Top 193 Books
Original List by ZankRank

zero to paleo
You've seen all the celebrities and probably most of your friends jumping on the Paleo and gluten-free bandwagon recently and I'm really glad. Even though I've been promoting the dietary method for years, I'm not the least bit offended that it's finally catching on no thanks to me. Morse is one that had it all along (The Evolution Diet All natural and Allergy Free was way ahead of this current trend). Why? because it just makes sense. And it's important to make a distinction here, this isn't a diet book per se- it is a lifestyle book. The point isn't to lose weight with Zero to Paleo, the point is to understand how we were designed and get to and maintain your ideal weight. You will do this by learning about our ancestors, what they ate, and how they lived
the paleo diet
by Loren Cordain. This revised edition features new weight-loss material and recipes plus the latest information drawn from breaking Paleolithic research. Published December 7, 2010.
the primal blueprint
by Mark Sisson is a journey through human evolution, comparing the life and robust health of our hunter-gatherer ancestors with a day in the life of a modern family. The author offers a solution in 10 empowering Blueprint Lifestyle Laws: eat lots of plants and animals, avoid poisonous things, move frequently at a slow pace, lift heavy things, sprint once in a while, get adequate sleep, play, get adequate sunlight, avoid stupid mistakes, and use your brain. The reader learns how the right high-fat diet can actually help one lose weight and how popular low-fat, grain-based diets might trigger illness, disease, and lifelong weight gain. The author presents a comprehensive, well thought out paleo style eating plan in a humorous and organized manner. He backs up all his work with research, natu
For nearly two million years, humans and our hominid ancestors were eating in the hunter/gatherer style of foraging for a wide variety of healthy fruits and vegetables and then hunting and scavenging for large game. However, about 9,000 years ago, humans started eating in a manner contrary to their design, while living increasingly sedentary lives. In The Evolution Diet: All-Natural and Allergy Free, Joseph SB Morse shows how we can achieve ultimate health by emulating our ancestors’ hunter/gatherer lifestyle. You’re about to embark on an insightful, and often humorous journey to discover how humans evolved to eat, what cultureless humans would eat, and how we can use that knowledge with today’s technology and wealth to develop the ideal diet. Included in this edition is a detailed section
health secrets of the stone age
by Philip J. Goscienski MD. He suggests getting some exercise, eating more fruit and veggies, and cutting way back on the sugars/refined carbs. He suggests a Mediterranean diet and lifestyle that has grains at the bottom of its food pyramid. He uses the research of Alan Keys, research that was discredited by Gary Taubes in his much better and more scientifically researched book “Good Calories, Bad Calories”.
the paleo solution
by Robb Wolf, a research biochemist. Readers will understand digestion, how protein, carbohydrate and fat influence hormones, and how this plays into fat loss, health or disease. They’ll understand the significance of dietary fats whether the concern is performance, health, longevity, or making your fanny look good in a bikini. The book goes into how lifestyle factors such as sleep and stress influence the hormone cortisol. It gets into basic blood work and what things people should ask their doctor to include to better assess inflammation and health. It also includes a detailed 30-day meal plan and a beginner exercise program. The exercise program is geared to the beginner or someone who is quite de-conditioned but the nutritional info would be helpful for anyone regardless of background.
from dawn to decadence
Perhaps the best book ever (2000).
In this stunning new story of political economy, author Eric Robert Morse examines why the modern system has become so unwieldy and explains what must be done to correct it. His astute analysis and fascinating storytelling take readers on an epic journey, from the dawn of Free-Market Capitalism during the Age of Exploration, through the Industrial Revolution and Adam Smith, to the rise of Keynesianism and the dominance of the Welfare State.
the evolution diet
other books have tried to get the most out of what we were designed to eat, but none have quite been as successful as the evolution diet. cordain and audette both have gotten close to what people in the stone age ate (though not completely), and both have created healthy diets. however, with our wea
the story of philosophy
Easily the most engaging writer of Western intellectual history in the English language, Will Durant breathes life into philosophers and their ideas. He is colorful, witty, and above all, informative. Beginning with Socrates and ending with American philosopher John Dewey, Durant summarizes the lives and influence of philosophy's greatest thinkers, painting them with humanity and adding a few of his own wise platitudes. Seventy-some years after its first printing, The Story of Philosophy still stands as one of the best of its kind. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
mere christianity
c.s. lewis
the 90-minute effect
brilliant look at the effect of movies, television, and story in general on our lives and goals.
