Saturday, September 24, 2016

Mihaly Csiksgentmihalyi: Flow: Living at the Peak of Your Abilities


Date: 02-22-16

Title: Flow: Living at the Peak of Your Abilities

Author: Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Duration: 5.5 hrs

Review: What makes us happy?  How do we get into the zone at work?  A high quality experience at work is created by being challenged, and meeting the challenge.  Get into it!

Eliyahu M. Goldratt: Critical Chain: Project Management and the Theory of Constraints


Date: 01-21-16

Title: Critical Chain: Project Management and the Theory of Constraints

Author: Eliyahu M. Goldratt

Duration: 7.5 hrs

Review: Like the goal, but for projects.  Also awesome, but not as much because this is still essentially another flavor of The Goal.

Eliyahu M. Goldratt, Jeff Cox: The Goal- 30th Anniversary Edition


Date: 01-12-16

Title: The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement - 30th Anniversary Edition

Author: Eliyahu M. Goldratt, Jeff Cox

Duration: 12 hrs

Review: The only thing that matters is the constraint.  Defend the constraint This book right here, this book is THE WAY...this is the first methodology that can be described as a true ancestor of Lean Development...for anyone who is trying to help a team build complex stuff.  Especially stuff that requires a complex production line. Hint: software  systems pretty much fit the definition of stuff, the building of which, requires a complex production line. If you don't believe me just check out your Jira workflow diagrams for stories, tasks, bugs etc.  Anyway, I loved this book.  

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Gene Kim, Kevin Behr, George Stafford: The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win


Date: 01-04-16

Title: The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win

Author: Gene Kim, Kevin Behr, George Spafford

Duration: 12 hrs

Review: This book is SO great.  Made a huge impression, and lead me to Eli Goldrat who explained it all.  A must MUST MUST read.  I loved this book.

Nir Eyal: Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products


Date: 11-18-15

Title: Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products

Author: Nir Eyal

Duration: 5 hrs

Review: 

Jonathan Safran Foer: Eating Animals


Date: 11-18-15

Title: Eating Animals

Author: Jonathan Safran Foer

Duration: 5 hrs

Review: A pretty amazing little book about what eating animals does to animals, to us, to the planet.  

Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson: Venture Deals


Date: 10-31-15

Title: Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist

Author: Brad Feld, Jason Mendelson

Duration: 7.5 hrs

Review: This is an education folks.  One of the best books I've read this year.  This book explains everyones motivation in a VC deal. If you think you'll need to deal with a VC, read this book.  

Nassim Nicholas Taleb: Fooled by Randomness


Date: 10-27-15

Title: Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets

Author: Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Duration: 10 hrs

Review: I love this stuff. Contrarian, super smart...may or may not be correct. 

The Great Courses: Critical Business Skills for Success


Date: 10-16-15

Title: Critical Business Skills for Success

Author: The Great Courses

Duration: 31.5 hrs

Review: Good

HBR: HBR's 10 Must Reads on Managing Yourself


Date: 9-03-15

Title: HBR's 10 Must Reads on Managing Yourself

Author: Harvard Business Review, Peter Ferdinand Drucker, Clayton M. Christensen, Daniel Goleman

Duration: 7.5 hrs

Review: Good

Eric Ries: The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses

Date: 8-06-15

Title: The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses

Author: Jim Collins

Duration: 9 hrs

Review: Problem is, selection bias.



Jim Colins: Good to Great

Date: 7-25-15


Title: Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don't

Author: Jim Collins

Duration: 10 hrs

Review: Problem is, selection bias.


Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Noam Wasserman: The Founder's Dilemmas

Date: 7/2015

Title: The Founder's Dilemmas

Author: Noam Wasserman

Duration: 13.5 hrs

Review: Great research on all the different ways that equity and control splits go right, and go wrong. The take away: you should assume, assume  that everything will change, talk through as many eventualities as you can imagine with your co-founders.  Inspiring quantity and quality of research.
I really enjoyed reading it.

Marty Neumeier: ZAG: The Number-One Strategy of High Performance Brands

Date: 7/2015

Title: ZAG: The Number-One Strategy of High Performance BrandsStrategic Thinking Skills

Author: Marty Neumeier

Duration: 2 hrs

Review: I really liked this short little gem of a branding book.  Your brand is your relationship to your customer, nothing less. Its what you mean to your customer.  Neumeier artfully and powerfully argues for what he calls "radical differentiation"   I'm sure i'll come to this book again, it was just too fun and went by too fast. I recommend it to anyone thinking about their branding strategy.


