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Children’s Books

Tremor: A Novel

Fiction

Tremor: A Novel

Another book currently being read and enjoyed.

Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha, #1)

Fiction

Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha, #1)

Listed by the author as a part of her reading list for the summer, epitomizing her love for fantasy.

Before the Coffee Gets Cold: A Novel

Fiction

Before the Coffee Gets Cold: A Novel

A book by Toshikazu Kawaguchi, described as a masterpiece of human confabulation.

The Immortal King Rao

Fiction

The Immortal King Rao

A book mentioned as the last great book read by the interviewee.

Ask the Dust

Fiction

Ask the Dust

A novel by John Fante that captures the luminous gloom of 1930s Los Angeles with a lyrical noir style, almost like reading poetry.

The Peacock and the Sparrow: A Novel

Fiction

The Peacock and the Sparrow: A Novel

A thriller novel by a former case officer at CIA turned writer, detailing espionage and intrigue.

Picture in the Sand: A Novel

Fiction

Picture in the Sand: A Novel

A novel that juxtaposes a story of revolution in 1950s Egypt against contemporary insurrection movements in the Middle East.

Ficciones / Fictions

Fiction

Ficciones / Fictions

A compilation of best short stories by Jorge Luis Borges.

Exhalation: Stories

Fiction

Exhalation: Stories

A collection of sci-fi stories that explain complex topics in an accessible manner, akin to a conversation with a friend.

Flights

Fiction

Flights

A book by Olga Tokarczuk.

Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow

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Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow

Mentioned as a mind-blowingly good book the reader still thinks about.

Brother Alive

Fiction

Brother Alive

Recommended by Rebekah Sanderlin and obtained through Alexander Chee’s subscription box service from Boxwalla.

My Phantoms

Fiction

My Phantoms

A quiet but totally devastating account of the narrator’s relationship with her parents, particularly her mother. It’s excruciating at times but also quite funny.

CivilWarLand in Bad Decline: Stories and a Novella

Fiction

CivilWarLand in Bad Decline: Stories and a Novella

'Offloading for Mrs. Schwartz', in his first collection, is the one most returned to.

Small Things Like These

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Small Things Like These

About an Irish family struggling with a moral crisis in the weeks leading up to Christmas. It’s little but has a huge heart.

Last Resort: A Novel

Fiction

Last Resort: A Novel

A novel about an overthinker who can’t stop making awful decisions, with one of the funniest endings.

The Peripheral (The Jackpot Trilogy Book 1)

Fiction

The Peripheral (The Jackpot Trilogy Book 1)

William Gibson's book about a post-apocalyptic world that discovers a two-way portal to an earlier time, and a woman's life in both worlds.

Walkaway: A Novel

Fiction

Walkaway: A Novel

A novel by Cory Doctorow about a world where a small group of rebels reject control by elites and create their own economy.

The Baroque Cycle: Quicksilver, The Confusion, and The System of the World

Fiction

The Baroque Cycle: Quicksilver, The Confusion, and The System of the World

Neal Stephenson’s trilogy exploring the development of science and key figures in the early days of the Enlightenment.

The Decagon House Murders (Pushkin Vertigo Book 32)

Fiction

The Decagon House Murders (Pushkin Vertigo Book 32)

A representative example of the Japanese genre shin honkaku, known for its abstract approach and adherence to the rules of orthodox detective fiction. In its introduction, Shimada Shoji highlights the unique, almost robotic character depictions and a focus on storytelling over sophisticated writing.

The 8 Mansion Murders

Fiction

The 8 Mansion Murders

Part of the shin honkaku genre, published in 1989 as a pillar of this movement in Japanese detective fiction.

Ghost Lover

Fiction

Ghost Lover

A collection of writing by Lisa Taddeo to exercise one's frayed attention span.

Heat 2: A Novel

Fiction

Heat 2: A Novel

A novel by Michael Mann that serves as a prequel/sequel to the movie Heat, adding depth and history to the story.

Great Circle: A Novel

Fiction

Great Circle: A Novel

One of Christine's top recommendations for a vacation book this summer.

Still Life: A GMA Book Club Pick (A Novel)

Fiction

Still Life: A GMA Book Club Pick (A Novel)

A book that transports the reader to a sunny Italian courtyard in the 1950’s, celebrated for its prose and characters.

Apeirogon: A Novel

Fiction

Apeirogon: A Novel

A book Christine is currently reading based on the advice of her well-read in-laws.

Alone With You in the Ether

Fiction

Alone With You in the Ether

An engrossing love story described as 'an intimate and contemporary study of time, space, and the nature of love.'

Sea of Tranquility

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Sea of Tranquility

A story that ties together simulation theory, time travel, and future dystopia.

Book Lovers

Fiction

Book Lovers

A great novel for book lovers, described as 'meta'.

I Love You but I've Chosen Darkness

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I Love You but I've Chosen Darkness

The main character is a writer who has a baby and does everything a mother, especially a new mother, should not do: ditches her baby and husband, gets high, masturbates a lot.

Treasure Island

Fiction

Treasure Island

It’s about a woman who decides to live her life according to the principles of the Robert Louis Stevenson book.

Klara and the Sun

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Klara and the Sun

No specific description given

Matrix - Large Print Edition

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Matrix - Large Print Edition

No specific description given (Not to be confused with the film).

MADDADDAM TRILOGY BOX: Oryx & Crake; The Year of the Flood; Maddaddam

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MADDADDAM TRILOGY BOX: Oryx & Crake; The Year of the Flood; Maddaddam

Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam Trilogy, encompassing Oryx and Crake, The Year of the Flood, and MaddAddam, explores a dystopian vision of the future, focusing on themes like climate change, corporate power, wealth disparity, and technology.

You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine: A Novel

Fiction

You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine: A Novel

A novel by Alexandra Kleeman that explores themes of identity, consumerism, and the body in a surreal, dystopian setting.

The Summer Book (New York Review Books Classics)

Fiction

The Summer Book (New York Review Books Classics)

A book by Tove Jansson without additional context in the newsletter.

The Ministry for the Future: A Novel

Fiction

The Ministry for the Future: A Novel

A story beginning with a heatwave in India that addresses climate change.

How Lucky: A Mystery Novel

Fiction

How Lucky: A Mystery Novel

A suspense novel with humor and surprises, unexpected from the Deadspin author.

Snow Crash: A Novel

Fiction

Snow Crash: A Novel

The book that helped inspire the vision for the metaverse and coined the term.

The Neapolitan Novels Boxed Set

Fiction

The Neapolitan Novels Boxed Set

Late to the game but the HBO series is a perfect opportunity to catch up.

Fuccboi: A Novel

Fiction

Fuccboi: A Novel

A novel that captures a unique writing voice and perspective, sparking significant discourse and being described as both special and important.

Death on the Nile: A Hercule Poirot Mystery: The Official Authorized Edition

Fiction

Death on the Nile: A Hercule Poirot Mystery: The Official Authorized Edition

A fictional story by Agatha Christie, alternating with non-fiction in the reading choices. It is part of exploring diverse genres.

The Line of Beauty: A Novel

Fiction

The Line of Beauty: A Novel

A book the author is about to start as part of their book club.

Time Is a Mother

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Time Is a Mother

A book the author is about to start reading.

Beauty Is a Wound

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Beauty Is a Wound

One of the books that the author keeps coming back to in their mind.

Cold Enough for Snow

Fiction

Cold Enough for Snow

A book currently being read by the author of the post.

Olga Dies Dreaming: A Novel

Fiction

Olga Dies Dreaming: A Novel

A book that is currently being read by Mary Childs.

Dune

Fiction

Dune

One of three perfect novels, Dune is a must-read epic of science fiction.

The Murders In The Rue Morgue

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The Murders In The Rue Morgue

C. Auguste Dupin, a purveyor of 'ratiocination,' or intensive reasoning—who was introduced to the world in 'The Murders on the Rue Morgue' by Edgar Allan Poe, which invented the murder mystery genre we know today.

Roseanna

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Roseanna

'Roseanna' by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö is a classic of the police procedural genre that remains a popular work, marking a significant shift in the genre.

Demons

Fiction

Demons

A book by Fyodor Dostoevsky, mentioned as next up on the nightstand of the author of the post, particularly in the translation by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky.

East of Eden

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East of Eden

A book by John Steinbeck, mentioned as a liked sweeping multi-generational story by the author of the post.

A Little Life

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A Little Life

A book by Hanya Yanagihara that is described by the author of the post as a sweeping multi-generational story.

Sherlock Holmes: A Scandal in Japan

Fiction

Sherlock Holmes: A Scandal in Japan

A book that provides a taste of and twist on Japan, imagining Sherlock Holmes' adventures there.

Invisible Cities

Fiction

Invisible Cities

A book by Italo Calvino, consisting of 55 vignettes of imaginary cities, which all turn out to be Venice.

The Driver's Seat

Fiction

The Driver's Seat

This novel by Muriel Spark details a woman hunting for a man whose task is not to be her lover, but her murderer, speaking volumes to the complexity of women’s sexual liberation post-#metoo.

Dutchman and The Slave: Two Plays

Fiction

Dutchman and The Slave: Two Plays

A two-act play by Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones) about a white woman who murders a black man on the New York subway after he refuses her seductions, using the subway as a metaphor to address a lineage of Karens and the ghost ship myth of the ‘Flying Dutchman’.

Terminal Boredom: Stories

Fiction

Terminal Boredom: Stories

A collection of stories by Izumi Suzuki, a pioneering Japanese science fiction writer, tackling imperialism and gender politics with speculative freshness.

little scratch: A Novel

Fiction

little scratch: A Novel

A novel by Rebecca Watson, recently finished by the author of the post but yet to be succeeded by a new reading choice.

The Other Black Girl: A Novel

Fiction

The Other Black Girl: A Novel

Another book the author is currently reading.

Animal: A Novel

Fiction

Animal: A Novel

Currently being read by the article's author.

Virtue: A Novel

Fiction

Virtue: A Novel

One of the books in the author's reading stack.

How Should a Person Be?: A Novel from Life

Fiction

How Should a Person Be?: A Novel from Life

A novel by Sheila Heti, described as a novel from life.

Such a Fun Age

Fiction

Such a Fun Age

One of the recently finished books by the narrator that was considered a fabulous, fast read.

Long Division

Fiction

Long Division

Laymon's work is much appreciated, particularly this book which involves themes of time travel.

A Children's Bible

Fiction

A Children's Bible

A plausible future. A good allegory for our current relationship with the ecological destruction of our future.

Riot Baby

Fiction

Riot Baby

An atmospheric tale set in a very plausible future world.

More Than Human

Fiction

More Than Human

A 1953 sci-fi novel that inspired Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead. The novel features a band of exceptional people 'bleshing' their consciousness to create a super-being.

Mouthful of Birds: Stories

Fiction

Mouthful of Birds: Stories

A collection of short stories that are both surreal and relatable; eerie and fantastic.

Little Eyes: A Novel

Fiction

Little Eyes: A Novel

A novel that strikes a perfect balance between surreal and relatable; eerie and fantastic.

Preparation For The Next Life

Fiction

Preparation For The Next Life

A book recommended by the author that they found particularly impactful.

Where the Crawdads Sing: Reese's Book Club (A Novel)

Fiction

Where the Crawdads Sing: Reese's Book Club (A Novel)

A novel by Delia Owens that explores love for the natural world.

Ball Lightning

Fiction

Ball Lightning

A science fiction novel by Liu Cixin, exploring themes of military science, weapons development, and more.

Stories of Your Life and Others

Fiction

Stories of Your Life and Others

A short story collection by Ted Chiang, which includes 'Story of Your Life,' the basis for the movie Arrival.

Passing

Fiction

Passing

Published in 1929, it tells the story of two mixed-race friends, Irene and Clare, and the paths they take through adulthood, with Clare passing as white and married to a wealthy white man. The book prompts reflections on racial identity.

Anxious People: A Novel

Fiction

Anxious People: A Novel

Set in Sweden, it tells the story of a bank robbery gone wrong, a small group of extremely nervous hostages, and two policemen working hard to unravel what’s happened. The narrator found it laugh-out-loud funny for most of the book.

My Struggle: Book 1

Fiction

My Struggle: Book 1

A 6-part autobiography by Karl Ove Knausgaard that details every aspect of his life, offering an in-depth exploration of his anxieties, rituals, and experiences.

Luster: A Novel

Fiction

Luster: A Novel

A novel by Raven Leilani.

Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel

Fiction

Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel

An experimental novel that blends historical fact with speculative fiction to tell the story of Abraham Lincoln's grief over the loss of his son.

Sacred Games

Fiction

Sacred Games

A novel set in Bombay, weaving together the lives of a retired police officer, a notorious gangster, and the intricate world of Bollywood.

The Left Hand of Darkness

Fiction

The Left Hand of Darkness

A science fiction novel that questions traditional notions of gender through its exploration of a planet where the inhabitants can choose and change their gender.

2666: A Novel

Fiction

2666: A Novel

A novel by Roberto Bolaño.

4 3 2 1: A Novel

Fiction

4 3 2 1: A Novel

A novel about the four divergent paths the life of its protagonist might take, exploring themes of fate, love, and the challenges of life.

Death in Her Hands

Fiction

Death in Her Hands

A novel that walks the line between psychological thriller and introspection, telling the story of an elderly woman who finds a note implicating a dead body in the woods.

The Broken Earth Trilogy

Fiction

The Broken Earth Trilogy

A science fiction trilogy that explores themes of environmental destruction and racial prejudice.

