Because you can’t read biz books on vacation

Many years ago in the Time Before Kids, my wife and I went to the Florida Keys for a winter vacation. My wife imposed a business book ban. Read something fun, she said. We’re on vacation.

I hadn’t read a novel since university and had been on a steady diet of business, political science, cultural studies books (with an inexplicable interest in books about killer viruses).

Since sunning on Sombraro Beach in the middle Keys, I’ve been reading a mix of fiction and nonfiction.

So, here’s some recommended summer reading:

  • I Love You Beth Cooper (Larry Doyle) — a laugh-out loud coming-of-age story about the last day and night of a graduating high school loser.
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns (Khaled Hosseini) — the follow-up to the Kite Runner. Brilliant story telling about the brutual lives of two women in Soviet-occupied and Taliban-run Afghanistan.
  • The Road (Cormac McCarthy)– a great, thoroughly depressing and horrifying, read about a father and son wandering through a post-apocalyptic USA.
  • Jamestown (Matthew Sharpe)– another post-apocalypitc novel (see a pattern here?) about a ragtag exploratory team from New York in search of oil and clean food. A 21st century retelling of the 400-year-old Jamestown settlement and Virginia experiment, starring a very un-Disney Pocahontas

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Jay Robb

I've reviewed more than 500 business books for the Hamilton Spectator since 1999 and worked in public relations since 1993.

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