Books Read in June 2012

Galileo's Daughter by Dava Sobel

This was such an amazing window onto another time and place. It tied together big philosophical, scientific issues and personal minutiae. She wove it all together in am amazing way, although it was a slower read than I'd expected.

On Unfaithful Wings by Bruce Blake

Very, very odd urban fantasy about this messed up guy who became a soul harvester and had to make some uncomfortable choices. A little disturbing, but compelling.

Turning Numbers Into Knowledge by Jonathan Koomey and John Holdren

Now this is part of what I had been hoping for from Drinking from the Firehose. Most of it was about numbers, yes, but many of the problem solving and framing techniques apply beyond that. This is a definite keeper, approachable, and worth rereading.

Telling the Story by Peter Rubie

A thorough treatment on, as the subtitle says, how to write and sell narrative nonfiction. It's not something I intend to do any time soon, but the commentaries on research and where fact overlaps with fiction can certainly be applied elsewhere, among other pieces of information.

The Speaker Anthology Volume 1

Includes some interesting tidbits and personal stories. Worth a free download.

The Princess of Dhagabad by Anna Kashina

So what if the genie was the prince in the story of Aladdin and was the protector of the princess as she grew up? Lightly amusing and lightly romantic but with more description than plot.

Living Low Carb by Jonny Bowden

A low carb diet did wonders for my mother so I decided to do some research. I loved Bowden's approach of discussing the science and myths and rating all the specific diet books out there. It got tedious in the middle of the reviews, but it wasn't supposed to be read straight through as I was doing.

The Art of the Start by Guy Kawasaki

I knew this was primarily about start-up businesses but since the sub-title includes the words "for anyone starting anything" I thought it could be useful for other purposes. Not really. Although it was the casual, conversation, but still info-packed read I expect from Guy so I read the whole book.

The Brand You 50 by Tom Peters

In everything of his, including this book, I've read he always pushes to theories of professional self-development to the extreme. And I've always gotten some good ideas, even if I won't take it that far, and find reading them, with his voice practically shouting through the pages, rather more like being at a keynote speech than reading a book.

Napoleon's Buttons by Penny Le Couteur and Jay Burreson

Great popular science book tying various key molecules to the impact they have had on history. I'll definitely be doing a detailed book review over at Molecules to Manufacturing