No One Is Talking About This: A Novel

Fiction

No One Is Talking About This: A Novel

A novel by Patricia Lockwood that explores the dichotomy of the online world and real life.

Daddy: Stories

Fiction

Daddy: Stories

A collection of stories by Emma Cline discussing themes around rich people.

Lolly Willowes : Or the Loving Huntsman

Fiction

Lolly Willowes : Or the Loving Huntsman

A novel by Sylvia Townsend Warner about a woman moving to the countryside to live as a witch.

All for Nothing

Fiction

All for Nothing

A novel by Walter Kempowksi set in East Prussia during World War II.

The Odyssey

Fiction

The Odyssey

A 2017 translation of The Odyssey by Emily Wilson, featuring brisk, plain English and written in iambic pentameter to capture the urgency and freshness of Homer's work.

Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives

Fiction

Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives

A collection of speculative fiction tales about the afterlife, written by neuroscientist and author David Eagleman. The book explores various imaginative scenarios of what may happen after we die.

Ségou - tome 1 - Les murailles de terre (01)

Fiction

Ségou - tome 1 - Les murailles de terre (01)

A novel by Maryse Condé that is a must-read, focusing on the African Diaspora, with insights into their colonialism and slavery past.

Mercury Retrograde

Fiction

Mercury Retrograde

Full disclosure I haven't yet read Segal's first book yet, but based on her thought-provoking and often quite funny trend reports for K-Hole and Nemesis, I bought a copy on sight and eagerly await its arrival.

Pachinko (National Book Award Finalist)

Fiction

Pachinko (National Book Award Finalist)

A multi-generational historical fiction thriller set in Japanese occupied Busan.

Fiction

Africanfuturism: An Anthology

A free ebook collection featuring a story by Nigerian author Nnedi Okorafor, who developed the concept of "Africanfuturism," along with work by seven other African science fiction authors.

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine: Reese's Book Club (A Novel)

Fiction

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine: Reese's Book Club (A Novel)

A novel that is both light and dark, described as a total page turner.

Bull Mountain

Fiction

Bull Mountain

A fiction book that Roman Mars couldn't put down, noted for its dialogue and accents reminiscent of those he grew up with.

When You Finish Saving the World

Fiction

When You Finish Saving the World

An audiobook created for Audible and A24 by Jesse Eisenberg. Mentioned in a positive light.

The Idiot

Fiction

The Idiot

A tender and amusing portrait of young adulthood and a great debut.

Leave the World Behind: A Read with Jenna Pick

Fiction

Leave the World Behind: A Read with Jenna Pick

A novel that is eerie, disquieting, and prescient, discussing dynamics between a white Brooklyn family and an older Black couple amidst an apocalyptic event.

That Kind of Mother: A Novel

Fiction

That Kind of Mother: A Novel

Another book by Rumaan Alam, indicating a breadth of themes and explorations in relationship dynamics.

Rich and Pretty: A Novel

Fiction

Rich and Pretty: A Novel

One of Rumaan Alam's other books mentioned as part of the works to expect from the author.

Real Life: A Novel

Fiction

Real Life: A Novel

Described as a campus novel, offering a distinct perspective and narrative.

The Charm School

Fiction

The Charm School

A spy thriller novel by Nelson DeMille.

Once a Runner: A Novel

Fiction

Once a Runner: A Novel

A novel that has become a cult classic in running circles, detailing the life of a fictional runner.

Bridge of Birds: A Novel of an Ancient China That Never Was

Fiction

Bridge of Birds: A Novel of an Ancient China That Never Was

Part of Vaughn Tan's current reading list, being re-read.

Fiction

Inversions

Currently being re-read by Vaughn Tan.

Touch

Fiction

Touch

A book loved by the author, written by Courtney Maum.

Never Let Me Go

Fiction

Never Let Me Go

A recently finished book by the feature's persona.

Another Country

Fiction

Another Country

A recently finished book by the feature's persona.

Benign Lives

Fiction

Benign Lives

A transportive novel by Shirley Hazzard, recommended for its narrative.

Interior Chinatown

Fiction

Interior Chinatown

Charles Yu's Interior Chinatown is listed among recent reads.

Exciting Times

Fiction

Exciting Times

Exciting Times by Naoise Dolan is praised for its extremely direct way with words, humorously cutting to the funnybone.

The Double: A Novel

Fiction

The Double: A Novel

A novel by José Saramago which inspired a film featuring Jake Gyllenhaal.

Submergence

Fiction

Submergence

A book by JM Ledgard, mentioned as part of a great profile on him.

Death in Captivity: A WWII Locked-Room Mystery (British Library Crime Classics)

Fiction

Death in Captivity: A WWII Locked-Room Mystery (British Library Crime Classics)

A vintage whodunnit by Michael Gilbert set in a prisoner of war camp in Italy during WW2, first published in 1952.

Sea of Poppies (Ibis Trilogy, 1)

Fiction

Sea of Poppies (Ibis Trilogy, 1)

A novel that Robin Sloan recently reread, described as nearly perfect and richly captivating, with its events unfolding in the run-up to the First Opium War.

The Forest of Enchantments

Fiction

The Forest of Enchantments

A novel by Chitra Banerjee-Divakaruni that tells stories from epic Indian tales from the female perspective.

The Topeka School: A Novel

Fiction

The Topeka School: A Novel

A novel by Ben Lerner about the difference between language and talking, the power and the powerlessness of verbal communication.

The Last Samurai

Fiction

The Last Samurai

The first novel by Helen DeWitt, which has been enthusiastically recommended.

On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel

Fiction

On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel

A first novel by a poet, structured as a letter from a Vietnamese-American son who is a writer to a mother who cannot read. The book is a meditation on the limitations of words and explores the distances immigrants travel, both physically and symbolically.

Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos, Book 1)

Fiction

Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos, Book 1)

The first book of the sci-fi series inspired by fellow WITI contributor Chris P's recommendation.

Tyll: A Novel

Fiction

Tyll: A Novel

A novel about a German jester living in the 17th century.

Ducks, Newburyport

Fiction

Ducks, Newburyport

A 900+ page stream of consciousness book about a mother in Ohio.

Hocus Pocus

Fiction

Hocus Pocus

A book by Kurt Vonnegut that touches on themes of building versus maintenance in human character.

The Memory Police: A Novel

Fiction

The Memory Police: A Novel

A haunting, Orwellian novel about an unnamed island where things, and then people, start disappearing from memory, policed by the ominous Memory Police. It delves into themes of memory, loss, and resistance.

The Overstory: A Novel

Fiction

The Overstory: A Novel

Environmental fiction that delves into more than just ecological concerns.

My Year of Rest and Relaxation: A Novel

Fiction

My Year of Rest and Relaxation: A Novel

A novel by Ottessa Moshfegh about an unlikeable main character with an obsession with sleep, which is being adapted into a film by Yorgos Lanthimos.

Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead: A Novel

Fiction

Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead: A Novel

In this blend of mystery and philosophical musings, the novel follows an eccentric woman in a remote Polish village as she becomes involved in investigating a series of mysterious deaths, presenting a unique commentary on the human condition and our relationship with animals.

Fiction

Flights: Nobel Prize and Booker Prize Winner

A fragmentary novel with interconnected stories, great for summer reading.

The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement

Fiction

The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement

The best book on bottlenecks revolves around Goldratt’s “theory of constraints” and the five focusing steps to uncover bottlenecks.

Solar

Fiction

Solar

A novel that features Svalbard and its doomsday vault.

Neuromancer

Fiction

Neuromancer

A seminal cyberpunk novel by William Gibson that has influenced much of modern science fiction and internet-centric culture.

Concrete Island: A Novel

Fiction

Concrete Island: A Novel

A novel by J.G. Ballard about a man stranded on a section of abandoned land created by several intersecting motorways.

A Scanner Darkly

Fiction

A Scanner Darkly

A dystopian science fiction novel by Philip K. Dick that explores themes of identity, surveillance, drug use, and paranoia.

Pattern Recognition (Blue Ant Book 1)

Fiction

Pattern Recognition (Blue Ant Book 1)

A novel by William Gibson that explores themes of technology, globalization, and culture.

High Tech Indus Style & Source

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High Tech Indus Style & Source

A source book for Industrial style published in the late 70's. It explores the use of readymade, industrial materials in a residential setting. Topics include sail shades, rubber mat flooring, aluminum blinds, Speed-Rail, and other hallmarks of the Industrial aesthetic.

Non-Fiction

Explorers Journal, Volumes 36-39

An account featured in the December 1958 edition of the Explorers Journal, recounting Tom Slick Jr.'s expedition to the upper Arun Valley of the Himalayas in search of evidence of the Yeti's existence.

Contrasts : or a parallel between the noble edifices of the middle ages, and corresponding buildings of the present day; shewing the present decay of taste. Accompanied by appropriate text

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Contrasts : or a parallel between the noble edifices of the middle ages, and corresponding buildings of the present day; shewing the present decay of taste. Accompanied by appropriate text

In 1835, Pugin significantly raised his profile with the book 'Contrasts: Or, A Parallel between the Noble Edifices of the Middle Ages and Corresponding Buildings of the Present Day', which compared the virtues of medieval society to the vices of modern society.

Europe on 5 Dollars a Day

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Europe on 5 Dollars a Day

A guidebook by Arthur Frommer that inaugurated the age of budget travel.

The Origin of Species: 150th Anniversary Edition

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The Origin of Species: 150th Anniversary Edition

Late to the game on this one, currently being read by Philip Stockton.

Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness

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Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness

A book that explores the intelligence of octopuses and their difficulties in captivity, highlighting their challenge for study.

How Infrastructure Works: Inside the Systems That Shape Our World

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How Infrastructure Works: Inside the Systems That Shape Our World

This book convincingly describes power plants and telecommunications systems as “care at scale,” weaves in autobiography and first-person reportage, and theorizes an exciting energy-abundant future.

The Book: A Cover-to-Cover Exploration of the Most Powerful Object of Our Time

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The Book: A Cover-to-Cover Exploration of the Most Powerful Object of Our Time

Eagerly awaited by the author and expected to be found on Toronto indie-bookstore shelves.

The Long Form

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The Long Form

Currently being read and enjoyed by the author of the newsletter.

Books & Essays — Emily Fox Gordon

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Books & Essays — Emily Fox Gordon

Praised as a model of ambitious, idea-driven autobiographical writing.

A Word or Two Before I Go: Essays Then and Now

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A Word or Two Before I Go: Essays Then and Now

New collection by Arthur Krystal that is on the nightstand of the newsletter's author.

The Complete Joy of Homebrewing Fourth Edition: Fully Revised and Updated

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The Complete Joy of Homebrewing Fourth Edition: Fully Revised and Updated

A comprehensive guide on homebrewing, for beginners and advanced brewers.

Where There Is No Doctor: A Village Health Care Handbook

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Where There Is No Doctor: A Village Health Care Handbook

A health care handbook for practitioners in remote areas.

Rand McNally Road Atlas

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Rand McNally Road Atlas

A printed road atlas for navigation.

Basic Fishing: A Beginner's Guide

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Basic Fishing: A Beginner's Guide

A guide for beginners on hunting deer for food.

Notes on Grief

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Notes on Grief

Mentioned by the author as a recommended read alongside The Source of Self Regard as works by Black female authors.

The Source of Self-Regard

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The Source of Self-Regard

Currently on the author's nightstand, recommended as part of the works by Black female authors.

Setting the Table: The Transforming Power of Hospitality in Business

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Setting the Table: The Transforming Power of Hospitality in Business

Danny Meyer details the philosophy and 'operating system' behind his successful Union Square Hospitality Group, highlighting the importance of hospitality in business.

A History of Graphic Design

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A History of Graphic Design

Phil Meggs' monumental work on the history of graphic design.

SLP-041: SHEER DRIFT: The Snake America Newsletters (1-100)

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SLP-041: SHEER DRIFT: The Snake America Newsletters (1-100)

A collection of archives from the weekly Substack, Snake, which covers furniture and interior design, collecting well-designed items and offering reportage/investor profiles on brands, interviews, and essays.

Do Interesting: Notice. Collect. Share. (Do Books, 36)

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Do Interesting: Notice. Collect. Share. (Do Books, 36)

A book by Russell Davies about how interestingness isn't something you are, it's something you do.

This Must Be the Place

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This Must Be the Place

A book by Shain Shapiro discussing the impact of music on urban spaces and how it can enhance city life.

Four Thousand Weeks

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Four Thousand Weeks

The book Jenni Dawes has recommended the most over the past year. It fuses philosophy, productivity, mindful practices, and provides an entirely new perspective on life and how we spend our time.

For the Culture: The Power Behind What We Buy, What We Do, and Who We Want to Be

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For the Culture: The Power Behind What We Buy, What We Do, and Who We Want to Be

A book that examines the relationship between culture and human behavior, using literature, case studies, and academic work to illustrate the ways culture influences actions and societal dynamics.

Inside the Wagner Group’s Armed Uprising

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Inside the Wagner Group’s Armed Uprising

A profile of Prigozhin/Wagner worth the time.

Electric Sound: The Past and Promise of Electronic Music

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Electric Sound: The Past and Promise of Electronic Music

An essential and fascinating history of electronic music written from a technologist’s perspective, published in 1997 and now out of print. It remains the most comprehensive book on the field.

Big Friendship

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Big Friendship

Recommended reading by the interviewee, focusing on the topic of friendship.

Whole Earth Catalog

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Whole Earth Catalog

A big, big format catalog that pointed to resources to show how to do all different kinds of things, from astrology to midwifery to leathercrafting and more. It's based on the Emersonian idea of self-reliance.

