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Ten Books You Should Read:
The Brain That Changes Itself by Dr. Norman Doidge. I'm sure you're all thinking, "Blah blah blah, of course the neuroscientist recommends a brain book," but I'm telling you, this book rocks for scientists and nonscientists alike. Dr. Doidge does a fantastic job bordering the line of empirical research and pop literature. Plus, neuroplasticity is cool. (I'll point out that our brains aren't nearly as infinitely plastic as implied by the book, but it's still an amazing read.)
The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks. If you haven't heard of Oliver Sacks, you are either haven't taken an intro psychology course or don't care about neurological disorders. Although this isn't Dr. Sacks' first book, it's his best. He writes case studies of neurological disorders, one being the man who could not correctly identify his wife. It's fascinating.
Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marissa Pessl. I was originally referred to this book by my Aunt Heide (personal communication, "You'll love this," 2007) and have loved it ever since. When she told me the book was cited throughout, it was confusing as to why that would be interesting (see Merriam-Webster Dictionary, pg. 373). It takes a while to get used to it, but it's worth the wait. I'm usually not a fan of fiction, but this is a must-read.
Where is God When it Hurts by Philip Yancey. I bought this book after Christopher died, and although my spiritual beliefs are different than Yancey's, it was enormously helpful in my faith journey. I had a tough time believing in a higher power after somebody so wonderful was taken away, but I was able to cope with both my heart and my faith through this book.
The Modern Girl's Guide to Life by Jane Buckingham. It seems so simple, but there are some amazing times regarding fabulous entertaining, modern day etiquette, chic but cheap decorating, resume building, and money managing. A lot of it is basic information, but to things that I never would have thought I needed to know about (there's a difference between pan-broiling and broiling?!). It was a must when I moved out of my house.
A Primate's Memoir by Robert M. Sapolsky. Dr. Sapolsky is a Stanford professor who works with baboons, and although it gets too technical at one point, skipping over the scientific sections still does not hinder the message of his book. Out of all his books, this is his most personable, from his experience with the baboons to conversations with the native peoples.
Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low-Culture Manifesto by Chuck Klosterman. Klosterman is one of my favorite writers, mostly because he tells it like it is. This particular book illustrates his thoughts on topics like interviewing Britney Spears, the inherent falseness of MTV's The Real World, Billy Joel's songs, and hatred for John Cusack ["But whenever I meet dynamic Americans, I notice that they all seem to share a single unifying characteristic: the inability to experience the kind of mind-blowing, transcendent romantic relationship they perceive to be a normal part of living. And someone needs to take the fall for this. So instead of blaming no one for this (which is kind of cowardly) or blaming everyone (which is kind of meaningless), I'm going to blame John Cusack."]
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach. A fantastically written account of what happens once people become simply bodies. She's humorous but not disrespectful, and has some of the best footnotes I've ever read.
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Levitt and Dubner. I'm not an economist, nor have I ever read anything about macroeconomics before this book. The book covers topics from why drug dealers live with their mothers, lowered crime rates being related to Roe vs. Wade, all the way to Chicago teachers changing students' exam answers. It's a fascinating read, and continues with their second book, Superfreakonomics.
The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch. I only hope to become so content with life as Dr. Pausch was. The book is a continuation of Dr. Pausch's Last Lecture at Carnegie Mellon, which has been widely viewed and critically acclaimed. In the book, he is able to go more in-depth with personal examples, triumphing over odds and pursuing your dreams. It's inspiring and full of love.
What are some of your favorite, must-read books?