Beach and airplane reading

July 12, 2013

Andrew Ross Sorkin has a nice summer reading list, but I’m lazier than he is, it seemed a little too much like work. Here are some other ideas, from various colleagues, with a higher ratio of fun to work. 

Beach reading

  • Carl Hiaasen, Stormy Weather.  Hysterically funny mysteries about Florida. He claims most of the outrageous things in his books really happened.
  • Carol O’Connell, Dead Famous. I love the Mallory books, she’s one of the great characters of modern fiction. Amazon refers to her as “brilliant, sociopathic, manipulative.” Yeah, that sounds right.
  • Michael Dibden, Vendetta. Amazing series of Italian mysteries by a British writer. Recommended by the always reliable Alessandro Lizzeri.
  • Christopher Fowler, The Victoria Vanishes. Curious series of British mysteries, with a side benefit of working its way through some classic London pubs. My old friend Webb took me to one, the
  • Dana Stabenow, A Cold-Blooded Business.  The Kate Shugak series is pretty good, but the Alaska setting is priceless.

Some pretense of higher purpose

  • Alan Furst, Night Soldiers. Wonderfully atmospheric World War II spy novels.  
  • Qiu Xiaolong, Death of a Red Heroine.  One in a great series of mysteries about Inspector Chen in Shanghai in the early 1990s. A little slow at times, but the atmosphere and background are fascinating.

Good, but closer to homework

  • Daniel Kahneman, Thinking, Fast and Slow. Great book by one of the masters of modern psychology. See also his video collection, viewable on your iPhone or Android from the beach.
  • John McMillan, Reinventing the Bazaar. Broad historical perspective on markets at work.
  • Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein, Nudge. Best-seller applying insights from “behavioral” economics.

If you have other ideas, please post them in the comments or send me an email.


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