you: on a diet
generally, the info is good- their message about inflammation is interesting and i have been hearing a lot about this (specifically on npr's "science friday"). inflammation is a great tool your body uses to heal, but it can also be detrimental if we allergically respond to things like tra
practical paleo: a customized approach to health and a whole-foods lifestyle
Diane Sanfilippo: Our great-grandmothers didn't need nutrition lessons—then again, they weren't forced to wade through aisle after aisle of packaged foods touting outlandish health claims and confusing marketing jargon. Over the last few decades, we've forgotten what "real food" is—and we're left desperately seeking foods that will truly nourish our bodies. We're disillusioned with the "conventional wisdom" for good reason—it's gotten us nowhere.
paleo diet
i picked up this book after being thoroughly intrigued by the concept of eating like a cavegirl, and i really liked the ideas espoused throughout, most notably the encouragement to eat foods that aren't processed. unnatural foods like margarin, doughnuts, and energy drinks aren't helpful to our he
stumbling on happiness
gilbert's book is fascinating, funny, and inspirational and should be read by everyone who wants to know more about human behavior or who wants to stimulate their brain a little. one of the first studies gilbert mentions is one that showed how learning new information actually makes us humans happy. this was certainly the case for `stumbling,' especially when you consider all the witty remarks of personalized remarks about your brother in law eating cheese dip on the couch. while most of the book focuses on fascinating psychological findings and scientific studies, he doesn't tie them in concretely to his ultimate conclusion of why people aren't happy when they think they're supposed to be. he does, however, make a clear case for why people look for happiness in certain things and fai
the new evolution diet
by Arthur De Vany. Art is the grandfather of the “Paleo Lifestyle” movement. The plan is built on three principles: (1) eat three meals a day made up of nonstarchy vegetables, fruits, and lean proteins- (2) skip meals occasionally to promote a low fasting blood insulin level- and (3) exercise less, not more, in shorter, high-intensity bursts. Note that the book is anti-fat. All oils are to be avoided, though canola is considered okay for higher temperatures. Egg yolks are to be skipped now and then. To be published December 21, 2010. [Kindle edition available now.]
to kill a mockingbird
Harper Lee - Challenged in Eden Valley, MN (1977) and temporarily banned due to words "damn" and "whore lady" used in the novel. Challenged in the Vernon Verona Sherill, NY School District (1980) as a "filthy, trashy novel." Challenged at the Warren, IN Township schools (1981) because the book does "psychological damage to the positive integration process" and "represents institutionalized racism under the guise of good literature." After unsuccessfully trying to ban Lee's novel, three black parents resigned from the township human relations advisory council. Challenged in the Waukegan, IL School District (1984) because the novel uses the word "nigger." Challenged in the Kansas City, MO junior high schools (1985).
everyone agrees
in the fascinating and groundbreaking new work, everyone agrees, j.s.b. morse uncovers clues to these riddles and reveals how disagreements are merely the result of a difference in perspective of a shared "mountain of truth." using entertaining examples from both scientific literature and pop culture, morse breaks down the popular "us-against-them" and morally relative mentalities, proving that everyone really does agree, even when it comes to such hot-button issues as politics, religion, and the nfl's best quarterback. everyone agrees offers an introduction to the theory of concurrence, a unique take on human behavior which places logic (or simple common sense) at the heart of a universal morality.
We are in the midst of a brain science revolution. Highly sophisticated neuroimaging technology and cunning psychological experiments have helped researchers delve into the darkest corners of the human brain to shine light on how it works and explain human behavior. Their conclusions boggle the mind: We make decisions before we are even conscious of our choices; we allow irrelevant influences to dominate our thought processes; and we go against our own best interest as a matter of course. In short, the latest brain science has conquered the mind and determined that we are all irrational and helpless in our condition. But should that be the last word?
gods of ruin
phenomenal modern political adventure
Barzun's key.
The critic at his best (1974).
