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The Innovators

Isaacson's incredible retrospective of the digital revolution over the last 200 years not only offers great insight into the minds of the inventors, but also focuses on the surprising amount of collaboration that allowed many of the ideas to succeed. Whether you’re a true technogeek or simply interested in human behavior and history, The Innovators will amaze you.

To Rise Again at a Decent Hour

Most of us worry about having our identity stolen and our online accounts commandeered, but what if the impersonator presents us in a better light? It's fascinating to read the story of Jack O'Rourke grappling with this very dilemma, if that's what you'd call it. Ferris fans will want to pick this one up!

Frog Music

Frog Music is a thrilling work of historical fiction by one of my favorite authors. Set in 1870s San Francisco, Donoghue's first mystery introduces Blanche and Jenny, two remarkable characters who keep us mesmerized as the story powerfully unfolds. If you're a fan of Room, you must read Frog Music.

The Unwinding

Packer's book offers a new perspective on the American economy from real people, some of whom have adapted to the new landscape and some of whom continue to struggle. Is the American Dream still attainable? Read The Unwinding for the real story.

Why Are You So Sad?

Raymond Champs is on a quest to gather data to support his theory that there is an epidemic of clinical depression. His survey tool, he thinks, will deliver the answer. Why Are You So Sad? is a dark, witty book that gives us an uncomfortable, yet hilarious, view of human behavior and the senselessness we encounter every day. When was the last time you felt happy? (survey question #4) When I was reading Jason Porter's debut novel.

My Beloved World

This book is on my Top 5 list for 2013. It's a beautifully written story and an inspiration to anyone who has big dreams that seem impossible. I have newfound respect for Justice Sotomayor and the challenges she's tackled to become one of the most important women in history.

The Power of Habit

Understanding how habits work can change your life, and Duhigg's book offers the framework for this understanding. If you want to save $5 a day on that latte or stick with your New Year's resolution to lose 10 pounds, you'll want to read this book.

The Most of Nora Ephron

Nora Ephron is beloved for her delightful, witty, honest writing. Her latest book, a celebration of her work and life, contains excerpts from novels, screenplays, journalism, and her thoughts about aging and dying. On Nora's What I Will Miss List: waffles, the concept of waffles. On my What I Will Miss List: Nora Ephron.

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena

Marra's debut novel is fantastic. His beautifully written story so eloquently expresses the intricacies of human behavior involving love and sacrifice during a brutal war. It's hands down my favorite book of the year and one you must read!


Alexis M. Smith's novella, Glaciers, is a magical book with great depth and feeling despite its simple, spare sentences. Over the course of one day, Isabel, the protagonist, weaves a story filled with childhood memories and details about her life in Portland, including her crush on coworker Spoke. Although Glaciers can easily be read in one sitting, the experience is as satisfying as reading a full-length novel.

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