Discover Our Team’s Must-Reads from 2023

Howe & Rusling Staff

As the year draws to a close, our team at Howe & Rusling has gathered to share the books that have resonated most with us in 2023. From heartwarming novels to insightful non-fiction that sparks introspection, these recommendations reflect the diverse tastes and passions of our team members. Whether you're in for a wild adventure, a good laugh, or a deep dive into the human experience, we've got a book for you. So, grab a cozy blanket, brew a cup of something delightful, and get ready to update your reading list!


Chip War by Chris Miller

Microchips are the new oil—the scarce resource on which the modern world depends. We witnessed this firsthand during COVID and the frequent supply chain disruptions. This is a highly detailed account of the decades-long battle to control what has emerged as the world’s most critical resource—microchip technology—with the United States and China increasingly in conflict.

Dylan Potter, CFA, CFP®, Vice President, Wealth Manager

Clap When You Land By Elizabeth Acevedo

A young adult novel that’s also for adults, the story weaves together two girls’ perspectives – one who grew up in New York and one who grew up in the Dominican Republic. The girls share a late father who died in a plane crash. The story is based on research of the real-life American Airlines Flight 587, the Dominican Republic-bound flight that crashed into Queens, New York, in 2001, killing everyone onboard. This novel comments on finding one’s identity and the immigrant experience.

Andrea M. Gray, Esq., Vice President, Estate Strategies

Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthoy Doerr

Cloud Cuckoo Land brings together an unforgettable cast of dreamers and outsiders from past, present and future to offer a vision of survival against all odds.

Emily Lambert, IACCP®, Vice President, Operations and Chief Compliance Officer

Dethroning the King by Julie Macintosh

I am always interested in family dynamics and this book about the hostile takeover of Anheuser Busch by InBev and the impact on the Busch family does not disappoint.

Craig Cairns, President

Elon Musk by Walter Isaacson

Elon has to outwork and drive his employees harder than just about any other business leader.  This combined with his intelligence and business savvy has made him crazy productive.  Not a perfect person by any stretch and that is apparent in the biography, but it is a very interesting read and I came away appreciating his contribution to the world. 

Craig Cairns, President

Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros

For anyone looking to escape reality for a time, look no further. As the first in The Empyrean series, this book is captivating from start to finish, and I can’t wait for the series to continue.

Elizabeth Hutton, CFP®, Vice President, Financial Planner

It Was an Ugly Couch Anyway by Elizabeth Passarella

A smart, hilarious New Yorker with deep Southern roots tells short tales regarding her life in New York with her husband and children. The essays range from profound to absurd to hopeful. It is a quick, easy read full of laughs.

Emily Lambert, IACCP®, Vice President, Operations and Chief Compliance Officer

Lighter: Let Go of the Past, Connect with the Present, and Expand the Future by Yung Pueblo 

Lighter describes a journey of self-awareness and moving past the heaviness of our past that can weigh us down. Developing strength through mindfulness and healing, we grow responsible for supporting others in healthy ways and contributing to a structurally sound society built on compassion and willingness. We can all grow lighter.

Andrea M. Gray, Esq., Vice President, Estate Strategies

Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World by Liaquat Ahmed 

This is a great book to get an in-depth view of how the heads of the four largest Central Banks in the world – England, France, Germany, USA, navigated the precarious time period of Post World War I, through the Great Depression until the end of World War II. Replete with details on the conflicts and challenges that each bank faced, told through the personal history of each man. 

Ryan Tomko, CFP®, Vice President, Wealth Manager

The Outsiders by William Thorndike

This read is really only for those with a business interest.  Recommended by a very successful CEO of a public company as one of the books that influenced him the most. The CEOs represented were all characterized by preferring to fly under the radar without a need to be lionized in the press but were exceptional allocators of capital.

Craig Cairns, President

Persuasion by Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice has always been a favorite of mine (my maiden name is Elizabeth Bennett!) but I have never read any other Jane Austen so I start with Austen’s last and possible best work, Persuasion, a story of second chances at love.

Elizabeth Koch, Marketing Manager

Profit First by Mike Michalowicz

A book for the entrepreneur, this book offers a solution of taking your profit first. Growth comes, but profit must happen now and always, it is not a future event. A cash-management system based on what you can afford today and not what you hope to afford someday. 

Andrea M. Gray, Esq., Vice President, Estate Strategies

Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt

A heartwarming and charming book about family, loss and connection that will make you both laugh and cry. Once you accept the unusual premise of the story, it’s hard to put this book down.

Nancy Sutton, Senior Client Service Manager

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

Seventy thousand years ago, there were at least six different human species on Earth. They were competing bands, yet today, there is only one human species left: Us. Homo sapiens. We rule this planet. Sapiens, the book, takes us on a breath-taking ride through our entire human history, from its evolutionary roots to the age of capitalism and genetic engineering, to uncover why we are the way we are.

Dylan Potter, CFA, CFP®, Vice President, Wealth Manager

Slow Horses by Mick Herron

Slow burn, spy book. Also available on Apple TV with Gary Oldman.

Casey Ryan, Vice President, Senior Wealth Manager

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises is a captivating story set during the post-World War I disillusionment period.  Hemingway’s spare but powerful writing style is remarkable, vividly developing characters and themes in a compelling story of the profound impact of war and the quest for meaning in life.  It is a timeless and thought-provoking read.

Brian Lester, CFA, Chief Investment Officer

Tom Lake by Ann Patchett

A rich and moving novel exploring family dynamics, and young and lasting love aptly set during COVID on a cherry farm in Northern Michigan. Meryl Streep’s performance of the audio book is delightful!

Elizabeth Koch, Marketing Manager

A Very Punchable Face by Colin Jost

Delightful, hilarious, and surprisingly heart-wrenching. Jost’s delivery of the audiobook is sidesplitting. A must read not just for SNL fans.

Elizabeth Koch, Marketing Manager

The Wager: A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny and Murder by David Grann

A page-turning story of shipwreck, survival, and savagery, culminating in a court martial that reveals a shocking truth. This book concentrates on the story of HMS Wager, a square-rigged Royal Navy ship, and the mutiny that took place after the ship’s wreckage in 1741. Even if you aren’t a history buff, this book is a phenomenal dive into the human condition, leadership and survival.

Dylan Potter, CFA, CFP®, Vice President, Wealth Manager

The Whole-Brain Child by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. and Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D.

Your toddler asks for the blue cup. You give him the blue cup. Then he throws himself on the floor in tears because you gave him the blue cup. Sound familiar? This book is a fascinating dive into human brain development presented in a digestible way. Siegel and Bryson explain The Why behind the behavior as well as give practical strategies for parents to help their child integrate his brain and develop emotional intelligence. A must read for every parent.

Charity J. DiCola, Fixed Income Associate

Disclosures: This newsletter is intended to provide general information only and should not be construed as an offer of specifically tailored individualized advice.


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