
    by James L. Swanson
    “The true story of John Wilkes Booth and the death of Abraham Lincoln, with every great detail you never knew.” (Harper Perennial, 2006)
  5. American Gods
    by Neil Gaiman
    “You’ll never look at the Midwest—or a tourist trap—the same way again.” (William Morrow, 2016)


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Photography by Andy Ryan

Hey, Meltzer, who’s your role model?

“Jim Henson is one of my personal heroes. Jim Henson: The Biography by Brian Jay Jonas is so, so, gee…good.”