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A week ago I learned two friends are coming from the US this July 21: that means empty cases. Two happy days later and hundreds of dollars less: 38 books on shipping parcels from Amazon. Book shopping is a pleasure in and of itself (I’m rarely this happy!), and hereforward’s my list (which is quite an intimate thing to share — it’s the perfect psychological text, if you know how to read it).

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
I’ve been fiction-starved long enough now.
Capitalism and Freedom: Fortieth Anniversary Edition by Milton Friedman
Erasmo wants to kill the man, I want to do him (I fell in love the moment I read his “The free market is the only mechanism that has ever been discovered for achieving participatory democracy.”).
Metaphors We Live By by George Lakoff, Mark Johnson
A formist classic long postponed.
Mind Performance Hacks : Tips & Tools for Overclocking Your Brain (Hacks) by Ron Hale-Evans
I only needed to read Mind Performance Hack #51 — Learn an Artificial Language — to know this book was going to be worthwhile.
Don’t Shoot the Dog! : The New Art of Teaching and Training by Karen Pryor
A pet training book that doubles up as a “life-changing” self-control primer. I’m intrigued (and desperate). Confused? Go read this great NYT article: What Shamu Taught Me About a Happy Marriage.
On Intelligence by Jeff Hawkins, Sandra Blakeslee
Wondrous book. Truly. I’m buying these 3 extra copies just to pester friends (and family) with.
Shadow of the Giant (Ender, Book 8) by Orson Scott Card
The only Ender book I’m missing.
Mencken Chrestomathy by H.L. Mencken
I’d read Mencken’s quotes before, of course. But I just became aware of him a couple of weeks ago through, of all places, a Gilmore Girls episode. I couldn’t be more ashamed of my tardiness.
Economics in One Lesson: 50th Anniversary Edition by Henry Hazlitt
I’m diving into economics these next couple of months.
Instead of Education: Ways to Help People do Things Better by John Holt
“This is a book in favor of doing — self-directed, purposeful, meaningful life and work — and against ‘education’ — learning cut off from active life and done under pressure of bribe or threat, greed and fear.” I’m fascinated with education these days.
Economics for Real People by Gene Callahan
I dig the Austrian School of Economics (or rather, I think I will, when I know more about it).
Artful Sentences: Syntax as Style by Virginia Tufte
Frankly, that Edward Tufte’s wife mother wrote this was enough for me, but just think about it: a syntactic critique of 1000 exemplary sentences. This promises to be a jewel.
Fantastic Voyage: Live Long Enough to Live Forever by Ray Kurzweil, Terry Grossman
“Rage, rage against the dying of the light” (Dylan Thomas). For those late deathnights…
An Anthropologist On Mars: Seven Paradoxical Tales by Oliver Sacks
“[Oliver Sacks’s writings] has done as much as anyone to make nonspecialists aware of *how much diversity gets lumped under the heading of ‘the human mind.’”* (Amazon.com review)
Free to Choose: A Personal Statement by Milton Friedman, Rose Friedman
I want to be a libertarian.
Swimming Across: A Memoir by Andrew S. Grove
I’ve been a fan of Andy Grove ever since that Fortune feature on him.
The Buddha in the Robot by Masahiro Mori
A wildcard.
Perfectly Reasonable Deviations From The Beaten Track: The Letters Of Richard P. Feynman by Richard Phillips Feynman, Michelle Feynman, Timothy Ferris
I love Richard Feynman. Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! is way high on my all-time favorite books.
The Machinery of Freedom: A Guide to Radical Capitalism by David D. Friedman
Just how would a society organized by private property, individual rights, and voluntary co-operation, with little or no government, look?
Where There’s a Will: Thoughts on the Good Life by John Mortimer
I guess this is just book gluttony, but I skimmed this book in the New York Public library one rainy afternoon and it’s a happy memory.
The Elusive Quest for Growth: Economists’ Adventures and Misadventures in the Tropics by William Easterly
Foreign aid debunked. I somewhy feel I need to read this now. I need to know this stuff. I guess a happy byproduct of feverishly reading The Economist is to think of yourself as someone with vast geopolitical and economical impact ;).
5 Rituals of Wealth by Tod Barnhart
Kevin Kelly vouches for it in Cool Tools.
The Little Schemer by Daniel P. Friedman, Matthias Felleisen
I started a library copy of the Little Lisper and was hooked.
Escape from Freedom by Erich Fromm
His Art of Loving became an instant personal classic some months ago.
Finite and Infinite Games by James P. Carse
“There are at least two kinds of games. One could be called finite, the other infinite. A finite game is played for the purpose of winning, an infinite game for the purpose of continuing the play.”
Soros on Soros: Staying Ahead of the Curve by George Soros
George Soros, long known as “the world’s only private citizen with a foreign policy,” is a most interesting man.
Mindfulness by Ellen J. Langer
Mindfulness. The title alone was almost enough to buy the book. What a beautiful word.
How Children Fail by John Holt
Yup, I know these children education books are a weird choice but I have a hunch they’ll have much to tell me.
One Two Three… Infinity: Facts and Speculations of Science by George Gamow
I haven’t read much science lately. The science spark needs some help.
The Libertarian Reader: Classic and Contemporary Writings from Lao Tzu to Milton Friedman by David Boaz
Parliament of Whores: A Lone Humorist Attempts to Explain the Entire U.S. Government by P.J. O’Rourke
Eat the Rich was a lot of fun.
The Children’s Machine: Rethinking School in the Age of the Computer by Seymour Papert
“What would happen if children who can’t do math grew up in Mathland, a place that is to math what France is to French?”
Libertarianism: A Primer by David Boaz
Pour Your Heart into It: How Starbucks Built a Company One Cup at a Time by Howard Schultz
I admire Starbucks.
The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Corporate America by Warren Buffett
Buffet has the strangest of powers in that he comes across as a homespun billionaire. Now that’s different from just being homespun, the way Sam Walton was, or just being a billionaire, like Bill Gates. Buffet flaunts his wealth and his professional love of money, all the while expressing essential, eternal truths in simple, earthy phrases. When I saw Buffet speak at business school he tapped on the microphone to test it and said ‘testing, testing, one-million, two-million, three-million.’” (Marc Cenedella, Amazon review)
Self-Renewal: The Individual and the Innovative Society by John W. Gardner
“The need for endless learning and trying is a way of living, a way of thinking, a way of being awake and ready. Life isn’t a train ride where you choose your destination, pay your fare and settle back for a nap. It’s a cycle ride over uncertain terrain, with you in the driver’s seat, constantly correcting your balance and determining the direction of progress. It’s difficult, sometimes profoundly painful. But it’s better than napping through life.”
Replay by Ken Grimwood
“Without a single gesture toward an explanation, this novel recounts the story of a man and a woman mysteriously given the ability to live their lives over. Each dies in 1988 only to awaken as a teenager in 1963 with adult knowledge and wisdom intact and the ability to make a new set of choices. Different spouses, lovers, children, careers, await them in each go-round of the past 25 years, as well as slightly altered versions of world events. Their deep commitment to one another continues through the centuries of their many lifetimes.(Library Journal review) I haven’t read this book and I love it already.
How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Believe you me, I’ll be the first to distrust this bluntly titled book, but I’m floored by who and how many people recommend it.
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