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Piketty, Keynes – what else should I be reading?

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Since this blog started a little more than a year ago, my goal has been to bring you items and ideas that might be of use in your business — or at least be mildly interesting. This week, I want to turn the tables.

I’m getting ready to go on vacation in a few weeks, which means I’m stockpiling reading material. Right now my Kindle library ranges from a couple of obscure 19th-century novels (my fun reading) to the blockbuster of the moment, Thomas Piketty’s “Capital in the 21st Century” (more on that in a minute).

The Kindle also is loaded with a bunch of books I don’t remember ordering, and some I definitely want to read and forgot about. One-Click, you are a menace!

Why the Piketty? Vacation is supposed to be relaxation, after all, but this 696-page academic tome — translated from the original French — is getting talked about everywhere from the major economic and business publications to the popular press. If you’ve been too busy running your business and earning a living to catch any of the hoo-haw, here’s a summary from The Economist.

The book has spiced up economic cocktail chatter like nothing since Maynard Keynes, and most of the conversations have been pretty interesting. But I don’t like to get my ideas secondhand. When I get back, I’ll let you know how far into it I got.

Meanwhile, are there any business books you’re reading right now you’d like to share? Any recommendations from past reading? I don’t often get a week away from cellphones and email so that I can really immerse myself in nonfiction that takes some effort. I don’t want to totally waste the opportunity.

I’m open to frivolity, though!

The week ahead

It’s our annual Small Business Week special issue, ahead of the SBA’s Small Business Week May 12-16. Our reporting staff has been talking to businesses that bring strong values and strong results to their sectors and the midstate. The nine range from community stalwarts with more than a century under their belts to successful startups and from service companies to manufacturers.

This week’s lists are financial consultants and management consultants.

Find the week’s networking opportunities here.

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