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Visual Explanations by Edward R Tufte
Visual Explanations

szymanskiea, October 26, 2014

This book may look academic -- and it is, a bit -- but it's far more than that and worthy of pleasure-reading time from anyone at all interested in visual information design, or who wants to make better presentations, or be more conscious about reading the news. Tufte's writing is lucid and forceful. He'll make you look at everyday information in ways you never saw before. And the book itself is just a delight, with beautiful layout and illustrations.
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Hope for Animals and Their World by Jane Goodall
Hope for Animals and Their World

szymanskiea, October 23, 2014

This book isn't dense, it isn't full of "science," and it isn't discouraging (and it even avoids being preachy most of the time, too). It's a simple book of lovely, colorful, caring stories about animals who haven't gotten enough love in the past and the people who are loving them in spades now. With relatively short, relatively independent chapters, this makes a fantastic bedtime reading book for an ecology-minded child, or an adult who likes bedtime stories!
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The Art of Fermentation: An In-Depth Exploration of Essential Concepts and Processes from Around the World by Sandor Ellix Katz
The Art of Fermentation: An In-Depth Exploration of Essential Concepts and Processes from Around the World

szymanskiea, January 2, 2013

Absolutely essential for anyone interested in fermented foods -- a more complete and easy to read compendium than you'll find anywhere else -- but also a fantastically enjoyable story about the cultural roles of fermented foods. One of those rare cookbooks that is both eminently readable and eminently useful.
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Baudolino by Umberto Eco
Baudolino

szymanskiea, January 9, 2012

Umberto Eco at it again, for those who already love him. For those who don't, this is a relatively fast way to meet the author for the first time and enjoy all of the wonderful things about his writing: historical periodicity, fantastical twists, super-engaging story lines, mysterious surprises, and linguistic fun and games. If you have any interest in the early middle ages in particular, you need to read this book.
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The Widow Clicquot: The Story of a Champagne Empire and the Woman Who Ruled It (P.S.) by Tilar J. Mazzeo
The Widow Clicquot: The Story of a Champagne Empire and the Woman Who Ruled It (P.S.)

szymanskiea, February 25, 2010

Imagine reading a biography of a 19th century European queen, add wine, maybe a splash of Julia Child but wearing much higher heels and very expensive jewelry, and you have something approximating this book. Ergo, be you a lover of biographies, a lover of wine, and/or a lover of highly-impressive and pioneering and slightly crazy women, you will probably enjoy this book.
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