27. 1984 buy from 11
in banned books
George Orwell - Challenged in the Jackson County, FL (1981) because Orwell's novel is "pro-communist and contained explicit sexual matter."
brave new world
Aldous Huxley - Banned in Ireland (1932). Removed from classrooms in Miller, MO (1980), because it makes promiscuous sex "look like fun." Challenged frequently throughout the required reading. Challenged as required reading at the Yukon, OK High School (1988) because of "the book's language and moral content." Challenged as required reading in the Corona-Norco, CA Unified School District (1993) because it is "centered around negative activity." Specifically, parents objected that the characters' sexual behavior directly opposed the health curriculum, which taught sexual abstinence until marriage. The book was retained, and teachers selected alternatives if students object to Huxley's novel. Removed from the Foley, AL High School Library (2000) pendi
the social animal
Brooks's exploration of pop psychology wrapped in a humorous and entertaining narrative is a one of a kind masterpiece.
man's search for meaning
Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl's memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Between 1942 and 1945 Frankl labored in four different camps, including Auschwitz, while his parents, brother, and pregnant wife perished. Based on his own experience and the experiences of those he treated in his practice, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose. Frankl's theory—known as logotherapy, from the Greek word logos ("meaning")—holds that our primary drive in life is not pleasure, as Freud maintained, but the discovery and pursuit of what we personally find meaningful. At the time of Frankl's death in 1997,
the princess bride
anybody want a peanut?
the alchemist
nice little tale about a journey
this is the type of book that you will want to re-read over and over again because it is well-written, entertaining, and insightful. the premise of the book is that we can know something without really knowing it. gladwell uses a number of unique examples (such as the getty's near $10 million dollar blunder on an artificial classic statue, and how improvisational comedy works) to show how we can surmise certain things in a blink of an eye. gladwell's proof is anecdotal for the most part (which makes on intelligence and stumbling on happiness great companions to this work), but the author gives us a great look into an almost sixth-sense we humans have though we may not be completely aware of it. he goes on to describe intense scenes where blink-thinking (meta-cognition) wasn't used prop
ours is not a race between men, it is a race between mankind and nature.
creativity, inc.
Creativity, Inc. is a book for managers who want to lead their employees to new heights, a manual for anyone who strives for originality, and the first-ever, all-access trip into the nerve center of Pixar Animation—into the meetings, postmortems, and “Braintrust” sessions where some of the most successful films in history are made.
the paleo manifesto: ancient wisdom for lifelong health
John Durrant
and the mountains echoed
Khaled Hosseini. Khaled Hosseini, the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations.
getting kidnapped is fine as long as the kidnapper wears a yellow hat
Curious George
it's complicated:  the american teenager
4-hour work week
a few months ago, i made a joke about my job at a web design firm. someone asked how i get so much done and i replied, “i actually outsource everything i’ve done to a buddy in india.” everyone laughed because that was absurd… or was it? tim ferriss doesn’t seem to think so. in fact he thinks it’s absurd to live the kind of lives most americans live nowadays: 80-hour weeks to earn a lot of money to buy a lot of things we don’t need and get drunk on the weekends. ferriss’ life is a bit different- he’s lived the typical thrill-seeker’s existence since his epiphany years ago including kick-boxing, globe-trotting, enjoying mini retirements, racing motorcycles, and working very little to pay for it all.
the marriage plot
Jeffrey Eugenides - Like many of the heroines of the Victorian novels she favors, Madeline Hanna, Brown University class of 1982 English major, must choose between men: the hungry wanderer Mitchell Grammaticus or the brilliant but troubled Leonard Bankhead. Madeline goes with the latter, sidelining her own intellectual pursuits in favor of riding a manic depressive's roller-coaster through the dawn of semiotics, post-structuralism, identity politics, and psychopharmacology. A coming-of-age novel that's as unapologetically erudite as it is funny, fun, and profound.
anatomy of an epidemic
In this astonishing and startling book, award-winning science and history writer Robert Whitaker investigates a medical mystery: Why has the number of disabled mentally ill in the United States tripled over the past two decades? Every day, 1,100 adults and children are added to the government disability rolls because they have become newly disabled by mental illness, with this epidemic spreading most rapidly among our nation’s children. What is going on? Anatomy of an Epidemic challenges readers to think through that question themselves. First, Whitaker investigates what is known today about the biological causes of mental disorders. Do psychiatric medications fix “chemical imbalances” in the brain, or do they, in fact, create them? Researchers spent decades studying that question, and b
one world schoolhouse
Salman Kahn
Loren Cordain
J.D. Salinger - Since its publication, this title has been a favorite target of censors. In 1960, a teacher in Tulsa, OK was fired for assigning the book to an eleventh grade English class. The teacher appealed and was reinstated by the school board, but the book was removed from use in the school. In 1963, a delegation of parents of high school students in Columbus, OH, asked the school board to ban the novel for being "anti-white" and "obscene." The school board refused the request. Removed from the Selinsgrove, PA suggested reading list (1975). Based on parents' objections to the language and content of the book, the school board voted 5-4 to ban the book.
common sense
thomas paine
Expose of the university system, mid-20th century (1959).
