Don’t Stop The Carnival
by Herman Wook – A New Yorker decides to up and leave his comfortable publicist life in New York to purchase a hotel on a fictitious Caribbean island that bares striking similarity to St. Thomas in the 1960’s. Unexpected mayhem ensues as he uproots his wife to strike into the unknown and often infuriating obstacles island life can provide. This is a light read but fairly lengthy. Good for a week of occasional reading.
The Rum Diaries
by Hunter S. Thompson – This classic of Gonzo journalism is way better than the mediocre adaption staring Johnny Depp so don’t judge the book by the movie. Paul Kemp, a journalist in his mid-20’s, moves to Puerto Rico from New York to work at a failing newspaper. Nefarious addicts, shady land developers and drunken photojournalists color this blazing fast read that just begs to be served with a Cuba Libre.
Island of the Sequined Love Nun
by Christopher Moore – A rollicking story about a wayward pilot whose naughty behavior leads him to a twisted tropical paradise demented scientists, cannibals, transvestites and talking fruit bats. Bumbling and oversized characters enhance Moore’s comic wit for a fun, breezy read.
by Thor Heyerdahl – A Norwegian expedition builds a native raft in South America and sail it to Polynesia in 1947. This actually happened. The people who did it wrote the book. It’s a fascinating story told well by Heyerdahl interwoven with plenty of anthropological observations and facts about human migration. A classic rides the seas in many boat cabins and is quite at home in a hammock.
by Sir Ernest Shackelton – This is the antithesis of what you are doing in a hammock. With his ship Endurance frozen into polar ice, Shakleton led his crew of 56 explorers through incredible hardship. After five months frozen in an Antarctic ice flow, Shackleton took a small crew 800 miles in a 22-foot trip to find help. None of his crew died in this, the Epic by which all Epics are measured