John's Recommendations

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Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780061994937
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Published: Ecco Press - May 29th, 2012

An around the world tour of all of the tangible workings behind that seemingly intangible construct known as the internet. Lots of great information on where & how your news, emails and favorite adorable kitten videos are stored & transmitted to your computer monitor. Great for techies but also great for readers interested in history or just good non-fiction. No computer science degree required.

-John


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The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9780143037880
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Published: Penguin Books - October 2006

Probably the craziest / smartest book I've ever read! Find out how you could live to be a thousand and how we'll eventually organize every atom in the universe into a giant supercomputer!

-John 


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Burmese Days Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780156148504
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Published: Harvest Books - March 20th, 1974

Definitely my favorite work of fiction! Great historical context, wonderful writing and the best ending to any book ever!

-John 


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Brunelleschi's Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780142000151
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Published: Penguin Books - November 1st, 2001

Ross King does a fantastic job in all of his books capturing the feel of a specific place and time. This book highlights the construction of Florence's famed Duomo and puts into perspective the sheer ingenuity and genius that produced the Renaissance.

-John 


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On the Road Cover Image
By Jack Kerouac, Ann Charters (Introduction by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780142437254
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Published: Penguin Books - December 31st, 2002

Every teenager should read this book for its sense of adventure, fun & independence!

-John 


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Reluctant Capitalists: Bookselling and the Culture of Consumption Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780226525914
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Published: University of Chicago Press - June 2007

This book gives a great history of bookselling in the twentieth century and demonstrates how the profession of bookselling sits at a perfect crossroads between the curation of culture & commercialism. Also gives a fantastic look at consumer behavior at large and its political / sociological ramifications.

-John 


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The Stranger Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9780679720201
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Published: Vintage Books USA - March 13th, 1989

This is a book where you either get it .... or you don't. It's about man's submission to the absurd as told through a man condemned to die.

-John 


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Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781596914520
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - September 29th, 2009

You wouldn't think that the life of a famous mathematician / philosopher would translate into a very compelling graphic novel ..... but as it turns out, it totally does!

-John 


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Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143117636
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Published: Penguin Books - June 29th, 2010

A very accessible view of how low prices actually have a very high cost in terms of individual choice and economic sustainability.

-John 


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Inside the Carnival: Unmasking Louisiana Politics Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780807131985
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Published: Louisiana State University Press - September 2006

Great overview of why Louisiana politics is Louisiana politics.

-John