An early treatment on the cultural heritage of the mid-19th century (1941).
Barzun's critical creed, with great variety.
William J. Bennett
by Michael Pollan gives a guided tour of 20th century food science, a history of “nutritionism” in America and a look at the marriage of government and the food industry. Then the book presents a commonsense shopping-and-eating guide, which like the paleo diet focuses on shopping the perimeter of the supermarket. [Kindle edition available.] He also now has a much shorter Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual.
righteous indignation
I thought Righteous Indignation was going to be a typical good summary of the evils of socialism in today's society and a call for us to do something about it. Boy was I wrong. It was all that but it wasn't typical and it wasn't good- it was excellent. Andrew Breitbart has created a unique political history of the modern information age in an entertaining and informative way. What "The Social Network" did for its niche, "Righteous Indignation" has done for political media. Breitbart seems like an average Joe, and by most accounts, he is. But one thing separates him from the crowd: a passion for media and a desire to tell the truth. This passion is what thrust him into the world of Hollywood (of which he would later attack in and got him connected t
Nassim Taleb
survivng the second great depression
a look at the history of recessions and how to take advantage of the current one
pretty good plot and message. kinda cheesy at times
how to take advantage...
ok, so this book won't make you a millionaire, but it will allow you to make the most of the financial transactions you already are making. i've already done two of the techniques that mores suggests in the book and i'm making money! among 49 other clever things, he tells you how to invest in low-risk money markets with debt from 0%-interest credit cards. i'm making $50 a month on that for free! people really need to try this! it's great. there is risk, but he's clear about it. i also found $141.98 in unclaimed money from here in texas through a link the writer talks about in the book (why didn't i know about this!?). so, the book has already paid for itself like 20 times over. the only reason this book isn't a 5 is because i was kinda misled- it claims "over $100,000 in savi
how can you beat the characters in that one?
leo, you're the man!
chaos and kingdom
JSB Morse - Imagine the charter city of Ur in which there are no taxes, no forced regulation, and no laws except one—harm no one. It would be a libertarian paradise—a productive, free-market utopia with no equal on Earth. But would it work? Would people behave or fall into a chaotic dog-eat-dog arena in which the strong would simply crush the weak? Jacob Tanner is about to find out. He will take his life-saving pharmaceutical company to Ur in order to escape an overbearing government bureaucracy. But just when Jacob’s drug company becomes profitable, he is confronted with financial dilemmas and a shocking truth about his industry and his business partners. He can prevent the deadly epidemic his drug treats, but in order to do so, he must overcome a corporate conspiracy that stands to prof
scarlet fever is only slightly less worse than bed bugs
velveteen rabbit
the luminaries
Elanor Catton. Catton has built a lively parody of a 19th-century novel, and in so doing created a novel for the 21st, something utterly new. The pages fly, the great weight of the book shifting quickly from right hand to left, a world opening and closing in front of us, the human soul revealed in all its conflicted desperation. I mean glory. And as for the length, surely a book this good could never be too long.
Melissa Joulwan
dating a flower is very one-sided
Le Petite Prince
now and at the hour of our death
JSB Morse. A novel novel that plunges into the facinating yet often taboo subjects of science and faith and makes a case for modern miracles.
by Christian B. Allan, Wolfgang Lutz. It is based on Dr. Lutz’s work with thousands of patients in Austria. It deals with the health issues connected to high carb consumption. It is basically an English version and update of Dr. Lutz’s 1967 book with the same title: Leben ohne Brot. He recommends eating only 72 grams of carbohydrates, and an unlimited amount of fat. And provides evidence as to why this is the healthiest diet. Read the review at Amazon by Todd Moody (it will be first!). See excerpts from his earlier edition: Dismantling a Myth: The Role of Fat and Carbohydrates in our Diet
John Chatham
how google works
The authors explain how the confluence of three seismic changes - the internet, mobile, and cloud computing - has shifted the balance of power from companies to consumers.
