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When she's not providing us with staff picks, Carole is the editor of Technica, the newsletter of Powell's Technical Bookstore. Technica is filled with book reviews, essays and the occasional celebrity interview. Past issues featured Edward Yourdon (author of Time Bomb 2000), radio personality David Lawrence, and Macintosh pioneer Brian Thomas (creator of the acclaimed "If Monks Had Macs" CD-ROM). Download Technica now!
 
Techie Picks

The Little Imac Book by Robin Williams
This book should be tucked inside the Imac's user's manual.

Six Easy Pieces Six Easy Pieces by Richard Feynman
This is an introduction to physics for the non-physicist. This book is a compilation of Feynman's lectures at the California Institute of Technology. Feynman's charisma translates well into print.

Visual Explanations by Edward Tufte
This beautiful book is chock-full of examples on how to visually present information. Paintings, bookplates, maps, engravings, photographs...if you can think of it, it's in here. Very scholarly, very good!

Apple: The Inside story of Intrigue, Egomania and Business Blunders by Jim Carlton
All the dirt you wanted to know about the Cult of Macintosh. Newly expanded and revised for the paperback edition

To Engineer is Human by Henry Petroski
An almost philosophical book about why some buildings fall down, and others stay up.

 

Memoirs and Diaries (both actual & imaginary)

The Rachel Papers The Rachel Papers by Martin Amis
A wickedly funny read. Get inside the mind of a horny, keenly intelligent and often miserable 19 year-old lad.

A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
Memories of 1920's Paris. Favorite quote: "The beer was very cold and wonderful to drink."

Ham on RyeHam on Rye by Charles Bukowski
Easily the most horrific book I've ever read. A slightly fictionalized account of Bukowski's early memoirs.

Basketball Diaries by Jim Carroll
I cringed when the new edition came out with Leo DiCaprio's mug on the cover. Oh well. This is a brilliant book anyway, based on Jim Carroll's teenage years in 1960's New York City.

Forced Entries by Jim Carroll
Sequel to the Basketball Diaries, Jim Carroll recounts his hipster exploits and misadventures in the early 1970's.

 

Comix, Graphic Novels and Ephemera

Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer by Ben Katchor
Great collection of poignant cartoon vignettes of another time.

Robert Crumb Coffee Table Art Book by Robert Crumb
THE definitive book on Crumb's life's work. Not for those easily offended.

Love is Hell by Matt Groening
A classic collection of Matt Groening's unlucky-in-love cartoons.

The Gashlycrumb Tinies Gashlycrumb Tinies by Edward Gorey
A ghastly alphabet. You shouldn't read this to your kids, or you'll give them nightmares for years. Malevolently charming.

Maus: A Survivor's Tale by Art Spiegelman
A harrowing masterpiece, based on conversations and taped interviews with Spiegelman's father, an Auschwitz survivor.

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