I cannot say enough good about Columbine by Dave Cullen. Simply an outstanding book and an engrossing read. Highly recommended!
Alex & Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Uncovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence–and Formed a Deep Bond in the Process is a heartwarming and ultimately sad story of the famous African Grey parrot Alex. I wanted to cry after reading the book. Be sure to select the bargain hardcover.
Different: Escaping the Competitive Herd This was a great read. The author Youngme Moon is a professor at Harvard Business School. It’s a business book and the title says it all. Read the Amazon reviews.
The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town is popular fiction writer John Grisham’s only non-fiction book. It is a terrifying story of how justice can go wrong; how incompetent or downright criminal are some in our criminal justice system.
59 Seconds: Think a Little, Change a Lot (Borzoi Books) is a excellent little book showing quick ways to use the results scientific studies to improve yourself. A lot of good tips in this book. Check out the Amazon video.
Hellhound on His Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the International Hunt for His Assassin was a thoroughly enjoyable account of this American tragedy. The story is told in an unusual way and I learned things about both men that I hadn’t known before.
Kevin Roose was a student at ultra-liberal Brown University. He decides to enroll in Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University and write a book about his experience. Maybe people aren’t so different after all. The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner’s Semester at America’s Holiest University
Reading in the Brain: The Science and Evolution of a Human Invention is a fascinating book. It goes into wonderful detail about how humans are able to read and while I found that incredibly interesting, it’s not the big idea of the book. The big idea is all about how structures that evolved in our brains for one purpose can be co-opted for for human cultural inventions. Our culture is thus circumscribed by our brain structures. Not for everyone, but I liked it.
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