The-OmegaProject journals by active Special Operations Forces

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The-OmegaProject journals by active Special Operations Forces

A journal designed for logging workouts, nutrition, sleep, and hydration, originally developed by a military team for effective physical journaling.

Imagine a City: A Pilot's Journey Across the Urban World

Non-Fiction

Imagine a City: A Pilot's Journey Across the Urban World

Mark Vanhoenacker's most recent book, called 'a love song to cities the world over' by the Wall Street Journal.

Skyfaring: A Journey with a Pilot (Vintage Departures)

Non-Fiction

Skyfaring: A Journey with a Pilot (Vintage Departures)

Mark Vanhoenacker's first book, described by the New York Times as 'a superb chronicle'.

The Baby on the Fire Escape: Creativity, Motherhood, and the Mind-Baby Problem

Non-Fiction

The Baby on the Fire Escape: Creativity, Motherhood, and the Mind-Baby Problem

A book that explores the impact of motherhood on a woman's sense of time and self, described as a compelling read for its accurate portrayal.

Metaphors We Live By

Non-Fiction

Metaphors We Live By

A seminal book that explores how metaphors shape the way we understand the world and communicate.

Am I Being Too Subtle?: Straight Talk From a Business Rebel

Non-Fiction

Am I Being Too Subtle?: Straight Talk From a Business Rebel

A candid memoir by real estate mogul Sam Zell, sharing insights from his successful and unconventional approach to business.

I'll Show Myself Out: Essays on Midlife and Motherhood

Non-Fiction

I'll Show Myself Out: Essays on Midlife and Motherhood

A collection of essays that illustratively discusses the nuances of midlife and motherhood.

Wildsam Field Guides Big Sur & Highway 1 (Wildsam American Pursuits)

Non-Fiction

Wildsam Field Guides Big Sur & Highway 1 (Wildsam American Pursuits)

A travel guide by Wildsam for planning trips in the Big Sur area.

Fonts In Paradise

Non-Fiction

Fonts In Paradise

A book by Mark Jonathan Davis about mid-century fonts on buildings.

The Aloha Shirt: Spirit Of The Islands

Non-Fiction

The Aloha Shirt: Spirit Of The Islands

A book by Dale Hope about the history of Aloha shirts.

Breath

Non-Fiction

Breath

A book by James Nestor about the science and art of breathing.

The Complete Walker IV

Non-Fiction

The Complete Walker IV

The original guidebook for backpackers by Colin Fletcher.

The Power of Wonder: The Extraordinary Emotion That Will Change the Way You Live, Learn, and Lead

Non-Fiction

The Power of Wonder: The Extraordinary Emotion That Will Change the Way You Live, Learn, and Lead

A new book about to be started by the writer, described as by another smart pal, Monica Parker.

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone

Non-Fiction

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone

Described as equal parts touching and illuminating.

Beyrouth-sur-Seine

Non-Fiction

Beyrouth-sur-Seine

A book by Sabyl Ghoussoub that won the Goncourt high school student award. Laëtitia Eido praises it for its deep introspection and questioning of global and world issues in a deeply human way.

Wilder Mann

Non-Fiction

Wilder Mann

A photography book by Charles Fréger focusing on European traditional costumes and celebrations.

The 2-Hour Cocktail Party Book

Non-Fiction

The 2-Hour Cocktail Party Book

A guide on how to make new friends by hosting small parties, based on the experience of hosting hundreds of gatherings.

Cyberfeminism Index

Non-Fiction

Cyberfeminism Index

Mindy Seu's first book, gathering three decades of online activism and net art.

Software for Artists Book: Untethering the Web

Non-Fiction

Software for Artists Book: Untethering the Web

A collection that includes Mindy Seu's essay 'The Metaverse is a Contested Territory'.

Twentieth-Century Man: The Wild Life of Peter Beard

Non-Fiction

Twentieth-Century Man: The Wild Life of Peter Beard

An upcoming book by Chris Wallace, focusing on Peter Beard.

DRAMA FREE

Non-Fiction

DRAMA FREE

A self-help book by Nedra Glover Tawwab about setting boundaries.

Faith, Hope and Carnage

Non-Fiction

Faith, Hope and Carnage

A book where Nick Cave reflects on the loss of his son, offering insights into grief and the process of finding meaning in loss.

The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere (TED Books)

Non-Fiction

The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere (TED Books)

A book re-read by the author annually, emphasizing the importance of slowing down.

Gardening Advice and Inspiration - BBC Gardeners World Magazine

Non-Fiction

Gardening Advice and Inspiration - BBC Gardeners World Magazine

A relaxing and inspiring gardening program hosted by Monty Don.

Flour Water Salt Yeast: The Fundamentals of Artisan Bread and Pizza [A Cookbook]

Non-Fiction

Flour Water Salt Yeast: The Fundamentals of Artisan Bread and Pizza [A Cookbook]

A guide on bread baking focusing on the fundamentals of artisan bread and pizza.

Working to Restore: Harnessing the Power of Regenerative Business to Heal the World

Non-Fiction

Working to Restore: Harnessing the Power of Regenerative Business to Heal the World

Chronicles the stories of over 30 companies that are using their business model to create environmental and social impact.

Subway Art

Non-Fiction

Subway Art

Originally published in 1984, Subway Art is the ultimate documentation of the graffiti art movement in NYC during the 1980s.

Hawaiian Surfriders

Non-Fiction

Hawaiian Surfriders

A book by Tom Blake about surfing, cited in the research for a term paper about the sport.

The Gentrification of the Mind

Non-Fiction

The Gentrification of the Mind

A book about NYC, aids and the politics of the art world, and a forthcoming book by Rhoda Tchokokam, Sensibles - A history of French R&B.

Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center

Non-Fiction

Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center

Recommended reading, famous but not widely read according to the author. It is not clear it this is the actual title they meant to reference.

Emergent Tokyo

Non-Fiction

Emergent Tokyo

The book outlines the organization of neighborhood shop-owner collectives in Tokyo to protect the energy and community of sometimes centuries-old neighborhoods amidst the city's rapid development.

Nothing is True but Everything is Possible

Non-Fiction

Nothing is True but Everything is Possible

Peter Pomerantsev's dream-like narrative of working in television in Moscow in the early 2000s, exploring the surreal aspects of the Russian media landscape.

Picasso's War: How Modern Art Came to America

Non-Fiction

Picasso's War: How Modern Art Came to America

A book by Hugh Eakin about the slow recognition and appreciation of modern art in the US and Britain in the first half of the 20th century, encapsulating stories of key figures who believed in the art's value.

Three Women

Non-Fiction

Three Women

A book that explores the true stories of three average women's sex lives, characterized as gorgeously written and a brilliant concept by Rebekah Sanderlin.

Skateboarding, Space and the City: Architecture and the Body

Non-Fiction

Skateboarding, Space and the City: Architecture and the Body

A book arguing that skateboarders draw our attention to the city as the site of perpetual change.

Laurie Colwin

Non-Fiction

Laurie Colwin

A book by Laurie Colwin, described as beautiful and deeply satisfying.

Yes, Chef: A Memoir

Non-Fiction

Yes, Chef: A Memoir

The memoir of Marcus Samuelsson, described as excellent.

So Much Things to Say: The Oral History of Bob Marley

Non-Fiction

So Much Things to Say: The Oral History of Bob Marley

An oral history of Bob Marley compiled by Roger Steffens, known for his deep knowledge and extensive archive of Reggae music.

Kyle Harper: Historian, Okie

Non-Fiction

Kyle Harper: Historian, Okie

A book by Kyle Harper that explores how infrastructure, economics, and culture contributed to Roman civilization's historically unusual levels of wealth and excess production, and the factors leading to its collapse.

The Secret of Our Success: How Culture Is Driving Human Evolution, Domesticating Our Species, and Making Us Smarter

Non-Fiction

The Secret of Our Success: How Culture Is Driving Human Evolution, Domesticating Our Species, and Making Us Smarter

A scientific literature by Joseph Henrich examining how biological and cultural evolution intertwine, modifying systems and demonstrating how behavioral contagion actually happens in humans.

Non-Fiction

Josiah Ober

A book by Josiah Ober focusing on how infrastructure, economics, and culture contributed to the historically unusual levels of wealth and excess production in Classical Greece, as well as its eventual demise.

Florida!

Non-Fiction

Florida!

A thoroughly researched and dense book about the state of Florida, exploring parts unknown to many and planning some future travel adventures.

You Had Me At Pét-Nat

Non-Fiction

You Had Me At Pét-Nat

One of the favorite natural wine books of the author, providing insights into natural winemaking.

What We’re Reading This Summer

Non-Fiction

What We’re Reading This Summer

A masterful triple-biography that also serves as a breakdown of how culture was made in the 19th century.

Thought-Forms

Non-Fiction

Thought-Forms

Influenced many mystical artists over the last 100 years and visualizes thoughts, experiences, emotions, and music in beautiful illustrations. It’s a strong foundation for the creation of metaphysical art.

The Myth of Normal: Trauma, Illness, and Healing in a Toxic Culture

Non-Fiction

The Myth of Normal: Trauma, Illness, and Healing in a Toxic Culture

This book challenges the conventional understanding of health and wellness, emphasizing the influence of culture and the concept of what is considered 'normal'.

Corporate Strategy (Business Library)

Non-Fiction

Corporate Strategy (Business Library)

A lesser-known book that delves into corporate strategy and structure, providing insightful guidance on the strategic management process from a seasoned expert in the field.

The Innovator's Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book That Will Change the Way You Do Business

Non-Fiction

The Innovator's Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book That Will Change the Way You Do Business

A book covering the scenario where a company with a cash cow business struggles to innovate in ways and gets disrupted by an upstart. It explains how and why this happens through various examples and theories.

The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters

Non-Fiction

The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters

A book by Priya Parker that discusses approaches to creating meaningful and purposeful gatherings.

California Soul: An American Epic of Cooking and Survival

Non-Fiction

California Soul: An American Epic of Cooking and Survival

A book by Chef Keith Corbin that highlights his journey and the impact of cooking and food on survival and identity.

Together: The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World

Non-Fiction

Together: The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World

A book by Vivek H. Murthy that explores the importance of human connection and its impact on our health and happiness.

Hitchcock (Revised Edition)

Non-Fiction

Hitchcock (Revised Edition)

A 50-hour interview with director Alfred Hitchcock, conducted in 1962.

Status and Culture: How Our Desire for Social Rank Creates Taste, Identity, Art, Fashion, and Constant Change

Non-Fiction

Status and Culture: How Our Desire for Social Rank Creates Taste, Identity, Art, Fashion, and Constant Change

One of the two books by W. David Marx, offering deep insights into cultural and style evolutions.

Cool Gray City of Love: 49 Views of San Francisco

Non-Fiction

Cool Gray City of Love: 49 Views of San Francisco

An ode to wandering in San Francisco by former cabbie Gary Kamiya.

The Extra Woman

Non-Fiction

The Extra Woman

Joanna Scutts' book about the rise and celebration of single independent women in post-depression New York City.

Ship of Ghosts

Non-Fiction

Ship of Ghosts

About what happened to the crew of the USS Houston.

1975 NASA Graphics Standards Manual

Non-Fiction

1975 NASA Graphics Standards Manual

A manual gifted to the author, appreciated for its rigor.

Reputation and Power

Non-Fiction

Reputation and Power

About how the FDA became the world's most powerful regulatory agency.

Finding the Mother Tree

Non-Fiction

Finding the Mother Tree

Still so much we can learn from trees, by Suzanne Simard.

How Minds Change: The Surprising Science of Belief, Opinion, and Persuasion

Non-Fiction

How Minds Change: The Surprising Science of Belief, Opinion, and Persuasion

A book excerpt featured in Wired provides an intriguing answer to the perception mystery related to 'the dress', suggesting that color perception might depend on whether you're an early riser or a night owl.

Seduced by Bacon: Recipes & Lore about America's Favorite Indulgence

Non-Fiction

Seduced by Bacon: Recipes & Lore about America's Favorite Indulgence

A book by Joanna Pruess discussing the popularity and various aspects of bacon, including its role in dishes like the BLT.

The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company

Non-Fiction

The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company

A recommended read for the business leader inclined, appreciated for the insights shared by Bob Iger.

It Takes A Little More: Selected Champion Products 1919-2002

Non-Fiction

It Takes A Little More: Selected Champion Products 1919-2002

One of the books by Alex from Tags & Threads featuring a combined 1000+ archival Champion products from over the last century.

What Artists Wear

Non-Fiction

What Artists Wear

The book explores the functionalities in different garments for creating art and asks the question 'is self-expression a valid function of a garment?'

Guide to Vintage Champion

Non-Fiction

Guide to Vintage Champion

Another book by Alex from Tags & Threads focusing on the historic American sportswear brand Champion.

Casuals: Football, Fighting & Fashion: The Story of a Terrace Cult

Non-Fiction

Casuals: Football, Fighting & Fashion: The Story of a Terrace Cult

Explores the subculture of football hooligans in the UK wearing expensive sportswear like Stone Island and CP Company.

Cut `n' Mix: Culture, Identity and Caribbean Music

Non-Fiction

Cut `n' Mix: Culture, Identity and Caribbean Music

A great exploration into the different subgenres of Caribbean music that lays out how they split and emerge as a result of different circumstances like geography, immigration, and politics.

An Immense World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us

Non-Fiction

An Immense World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us

A new book by Ed Yong, discussing the animal senses and what they reveal.

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

Non-Fiction

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

A book that challenges the conventional approach to healthcare, arguing that the role of healthcare professionals is not just to ensure health and survival but to enable well-being.

