If you’re looking for something good to read during the holidays, you might want to check out one of Bill Gates’ top five “amazing books” that he recommends for your winter 2017 reading list. “You can’t go wrong with one of these,” he promises on his blog, Gatesnotes. Here’s the list:
The Best We Could Do, by Thi Bui – “This gorgeous graphic novel is a deeply personal memoir that explores what it means to be a parent and a refugee.” Read Gates’ review here.
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond – “Desmond has written a brilliant portrait of Americans living in poverty. He gave me a better sense of what it is like to be poor in this country than anything else I have read.” Read Gates’ review here.
Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death, and Jazz Chickens, by Eddie Izzard – “Izzard’s personal story is fascinating: he survived a difficult childhood and worked relentlessly to overcome his lack of natural talent and become an international star.” Read Gates’ review here.
The Sympathizer, by Viet Thanh Nguyen – “Despite how dark it is, The Sympathizer is a gripping story about a double agent and the trouble he gets himself into.” Read Gates’ review here.
Energy and Civilization: A History, by Vaclav Smil – “Smil is one of my favorite authors, and this is his masterpiece. He lays out how our need for energy has shaped human history—from the era of donkey-powered mills to today’s quest for renewable energy.” Read Gates’ review here.
Tim O’Reilly has his finger on the pulse of technology and the people who make it in a way that is unmatched by anyone in the world; the publisher of the world’s best-loved computer books, the host of technology’s best-loved conferences, the convenor of the most important conversations about tech and its people, O’Reilly is literally uniquely situated to understand the arc, trajectory, and possible destinations of technology and its impact on real people, which is what separates his breakout business book, WTF?: What’s the Future and Why It’s Up to Us, from rest of the field.
Goldstone Books, an online used-book seller in Wales, spruced up their offices with this gorgeous reception desk skinned with books. (via Blog on the Bookshelf)
My first book, Souls, Light, and Wings has just released and I’d like to share an excerpt from its first chapter. The book is a bit hard to describe along clear genre lines, but if you pulled my arm or asked me nicely, I’d call it a post-apocalyptic fantasy crime thriller. Kind of a mouthful, right? I originally just wanted to write a more traditional urban fantasy story, but one chapter in and I found myself so bored with the world I’d built that I wanted to destroy it. So I did. The story follows a pair of police officers on a journey across an icy wasteland in search of a way to return a strange magical creature to his own world, while being pursued by a vicious criminal. Featured in this story are shapeshifters, train cults, an oblivious demon, kaiju, and plenty of other oddities. Please enjoy:
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As this tumultuous year draws to a close, you’ll probably want to use the holidays as an excuse for gluttonous hedonism. But instead of totally losing yourself to various seasonal greetings, you could get a head start on some professional development for 2018. Here’s 5 skills that will definitely boost your career in the next […]