20 October 2009

Book Recommendations?

One of the nice things about commuting (ok, it's the only nice thing about commuting) is that I get to do a lot of reading these days. Lately, I've been reading novels - I really enjoyed the Psych books by William Rabkin. But I'm thinking I'd like to dive into some meatier fare.

Any recommendations on some good books to read? I'm looking for stuff that's outside the mainstream, not just the books everyone's reading. Any thoughts from the far end of The Long Tail? Here's the challenge - give me something I've never heard of before...

5 comments:

dcwork said...

Books:
Leading from Within, by Intrator & Scribner

Finite and Infinite Play by James P. Carse.

Audio:
An Undivided Life by Parker Palmer.

David Woods' Human Error graduate seminar recordings (on iTunes).

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RhetTbull said...

Audio only (perfect for the DC commute!): METAtropolis by various writers -- wonderfully narrated by Michael Hogan ("Saul Tigh" on BSG) and others
http://tinyurl.com/6qmdrf

Current events:
Lessons in Disaster: McGeorge Bundy and the Path to War in Vietnam by Gordon M. Goldstein
OK, everyone in DC is reading this, or at least says they are. But the president read it too--if the leader of the free world thinks it's worth his time, it's probably worth mine. Good read and gives a good account about the decisions that led to the mess in Vietnam. Parallels to Afghanistan...?

Deep thought:
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

We by Yevgeny Zamyatin

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Fun junkfood for the brain:
Any of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency books by Alexander Mccall Smith

Watcher said...

OK, from left field:

"God's Philosophers: How the Medieval World Laid the Foundations of Modern Science" By James Hannam