A Sense of Where You Are: Bill Bradley at Princeton

Non-Fiction

A Sense of Where You Are: Bill Bradley at Princeton

A book-length profile of Bill Bradley's time at Princeton, detailing his basketball career and academic achievements.

Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt

Non-Fiction

Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt

A book by Michael Lewis about complexity, exploring how a car in traffic serves as a simple yet powerful explanation of the concept.

Ways of Being: Animals, Plants, Machines: The Search for a Planetary Intelligence

Non-Fiction

Ways of Being: Animals, Plants, Machines: The Search for a Planetary Intelligence

A book about reframing our understanding of intelligence within a more-than-human world, covering topics from AI to the marvels of the natural world.

Healing Back Pain: The Mind-Body Connection

Non-Fiction

Healing Back Pain: The Mind-Body Connection

A 1991 book by John Sarno that argues a lot of back and neck pain originates from the mind, not the spine or other joints.

Sellout: The Major-Label Feeding Frenzy That Swept Punk, Emo, and Hardcore (1994–2007)

Non-Fiction

Sellout: The Major-Label Feeding Frenzy That Swept Punk, Emo, and Hardcore (1994–2007)

Dan Ozzi’s book delves into the major-label era that impacted punk, emo, and hardcore music from 1994 to 2007, examining bands like Green Day, Jawbreaker, and others within the cultural and ethical debates of the time.

Hungry: Eating, Road-Tripping, and Risking It All with the Greatest Chef in the World

Non-Fiction

Hungry: Eating, Road-Tripping, and Risking It All with the Greatest Chef in the World

A book that chronicles Jeff Gordinier's journey with Noma founder Rene Redzepi on a culinary world tour, including the establishment of a pop-up restaurant in Tulum, Mexico.

Having and Being Had

Non-Fiction

Having and Being Had

An exploration of the author's discomfort and complicity with capitalism.

The Invention of Sicily: A Mediterranean History

Non-Fiction

The Invention of Sicily: A Mediterranean History

Explores Sicily's cultural history in the context of the Mediterranean.

Perfect Rigour: A Genius and the Mathematical Breakthrough of a Century

Non-Fiction

Perfect Rigour: A Genius and the Mathematical Breakthrough of a Century

The story of Grigori Perelman and his solution to one of the Clay Millennium Prizes.

Underland: A Deep Time Journey

Non-Fiction

Underland: A Deep Time Journey

Combines poetic writing with adventurous science exploration.

The Enchantments of Mammon: How Capitalism Became the Religion of Modernity

Non-Fiction

The Enchantments of Mammon: How Capitalism Became the Religion of Modernity

Examines capitalism as the secular religion of the post-Christian era.

Charisma and Disenchantment: The Vocation Lectures (New York Review Books Classics)

Non-Fiction

Charisma and Disenchantment: The Vocation Lectures (New York Review Books Classics)

This new translation of Weber’s lectures aims to simplify and clarify his ideas.

Black Hole Survival Guide

Non-Fiction

Black Hole Survival Guide

A brief, humorous, and informative take on black holes.

Red Carpet: Hollywood, China, and the Global Battle for Cultural Supremacy

Non-Fiction

Red Carpet: Hollywood, China, and the Global Battle for Cultural Supremacy

A book discussing the cultural tug-of-war between Hollywood and China.

Non-Fiction

Bourdain: The Definitive Oral Biography

An oral biography of Anthony Bourdain, compiled by his longtime assistant.

Is Paris Burning?

Non-Fiction

Is Paris Burning?

A 1965 nonfiction book detailing the liberation of Paris in 1944.

Heat: An Amateur Cook in a Professional Kitchen

Non-Fiction

Heat: An Amateur Cook in a Professional Kitchen

A former New Yorker fiction editor's culinary journey in Italy.

An Elegant Puzzle: Systems of Engineering Management

Non-Fiction

An Elegant Puzzle: Systems of Engineering Management

A book that discusses different aspects of engineering management, primarily focusing on systems and problem-solving within technical and engineering teams.

The Impossible Art: Adventures in Opera

Non-Fiction

The Impossible Art: Adventures in Opera

In his book, composer Matthew Aucoin describes opera as 'an imagined union of all the human senses and all art forms—music, drama, dance, poetry, painting.'

Breakthrough Advertising

Non-Fiction

Breakthrough Advertising

A cult classic about persuasive writing in marketing.

Spring Cannot Be Cancelled: David Hockney in Normandy

Non-Fiction

Spring Cannot Be Cancelled: David Hockney in Normandy

A diary-like journey of how artist David Hockney, in his eighties, uses the seasonal changes of a year in one specific place as his muse. Discusses Hockney's daily painting routine and his views on marks, photography, Monet, and Van Gogh.

Ninth Street Women: Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell, and Helen Frankenthaler: Five Painters and the Movement That Changed Modern Art

Non-Fiction

Ninth Street Women: Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell, and Helen Frankenthaler: Five Painters and the Movement That Changed Modern Art

A book about the development of the New York art scene in the 1950s through the lens of artists who have only recently started to receive the attention they deserve.

Jerks at Work: Toxic Coworkers and What to Do About Them

Non-Fiction

Jerks at Work: Toxic Coworkers and What to Do About Them

Tessa West's book explores difficult work relationships and how best to navigate them.

New Dark Age: Technology and the End of the Future

Non-Fiction

New Dark Age: Technology and the End of the Future

A book that keeps coming back to the author's mind.

The Bond King: How One Man Made a Market, Built an Empire, and Lost It All

Non-Fiction

The Bond King: How One Man Made a Market, Built an Empire, and Lost It All

The story of how one man's financial strategies impacted the market.

I Came All This Way to Meet You: Writing Myself Home

Non-Fiction

I Came All This Way to Meet You: Writing Myself Home

Jami Attenberg's memoir, offering insights into her life's journey with a focus on authenticity, credibility, and the validity of everyone's meandering path through life.

The Timeless Way of Building

Non-Fiction

The Timeless Way of Building

A book by Christopher Alexander exploring the philosophy and practical aspects of building design and construction.

First Casualty: The Untold Story of the CIA Mission to Avenge 9/11

Non-Fiction

First Casualty: The Untold Story of the CIA Mission to Avenge 9/11

A book about the first CIA teams in Afghanistan and the first death of the conflict when Mike Spann was killed in the Battle of Qala-i-Jangi prison uprising.

Marshall McLuhan: You Know Nothing of My Work!

Non-Fiction

Marshall McLuhan: You Know Nothing of My Work!

A biography of Marshall McLuhan that explores his life and ideas, portraying the complexities of his thoughts on technology, media, and the impacts on society. It gives insight into McLuhan's personal reservations about the rapid technological advancements and their societal implications.

A Really Big Lunch: The Roving Gourmand on Food and Life

Non-Fiction

A Really Big Lunch: The Roving Gourmand on Food and Life

A book by Jim Harrison about a Copenhagen restaurant guy turned winemaker living in France, featuring day-to-day journals of farming, tasting wines, preparing meals, and random notes.

The Colossus of Maroussi (New Directions Paperbook)

Non-Fiction

The Colossus of Maroussi (New Directions Paperbook)

A book by Henry Miller, suggested as a good read perhaps for its timely content.

Food IQ: 100 Questions, Answers, and Recipes to Raise Your Cooking Smarts

Non-Fiction

Food IQ: 100 Questions, Answers, and Recipes to Raise Your Cooking Smarts

A book that aims to enhance your cooking knowledge through a series of 100 questions, answers, and recipes.

The Triple Agent: The al-Qaeda Mole who Infiltrated the CIA

Non-Fiction

The Triple Agent: The al-Qaeda Mole who Infiltrated the CIA

A book by Joby Warrick on the backstory of the Khost bombings in 2009.

Red Line: The Unraveling of Syria and America's Race to Destroy the Most Dangerous Arsenal in the World

Non-Fiction

Red Line: The Unraveling of Syria and America's Race to Destroy the Most Dangerous Arsenal in the World

A book by Joby Warrick that details the use of chemical weapons on civilian populations by the Assad regime in Syria, and the US race to find and destroy the weapons.

Converted: The Data-Driven Way to Win Customers’ Hearts

Non-Fiction

Converted: The Data-Driven Way to Win Customers’ Hearts

Google’s Neil Hoyne discusses how companies often mistakenly view technology as a universal solution, detailing a better approach in his book.

Color Scheme: An Irreverent History of Art and Pop Culture in Color Palettes

Non-Fiction

Color Scheme: An Irreverent History of Art and Pop Culture in Color Palettes

A delightful read that distills art history and pop culture through pages of color palettes, revisiting history through the enlightening lens of color.

The Data Detective: Ten Easy Rules to Make Sense of Statistics

Non-Fiction

The Data Detective: Ten Easy Rules to Make Sense of Statistics

A new book by Tim Harford featuring a thought experiment about a fifty-year newspaper.

The Burnout Epidemic: The Rise of Chronic Stress and How We Can Fix It

Non-Fiction

The Burnout Epidemic: The Rise of Chronic Stress and How We Can Fix It

Jennifer Moss examines the true causes of burnout and what can be done about it.

Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War

Non-Fiction

Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War

The biography of John Boyd, OODA loop creator, which explores his impact on military strategy and beyond.

Principles for Dealing with the Changing World Order: Why Nations Succeed and Fail

Non-Fiction

Principles for Dealing with the Changing World Order: Why Nations Succeed and Fail

Dalio explores the rise and fall of major empires to understand the forces behind the shifting global order and offers principles for navigating future changes.

Genomics and Personalized Medicine: What Everyone Needs to Know®

Non-Fiction

Genomics and Personalized Medicine: What Everyone Needs to Know®

Michael Snyder, a leader in genomics and personalized medicine, provides a practical grounding in these fields which are set to revolutionize healthcare.

The Longevity Code: The New Science of Aging

Non-Fiction

The Longevity Code: The New Science of Aging

This book goes deep into the science of longevity, explaining the mechanisms that cause aging and how to slow them down for a healthier life.

Travels with Charley in Search of America

Non-Fiction

Travels with Charley in Search of America

A story of a man who saw America via a camper with his poodle.

The St. George Hotel Bar: International Intrigue in Old Beirut- An Insider's Account

Non-Fiction

The St. George Hotel Bar: International Intrigue in Old Beirut- An Insider's Account

Recommended for getting insight into Lebanon, specifically recommended by CJN in the post.

Alpine Cooking: Recipes and Stories from Europe's Grand Mountaintops [A Cookbook]

Non-Fiction

Alpine Cooking: Recipes and Stories from Europe's Grand Mountaintops [A Cookbook]

A nicely illustrated book on Alpine Cooking, recently mentioned as a gift.

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking

Non-Fiction

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking

A cooking book by Samin Nosrat that aims to change how readers cook by focusing on the use of four elements for better results in the kitchen.

The Art of Fermentation: New York Times Bestseller

Non-Fiction

The Art of Fermentation: New York Times Bestseller

A comprehensive guide to do-it-yourself home fermentation.

Metabolical: The Lure and the Lies of Processed Food, Nutrition, and Modern Medicine

Non-Fiction

Metabolical: The Lure and the Lies of Processed Food, Nutrition, and Modern Medicine

Focuses on the science behind nutrition and its impact on our health, particularly useful for those with diet and health concerns like Type-1 diabetes.

Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets

Non-Fiction

Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets

David Simon's book chronicling a year spent with Baltimore's homicide unit.

All of the Marvels

Non-Fiction

All of the Marvels

Douglas Wolk reads through every single Marvel comic book and treats it as one big coherent story. This book explores the entire Marvel comics universe as a single continuous narrative.

California Crackup: How Reform Broke the Golden State and How We Can Fix It

Non-Fiction

California Crackup: How Reform Broke the Golden State and How We Can Fix It

If you want to understand how California ended up in the mess it's in, Joe Mathews' 'California Crack-up' is a must-read. It delves into the state's challenges and what led to its current situation.

Black Ivy: A Revolt in Style

Non-Fiction

Black Ivy: A Revolt in Style

From the most avant-garde jazz musicians, visual artists and poets to architects, philosophers and writers, Black Ivy: A Revolt in Style charts a period in American history when Black men across the country adopted the clothing of a privileged elite and made it their own.

At a Distance: 100 Visionaries at Home in a Pandemic

Non-Fiction

At a Distance: 100 Visionaries at Home in a Pandemic

A curated selection of the best thinking and wisdom shared by leading voices about a historic pandemic year and how best to emerge from it.

Mothers, Fathers, and Others

Non-Fiction

Mothers, Fathers, and Others

A collection of essays by Siri Hustvedt, exploring various themes and showcasing her prowess as one of the greatest writers, essayists, and thinkers alive.

Orwell's Roses

Non-Fiction

Orwell's Roses

Rebecca Solnit's latest book that beautifully explores George Orwell’s life and work through his little-known passion for gardening and the natural world.

Non-Fiction

Ranger Handbook: TC 3-21.76, April 2017 Edition

A handbook used across various branches of the US Army and Marine Corps, detailing critical military operations and strategies.

The Plenitude: Creativity, Innovation, and Making Stuff (Simplicity: Design, Technology, Business, Life)

Non-Fiction

The Plenitude: Creativity, Innovation, and Making Stuff (Simplicity: Design, Technology, Business, Life)

Rich Gold explores the concept of 'toy for thought' and delves into creativity, innovation, and the art of making things.

Everything I Know about Life I Learned from PowerPoint

Non-Fiction

Everything I Know about Life I Learned from PowerPoint

Russell Davies shares insights linking life lessons with PowerPoint, offering an intriguing perspective on how this ubiquitous software can reflect and inform life strategies.