Peter Thiel and Blake Masters: Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future

Date: 5/2015

Title: Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future

Author: Peter Thiel and Blake Masters

Duration: 5 hrs

Review: I really like this book.  Peter Thiel's contrarian style, along with his successful-mans swagger make this a ver fun read.  What does the Don of the PayPal Mafia have to say?  This book is what.

Neal Stephenson: SeveNeves a Novel

Date: 5/2015

Title: SeveNeves A novel

Author: Neal Stephenson

Duration: 32 hrs

Review: I loved this book.  Especially the fist half. Stephenson, as usual, brings in all the minute technical detail, this time the domain is near-earth space survival (i loved LOVED this part). I so the encyclopedic nature of this author: science, philosophy, technology, psychology, all in stories that span millennia. So cool.

David Allen: Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

Date: 5/2015

Title: Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

Author: David Allen

Duration: 7 hrs

Review: I only listened to the 1.5 hours or so. This seemed like it might be good but I couldn't get into it enough to finish it.  I guess ill keep being stressed out while productive.

Robert Greene: The 48 Laws of Power

Date: 5/2015

Title: The 48 Laws of Power

Author: Robert Greene

Duration: 10 hrs

Review: I only listened to the 1.5 hours or so. Laughably terrible, and the vilanous voice in which it is read makes it more so

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Jeff Sutherland: Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time

Date: 4/2015

Title: Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time

Author: Jeff Sutherland

Duration: 6.5 hrs

Review: I don't recommend this book to anyone who has been doing agile scrum for a while.  It's a cheerleading collection of examples of uses where scrum saved the day, but it doesn't have any advice for the many day to day difficulties of implementing scrum: stories routinely get carried over into future sprints, pressures to change scope mid-sprint, the tendency for testing to be back loaded into the sprint (all stories coming to a ready-for-testing-state at once, near the end of the sprint), the level of effort for developers to support their stories through testing is difficult to estimate in points, maintenance work is continuous, as opposed to periodic, and doesn't lend its self well to time windows like sprints, product teams often need to be larger than a half dozen and many other real problems inherent in the scrum methodology.  Don't get me wrong, I haven't yet found a better way; as far as I'm concerned the agile scrum methodology is the best process framework for software development. But, it's still very hard to develop high quality software in an efficient and predictable way, and this book didn't offer me anything to help with the hard parts of agile scrum software development.

Jennifer Foehner Wells: Fluency

Date: 4/2015

Title: Fluency

Author: Jennifer Foehner Wells

Duration: 10.5 hrs

Review: I really enjoyed this page turner of a yarn. Some interesting ideas, but mostly, for me, just a good ol' space adventure with lots of action. This story has some emotional  and inter-relational human complexities and nuances that don't usually make it into military space expedition stories. I liked it and would recommend it to anyone.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Viktor Frankl: Man's Search for Meaning

Date: 3/2015

Title: Man's Search for Meaning

Author: Victor Frankl

Duration: 5 hrs

Review: "Between stimulus and response, there is a space...".  The incredible memoir of Victor Frankl, concentration camp survivor and founder of Logotherapy. Frankl successfully explains where resilience comes from

What a hero...truly inspirational.  I loved it!

Daniel H. Pink: Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

Date: 3/2015

Title: Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

Author: Daniel H. Pink

Duration: 6 hrs

Review: Autonomy, Mastery, Purpose...right, got it. Interesting and useful if somewhat overstated. Also, very interesting ideas regarding the motivational effectiveness of carrots; It's not in the carrots themselves but in the way that they are offered. 

Dave Sedaris: Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls

Date: 3/2015

Title: Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls

Author: Dave Sedaris

Duration: 6.5 hrs

Review: I love Dave Sedaris:  Hilarious, sarcastic but not distant, personal, human.

Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner: Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

Date: 2/2015

Title: "Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything"

Author: Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner

Duration: 6.5 hrs

Review: More Super fun explorations and explanations of apparent paradoxes, that, once explained are revealed to be shaped by the same forces as other, less controversial reasoning for observations. Why do very successful drug dealers still live with their parents?  What kind of impact did Roe v. Wade have on violent crime. What makes this book, indeed, this genre so fun is that the authors,  in this case Levitt and Dubner,  manage to find the quantifiable, which is the trustworthy explanation, for phenomena that are not readily quantified. Super fun read... I recommend it to anyone. 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Dan Ariely: Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions

Date: 2/2015

Title: "Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions"

Author: Dan Ariely

Duration: 7 hrs

Review: I love this "new economics" genre. Call it what you will: behavioral economics, social psycology, freakanomics, its all great.  What I especially appreciate about Dan Ariely's work though, is that he is such a prolific  and inventive experimenter.  The emphasis on the tools of psychology and the resulting ability to create resourceful and elegant experiments to test hypotheses, and to illustrate generalizable truths is what distinguishes Ariely and makes me love him.

