Books

Category Title Author Rating Description
Science Lonley Planets David Grinspoon
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A fun, off-the-wall look at the current state of the search for other life in the universe.
Fantasy Black Sun Rising C.S. Friedman
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Truly unique fantasy with a bit of Anne Rice gothic flair.
History The Pursuit of Power William H. McNeill
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A comprehensive history of weapons and warfare, from ancient times to modern.
Biology The Diversity of Life Edward O. Wilson
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What's most astonishing about the vast breadth of life on earth is how little we know about it.
Culture Tastes of Paradise Wolfgang Shivelbusch
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This book documents the long and important role that stimulants and intoxicants have played in modern culture.
Culture The Substance of Style Virginia Postrel
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The tagline is "How the rise of aesthetic value is remaking commerce, culture, and consciousness," which sums up the...
Sci Fi Snow Crash Neal Stephenson
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There's only one word to describe this book: bad-ass.
History Pirate Hunter Richard Zacks
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This biography of Captain Kidd reads more like a swashbuckling novel than non-fiction history, but it is a true story...
Evolution Red Queen Matt Ridley
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Sex and genetics are intimately intertwined for all life on earth.
Sci Fi Altered Carbon Richard K. Morgan
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This is a fast-action sci-fi detective story with some series teeth.
Economics Eat the Rich P.J. O'Rourke
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A humorous take on basic economics, O'Rourke travels the world to observe various economies in action and poke fun at...
Writing The Elements of Style Strunk & White
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If you want to learn to write well, get this book.
Critical Thinking The Science of Good and Evil Michael Shermer
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What is good and evil in a scientific sense?
Fantasy Lord of the Rings J.R.R. Tolkien
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Ok, I admit it: now that LoTR has penetrated the popular consciousness, it's not as special to me as it once was.
Critical Thinking How We Know What Isn't So Thomas Gilovich
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An excellent introduction to all the basics of critical thinking.