Catch a Fire: The Life of Bob Marley

Non-Fiction

Catch a Fire: The Life of Bob Marley

A detailed biography of Bob Marley, currently being read by the blog post author.

Too Much and Not the Mood: Essays

Non-Fiction

Too Much and Not the Mood: Essays

A book by Durga Chew-Bose that is currently being read by the blog post author, appreciated for its beautiful prose.

Pastoral Song: A Farmer's Journey

Non-Fiction

Pastoral Song: A Farmer's Journey

Details how traditional farming values, lost in the 1980s and 1990s, can be rediscovered to create animal husbandry more in tune with the natural world. The book highlights the beauty of sustainable agriculture through the eyes of a farmer.

Anand Giridharadas

Non-Fiction

Anand Giridharadas

A book challenging the intentions and executions by companies to “give back” and “do good”, recommending a rethinking of these notions.

Trillion Dollar Coach

Non-Fiction

Trillion Dollar Coach

A book about Bill Campbell, known as a mentor to Steve Jobs, the Google founders, and many other executives and leadership teams in Silicon Valley.

My Life in Full

Non-Fiction

My Life in Full

The autobiography of former Pepsico CEO Indra Nooyi, discussing leadership, mentoring, management, and family.

A Million Random Digits with 100,000 Normal Deviates

Non-Fiction

A Million Random Digits with 100,000 Normal Deviates

A book by the Rand Corporation that explores the concept of randomness through a collection of random digits and deviates.

The History of Commercial Partnerships in the Middle Ages: The First Complete English Edition of Weber's Prelude to The Protestant Ethic and the ... Society (Legacies of Social Thought Series)

Non-Fiction

The History of Commercial Partnerships in the Middle Ages: The First Complete English Edition of Weber's Prelude to The Protestant Ethic and the ... Society (Legacies of Social Thought Series)

Before his better-known work on politics, religion, and bureaucracy, Max Weber wrote his doctoral thesis on the commenda structure, translated into English in this title.

The Disobedience of the Daughter of the Sun

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The Disobedience of the Daughter of the Sun

A magically woven indigenous fairytale designed to expand the calcified adult mind and remind us of our watery souls.

The Spiritual Journey of Alejandro Jodorowsky: The Creator of El Topo

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The Spiritual Journey of Alejandro Jodorowsky: The Creator of El Topo

Autobiography of Alejandro Jodorowsky, providing insights into his philosophy and the practice of what he calls psychomagic and psychoshamanism.

The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity

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The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity

A somewhat self-indulgent 90's self-help book revisited every couple of years to help release dense accumulated energies that inhibit the creative process.

Another Book About Design: Complicated Doesn't Make It Bad

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Another Book About Design: Complicated Doesn't Make It Bad

A continuation by Mark Gonyea on themes of design, following "Complicated Doesn’t Make it Good".

Last Night a DJ Saved My Life: The History of the Disc Jockey

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Last Night a DJ Saved My Life: The History of the Disc Jockey

A book by Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton that serves as a great DJ history primer, reissued in 2006, which uses language delightfully antecedent to chopped & screwed digital music vernaculars.

True Hallucinations: Being an Account of the Author's Extraordinary Adventures in the Devil's Paradise

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True Hallucinations: Being an Account of the Author's Extraordinary Adventures in the Devil's Paradise

A film adaptation of Terence McKenna's landmark book, 'True Hallucinations,' provides an in-depth look into his philosophies and experiences with psychedelics.

The Art of Noticing

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The Art of Noticing

A recently written book by Rob Walker, stemming from his newsletter and focusing on the concept and practice of noticing.

The Copenhagen Trilogy: Childhood; Youth; Dependency

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The Copenhagen Trilogy: Childhood; Youth; Dependency

A book series by Tove Ditlevsen, praised towards the end of reading by the author of the post.

Buying In: The Secret Dialogue Between What We Buy and Who We Are

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Buying In: The Secret Dialogue Between What We Buy and Who We Are

A book by Rob Walker, a longtime journalist and columnist, known for his astute observations of consumer culture.

They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us

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They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us

A book featuring essays on music that engages with Poptimism and the new scope of music criticism.

The 10 Best My Chemical Romance Songs

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The 10 Best My Chemical Romance Songs

A single by My Chemical Romance that was highlighted as a masterpiece in the context of Poptimism.

Travel North America: (and Avoid Being a Tourist)

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Travel North America: (and Avoid Being a Tourist)

A guidebook detailing how to travel joyfully and thoughtfully across North America.

The Right to Sex: Feminism in the Twenty-First Century

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The Right to Sex: Feminism in the Twenty-First Century

A book the author pre-ordered, highlighting its anticipation.

Kubrick

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Kubrick

A book by Michael Herr.

So You're a Little Sad, So What?

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So You're a Little Sad, So What?

A book of essays about anxiety, food, dogs, raccoons, depression, and sex.

Slash

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Slash

An autobiography of Slash, the guitarist of Guns N' Roses.

Scar Tissue

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Scar Tissue

An autobiography by Anthony Kiedis, lead singer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Based on a True Story: Not a Memoir

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Based on a True Story: Not a Memoir

A unique memoir by Norm Macdonald, mixing tall tales with real life stories, comparing his style to Mark Twain and Hunter S. Thompson. Macdonald distorts his life through a funhouse mirror, including reimagining the 'Moth Story' in a new context. The book is described as a Matryoshka doll of Shaggy dog stories, presenting layers of stories within stories.

Philosophical Thoughts on Joking Matters

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Philosophical Thoughts on Joking Matters

A 1999 book by Ted Cohen that discusses the philosophical underpinnings of jokes, including the Shaggy dog story.

Nein. A Manifesto

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Nein. A Manifesto

A manifesto by Eric Jarosinski, recommended alongside works by David Foster Wallace and Chuck Klosterman.

Please Kill Me Online - the Uncensored Oral History of Punk

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Please Kill Me Online - the Uncensored Oral History of Punk

An oral history of the punk come-up in New York in the ‘70s, focusing on the day-to-day lives and mischief of people like Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Joey Ramone, Patti Smith, etc.

True Believer: The Rise and Fall of Stan Lee

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True Believer: The Rise and Fall of Stan Lee

A biography that sets the record straight on a lot of historical comics stuff, providing insights into the life and legacy of Stan Lee.

The Hard Crowd

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The Hard Crowd

A collection of essays that tell excellent stories of a world that is slowly disappearing, in this case, a wild, reckless way of life.

Strange Sisters: The Art of Lesbian Pulp Fiction 1949-1969

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Strange Sisters: The Art of Lesbian Pulp Fiction 1949-1969

A book about the gloriously lurid look of midcentury dime store novels.

Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman

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Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman

Yvon Chouinard, founder of the outdoor apparel brand Patagonia, shares his journey in creating the brand, his leadership style, and how he engages with his team. He discusses building partnerships and evolving his business with a consciousness for the environment and future of the planet.

Dirty Work: Essential Jobs and the Hidden Toll of Inequality in America

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Dirty Work: Essential Jobs and the Hidden Toll of Inequality in America

A book that examines the essential jobs and the hidden toll of inequality in America.

Maoism: A Global History

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Maoism: A Global History

A book by Julia Lovell that recalls how Nelson Mandela prepared for the ANC’s shift to armed struggle by studying Mao’s milestones in the Chinese revolution.

Financial Shenanigans: How to Detect Accounting Gimmicks & Fraud in Financial Reports, 3rd Edition

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Financial Shenanigans: How to Detect Accounting Gimmicks & Fraud in Financial Reports, 3rd Edition

Written in an approachable way that even those not hardcore investors can derive some value from, with real-world examples to make it easy to understand.

Handbook of Cities and Networks

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Handbook of Cities and Networks

This Handbook of Cities and Networks provides a cutting-edge overview of research on how economic, social and transportation networks affect processes both in and between cities. Exploring the ways in which cities connect and intertwine, it offers a varied set of collaborations, highlighting different theoretical, historical and methodological perspectives.

The Mythical Man-Month

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The Mythical Man-Month

A book known to many software developers, based on Fred Brooks’s experiences on the System/360 operating system project.

American Paintings of the Eighteenth Century (A publication of the National Gallery of Art, Washington)

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American Paintings of the Eighteenth Century (A publication of the National Gallery of Art, Washington)

A book showcasing American paintings from the 18th century, possibly including 'Watson and the Shark'.

The Big Goodbye: Chinatown and the Last Years of Hollywood

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The Big Goodbye: Chinatown and the Last Years of Hollywood

A dive into old Hollywood following the lives of Jack Nicholson, Robert Evans, Roman Polanski, and more.

A Year with Swollen Appendices (Hardback)

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A Year with Swollen Appendices (Hardback)

Brian Eno's personal work on its twenty-fifth anniversary, capturing his experiences in 1995, including the making of David Byrne’s “Outside” and U2’s “Passenger,” among profound insights.

Small Fry: A Memoir (Hardcover)

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Small Fry: A Memoir (Hardcover)

An honest and vulnerable exploration of a complex father-daughter relationship.

Everything Now: Lessons from the City-State of Los Angeles

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Everything Now: Lessons from the City-State of Los Angeles

A book that masterfully explains the complexities of living in LA, covering fame, homelessness, spirituality, traffic, economic inequality, and more.

We Are The Weather

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We Are The Weather

Jonathan Safran Foer's most recent book is considered, thought-provoking and inspiring. It explores climate change and the human condition, urging the move from knowledge to empathy and action. It is ultimately hopeful.

The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future

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The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future

Kevin Kelly's 2016 book predicting an AI distribution model that resembles OpenAI’s API access.

Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion

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Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion

A book by Jia Tolentino that contains various essays, including one about drifting away from institutional religion into drugs and music.

Spies, Lies, and Exile: The Extraordinary Story of Russian Double Agent George Blake

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Spies, Lies, and Exile: The Extraordinary Story of Russian Double Agent George Blake

A thoughtful, comprehensive biography of George Blake, a fascinating character who played an outsized, and deadly, role in European history.

The Noble Rot Book: Wine from Another Galaxy

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The Noble Rot Book: Wine from Another Galaxy

This book by the team behind British wine magazine Noble Rot aims to explore the wine world in an engaging and less traditional manner.

The Black Swan: Second Edition: The Impact of the Highly Improbable (Incerto Book 2)

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The Black Swan: Second Edition: The Impact of the Highly Improbable (Incerto Book 2)

Book by Nassim Taleb that discusses the essence of tinkering in the discovery of fundamentally new ideas.

Mythical Man-Month, The: Essays on Software Engineering, Anniversary Edition

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Mythical Man-Month, The: Essays on Software Engineering, Anniversary Edition

A classic technology management book by Fred Brooks that discusses the intricacies of software engineering and project management.

Hot Seat: What I Learned Leading a Great American Company

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Hot Seat: What I Learned Leading a Great American Company

Having spent many formative years at GE, the writer appreciates getting to review the tapes from Jeff’s perspective.

The Inner Game of Tennis: The Classic Guide to the Mental Side of Peak Performance

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The Inner Game of Tennis: The Classic Guide to the Mental Side of Peak Performance

A book that explains the way your mind and your body communicate with each other in an easily digestible weekend read, offering insights beneficial across all types of applications, sporting or not.

The Noma Guide to Fermentation

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The Noma Guide to Fermentation

A comprehensive guide to fermentation from the renowned Noma restaurant.

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents

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Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents

Recommended as required reading for everyone living in America today.

The Sum of Us

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The Sum of Us

An incredible exploration of race in America.

Beginners: The Joy and Transformative Power of Lifelong Learning

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Beginners: The Joy and Transformative Power of Lifelong Learning

A book by Tom Vanderbilt about being prompted by his young daughter’s learning experiences to get off the couch and try tackle a bunch of new skills.

Traffic

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Traffic

A book by Tom Vanderbilt that makes the controversial argument that more people should be “late mergers”.

Encounters with the Archdruid

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Encounters with the Archdruid

A portrayal of the struggle between the Sierra Club and Bureau of Reclamation.

The Courage To Be Disliked: A single book can change your life (Courage To series)

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The Courage To Be Disliked: A single book can change your life (Courage To series)

A self-help book focusing on the power of interpersonal relationships and the importance of contributing to a larger community.

This Is How They Tell Me the World Ends: The Cyberweapons Arms Race

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This Is How They Tell Me the World Ends: The Cyberweapons Arms Race

The book outlines the history of cyberweapons and the global cybersecurity position, highlighting NSO's role in developing surveillance tools.

Alpine Cooking

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Alpine Cooking

A nicely illustrated book on Alpine Cooking, offering an escapist reverie of the Swiss Alps and its culinary delights.

La Place de la Concorde Suisse

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La Place de la Concorde Suisse

A rich, journalistic study of the Swiss Army's role in Swiss society by Pulitzer-Prize-winning author John McPhee, written in the early 1980s.

Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences

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Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences

A book about mathematical illiteracy and its consequences by John Allen Paulos.

Plant Breeding for the Home Gardener: How to Create Unique Vegetables and Flowers

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Plant Breeding for the Home Gardener: How to Create Unique Vegetables and Flowers

A guide on plant breeding for home gardeners by Joseph Tychonievich.

Herzog on Herzog: Conversations with Paul Cronin

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Herzog on Herzog: Conversations with Paul Cronin

A collection of interviews with film director Werner Herzog, offering insights into his unique approach to filmmaking.

Country Driving: A Journey Through China from Farm to Factory

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Country Driving: A Journey Through China from Farm to Factory

A book by Peter Hessler about his journey through China from the rural countryside to the factories of the urban frontier.