tim harford's entertaining book is another volume in a line of somewhat similar behavioral economist books that try to make sense of the whacky world we live in, most notable of those being "freakonomics" and the similarly-timed predictably irrational. the logic of life is more like freakonomics in that harford explains how there's a rational reason we do some pretty irrational-seeming things (like why we gamble, value things more when we own them, and why ceos get such a ridiculous amount of money); as he puts it, life isn't illogical--the reasons are just sometimes obscure.
freaky deaky
Gretchen Morgenson is a national treasure. Year after year, she has dragged Wall Street miscreants out of the shadows, exposing their dirty secrets to the public that they bamboozled with schemes and deceits. Now, working with Joshua Rosner, she has trained her expert eye on the mortgage mess that pushed the American economy to the brink. In stunning detail, Morgenson exposes the truth behind the worst financial calamity of modern times, weaving a tale that is as mesmerizing as it is horrifying. Reckless Endangerment names the names and reveals the secrets of the plutocrats and politicians whose greed and recklessness threatened the foundations of capitalism. It is essential reading for anyone struggling to understand how America entered the new era of financial chaos.
Good perspective about Wall Street, but fails to connect to government
millionaire next door
Jonah Lehrer
the devil all the time
Donald Ray Pollock - Take a man from Ohio who's worked blue collar, send him for an M.F.A., and set him loose. Pollock, whose debut collection, Knockemstiff, was a knockout, strikes again with a terrifying cast of rural characters: the haunted WWII veteran, the husband and wife serial killers who target young men along the Interstate, the predatory revival preacher and his wheelchair-bound guitar-playing cousin, all tied together with violence, sin, and gorgeous prose into a mesmerizing slice of Americana.
Troy Grice - This is by far the best independent fiction I have read. Not only was I interested enough from the sample to buy the book, I finished it within three days. "Indidvisible" is a fast-paced, entertaining, and at times, infuriating dystopian libertarian novel that I whole-heartedly recommend. There is a disclaimer, however. This book is in serious need of a thorough edit. It seems odd to have such a high-quality story out there with such poor editing, but that is the case. If you are one to let a few typos a chapter get in the way of your reading enjoyment, this is not the book for you. Also, though the book is written in third person narrative, it would be more fitting as a first person omniscient. However, I believe that the 1-star reviews for this book are disingenu
edited by Peter S. Ungar & Mark F. Teaford. This volume brings together experts in human and primate ecology, paleontology, and evolutionary medicine. Authors offer their unique perspectives on the evolution of the human diet and the implications of recent changes in diet for health and nutrition today. [Kindle edition available.]
A masterpiece that revived a master.
On the intricacies of teaching and learning (1991).
On writing (1975).
A brilliant portrait of artist and culture (1950, 1969).
How to do it right and the tools to do so (1945).
Ron Paul
Ron Paul is by far the foremost liberty-minded member of the US Congress. He is consistently on the side of individual freedom and the only consistent political philosophy: do anything you want as long as it doesn't infringe that same right of others. "Liberty Defined" is the best of Paul's works to date and it clearly outlines the libertarian stance on 50 issues in American politics today from Abortion to Zionism. In those essays and in the 48 in between, Paul shows how good-intentioned (or otherwise) people have used government to promote certain things, produced unintended consequences, and ultimately driven us from America's founding principles based on unalienable rights. Paul then goes on to show the alternative take from a libertarian viewpoint and what society would lo
Ann Patchett - The best two female adversaries in recent memory cut a swath through the Amazon rain forest in Patchett's exotic, intelligent, ambitious, and engaging novel. A straitlaced, sincere research scientist from Minnesota is sent to find and assess the progress of the unorthodox septuagenarian doctor who's gone native while on a fact-finding mission to extend female fertility.
Daniel Kahneman
Steven D. Levitt
piers paul read
reality diet
the major idea that schnur gets right is that carbs aren't necessarily bad for you and in fact, they're vital to one's health. nutritious carbs and non-nutritive fiber are a must when you want to keep your metabolism up and quite possibly lose weight. but why is the book so long??? i can tell you
one nation
Knowing that the future of my grandchildren is in jeopardy because of reckless spending, godless government, and mean-spirited attempts to silence critics left me no choice but to write this book. I have endeavored to propose a road out of our decline, appealing to every American’s decency and common sense.
how the light gets in
Louise Penny. Penny writes with grace and intelligence about complex people struggling with complex emotions. But her great gift is her uncanny ability to describe what might seem indescribable – the play of light, the sound of celestial music, a quiet sense of peace.
