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Gratitude by Oliver Sacks
Gratitude
by Oliver Sacks
read in June, 2016
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This is a set of four short, but beautiful and profound essays by Oliver Sacks. They are reflections on his life, after learning that he was terminally ill.

I have read several of his books on neurology, but in this short book I learned about Sacks h
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Invasive Procedures by Orson Scott Card
Invasive Procedures
by Orson Scott Card
read in June, 2016
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This sci fi novel has a few interesting ideas. The plot, however is so-so. The story is fast-paced and sometimes exciting. But the psychological concepts for which the author is well known for developing are not developed here as well as they could b ...more
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The Sheriff of Yrnameer by Michael Rubens
The Sheriff of Yrnameer
by Michael Rubens (Goodreads Author)
read in June, 2016
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This is a hilarious science fiction novel that is highly entertaining. As the story opens, space rogue Cole is being held upside down by Kenneth, a super-big, super-strong alien with lots of tentacles and eyes. Cole owes Kenneth lot of money from gam ...more
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SuperBetter by Jane McGonigal
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The concept is great, but I didn't really get into this book. Lots of quests, many of them banal.

Jane McGonigal did have some interesting facts about game playing. She described how playing Tetris for ten minutes within six hours of suffering a traum
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The Invention of Nature by Andrea Wulf
The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World
by Andrea Wulf
recommended to David by: Charlene Lewis Estornell
read in May, 2016
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This is a wonderful biography of a man about whom I knew very little. Today, in the United States, his name is practically unknown, despite being a world-wide celebrity in his day. Humboldt was a great explorer and scientist. He saw nature as a unifi ...more
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The Upright Thinkers by Leonard Mlodinow
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This is an engaging book by an excellent author. I've read a few of his books and they have all been excellent. This book is sort of a history of science. Not a complete history--there is no attempt to make it comprehensive.

The book covers physics, c
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The Blind Side by Michael Lewis
The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game
by Michael Lewis
recommended to David by: Brian
recommended for: Anybody who likes a great story, well told.
read in April, 2016
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I am not a football fan; I don't voluntarily watch football, and I try to leave the room if someone has a game playing on TV. But I had read other books by Michael Lewis, and enjoyed them all. And, like his other books, In Michael Lewis' hands, this ...more
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Stuff Matters by Mark Miodownik
Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World
by Mark Miodownik
recommended to David by: Peter Mcloughlin
read in March, 2016
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This is an entertaining, engaging book about many of the everyday--and rare--materials that are in our world. Some of the materials occur naturally like diamond and coal. But the majority of materials discussed in the book are man-made, and Mlodownik ...more
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Wired to Create by Scott Barry Kaufman
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I enjoyed reading this book; it is engaging, and full of intriguing information about creativity. Some of the information in this book is well-known and documented in other books. But I did learn a lot from this book, so I definitely recommend it.

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The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2011 by Mary Roach
The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2011
by Mary Roach (Goodreads Author)
recommended to David by: Preeti
read in March, 2016
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I love these annual anthologies of essays on nature and science. They are superb. The essays cover a very wide range of subjects. For example, the illicit trade in human organs, the clean-up of oil spills in the ocean, fermentation, the government's ...more
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