A new chapter…

Join Ronald McDonald House Charities of New England’s (RMHCNE) first-ever Book Club! We’ll be choosing a new theme every month. We’re inviting our volunteers, followers, and supporters to read two books during the month of August. Together, we will create a story of our own; one that begins with YOU and ends with Keeping Families Close (not to spoil anything). Let us be a part of your summer reading list—join us for a Summer of Love!

How it works:

  • Sign up for RMHCNE’s Book Club by emailing ghart@rmhcne.org! You’ll be provided with weekly family stories, mission moments, and, of course, book recommendations. Be sure to share your favorite books and quotes with fellow Book Club members.
  • Read two books that relate to this month’s theme: Summer of Love! Love of family, young love, love of cooking, of nature…wherever you see love, read love!
  • We’re asking individuals to raise $200, teams to raise $500, and our corporate teams to raise $1,000.
  • Donations can be made through our RMHCNE Book Club Fundraiser Page or by sending a check to Ronald McDonald House Charities of New England! Don’t forget to add a memo to your donation designated “RMHCNE Book Club”!

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Fundraising Tips and Tricks:

  • Ask your friends and family to donate $5 for every chapter you read!
  • Show off your summer read on social media! Snap a pic of your current literary obsession in your favorite spots around town or in the sand. Post your daily adventures and ask your followers to help you reach your goal! Don’t forget to tag RMHCNE!!
  • Read a book with your friends and create the perfect Spotify Playlist to fit the storyline. Donate $5 for every song added!

Summer of Love: Staff Picks


Clouds – A Memoir, Laura Sobiech

“Once in a blue moon, you meet someone who changes you. Though I never met Zach Sobiech, his grace in the face of a devastating prognosis was a beautiful thing to witness. The fact that his mother, Laura, and entire family were able to accompany him on this journey with such strength and courage (not to mention love and laughter) is a powerful lesson, not about dying, but about living.”

Katie Couric

Book recommendation made by: CEO, Gretchen Manning

It's up to the women

It’s Up to the Women, Eleanor Roosevelt

“This must-read primer by America’s greatest first lady is so much more than quaint, decades-old history. [It’s Up to the Women] powerfully reminds us of how much women have achieved since Eleanor’s time-and how much more must be done to secure the level playing field she advocated. Ably reintroduced by the brilliant Jill Lepore, this book is as timely now as when it first appeared in the depths of the Depression….. What Eleanor advised women then remains truer than ever today: our mission will only be fulfilled when ‘we can say we never saw a wrong without trying to right it.'”―Jennifer J. Raab, President, Hunter College and founder of Roosevelt House at Hunter

Book recommendation made by: CEO, Gretchen Manning

Tending Roses

Tending Roses, Lisa Wingate

“The secret to a happy life is not in getting what you want. It is in learning to want what you get. Don’t waste time crying over what you’re not given. When you have tears in your eyes, you can’t see all the beautiful things around you”

-Lisa Wingate, Tending Roses

Book recommendation made by: RMHCNE Providence House Manager, Sue Czekalski

Where the crawdads sing

Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens

Number One New York Times Best-Selling Phenomenon

Business Insider Defining Book of the Decade

“Painfully beautiful.” (The New York Times Book Review)

“His dad had told him many times that the definition of a real man is one who cries without shame, reads poetry with his heart, feels opera in his soul, and does what’s necessary to defend a woman.”

― Delia Owens, Where the Crawdads Sing

Book recommendation made by: RMHCNE Boston Harbor House Manager, Joseph Pope

This is how it always is

This is How it Always Is, Laurie Frankel 

“Every once in a while, I discover a book that opens my eyes in a way I never expected. This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel has done just that. It’s a story about family: childhood, parenthood, and the sometimes-heartbreaking decisions that come with it. As a mother, this story absolutely tore at my heartstrings.” -Reese Witherspoon

Book recommendation made by: Assistant Director of Development and Communications, Gabby Hart

It ends with us

It Ends with Us, Colleen Hoover

“All humans make mistakes. What determines a person’s character aren’t the mistakes we make. It’s how we take those mistakes and turn them into lessons rather than excuses.”

― Colleen Hoover, It Ends with Us

Book recommendation made by: Assistant Director of Development and Communications, Gabby Hart