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The Prophet
The Prophet made me feel profoundly spiritual when I was nineteen. It was a great way to experience spirituality and romance as a teenager, but as I g...more
Aug 1999
Apr 20, 2007
The Chronicles of Narnia (Chronicles of Narnia, #1-7)
The Magician's Nephew is easily the best story of the Chronicles. First of all, it's the least overtly religious. There is a creation-of-the-world ele...more
Nov 2004
Apr 20, 2007
The Sunne in Splendour
When my friend described The Sunne in Splendour as "a historical fiction about two English kings," I thought, "Sounds like a real page turner." But, i...more
Jan 2004
Apr 20, 2007
The Elements of Style
This is the oft-cited classic. If you haven't read it, read it. I know that seems an overly strong recommendation, but the value of this book's guidel...more
Jan 2003
Apr 20, 2007
The Little Zen Companion
This is a book that tries to help you understand Zen thought through a compilation of quotes that demonstrate Zen ideas.

It doesn't work.

Rather, I shou...more
Aug 2000
Apr 20, 2007
Something Wicked This Way Comes
Austin Powers said only two things scare him: nuclear war and carnies, or circus folk. I don't know what it is about the circus that blends so well wi...more
May 2004
Apr 20, 2007
War Hospital: A True Story of Surgery and Survival
I heard about this book when NPR interviewed the author, and I thought it would be a great way to learn more about the war in the former Yugoslavia. T...more
Oct 2003
Apr 20, 2007
Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five
Life-changing. Answers the following fascinating questions, which every parent asks:

- How do I make my kid smart?
- Should I pipe music into my womb?...more
Jul 23, 2011
May 10, 2011
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Farooq told me about this book, which introduced both of us to magical realism. Marquez says the tone in this novel is how his grandmother told him st...more
Mar 2001
Apr 20, 2007
The South Beach Diet Cookbook
South Beach is often called a low-carb diet, which makes it seem similar to the Atkins Diet. The difference is that South Beach is a low-carb and low-...more
Mar 2005
Apr 19, 2007
The Design of Everyday Things
Some of the examples are dated (even in the most recent release), like his prediction that one day there will be a portable calendar that can be updat...more
Oct 2010
Dec 25, 2010
The Captain's Verses (Los versos del capitan) (English and Spanish Edition)
This is one of Neruda's collections of love poetry, as opposed to his political work. It was my first reading of Neruda's writing, and I was floored....more
Jun 1999
Apr 20, 2007
Liar's Poker
Liar's Poker is the author's personal account as a bond trader at Salomon Brothers in the 80's. To non-finance people, the idea may sound boring, but...more
Jun 2000
Apr 20, 2007
Love In The Time Of Cholera
Farooq also suggested this, the second most famous novel by Marquez. It's a close call between the two, but I liked this one better, just for its very...more
Jun 2001
Apr 20, 2007
Einstein's Dreams
My friend Mike, who reads the most random (but most interesting) books, told me about this one. The author, Alan Lightman, is both a poet and a physic...more
Oct 2000
Apr 20, 2007
When Genius Failed: The Rise and Fall of Long-Term Capital Management
Farooq told me about this book around the same time I saw the Nova feature on the same topic.

When Genius Failed is a very well-written, suspenseful no...more
Sep 2000
Apr 20, 2007
Ender's Shadow (Ender's Shadow, #1)
This is virtually the same story as Ender's Game, but told from the perspective of a different character in the story. In Ender's Game, one of the stu...more
Aug 2001
Apr 20, 2007
Things Fall Apart
Nadia told me about Things Fall Apart after she read it for class. At first, the book seems to just describe life in a Nigerian tribe through the life...more
Jun 2003
Apr 20, 2007
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
One Day in the Life. . . is the description of one day in the life of a fictitious prisoner in a Russian labor camp in Siberia. Though the novel is fi...more
Jan 2001
Apr 20, 2007
How to Win Friends and Influence People
This book really changed the way I interact with people. Its advice can be roughly summed up in one sentence: be geniunely interested in people. Despi...more
Feb 2002
Apr 20, 2007
On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction
I heard about this book after taking the Economist Style Quiz. [] The book not only discusses how to improve y...more
Mar 2003
Apr 20, 2007
Richard III
After reading The Sunne in Splendour, I wanted to read Shakespeare's (and the Tudors') opinion of Richard III.

I suggest reading the two one after anot...more
Feb 2004
Apr 20, 2007
What Is Called Thinking?
Would love to share, but I really need to spend some time thinking about it.
Jun 2010
Aug 12, 2009
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
Eat not to dullness, drink not to elevation. Wise words.
Apr 2002
Apr 20, 2007
Cyrano de Bergerac
Most romantic story ever! Way better than Romeo and Juliet.
May 1996
Apr 20, 2007
Skinny Legs and All
Mar 2003
Apr 20, 2007
Catch-22 (Catch-22, #1)
May 12, 2009
May 27, 2009
Sun Certification Programmer for Java 2 Study Guide (Exam 310-025) [With CDROM]
Aug 2005
Apr 19, 2007
The Indispensable Guide to Classic Men's Clothing
Sep 2005
Apr 19, 2007
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
Jan 2007
Apr 19, 2007
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