call your mom
The Giving Tree
diary of a mad black magic user
Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets
the ocean at the end of the lane
Niel Gaiman. i thought of turning around, then, as i drove down a wide street that had once been a flint lane beside a barley field, of turning back and leaving the past undisturbed, but i was curious." Neil Gaiman's first adult novel in nearly eight years leads us into a farm at the end of the lane, a trio of surreally strange female neighbors, and a mystery that we too cannot ignore. An evocative, lyrical fantasy by a master of the craft.
the sixth extinction
A major book about the future of the world, blending intellectual and natural history and field reporting into a powerful account of the mass extinction unfolding before our eyes
the best life diet
as a diet plan, "the best life" is good and sensible like some of the others out there ("you: on a diet" and my favorite "the evolution diet" come to mind), and the physiology he describes (gradual loss) makes a lot of sense and fits with everything i know. i haven't f
the hunger games
set in a future where the capitol selects a boy and girl from the twelve districts to fight to the death on live television, katniss everdeen volunteers to take her younger sister's place for the latest match.
inside the investor's brain
ever since they published their best-selling book freakonomics in 2005, journalist stephen dubner and economics professor steven levitt have been telling anyone who'll listen that much of daily life can be explained by economic theory. one massive economic downturn later, it's time to say: okay, we get it. the freakonomics blog, part of the new york times blog stable, has taken on added importance in an era when everyone's life is being buffeted by economic storms.
Maureen McHugh - Incisive, contemporary, and always surprising, McHugh's second collection confronts near-future life with an ironic and particular eye. Her characters live with zombies, struggle to make ends meet on the Arizona–Mexico border, and cope with China's descent into capitalism in stories that stretch the boundaries of imagination.
by Mark Q. Sutton, Kristin D. Sobolik, and Jill K. Gardner is the analysis of prehistoric human diets and the interpretation of dietary intake in relation to health and nutrition. This is a substantial text that combines background to paleonutrition, an extensive bibliography, a discussion on methods, and case studies. Published February 23, 2010.
Thomas Jefferson
131. ulysses buy from 6
in banned books
James Joyce - Burned in the U.S. (1918), Ireland (1922), Canada (1922), England (1923) and banned in England (1929).
Joseph Heller - Banned in Strongsville, OH (1972), but the school board's action was overturned in 1976 by a U.S. District Court in Minarcini v. Strongsville City School District. Challenged at the Dallas, TX Independent School District high school libraries (1974)- in Snoqualmie, WA (1979) because of its several references to women as "whores."
A sublime convergence.
A precursor to his magnum opus (1961).
George Orwell - A Wisconsin survey revealed in 1963 that the John Birch Society had challenged the novel's use- it objected to the words "masses will revolt." In 1968, the New York State English Council's Committee on Defense Against Censorship conducted a comparable study in New York State English classrooms. Its findings identified the novel on its list of "problem books"- the reason cited was that "Orwell was a communist." Suppressed from being displayed at the 1977 Moscow, Russia International Book Fair. A survey of censorship challenges in the schools, conducted in DeKalb County for the period of 1979 to 1982, revealed that the novel had been objected to for its political theories. Banned from Bay County's four middle schools and three high schools in
Youth and wisdom coincide.
Love letter to America (1954).
Tom Brokaw
by J. Alexander. A story of how the author journeyed from a chubby, unhappy, and unaccepted child to a lean, healthy man through conscious eating of good, natural, unadulterated food. He shares recipes, nutritional information, and information on what foods to avoid. It is unknown how authentic his diet recommendations are. Published November 25, 2009.
Andrew P. Napolitano- Bring this book into any public setting in which you're bound to talk to people and you will inevitably get into a regular firestorm of a conversation. That's because Napolitano represents a very controversial set of ideas that center around one: liberty is good. It's really a shame that these ideas are controversial but it's no wonder. The left see liberty as a threat to their ever-expansive debt-ridden nanny state, and the right see liberty as a threat to their ever-expansive debt-ridden military state. In other words, there are very few Americans remaining who can make up their own mind about the role of government because so many are dominated by the mainstream political spectrum.
