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Summer is here again and that means vacation for many of us. Here is my selection for the Podium Finish for best vacation book authors. Rather than picking specific books, I’ve named three authors with books of different styles–I hope some of them resonate with you. Apologies that some are a bit older…toddlers are a very effective anti-relaxation device on any vacation!

  1. Haruki Murakami: 1Q84 (his latest), Norweigian Wood (the first of his I read), What I Talk About When I Talk About Running (non-fiction), A Wild Sheep Chase (out there).
  2. Anthony Bourdain: before he sold out on TV, he wrote great books. Kitchen Confidential (expose of the food biz), A Cook’s Tour (where is the best meal in the world?), Bone in the Throat (he wrote murder mysteries first)
  3. Aldous Huxley: when your body is in a new place for vacation, send your mind to a whole new world. Island is my favorite short story, Brave New World is a classic.

If you like any of these, or think your favorite deserves a spot on the podium, leave a comment!