Rain: What a Paperboy Learned About Business by Jeffrey Fox – I had high hopes for this book, a parable about what a young paperboy learns about business and life through his paper delivery travails. It doesn’t work IMO, at least not for a reasonably knowledgeable adult who say, can balance his own checkbook. Might be great for an early teen who could use a lesson on why hard work and ingenuity pay off.
The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir by Bill Bryson – Warning: if you read this book in public, you will routinely laugh out loud and draw attention to yourself. Further, if you have food or liquid in your mouth when reading this book, it will not remain there. This book is hilarious (Thanks, Ron!). I imagine it is a crack up for anyone, but if you happened to grow up during the 50s and 60s, memories will stream back into your head and you’ll be laughing about your own experiences as much as with Bryson’s. If you didn’t grow up during that era, the book will reveal how we got to where we are today comically, but with incredible insight into what underlies who Americans are. A total blast to read. Highly recommended.
Coyote Blue by Christopher Moore – I’ve read many Christopher Moore books and have totally enjoyed them all. This one, an earlier book of his, has the same strange Moore humor found in his other works, but isn’t as captivating. It took me a long time – about half the book – to warm up to the story. If you’re an avid Moore reader, it’s certainly worth the time. If you’re new to his books, though, I’d recommend one of his later works. My favorites being “You Suck” and “Lamb: The Gospel According to Bill, Christ’s Childhood Pal.”