Tina Fey - We know Fey's wit from her writing (and acting) in SNL, 30 Rock, and whatever movie she stars in, but she adds to her wit a disarmingly frank and uncensored account of her life, stitching together the serious and the comic.
we’re in the middle of an ongoing social and economic crisis according to robert d. manning, author of “credit card nation”. and with supporting evidence like his figures of every credit cardholder having 10 cards in their name and every family revolving over $4,000 in debt (the number now is over $7,000), it’s easy to see why he feels like it is a crisis. in this fascinating book, manning describes the situation thoroughly, shows who’s at fault, and what we should expect as a result of the situation.
we humans are knuckleheads. that’s what you will surmise from the countless entertaining studies and anecdotes that ariely describes in this fantastic book about behavioral economics. why else would we let something as seemingly irrelevant as a social security number determine how much we’d pay for a bottle of wine? why else would we easily steal a pen, but wouldn’t consider taking the cash equivalent of that pen? why else would we pick a beer that we don’t want just if it was the only one not ordered by our friends? these are the type of things that ariely seeks to uncover in “predictably irrational” and, which, coincidentally act as a fantastic support for the financial behaviors i describe in how to take advantage…. ironically, however, the fact that ariely is so successful at explainin
the innovators
The computer and the internet are among the most important innovations of our era, but few people know who created them. They were not conjured up in a garret or garage by solo inventors suitable to be singled out on magazine covers or put into a pantheon with Edison, Bell, and Morse. Instead, most of the innovations of the digital age were done collaboratively.
Max Barry. I don't know how you could craft a better weekend read than this novel of international intrigue and weaponized Chomskian linguistics. It's the perfect mix of philosophical play and shotgun-inflected chase scenes. Like someone let Grant Morrison loose on the Bourne identity franchise.—Austin Grossman, author of Soon I Will Be Invincible
acting sad will make your friends pay attention to you
A Charlie Brown Christmas
last minute graduation gift
Oh, The Places You'll Go
the storyteller
Jodi Picoult. Sage Singer befriends an old man who's particularly beloved in her community. Josef Weber is everyone's favorite retired teacher and Little League coach. They strike up a friendship at the bakery where Sage works. One day he asks Sage for a favor: to kill him. Shocked, Sage refuses…and then he confesses his darkest secret - he deserves to die, because he was a Nazi SS guard. Complicating the matter? Sage's grandmother is a Holocaust survivor.
The New York Times best-selling author of Physics of the Impossible, Physics of the Future and Hyperspace tackles the most fascinating and complex object in the known universe: the human brain.
macolm gladwell offers another expertly-written and thoughtfully-presented argument in ‘outliers’, which describes the life paths of many incredibly successful individuals but also makes the case for nurture over nature as a means to that success. in the concise book, gladwell presents in his tom wolfe-esque narrative journalistic style the stories of some of history’s greatest musicians (the beatles), computer whizzes (bill joy and bill gates), and lawyers (joe from). his point is that, yes, these greatest of greats had some innate talent to make it as far as they did, but they also had a great deal of luck. for instance, bill gates didn’t become the wealthiest man in the world by pure ambition and cunning; his wealth was the result of skill in computer programming that sprung from a seri
the south beach diet
i haven't lost any weight because i didn't really need to after e.d., but dr. agstston has a smart plan- get rid of the artificially extreme foods (i don't completely agree with getting rid of bread), and, after one month, start working in natural fruits and things you can't live without.
the fiber 35 diet
i've read a lot of diet books (i help people with acheiving healthier lifestyles) and this is by far one of the simplest- which is good. a lot of times, diets can get overcomplicated and burden the dieter with a lot of useless information.
Paul Hendrickson - There's never been a biography quite like this one. Hendrickson covers Papa's rise and fall by focusing on his most steadfast companion: his boat, Pilar. She was the stage on which Hemingway fished, brawled, wrote his novels, ranted about his poor reviews, raised his sons, and seduced other men's wives. The stories are rich with contradiction and humanity, and so raw and immediate you can smell the salt air.
eat fat, lose fat: the healthy alternative to trans fats
William J. Bennett
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Vladimir Nabokov - Banned as obscene in France (1956-1959), in England (1955-59), in Argentina (1959), and in New Zealand (1960). The South African Directorate of Publications announced on November 27, 1982, that Lolita has been taken off the banned list, eight years after a request for permission to market the novel in paperback had been refused. Challenged at the Marion-Levy Public Library System in Ocala, FL (2006). The Marion County commissioners voted to have the county attorney review the novel that addresses the themes of pedophilia and incest, to determine if it meets the state law’s definition of “unsuitable for minors.”
all this happened, more or less.
