February 2nd, 2006

you can do magic - counterglow

Inspired by wil wheaton himself

I saw that wil had posted his favorite books in the last couple months, and I seriously hate typepad, so I'm posting MY books here. Feel free to comment and add yours.
  • The Gift of Fear - Survival Signals That Protect Us from Violence - recommended by jesspark, this is a fanstastic book on what fear really is and why we shouldn't be afraid of it but understand it

  • Mountains Beyond Mountains - The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World - this is an absolutely fantastic read about a doctor who has dedicated his life to the poor in Haiti. It will mae you feel that you're not doing enough, and that Dr. Farmer is slightly insane and how could he possibly have time for a marriage, but it is a truly worthwhile read. In fact, I'm reading it again at the moment.

  • Blink- The Power of Thinking Without Thinking - I'm copying straight from Wil, because he says what I think, but I'll add it's great from the perspective of a poker player; it shouws you why if you're a good player you need to trust those lightning quick reads. Wil says: Have you ever looked at a person, and immediately known you were going to be best friends? Have you ever looked at a person and immediately known that you should do whatever it takes to get the hell away from them? Have you ever wondered what goes into devloping those instincts? Blink is all about that nano-moment when our brains instantaneously process a billion little bits of information and give us an almost-always accurate first impression. This book could have been dry and boring, but Malcolm Gladwell informs and enlightens us in an easily read and entertaining book. I haven't read The Tipping Point, but I bought it because I liked Blink so much. I give it an A. I've also read The Tipping Point and it's good, too but not as compelling as Blink due to the lack of poker player aspect.

  • Freakonomics - A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything - Have you ever wondered why teachers cheat on standardized tests? How are real estate agents and sumo wrestlers similar? This was really fascinating to read, especially since I read it right after The Tipping Point. I find it amusing that Malcolm Gladwell endorsed the book when they both talk about 'the broken window effect' - Malcolm was a proponent of it, and Levitt blows it out of the water. He's also working on a book called http://www.pokernomics.com/, which I cannot WAIT for it to come out.

  • Pretty Birds - A Novel - Young women served as snipers for both Bosnian and Serbian forces during the siege of Sarajevo; Simon, a prize-winning correspondent and NPR Weekend Edition host, interviewed one of them and has masterfully imagined her life. - from Publishers Weekly. This is an incredibly well written book that sucks you into to the harsh realities of this war.

  • The Namesake - A Novel - by the Pulitzer Prize winning writer of Interpreter of Maladies, this is another fantastic book full of vivid imagery and pulls you into the story.

  • Lamb - The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal - The bible doesn't say much of anything about what happened between the years 12 and 30 of Jesus' life. Here's a humorous - and very well researched (I could see quite a bit of this happening) - accounting of those years by Jesus' best friend, Biff. Don't read if you can't handle the thought of Jesus saying 'fuck', but if you can, you will laugh and laugh and laugh and not be able to put this book down.

  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - an amazing book written from an austistic child's perspective. It gave me a lot of insight into the life of a couple of my friends who have autistic children and was a very well written to boot.

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