Summer has long been my favourite time of year. Living in a part of the world that has long winters, I have learned to appreciate and enjoy the beautiful summers that we have. I typically try to take the majority of my holidays from work during the summer time, allowing my family and I to take advantage of the wonderful weather. Our favourite family summer vacation is going to our family cottage. Unlike many other cottagers that own fancy well-appointed summer homes, the cottage in our family is rather rustic and has limited amenities and communication. There is no phone, no internet, and even the TV antenna no longer picks up the local stations anymore. Being disconnected from the world is a big part of the appeal of the cottage for me. Spending the long summer days at the lake with the family without a cellphone buzzing is almost the perfect recipe to de-stress and recharge.
It is also the best time and place for me to do my reading. While I typically have a stack of magazines and other reading material on my nightstand, I rarely find the time to sit down and read a good book when caught up with the busyness of daily life. Being at the lake with no distractions is the perfect place for me to read. Every summer I typically pick a book or two and read it while at the lake.
This year my choice was The Reckoning, by David Halberstam. After Paul’s posts earlier this year, where he posted a couple of teasers, here and here, I knew that book was right up my alley. So I ended up getting a used copy of Amazon for this year’s cottage read. While it dates from 1986, the book is an excellent read and really is pretty good at foreshadowing the crisis that faced the American auto industry in more recent times. The author spends a great deal of time to research the history of Ford, one that I am pretty familiar with, but what I really enjoyed was the history of the rise of Japan’s auto industry and Nissan, both of which were relatively unfamiliar territory. This is a book that I highly recommend to fellow Curbsiders and one of the best books I have read on the auto industry.
After completing the book it got me thinking, that there are probably many books out there that fellow Curbsiders have read and can recommend to one another. Fellow CBC listeners know that each year a list of books recommended as summer reads is compiled for its Canadian listeners. Well, I kind of missed the boat on a summer reading list, so let’s compile a Curbside reading list. What book or books would you recommend to fellow Curbisders?