Binyavanga Wainaina - A Kenyan Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, this sublime word-drunk memoir from the Caine Prize–winning author describes a coming-of-age rent by political troubles and suffused by a love affair with language.
Chip Heath
the volumetrics eating plan
"consumer reports ranked this book #1" the back cover claims, and it's no wonder- this is a very easy-to-follow, simple concept and it works! dr. rolls hits on a well-established principle of eating things that make you feel fuller, while also costing less in the calorie department.
this interesting book elaborates on "the tipping point" by gladwell and uses a similar writing style to get across its reasons why some ideas stick and why others don't. it's a good read for those who are interested in the psychology of marketing and even the concept of communication in general, but actual marketers will find it difficult to get a lot of practical methods out of the book. the book starts off with those ubiquitous urban legends (i.e. the man who gets his kidney stolen from a stranger and ends up in a bath tub full of ice and a tube sticking out of his back), and explains why that idea sticks and why others don't. the heath brothers go on to describe why numerous ideas have stuck in the collective mind: "it's the economy stupid," "where's the b
the opposite of loneliness
An affecting and hope-filled posthumous collection of essays and stories from the talented young Yale graduate whose title essay captured the world's attention in 2012 and turned her into an icon for her generation.
me before you
Jojo Moyes. Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick. What Lou doesn't know is she's about to lose her job or that knowing what's coming is what keeps her sane.
spiders make great publicists
Charlotte's Web
Donna Tartt. A young boy in New York City, Theo Decker, miraculously survives an accident that takes the life of his mother. Alone and determined to avoid being taken in by the city as an orphan, Theo scrambles between nights in friends’ apartments and on the city streets. He becomes entranced by the one thing that reminds him of his mother, a small, mysteriously captivating painting that soon draws Theo into the art underworld.
what if?
Far more than a book for geeks, WHAT IF explains the laws of science in operation in a way that every intelligent reader will enjoy and feel the smarter for having read.
if waiters wait and bankers bank, why don't hammers ham? stephen pinker asks this question along with numerous other questions in his interesting and enlightening book "the stuff of thought", which focuses on the bizarre quirks of language and its interaction with human conception. he also wonders why we abbreviate things but end up making them longer (it's longer to say 'www' than 'world wide web'); why the f-bomb is considered obscene, but the word 'rape', with its vile definition, is not; and how the tautological phrase 'enough is enough' actually says anything worthwhile. the reader will be quite familiar with the bizarre quirks in the english language that pinker brings up and they will certainly come to the same conclusion that there may be rhyme, but no reason.
the abs diet for women
i too was a little thrown off when i saw a men's health guru writing a diet book (probably just to make it clear that the techniques in his first book-the abs diet were just as good for women as it is for men)
eat this not that
the possitives are the easy-to-follow magazine-style statistics and the intriguing numbers mr. z comes up with (you'd have to walk up the eiffle tower 2.5 times to burn off the calories in half of a bloomin onion!) . the negatives are that it seems there aren't any rules of thumb--each item is so
Jeffrey Kluger
Barry Glassner
Christopher Hitchens - As a political, cultural, and literary critic, Hitchens stands alone, as demonstrated by this major collection of mostly recent essays and reviews covering a range of topics, from America's founding fathers to the state of the English language. You don't always have to agree with this fearless polemicist to appreciate his erudite mind.
Upton Sinclair - Banned from public libraries in Yugoslavia (1929). Burned in the Nazi bonfires because of Sinclair's socialist views (1933). Banned in East Germany (1956) as inimical to communism. Banned in South Korea (1985).
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girls of kabul
An investigative journalist uncovers a hidden custom that will transform your understanding of what it means to grow up as a girl.
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the house girl
Tara Conklin. Virginia, 1852. Seventeen-year-old Josephine Bell decides to run from the failing tobacco farm where she is a slave and nurse to her ailing mistress, the aspiring artist Lu Anne Bell. New York City, 2004. Lina Sparrow, an ambitious first-year associate in an elite law firm, is given a difficult, highly sensitive assignment that could make her career: she must find the “perfect plaintiff” to lead a historic class-action lawsuit worth trillions of dollars in reparations for descendants of American slaves.
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Robert K. Massie - Pulitzer-winning biographer Massie—of Nicholas and Alexandra and of Peter the Great—now relates the life of a German princess, Sophia of Anhalt-Zerbst, who became Empress Catherine II of Russia. Once again Massie delivers, with this masterful, intimate, and tantalizing portrait of a majestic monarch.
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