Any Book Recommendations?

Last modified on April 7th, 2009

I plowed through three books while I was down in Cancun, and unfortunately, don’t really have any reading material around. Can anyone recommend anything that they’ve read recently that they thought was excellent? I mostly read non-fiction these days.

12 responses to “Any Book Recommendations?”

  1. Austin says:

    I don’t know if you’ve already read it. But, I really enjoyed Confessions Of An Economic Hitman by John Perkins. But, you’ve probably already that.
    A really good fiction book I would recommend is Everything Is Illuminated By Jonathan Safran Foer.

  2. Austin says:

    read* that. sorry its like 2 am here. haha

  3. sarah-renee says:

    Truman by David McCullough. I just finished it today and it was an amazing read. It was neat to see the correlations between the things that happened then and the things going on today in politics. Truman has a lot of background in American history with regard to nuclear weapons, the CIA and even the beginnings of Israel. And sap that I am I cried at the end. It was an incredible biography about a truly genuine, honest and down to earth man who I think we can all learn something from. I really like David McCullough as well. Truman is the second book of his I’ve read, the first being Brave Companions which is a collection of essays he’s written over the years. Also a good read if you get a chance, the chapter on early aviation is perfection. Next on my list is John Adams.

  4. Ryan says:

    I would recommend some classic authors such as Hemmingway(The Garden of Eden)which would have been fitting on your vacation,or perhaps some Kerouac(On the Road)and i love Paulo Coelho(The Alchemist)George Orwell(1984)or maybe “The Great Gatsby” by F.Scotts Fitzgerald.I would guess that you have read these already but they are all worth reading again and again.

  5. A.J. Rowley says:

    Niall Ferguson’s “The Ascent of Money” (2008) is a solid read — plus it’s new and rounding out the bestseller list and therefore cheap either online or in store.

    Try Christopher Shulgan’s “The Soviet Ambassador” (2008) if you’re looking for something closer to home (not to mention a rather novel interpretation of the Cold War). I think the hardcover version of John English’s bio on Trudeau, “Citizen of the World” (2006) is circling the clearance drain at Chapters.

    Left field? — Sloane Crosley’s “I Was Told There’d Be Cake” (2008) — collection of essays, rather hilarious.


  6. TheQuack says:

    I tend to stick to fiction … recommend ANYTHING by Douglas Coupland, if you haven’t read any already. 🙂

  7. Mark Higgins says:

    If you do fancy venturing into a spot of fiction, I can’t recommend ‘The Crow Road’ by Iain Banks highly enough.

  8. Duncan says:

    Atlas Shrugged

  9. Dale says:

    Anything by Ann Coulter. She’s just got pizazz.

  10. Laurie says:

    The Lessons of Love. Melody Beattie

  11. Daniel says:

    Possibly the best Canadian author at the moment is Joseph Boyden. His First World War epic novel Three Day Road is one of the best novels I’ve ever read. It’s based off of a true story of a Cree sniper.

  12. John Frawley says:

    I recommend The Daughters of Freya. It’s a mystery about a journalist investigating a California sex cult, but with an added twist that has nothing to do with the plot. It’s an e-pistolary story – told through emails the characters send to each other, and sent to readers by email as well. You buy it online ( for five bucks and then get 4-5 emails a day over a three week period, as if the characters are copying you on the emails they’re writing to each other. Great story and a fun read.

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