An Introduction to Dialectics

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An Introduction to Dialectics

A book by Adorno that helped Sasha Frere-Jones get out of a writing snag.

Countdown to Zero Day: Stuxnet and the Launch of the World's First Digital Weapon

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Countdown to Zero Day: Stuxnet and the Launch of the World's First Digital Weapon

An account of the US-Israeli malware attack on Iranian nuclear centrifuges, detailing the use of code as a weapon and exploring the advantages of digital attacks over traditional military actions.

Wagnerism: Art and Politics in the Shadow of Music

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Wagnerism: Art and Politics in the Shadow of Music

A book by Alex Ross discussing the impact of Richard Wagner's work on the arts and politics.

Harmony Ideology: Justice and Control in a Zapotec Mountain Village

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Harmony Ideology: Justice and Control in a Zapotec Mountain Village

A book by Laura Nader exploring the concept of harmony ideology within a Zapotec Mountain Village.

Praying For Sheetrock: A Work Of Nonfiction

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Praying For Sheetrock: A Work Of Nonfiction

Melissa Fay Greene takes you through the ins-and-outs of the majority-Black county electing their first Black county commissioner in the late 1970s in Praying for Sheetrock.

Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants

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Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants

Robin Wall Kimmerer writes about straddling two worlds and their approaches to nature as both a botanist and a Native American, offering a series of thoughtful essays.

The Cultural Lives of Whales and Dolphins

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The Cultural Lives of Whales and Dolphins

A dense but readable overview of cetacean societies by two biologists, exploring the fascinating world of killer whales and other sea mammals.

What about the Villa?: Forgotten figures from Britain's pro baseball league of 1890

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What about the Villa?: Forgotten figures from Britain's pro baseball league of 1890

A fantastic book about the short-lived UK professional baseball league in 1890.

Die Nigger Die!: A Political Autobiography of Jamil Abdullah al-Amin

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Die Nigger Die!: A Political Autobiography of Jamil Abdullah al-Amin

A book by H. Rap Brown being re-read for the fourth time by the author of the newsletter.

Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness

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Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness

A book about how to influence people's choices while taking into account their irrationality. It's about the application of Behavioural Economics.

Thinking, Fast and Slow

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Thinking, Fast and Slow

A book from the field of Behavioural Economics, covering a great deal of theory on how people think and make decisions.

Between Two Fires: Truth, Ambition, and Compromise in Putin's Russia

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Between Two Fires: Truth, Ambition, and Compromise in Putin's Russia

A collection of profiles of Russian people trying to navigate life in Putin's Russia.

Perilous Bounty: The Looming Collapse of American Farming and How We Can Prevent It

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Perilous Bounty: The Looming Collapse of American Farming and How We Can Prevent It

Mother Jones journalist Tom Philpott's assessment of the U.S. food system, described as super scary but also hopeful.

La presencia negra en Santo Domingo (Spanish Edition)

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La presencia negra en Santo Domingo (Spanish Edition)

A fascinating book on the history of slavery and sugar cane mills established by Spanish colonialists in the Dominican Republic, as well as a look at rebellions and other interesting facts.

Think Like a Monk: Train Your Mind for Peace and Purpose Every Day

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Think Like a Monk: Train Your Mind for Peace and Purpose Every Day

To be read by the person providing the recommendations, no specific description provided.

The 10 Best Books of 2020

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The 10 Best Books of 2020

A list of the 10 Best Books of 2020, as selected by The New York Times.

How To Make It in the New Music Business: Practical Tips on Building a Loyal Following and Making a Living as a Musician

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How To Make It in the New Music Business: Practical Tips on Building a Loyal Following and Making a Living as a Musician

A book by Ari Herstand, used as a valuable resource for a course at The University of Michigan’s School of Music on the recording industry.

Lilly Stone

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Lilly Stone

A book providing insight into the history of a preeminent quarry owner named Lilly Stone and her mansion, which plays a role in the history of the Carderock Springs area.

The Nature of Technology: What It Is and How It Evolves

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The Nature of Technology: What It Is and How It Evolves

A book by W. Brian Arthur that outlines the evolutionary journey of technology, proposing that new technologies arise not through simple accumulation or random combination, but through an ordered process using existing technologies as components.

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

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The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

A logical and well-written approach to mindfulness and spirituality, reminding readers that watching their thoughts is the best way to find peace.

The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France

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The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France

An account of doping in cycling, particularly focusing on the relationship between a rider’s natural body makeup and their ability to benefit from doping.

The Scent of Desire: Discovering Our Enigmatic Sense of Smell

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The Scent of Desire: Discovering Our Enigmatic Sense of Smell

The book explores the psychological effects of vision loss and smell loss, highlighting that while patients who lost their vision were initially more traumatized, over time they acclimated more significantly than the patients who had lost their sense of smell—who, a year later, actually reported a more enduring decrease in their quality of life than the patients who had gone blind.

The Apology

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The Apology

The last great book read by Debbie Millman.

Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body

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Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body

Described by Debbie Millman as a book that deeply fascinated her and played a part in her relationship with Roxane Gay.

Miranda July

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Miranda July

Currently being read by Debbie Millman.

Kissa by Kissa (4th ed.)

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Kissa by Kissa (4th ed.)

An excellent book by Craig Mod, known for his writing and photography, particularly focusing on his long walks in Japan.

Remain in Love: Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club, Tina

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Remain in Love: Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club, Tina

A memoir from the drummer of the Talking Heads. Describes life on tour with such detail, including meals eaten, clothes worn, and songs played. Highlights the island lifestyle they created while recording in the Caribbean.

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Curating*: *But Were Afraid to Ask (Sternberg Press)

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Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Curating*: *But Were Afraid to Ask (Sternberg Press)

A book by Hans Ulrich Obrist, offering insights into the world of art curation.

The Business of Aspiration

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The Business of Aspiration

Ana Andjelic specializes in building brand-driven modern businesses and is the author of this book. She runs a weekly newsletter, The Sociology of Business, and earned her doctorate in sociology.

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

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Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

A book by Yuval Noah Harari that explores the history and impact of humankind.

Shoe Dog

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Shoe Dog

A memoir by the creator of Nike, Phil Knight, offering insights into his journey and the creation of the world's greatest sports brand.

How Not To Start A Backpack Company

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How Not To Start A Backpack Company

A book by Jason McCarthy that tells the entrepreneurial story of how he built GORUCK from scratch, emphasizing the power of community building.

Here We Are

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Here We Are

A memoir by Aarti Shahani about her family coming to America, offering a critique of the impossibly stacked deck against poor immigrants.

The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate - Discoveries from a Secret World

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The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate - Discoveries from a Secret World

Explores the fascinating world of trees, revealing how they communicate and support each other. Enjoyed as an audiobook by Aarti Shahani while hiking.

Good Economics for Hard Times

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Good Economics for Hard Times

By 2019 Nobel prize winners in economics Ester Duflo and Abhijit Banerjee, offering insights into postcolonial modernity.

These Truths

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These Truths

A high-level survey of American history brought to life in a new way by Jill Lepore, who is also the narrator of the audiobook version.

Caste

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Caste

Recommended by many to Roman Mars, this book is next in his serious book queue.

The 99% Invisible City: A Field Guide to the Hidden World of Everyday Design

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The 99% Invisible City: A Field Guide to the Hidden World of Everyday Design

A book about the hidden forces that shape our world in terms of design and architecture, based on the 99% Invisible podcast.

Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything

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Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything

A book by Joshua Foer that explores the art and science of remembering everything, including a segment on chicken sexing.

E=mc2: A Biography of the World's Most Famous Equation

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E=mc2: A Biography of the World's Most Famous Equation

A book exploring the history and significance of Einstein's famous equation E=mc^2.

Do I Make Myself Clear?: Why Writing Well Matters

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Do I Make Myself Clear?: Why Writing Well Matters

One of the best books on writing, emphasizing the importance of clarity.

Why We Swim

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Why We Swim

Bonnie Tsai wrote an entire book on the joy of swimming with a special attention to the attraction of cold ocean water.

Summer readings: Waterlog by Roger Deakin

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Summer readings: Waterlog by Roger Deakin

Roger Deaton’s classic book on a year swimming through Britain.

The Deep End: The Literary Scene in the Great Depression and Today

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The Deep End: The Literary Scene in the Great Depression and Today

A book by Jason Boog exploring the literary scene during the Great Depression in comparison to today's.

Pitmaster: Recipes, Techniques, and Barbecue Wisdom [A Cookbook]

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Pitmaster: Recipes, Techniques, and Barbecue Wisdom [A Cookbook]

A book that provides insight into the art of barbecue, part of a long tradition of such guides.

Ballpark: Baseball in the American City

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Ballpark: Baseball in the American City

A study on the architecture and urban design of baseball stadiums, described as a love letter to the game.

How to

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How to

Michael Bierut is working on an updated edition of his book which delves into the use of graphic design.

Picture

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Picture

A reported story about the making of John Huston’s film adaptation of The Red Badge of Courage, praised for its inventiveness.

Still Here: The Madcap, Nervy, Singular Life of Elaine Stritch

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Still Here: The Madcap, Nervy, Singular Life of Elaine Stritch

A biography of Elaine Stritch, covering the life and career of the famed actress.

My Life as a Quant: Reflections on Physics and Finance

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My Life as a Quant: Reflections on Physics and Finance

A memoir by Emanuel Derman focusing on his journey from studying physics at Columbia University to his life in Manhattan, encapsulating his experiences and reflections on academia and finance.

Work Wife: The Power of Female Friendship to Drive Successful Businesses

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Work Wife: The Power of Female Friendship to Drive Successful Businesses

A book that gets into the power of female friendships and their impact on successful businesses.

A Black Women's History of the United States (ReVisioning History)

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A Black Women's History of the United States (ReVisioning History)

A book that explores the history of Black women in the United States, seeking to fill gaps in traditional historical narratives.

No-Drama Discipline: The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind

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No-Drama Discipline: The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind

A book focusing on a strategic approach to parenting, emphasizing a nurturing and calm environment for child development.

Julius Shulman. Modernism Rediscovered

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Julius Shulman. Modernism Rediscovered

Examines 400 of Julius Shulman's pictures, known for his photographs of Mid-Century Modern architecture in California.

The Death of Picasso: New and Selected Writing

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The Death of Picasso: New and Selected Writing

A collection of sometimes interconnected pieces exploring facets of what it means to really be free.

The Uncertainty Mindset

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The Uncertainty Mindset

An academic management book and a behind-the-scenes look at some of the best restaurants of the 2010s. It explores the conditions under which great teams make new things, and is relevant for those interested in innovation in high-performance teams.

Hello World: Where Design Meets Life

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Hello World: Where Design Meets Life

A book by Alice Rawsthon that emphasizes the power of design in our lives, exploring how art power can be used and abused and how it can be as powerful as other major factors in life, like politics and economy.

Intimations: Six Essays

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Intimations: Six Essays

A book by Zadie Smith consisting of a series of essays about the experiences and reflections during the 2020 COVID-era, covering topics such as the lockdown and its implications.

Lords of Strategy: The Secret Intellectual History of the New Corporate World

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Lords of Strategy: The Secret Intellectual History of the New Corporate World

The book covers the first phase of strategy's history, focusing on positioning. It talks about the experience curve, market share and whether parts of the business should be built up or sold off.

Working in Public: The Making and Maintenance of Open Source Software

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Working in Public: The Making and Maintenance of Open Source Software

A new book by Nadia Eghbal that offers an inside look at modern open source software developers and their influence on our online social world.

Becoming

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Becoming

An autobiography by Michelle Obama that discusses her roots and how she found her voice, as well as her time in the White House, her public health campaign, and her role as a mother.

When the Earth Was Flat: Studies in Ancient Greek and Chinese Cosmology

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When the Earth Was Flat: Studies in Ancient Greek and Chinese Cosmology

A book by Dirk L. Couprie that explores studies in ancient Greek and Chinese cosmology.

The History of Mathematical Proof in Ancient Traditions

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The History of Mathematical Proof in Ancient Traditions

A book by Karine Chemla that provides a rigorous analysis of mathematical artifacts.

The Cambridge History of Ancient China: From the Origins of Civilization to 221 BC

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The Cambridge History of Ancient China: From the Origins of Civilization to 221 BC

A book by Michael Loewe and Edward L. Shaughnessy covering the history of ancient China from the origins of civilization to 221 BC.

Astronomy and Mathematics in Ancient China: The 'Zhou Bi Suan Jing' (Needham Research Institute Studies, Series Number 1)

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Astronomy and Mathematics in Ancient China: The 'Zhou Bi Suan Jing' (Needham Research Institute Studies, Series Number 1)

A book by Christopher Cullen discussing the relationship between astronomy and mathematics in ancient China.

Picturing Heaven in Early China (Harvard East Asian Monographs)

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Picturing Heaven in Early China (Harvard East Asian Monographs)

A book by Lillian Lan-ying Tseng that offers a great overview of ancient theology.

How Buildings Learn: What Happens After They're Built

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How Buildings Learn: What Happens After They're Built

Brand adapted Frank Duffy's work into a kind of proto-pace layer framework, expanding it to six S's and noting that 'Because of the different rates of change of its components, a building is always tearing itself apart.'

The $12 Million Stuffed Shark: The Curious Economics of Contemporary Art

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The $12 Million Stuffed Shark: The Curious Economics of Contemporary Art

A book that delves into the contemporary art world, exploring the economics and the value of art in today's market.

The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations That Transform the World

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The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations That Transform the World

A book by David Deutsch that explores the power of explanations and the optimism that the universe is infinitely explorable and solvable.

