//NKST Summer Vibe 22: Beach Playlist and Book Recommendations

It’s just about summertime. We all need to take a moment to unplug, unwind and relax. For your New Jersey-based //NKST team, that usually means getting quality time at the beaches of the Jersey shore with family, friends and the call of a good book.


This summer our team has a few recommendations to consider. From the classics, to historic novels, women empowerment and turn-paging fiction, there is definitely something for everyone on our //NKST Summer Vibe 22 list of books for the beach…


Doug’s Recommendations:

// The Boys in the Boat, by Daniel James Brown – Nine Americans and their epic

quest for gold at the 1936 Berlin summer Olympic games.


// Wow, Wow, Win: Service design, strategy and the art of customer delight, by Tom

Stewart and Patricia O’Connell – Innovative yet grounded in real world examples

of customer experience, this book is the key strategy for winning customers - and

keeping them.


// Good Guys, by David G. Smith and W. Brad Johnson - How men can be better

allies for women in the workplace


Tara’s Recommendations:

// Bewilderment, by Richard Powers - The astrobiologist Theo Byrne searches for life

throughout the cosmos while single-handedly raising his unusual nine-year-old,

Robin, following the death of his wife.


// Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, and Other Tales from the Crematory, by Caitlin Doughty

Armed with a degree in medieval history and a flair for the macabre, Caitlin

Doughty took a job at a crematory and turned morbid curiosity into her life’s work.


Donald’s Recommendations:

// Brothers Karamazov, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky – A murder mystery, a courtroom

drama, and an exploration of erotic rivalry in a series of triangular love affairs

involving the “wicked and sentimental” Fyodor Karamazov and his three sons.


// David Copperfield, by Charles Dickens – The story revolves around the titular

character and spans his growth from infancy to maturity, chronicling the people

and places of his life as he develops as a person.


Kathi’s Recommendations:

// Lost City of the Monkey God, by Douglas Preston – A modern-day adventure

story about an expedition to find an ancient, ruined city in the rainforest. It’s

Indiana Jones, only it really happened.

// Rules of Civility, by Amor Towles – a Gatsby-esque, escapist novel about glitzy

strivers and jet-setters in pre-war Manhattan.


Don’s Recommendations:

// The Beach House, by James Patterson – When a New York law student learns that

his brother has drowned, he knew it could not have been an accident.


You might also want to check out the //NKST Summer Vibe 22 playlist on Spotify as a complimentary audio experience for your summer enjoyment and relaxation.


As always, feel free to add to either or both our Summer Vibe 22 lists.


We welcome all.

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