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Neuromancer by William Gibson
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The thing that's great about Gibson is that his books are just so content-rich. I tend to feel like someone is massaging my brain while I pick through his prose. His books, though very linear, almost seem less about the plot than about the setting. T ...more
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The Rum Diary by Hunter S. Thompson
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I originally bought this book for my brother back when I was in high school. Like a lot of his interests, my brother pushed Thompson on me. After reading his first book of letters, The Proud Highway, I fell in love with his mentality. Rum Diary is an ...more
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The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan
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I'm actually about ten pages from finishing this one right now. The book serves as a great way to dispel myths about how we eat. It can both enlighten you to the complications of large-scale agriculture and demonstrate how difficult it would be to ea ...more
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Enriching the Earth by Vaclav Smil
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Vaclav Smil brilliantly weaves history and science in this tale of one of the most important inventions of the 20th Century. The Haber-Bosch Process is the one that people are talking about when they mention fossil fuel fertilizers. Along with plant ...more
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From Vines to Wines by Jeff Cox
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After a trip to San Francisco last year where my buddy Ben and I went up to Napa and Sonoma to check out the vineyards, I found myself more interested in the process of growing grapes and making wine. This book is a great combination of technical inf ...more
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American Horticultural Society Plant Propagation by Alan R. Toogood
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This book serves a great overview of propagation techniques for the non-professional. The book is beautifully laid out with pictures and illustrations. There's lot of specific plant propagation information that will only be useful as a reference so I ...more
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Leviathan by Paul Auster
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My favorite of the books I've read by Paul Auster. His prose is wonderful and infinitely readable. His stuff also tends to satisfy the part of me that likes The New Yorker. I feel like I could read and enjoy most of his books based on my track record ...more
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Post Office by Charles Bukowski
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While I very much doubt that Bukowski is everyone's cup of tea, I really enjoy how no-bullshit his books seem. Undoubtedly a womanizer and a drunk, his books are wonderfully visceral and don't agonizingly tiptoe around the subject like a lot of stuff ...more
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Twenty Prose Poems by Charles Baudelaire
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One of the best books of poetry I've read. Baudelaire has a great, twisted sense of humor and is also able to conjure up wonderful images. I'm definitely planning to check out Les Fleurs Du Mal after this one.
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Collapse by Jared Diamond
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Collapse serves as a great counterargument against anyone who questions the merit of environmental management. Diamond tells the story of over a dozen societies, both past and present, that have had environmental problems associated with great distre ...more
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