I really liked this book and would recommend it to anyone.

Andy Weir: The Martian

Date: 2/2015

Title: "The Martian"

Author: Andy Weir

Duration: 11 hrs

Review: This is SUCH a great read.  I loved it.  An perfect example of "Realistic SciFi".  The main character is a really smart and resourceful (huge understatement) engineer who is also full of pop-culture witticisms and jokes. What else could you possibly want?

I recommend this book to anyone who loves science, space, a thrilling story of survival, man against nature (martian nature).

Awesome!

Tony Robbins: MONEY Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom

Date: 1/2015

Title: "MONEY Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom"

Author: Tony Robbins

Duration: 21 hrs

Review: If you can stomach the salesy style; Robins actuall says "secrets of the ultra wealthy" in the book, this book delivers A LOT of very valuable information and essential practices for getting your financial house in order.  I found it very useful and Also, the hyper-optimistic "coach" style and accompanying "I can do it" emotional high is a plus for us sentimental types.

I recommend it to those with a high threshold for salesmanship.


Joe Navarro and Marvin Karlins: What Every BODY Is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Speed-Reading People

Date: 1/2015

Title: "What Every BODY Is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Speed-Reading People"

Author: Joe Navarro, Marvin Karlins

Duration: 7 hrs

Review: Meh! I thought this would be more interesting than it turned out to be.


William Gibson: The Peripheral

Date: 12/2014

Title: "The Peripheral"

Author: William Gibson

Duration: 14 hrs

Review: A master doing what he does best.  Great plot, filled with interesting elements: class conflict, historical and cultural commentary, powerful technologies that are so new that the societal changes they portend are just barely beginning to be understood, amazing nuanced invention of a near and medium term future.  Gibson is so good at this: simple moral situation, nuanced everything else, and truly gifted ability for extension of technological change within cultural and social constants.

I really liked it!



Stephen R. Covey: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

Date: 12/2014

Title: "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change"

Author: Stephen R. Covey

Duration: 13 hrs

Review: Fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity. Got it! Thanks.

No really, it turns out that good character really is the key to  solving most of the personal and professional problems we'll ever face.  This self help classic is all about describing what good character is made of and how we might come to develop it by habit of thought.  I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to any anyone.  I should read this book once a year.


Friedrich Nietzsche: Thus Spoke Zarathustra: A Book for All and None

Date: 12/2014

Title: "Thus Spoke Zarathustra: A Book for All and None"

Author: Friedrich Nietzsche

Duration: 12 hrs

Review: I love reading Nietzsche for the quality and purity of the sheer rebellion. Nietzsche reminds us that nothing, NOTHING is a given, that every single assumption, from the smallest to the deepest, from the moral to the empirical, is up for grabs. Listening to the thoughts and words of the Superman Zarathustra is nothing but pleasure. A master of moral philosophy and a wonderful writer, reading Nietzsche reminds me of reading William Blake, but simpler, sharper and more accessible. Reading Nietzsche is fun and challenging for me in a way that I haven't been been challenged for quite some time: Literary Greatness challenging. Thanks Liberal Humanities Education, you continue to have been worth it despite what everyone says.






Monday, January 19, 2015

Ayn Rand:Atlas Shrugged

Date: 10/2014

Title: "Atlas Shrugged"

Author: Ayn Rand

Duration: 63 hrs

Review: What can I say about Atlas Shrugged?  I loved it.  As literature, Atlas Shrugged is pretty weak. The characters are wooden, the dialogue is cheesy and sentimental, and the plot is conventional, but, the heros of this political distopia novel are so convinced of their rightiousness, and I am also so convinced of it, that I cant help but root for them. I love the speechifying, the grandstanding, and the moralizing. Rand would make a great political speech writer, in fact, the whole novel is a political speech, and the characters, mere mouth pieces for Rand's moral and political views.   Of course she sets up a situation in which the decisions are easy to make as the hero capitalists are honorable, humain and true to their convictions while the socialists are corrupt, nihilistic and cowardly.  In this set up, its easy to root for the capitalists.

One thing to keep in mind is that the viewes aren't so much pro-capitalist, though they plainly are that, as much as a reaction against totalitarian collectivesim. The novel can easily be interpreted as a reaction against the revolutioanry movement that confiscated her family's small business and displaced them from their home. Rand immigrated/escaped from Russia in 1926.  Although Atlas Shrugged was published in 1957, Rand started to work on the novel in 1943.

I've been meaning to read this book since I learned of it in my early twenties and it didnt dissapoint. It's a wonderful self-help book filled with strong, iconic go-getters who bend the world to their noble vision.  I'd reccomend it to anyone.