Extraterrestrial Languages

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Extraterrestrial Languages

Daniel Oberhaus's first book, about the art and science of interstellar communication.

Zami: A New Spelling of My Name

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Zami: A New Spelling of My Name

A book currently being read by the author.

The Gourmands' Way

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The Gourmands' Way

A fascinating combination of WWII history and the birth of America’s obsession with French cuisine.

Conversations with Kiarostami

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Conversations with Kiarostami

A collection of conversations from the '90s between Abbas Kiarostami and film critic Godfrey Cheshire. The conversations are markedly intimate and provide context to his earlier works, all of which deal with a philosophy of life that I’m particularly drawn to.

Faceworld

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Faceworld

A fascinating dissection of the rise of the selfie, and the origins of the face, from its actualization to its disconnected perversion.

Structures: Or Why Things Don't Fall Down

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Structures: Or Why Things Don't Fall Down

J.E. Gordon discusses a difference in Eastern and Western approaches to stiffness, illustrating his point through various examples including Chinese sailing boats.

Best. Movie. Year. Ever.

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Best. Movie. Year. Ever.

Describing the year 1999 in movies, this is one of the recently finished reads by the feature's persona.

Photography Portfolio of Mel D. Cole

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Photography Portfolio of Mel D. Cole

One of the essential reads picked up by the feature's persona.

Beastie Boys Book

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Beastie Boys Book

A recently finished book by the feature's persona.

Love Goes To Buildings On Fire

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Love Goes To Buildings On Fire

Will Hermes, a writer at Rolling Stone, does a crazy deep dive about the years of 1973-1978, and how ALL of the different types of music being created in the city that never sleeps took music to incredible new places that — being true to the title — changed music forever.

The Romanovs: 1613-1918

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The Romanovs: 1613-1918

A 700-page book by British historian Simon Sebag Montefiore about the Romanovs, noted for its detailed and juicy recounting.

The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

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The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

A gripping account that weaves together speeches and interviews with civil rights leaders like Angela Davis, Stokely Carmichael, and Harry Belafonte with more recent commentary from Davis, Erykah Badu, and Talib Kweli. It covers those eight years, and many different thinkers, really effectively.

Nobody Will Tell You This But Me: A true (as told to me) story

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Nobody Will Tell You This But Me: A true (as told to me) story

Bess Kalb's book, described as astonishing, evokes sobbing and laughter, reflecting on familial relationships.

Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water, Revised Edition

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Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water, Revised Edition

A book about America’s catastrophic water planning, which touches upon the creation of the Salton Sea.

Alamein

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Alamein

A book by Stephen Bungay about the Battle of Alamein.

The Art of Action: How Leaders Close the Gaps between Plans, Actions and Results

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The Art of Action: How Leaders Close the Gaps between Plans, Actions and Results

A book by Stephen Bungay that explains how military processes around planning and communication can be beneficial for business leadership and execution.

The Most Dangerous Enemy: A History of the Battle of Britain

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The Most Dangerous Enemy: A History of the Battle of Britain

A book by Stephen Bungay that covers the history of the Battle of Britain.

In Cold Blood (Vintage International)

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In Cold Blood (Vintage International)

Currently being read by Paul Munford, 'In Cold Blood' is noted for its masterful weave of multiple perspectives surrounding a murder.

Models.Behaving.Badly.: Why Confusing Illusion with Reality Can Lead to Disaster, on Wall Street and in Life

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Models.Behaving.Badly.: Why Confusing Illusion with Reality Can Lead to Disaster, on Wall Street and in Life

The book is adapted from a chapter in Emanuel Derman's book, which explores the distinction between models and reality, particularly in the context of financial modeling and the consequences of confusing the model with reality.

The Structure of Scientific Revolutions: 50th Anniversary Edition

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The Structure of Scientific Revolutions: 50th Anniversary Edition

A book by Thomas Kuhn that explores how scientific ideas emerge and the importance of paradigms in understanding scientific development.

In the Shadow of Justice: Postwar Liberalism and the Remaking of Political Philosophy

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In the Shadow of Justice: Postwar Liberalism and the Remaking of Political Philosophy

Seems to grow in pertinence as the weeks go by, making it a committed finish for the reader.

The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich

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The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich

A detailed account making its way through, not a light read.

Names for the Sea: Strangers in Iceland

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Names for the Sea: Strangers in Iceland

A memoir by Sarah Moss about her family's relocation from England to Reykjavik right after the 2008 financial crisis.

Scale: The Universal Laws of Life, Growth, and Death in Organisms, Cities, and Companies

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Scale: The Universal Laws of Life, Growth, and Death in Organisms, Cities, and Companies

A book by Geoffrey West about how various entities scale, from animals to cities, and how this scaling affects or doesn't affect relationships and properties.

The Ones We've Been Waiting For

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The Ones We've Been Waiting For

Written by Charlotte Alter, this book follows a few millennial politicians, detailing how their upbringings in a world of student debt, Harry Potter, and the events of September 11th have shaped their personal and generational politics.

What Is Landscape?

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What Is Landscape?

A book by John Stilgoe, focusing on his storytelling style and unique observations, encouraging readers to see the world in different ways.

Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm: A New English Version (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

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Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm: A New English Version (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

A recent translation of the classic fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm, which Robin Sloan has been reading and contemplates about its construction and the inimitable voice.

Agents of Empire: Knights, Corsairs, Jesuits, and Spies in the Sixteenth-Century Mediterranean World

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Agents of Empire: Knights, Corsairs, Jesuits, and Spies in the Sixteenth-Century Mediterranean World

A work of serious academic history that provides a picture of the 16th-Century Mediterranean World, recommended for its revelatory and thrilling depiction of Europe and the Ottoman Empire at the time.

Blues People: Negro Music in White America

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Blues People: Negro Music in White America

Amiri Baraka's moving work that grounds the music in the black experience.

Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir

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Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir

A food memoir by Ruth Reichl that delves into the nostalgia of the late 90s food publishing world.

Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War

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Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War

Mogadishu is the canonical example of a feral city, as told in the book and movie Black Hawk Down.

Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How It Changed the World

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Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How It Changed the World

Laura Spinney's book explores the Spanish flu of 1918 and its significant impact on the world, including its influence on nationalized health care in Europe and the systematization of collecting health data.

A Rap On Race - 1st Edition/1st Printing

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A Rap On Race - 1st Edition/1st Printing

In 1970, James Baldwin and Margaret Mead sat down for three conversations over two days, examining the contours of the dialogue through the lens of today.

Pearl Harbor: Warning and Decision

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Pearl Harbor: Warning and Decision

A book by Roberta Wohlstetter on the events surrounding the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Square Haunting: Five Writers in London Between the Wars

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Square Haunting: Five Writers in London Between the Wars

Square Haunting is about five women who, between the wars, lived in London’s Mecklenburgh Square. These women, including Dorothy L Sayer and Virginia Woolf, didn't conform to societal expectations of women at the time. Francesca Wade uses the square as a unifying narrative device to explore their lives and contributions.

Wonderwall Case Studies - Works by a Global Interior Design Firm

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Wonderwall Case Studies - Works by a Global Interior Design Firm

A book showcasing the works of Japanese interior design firm Wonderwall, highlighting their contributions to retail and interior design across iconic shop spaces worldwide.

Gift from the Sea: 50th Anniversary Edition

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Gift from the Sea: 50th Anniversary Edition

A digital copy of the book checked out from the Brooklyn Public Library.

Winner-Takes-All Market: Definition, Examples, Economic Impact

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Winner-Takes-All Market: Definition, Examples, Economic Impact

Anand Giridharadas examines the paradox of meaningful transformation and the role of 'Powerpoint as the technology of the status quo'.

Nice Try: Stories of Best Intentions and Mixed Results

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Nice Try: Stories of Best Intentions and Mixed Results

A collection of enjoyable funny essays from Josh Gondelman.

The Valedictorian of Being Dead: The True Story of Dying Ten Times to Live

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The Valedictorian of Being Dead: The True Story of Dying Ten Times to Live

Heather Armstrong explained mental illness in ways never seen articulated before, walking the reader into her darkness and the extreme measures and risks she took to come out of it.

Curious: The Desire to Know and Why Your Future Depends On It

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Curious: The Desire to Know and Why Your Future Depends On It

Ian Leslie's book offers a graph to describe the relationship between knowledge and curiosity, emphasizing the importance of being curious for future success.

In This Very Life: Liberation Teachings of the Buddha

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In This Very Life: Liberation Teachings of the Buddha

A book by Sayadaw U Pandita on liberation teachings.

A Heart as Wide as the World: Stories on the Path of Lovingkindness

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A Heart as Wide as the World: Stories on the Path of Lovingkindness

Sharon Salzburg’s book on mindfulness and loving kindness.

Open Book: A Memoir

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Open Book: A Memoir

A memoir by Jessica Simpson.

Toyota Production System

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Toyota Production System

Taiichi Ohno's 1988 book that explains his simple approach to doing root cause analysis known as 'the five whys', a method that helped revolutionize manufacturing and defined the car market in the 1970s and 1980s.

No Filter: The Inside Story of Instagram

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No Filter: The Inside Story of Instagram

A phenomenal read with incredible reporting and juicy details about Instagram, as per Taylor Lorenz.

Wit's End: What Wit Is, How It Works, and Why We Need It

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Wit's End: What Wit Is, How It Works, and Why We Need It

A fine-tuned look at the meaning, use, and value of wit.

The New Economics, Third Edition: For Industry, Government, Education

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The New Economics, Third Edition: For Industry, Government, Education

A book by Deming that discusses the economics of government, industry, and education, and warns against the myth that everything must be measured to be managed.

The Book of Why: The New Science of Cause and Effect

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The Book of Why: The New Science of Cause and Effect

A book that explores the science of cause and effect, recommended for helping people understand day-to-day conflicts in how to interpret evidence.

Orality and Literacy (New Accents)

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Orality and Literacy (New Accents)

Walter Ong's book that dives into the specific impacts of language on society, exploring how writing has transformed human consciousness more than any other technology.

The Longing for Less: Living with Minimalism

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The Longing for Less: Living with Minimalism

Kyle Chayka's book on minimalism, focusing on the challenge of using words to describe minimalism and how writing about emptiness documents presence, highlighting the intricate relationship between language and the concept of less.

In the Dream House: A Memoir

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In the Dream House: A Memoir

A memoir that breaks the conventional narrative style to tell the story of a woman's experience in an abusive same-sex relationship, using a mix of literary genres and devices to convey the complexity of her emotions and the relationship dynamics.

What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

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What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

A book by Randall Munroe that explores absurd hypothetical questions with serious scientific answers.

More Than Words: Illustrated Letters From The Smithsonian's Archive of American Art

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More Than Words: Illustrated Letters From The Smithsonian's Archive of American Art

A collection of illustrated letters from artists and architects, featuring correspondences from figures such as Gio Ponti, Edith Schloss, Miné Okubo, and Alfred J. Frueh.

The future will be bumpy

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The future will be bumpy

In New Dark Age, James Bridle discusses the rising levels of turbulence we are experiencing both in the air and on the ground, in the form of cultural unpredictability.

The Feminine Mystique (50th Anniversary Edition)

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The Feminine Mystique (50th Anniversary Edition)

Landmark book by Betty Friedan that sparked second-wave feminism by articulating the malaise that many women felt in relation to their limited role in society.

The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World

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The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World

A book on 19th-century scientist Alexander Von Humboldt, written by Andrea Wulf.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

An exploration into the controversial history of HeLa cells, used widely in scientific research, and the story of Henrietta Lacks and her family.

Cuisine and Empire: Cooking in World History (Volume 43) (California Studies in Food and Culture)

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Cuisine and Empire: Cooking in World History (Volume 43) (California Studies in Food and Culture)

A book that explores the history of cooking across various empires, including the spread of stuffed and boiled dumplings from the Mongol Empire.

Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life (Pulitzer Prize Winner)

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Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life (Pulitzer Prize Winner)

An evocative narrative about the bohemian lifestyle of surfers.

Kohinoor: The Story of the World s Most Infamous Diamond

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Kohinoor: The Story of the World s Most Infamous Diamond

A colorful history of the precious artifact, examining the intricacies of ownership by Anita Anand and William Dalrymple.

Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress

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Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress

A book by Steven Pinker that argues the world is significantly better, safer, and healthier than it's ever been.

Complexity: A Guided Tour

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Complexity: A Guided Tour

An all-time favorite book by Melanie Mitchell.

Mallmann on Fire: 100 Inspired Recipes to Grill Anytime, Anywhere

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Mallmann on Fire: 100 Inspired Recipes to Grill Anytime, Anywhere

A book by Argentine chef Francis Mallmann that outlines not only grilling techniques and tactics but also views on a life well lived, engaging the senses in cooking.

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The Case for Dennis Rodman: Guide

An amazing 12-part series on Dennis Rodman’s insane basketball achievements.

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Insights - Sacred Design Lab

A document discussing modern means of gathering.

Formal theories of mass behavior

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Formal theories of mass behavior

A book by Columbia University sociologist William McPhee, exploring a polling phenomenon related to movie and television stars—specifically, the correlation between a star's popularity and public favorability.

The Design Of Everyday Things

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The Design Of Everyday Things

A book by Don Norman about user experience and design principles.

How Brands Grow: What Marketers Don't Know

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How Brands Grow: What Marketers Don't Know

A book by Byron Sharp about ownable brand assets and the value of unique assets to a brand.

Draft No. 4: On the Writing Process

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Draft No. 4: On the Writing Process

In 2017, John McPhee came out with a book called Draft No. 4 which outlined his writing process, including his unique approach to outlining his stories.

