Archive for the 'General Nonfiction' Category

The Politics of Crazy

The Politics of Crazy by Chris Ladd $7 on Amazon Kindle or free with Kindle Unlimited I don’t normally read political books from republicans, but I happened to run across Chris’ blog recently and enjoyed his writing, so I figured I’d give the book a try. I wasn’t disappointed; the book is well-reasoned and Chris [...]

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My Perfect Pantry

My Perfect Pantry by Geoffrey Zakarian $22.68 at Amazon ($12.79 Kindle) It’s typical for a cookbook to be arranged according to the type of food (breads, dinners, desserts) or the main ingredient (pork, beef, chicken). What I’ve never seen before is a cookbook arranged around pantry ingredients: almonds, beans, raisins! My Perfect Pantry starts off [...]

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Fluent Forever

Fluent Forever: How to Learn any Language Fast and Never Forget It by Gabriel Wyner $10.39 at Amazon ($9.87 Kindle) I’ve always considered myself to be one of those people with no talent whatsoever for languages. Despite a year of Spanish in middle school, followed by three more years in high school, I barely remember [...]

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What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe $14.40 at Amazon ($9.12 Kindle) “It makes me happy that an arm of the US government has, in some official capacity, issued an opinion on the subject of firing nuclear missiles at hurricanes.” Until recently, Randall Munroe was known as the creator of [...]

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Capital in the Twenty-First Century

Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty $23.97 at Amazon ($19.99 on Kindle) Given my interest in economics, Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century has been on my “should read” list since it came out, but it really caught my attention after shooting to the top of Amazon’s bestseller list, with almost everyone [...]

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A Fighting Chance

A Fighting Chance by Elizabeth Warren I don’t usually read a lot of autobiographies, but I’m a fan of Elizabeth Warren and I’ve heard good things about this book, so I decided to give it a try. I figured I’d start on it this weekend and finish it later in the week, but as soon [...]

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Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution

Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution by John Paul Stevens $14.13 at Amazon ($10.99 Kindle) In the wake of the unprecedented level of gerrymandering that followed the 2010 elections, as well as the Supreme Court’s gutting of the Voting Rights Act and campaign finance laws, it has become very clear that [...]

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Survive! Inside the Human Body, Vol 1: The Digestive System

Survive! Inside the Human Body, Vol 1: The Digestive System by Gomdori Co. & Hyun-Dong Han $12.92 at Amazon Survive: Inside the Human body is a fun way to learn about how the body works. In this first installment of the series, after being shrunk and accidentally eaten, Geo and Dr. Brain must fight their [...]

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