Seven Fires: Grilling the Argentine Way

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Seven Fires: Grilling the Argentine Way

Francis Mallmann, an Argentine chef master of grilling over open flames, shares his expertise in Seven Fires: Grilling the Argentine Way.

The Medium is the Massage

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The Medium is the Massage

A picture book version of Marshall McLuhan's theories.

Soviet Metro Stations

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Soviet Metro Stations

A book exploring the grandeur and architectural marvels of Soviet Metro stations, extending beyond the well-known Moscow Metro to other systems across the Soviet states.

American Funeral Director

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American Funeral Director

A publication for funeral industry professionals.

Elevator World, Inc.

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Elevator World, Inc.

A magazine covering the vertical transportation industry.

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Offering Employee Professional Development Opportunities (Part 1)

A publication for professionals in the laundromat and laundry services industry.

Zonal Marking: The Making of Modern European Football

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Zonal Marking: The Making of Modern European Football

A book by Michael Cox covering the history and evolution of soccer tactics.

Professional Pasta | The International magazine for pasta producers

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Professional Pasta | The International magazine for pasta producers

A quarterly trade journal for pasta producers that covers the global pasta manufacturing industry.

The 2019 Pizza Power Report: A State-of-the-Industry Analysis

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The 2019 Pizza Power Report: A State-of-the-Industry Analysis

An annual report providing analysis on the state of the pizza industry.

Einstein 1905: The Standard of Greatness

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Einstein 1905: The Standard of Greatness

A book written by the physicist John Rigden that tells the story of one of the most prolific years in scientific history.

The Meritocracy Trap: How America's Foundational Myth Feeds Inequality, Dismantles the Middle Class, and Devours the Elite

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The Meritocracy Trap: How America's Foundational Myth Feeds Inequality, Dismantles the Middle Class, and Devours the Elite

Daniel Markovits's commencement speech at Yale Law School, which critiques the meritocracy system, turned into a book.

Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction

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Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction

Philip Tetlock outlines the problem of forecasting, explaining that the approach of hedgehogs (applying a single worldview) is less accurate than foxes (using many inputs). His research has found an inverse correlation between fame and accuracy among experts, particularly highlighting how hedgehogs, despite their confidence and simplicity, are often less reliable forecasters.

Thinking in Systems: International Bestseller

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Thinking in Systems: International Bestseller

A primer on systems thinking that explains the relationship between structure and behavior, helping to understand how systems work, what makes them produce poor results, and how to shift them into better behavior patterns.

Something Deeply Hidden: Quantum Worlds and the Emergence of Spacetime

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Something Deeply Hidden: Quantum Worlds and the Emergence of Spacetime

Sean Carroll's book about the many-worlds interpretation of quantum physics.

Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking

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Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking

A book by David Bayles and Ted Orland exploring the way art gets made, the reasons it often doesn't get made, and the nature of the difficulties that cause so many artists to give up along the way.

Wayfinding: The Science and Mystery of How Humans Navigate the World

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Wayfinding: The Science and Mystery of How Humans Navigate the World

A book noted by Maura O'Connor that explores how the use of navigation tools like GPS affects the human brain, with insights into the implications for conditions like PTSD and Alzheimer’s disease.

Young Men with Unlimited Capital: The Inside Story of the Legendary Woodstock Festival Told By The Two People Who Paid for It

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Young Men with Unlimited Capital: The Inside Story of the Legendary Woodstock Festival Told By The Two People Who Paid for It

A book reflecting on the experience of financial backing Woodstock, discussing the transformation of rock festivals and the 'Me Generation' that emerged afterwards.

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

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The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

The book that kickstarted the conversation around influencers in marketing, with the story of Hush Puppies' sudden resurgence as a starting point.

The Master Algorithm: How the Quest for the Ultimate Learning Machine Will Remake Our World

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The Master Algorithm: How the Quest for the Ultimate Learning Machine Will Remake Our World

A book on machine learning techniques offering insight into how algorithms are shaping our understanding and interaction with the digital world.

The Cosmopolites: The Coming of the Global Citizen

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The Cosmopolites: The Coming of the Global Citizen

A book by Atossa Araxia Abrahamian that delves into the global business of buying and selling passports and the implications of citizenship, examining global inequality through the perspectives of those with and without powerful passports.

Arctic Dreams

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Arctic Dreams

An excellent piece of travel writing about the Arctic.

Skating to Antarctica

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Skating to Antarctica

A book exploring a polar opposite journey to the Arctic.

The Black Sites

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The Black Sites

A deep dive into the controversial world of renditions, black sites, and a world beneath the surface.

The Predator Drone War

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The Predator Drone War

One of the earliest pieces of reporting on drones, morality, and their implications for geopolitics.

Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China

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Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China

Evan Osnos' book detailing his eight years living in Beijing, focusing on Asia and including geopolitical coverage.

The Boy Who Fell Out of the Sky: A True Story

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The Boy Who Fell Out of the Sky: A True Story

A book by Ken Dornstein about the brother of one of the Lockerbie Bombing victims cracking the case.

Conscious: A Brief Guide to the Fundamental Mystery of the Mind

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Conscious: A Brief Guide to the Fundamental Mystery of the Mind

A book exploring the mystery of experience and humanity’s best working explanations, spending many pages on the theory of panpsychism.

Inheritors of the Earth: How Nature Is Thriving in an Age of Extinction

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Inheritors of the Earth: How Nature Is Thriving in an Age of Extinction

A contrarian book discussing the positive aspects of nature's adaptation to human impact, suggesting an era of evolution amidst extinction.

Lurking: How a Person Became a User

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Lurking: How a Person Became a User

Joanne McNeil's book about the transformation of people into users in the digital landscape.

The Power of Myth

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The Power of Myth

Netflix series on Joseph Campbell

Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World

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Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World

David Epstein's book 'Range' offers an interesting take on why experts have been so wrong so often, starting with the story of Paul Ehrlich and 'The Population Bomb'.

The population bomb

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The population bomb

'The Population Bomb' by Paul R. Ehrlich is mentioned in David Epstein's discussion on the common inaccuracies of expert predictions.

Team Human

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Team Human

Doug Rushkoff discusses technology making us lonely and the need to 'find the others' in his latest book.

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI

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Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI

A book by David Grann about the murders of the Osage people in Oklahoma, related to oil deposits under their land in the early 20th century.

Winnow Your Words: Kimi's Book of Haiku

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Winnow Your Words: Kimi's Book of Haiku

A book of 'haikus' by Kimi Raikkonen, published by Mission Winnow.

The White Darkness

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The White Darkness

A book by David Grann about a solo Antarctic expedition in the spirit of Ernest Shackleton.

The Devil and Sherlock Holmes

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The Devil and Sherlock Holmes

A collection of some of David Grann's most amazing pieces, including true crime stories.

The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon

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The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon

A book by David Grann which is his most famous work, detailing the legendary British explorer Percy Fawcett's quest to find a lost city in the Amazon.

The Last Column

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The Last Column

A book made up of the last articles and photographs from journalists who were killed doing their jobs. It features a cover design comprised of the names of 1,337 dead journalists, with white space representing the words they will never write.

Daemon Voices: On Stories and Storytelling

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Daemon Voices: On Stories and Storytelling

A collection of essays and talks given by author Philip Pullman, offering insight for anyone that produces narratives.

Building a Second Brain

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Building a Second Brain

Building a Second Brain is a course by Tiago Forte that promises to help you learn how to capture, organize, and retrieve your ideas and insights using digital notes. It offers a systematic approach and tools that you can trust to support creative breakthroughs in your work.

Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business

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Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business

A book by Neil Postman about the reduction of everything to entertainment.

Secondhand: Travels in the New Global Garage Sale

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Secondhand: Travels in the New Global Garage Sale

A book about what happens to things we get rid of and how it impacts consumer identity and values.

The Invention of the Modern Dog: Breed and Blood in Victorian Britain (Animals, History, Culture)

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The Invention of the Modern Dog: Breed and Blood in Victorian Britain (Animals, History, Culture)

A fascinating academic history documenting drastic changes in attitudes towards dogs over the last two hundred years in the United Kingdom, highlighting the social and cultural inventiveness behind modern dog breeds.

The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook: Strategies and Tools for Building a Learning Organization

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The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook: Strategies and Tools for Building a Learning Organization

A book that came out a few years after Senge’s famous book about organizational learning, filled with essays and frameworks for thinking, problem solving, and organizational design.

Seeing Like a State

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Seeing Like a State

A book by James C. Scott that discusses how states must develop means to make their domains 'legible' to manage resources, run bureaucracies, and tax citizens effectively. The book dives into the consequences of these efforts, such as the imposition of harmful monocultures, through examples like 18th-century Prussian forestry and 17th-century French cadastral mapping.

Judas: How a Sister's Testimony Brought Down a Criminal Mastermind

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Judas: How a Sister's Testimony Brought Down a Criminal Mastermind

A memoir by Astrid Holleeder about her life and the struggles she faced with her brother, a notorious criminal in Amsterdam, and her decision to help put him away.

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis

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Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis

Often cited in discussions about the 2016 US presidential election, it's a memoir that explores the author's Appalachian upbringing and its broader implications on American society.

Educated: A Memoir

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Educated: A Memoir

A memoir about growing up in an ultra-religious Mormon household that was completely disconnected from the outside world, leading to Westover's escape through education.

God Save Texas: A Journey into the Soul of the Lone Star State

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God Save Texas: A Journey into the Soul of the Lone Star State

Wright writes a personal narrative around Texas, highlighting its changing demographics and significant role in the American story.

Beyond Weird: Why Everything You Thought You Knew about Quantum Physics Is Different

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Beyond Weird: Why Everything You Thought You Knew about Quantum Physics Is Different

A book by science journalist Philip Ball, exploring the challenges in understanding and talking about quantum mechanics.

The Looming Tower

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The Looming Tower

One of the smartest books about radical Islam, providing a comprehensive history.

The Human Side of Enterprise, Annotated Edition

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The Human Side of Enterprise, Annotated Edition

Douglas McGregor's classic book that introduced Theory X and Theory Y of Management and incorporated Maslow's hierarchy of needs.

Working

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Working

A great recent reminder of how hardcore it is to be a real writer/reporter.

Scouting and Scoring: How We Know What We Know about Baseball

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Scouting and Scoring: How We Know What We Know about Baseball

A book about the blend of quantitative and qualitative judgement in baseball, discussing the convergence between scouts and scorers in the sport.

Sprawlball: A Visual Tour of the New Era of the NBA

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Sprawlball: A Visual Tour of the New Era of the NBA

The book describes the shift in strategy in basketball with the advent of data-intensive technology and new insights, leading to a new playing strategy focused on the value of three-pointers and layups.

Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now

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Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now

A book by Jaron Lanier discussing the impact of social media and advocating for quitting social media platforms.

Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland

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Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland

A book by Patrick Radden Keefe about murder and memory in Northern Ireland, exploring the depth of sectarian conflict, terror, retribution, and prison.

The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War

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The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War

The story of one of the highest level KGB defectors who worked with MI6 for years, resembling a real-life John Le Carre novel.

Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty

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Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty

A book that explores the reasons why some nations develop and prosper while others lag behind.

High Output Management

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High Output Management

A book by Andy Grove that opens with a story about operating a kitchen not entirely dissimilar to Balthazar, using the 'Breakfast factory' as a theme to explain the fundamentals of systems theory and supply chains.

The Clock Of The Long Now: Time and Responsibility

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The Clock Of The Long Now: Time and Responsibility

This book by Stewart Brand discusses concepts of long-term thinking and responsibility, with insights into digital and physical preservation.

The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance

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The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance

David Epstein explores the science of athleticism, delving into genetics and how various factors influence sports performance.

Transmetropolitan Book One

Comics & Graphic Novels

Transmetropolitan Book One

A comic book series featuring a journalist hero in a world of vulgarity and violence.

My Hero Academia: Vigilantes, Vol. 1 (1)

Comics & Graphic Novels

My Hero Academia: Vigilantes, Vol. 1 (1)

A book series the author is working their way through.

The Goal: A Business Graphic Novel

Comics & Graphic Novels

The Goal: A Business Graphic Novel

A graphic novel form of 'The Goal', which utilizes Goldratt’s theory of constraints in a graphic novel format.

Watchmen (2019 Edition)

Comics & Graphic Novels

Watchmen (2019 Edition)

A graphic novel that explores superheroes in a revolutionary way, exposing them as fallible and complex humans, written by Alan Moore, illustrated by Dave Gibbons and colored by John Higgins.

Storyline Online

Children’s Books

Storyline Online

A non-fiction book about story structure and principles of screenwriting, recommended as essential by Rebekah Sanderlin.

Just So Stories: Original illustrated edition

Children’s Books

Just So Stories: Original illustrated edition

A collection of stories Christine is reading every night, remembered from her childhood.

A Book About Design: Complicated Doesn't Make It Good

Children’s Books

A Book About Design: Complicated Doesn't Make It Good

A children's book by Mark Gonyea covering basics on colors, contrast, and ratios.

Late Fame

Children’s Books

Late Fame

A novella that tells the story of an elderly civil servant whose literary talents are belatedly recognized by the younger generation.

The Fate of Fausto

Children’s Books

The Fate of Fausto

A dark children's book and fable for adults by Oliver Jeffers, also a beautiful design object, made from lithographs at the historic Idem in Paris.

The Snowy Day

Children’s Books

The Snowy Day

A beloved children’s book by Ezra Jack Keats, which won the Caldecott Medal in 1963, making it the first book with an African-American protagonist to win a significant children’s award.

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