Saturday, November 29, 2014

Daniel Suarez: Influx

Date: 10/2014

Title: "Influx"

Author: Daniel Suarez

Duration: 13 hrs and 45 mins

Review: Fun techno-thriller, present day science fiction, about the struggle between a physicist inventor and a shadowy quasi-governmental organization that is charged with controlling the rate of technological change.  When the Bureau of Technology Control goes rogue, using its huge technological lead to suppress emerging technologies, it's up to our hero inventor and his friends to save the world.




Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Daniel Suarez: Kill Decision

Date: 09/2014

Title: "Kill decision"

Author: Daniel Suarez

Duration: 13 hrs and 6 mins

Review: What happens if you infuse a multitude of cheap, disposal, weaponized autonomous drones with the behavioral model a weaver ant colony? One hell of a page turnin' yarn.. great tech-thriller.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Charles Duhigg:The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

Date: 09/2014

Title: "The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business"

Author: Charles Duhigg

Duration: 10 hrs and 57 mins

Review: Cue, routine, reward.  This is the basic formula for so much of what fills our days.  In this book, the author shows us this structure in a surprisingly large swath of life, both personal life, and group and collective life including family and business activities.  I liked this book.  It gave me some insights into building, or at least thinking about products that emphasize this structure, cue routine, reward, and how they would be, as a result of this emphasis, more likely to take off and become consolidated in user's lives. Also, it reinforced my belief in the very strong effect that this structure has on human beings and activities.  We rely on the habit structure as a mental shortcut that allows us to not re-think the many thousands of actions, and even thoughts, that we need everyday.  Many of our most basic needs, are provided for by utilizing a habit structure.
The Febreze case that Duhigg relates is really interesting and illustrative of the fact that you need the entire structure, all three elements in the right order to create a product that fully takes advantage of the habit loop.
This book inspired me to think about products from this perspective. The habit structure is neither good nor bad, and this vital mental structure can be used to sell fast food just as well as it can be used to get people to brush their teeth, or even spend more time with, or stop yelling at their kids.  Those of us that think about product design, and especially those of us that try to make pro-social, "good" products should really consider this more and try to design to it.  I liked this book and recommend it for anyone who wants to better understand people, especially, themselves.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Daniel Quinn: Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit

Date: 08/2014

Title: "Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit"

Author: Daniel Quinn

Duration: 2 hrs and 56 mins Abridged

Review: This book uses a Socratic dialogue between a hyper-educated gorilla and his observant and nimble  human pupil to expose some very interesting ideas.  What is the mythological basis underpinning modern culture? Civilized people are enacting a story in which we need to destroy the earth.  This story is collectively called Mother Culture in this book, and the tales that Mother Culture tells are instantly recognizable to us moderns: that humans are the pinnacle of evolution and that we were "created" to dominate the earth and other animals, that we'll keep inventing our way to ever more resources through exercising our god-given cleverness, AKA being productive.  That this productivity is moral and good, and that the opposite of this is bestial and lazy. The effects or consequences of this world view on ethics, especially in regards to ecology, sustainability, our future, and on basic justice have been building for some time and are now accelerating and quickly coming to a head.  I recommend this book to anyone willing to look deeply at what s/he believes makes us human.  This book is very short and dense, yet totally accessible. I liked this book a lot.

Dave Eggers: A Hologram for the King

Date: 08/2014

Title: "A Hologram for the King"

Author: Dave Eggers

Duration: 7 hrs and 52 mins

Review: Dave Eggers is one of my favorite living writers.  This book is ambitious in its scope and very deliberately and expertly crafted in its language.  What does it mean to be an American in a globalized world? What does it mean to be past your prime as a salesperson, as a man? What does it mean to be a father, unable to make good on promises and expectations? What does it mean to be human being among strangers? This sad, very well-written, slow little novel probably won't win any awards, but I liked it a lot by the end.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Daniel Suarez: "Daemon" and "Freedom"




Title: "Daemon" and "Freedom"

Date: 08/2014

Author: Daniel Suarez

Duration: 27 hrs and 44 mins

Review: Superfun, near future, techno-dystopia. I really enjoyed the ideas in these books.  The dialogue is wooden, and the characters are cardboard cutouts; the writing, in general, is pretty weak. But, the ideas are amazing. The gist: a genius programmer/game designer with the engineering capability of 10,000 Googles creates a distributed program to replace a government that's been taken over by corporate interests.  In the world of this story, much like our own, corporations have government in their pockets.  Unlike our own world however, corporate power, in the world of the book, is completely unchecked, used to achieve uniformly selfish and myopic ends, and is in short, always evil.

The corporations, first with the aid of government, and then on their own, battle this program for control of the masses.  Aside from the very detailed and realistic illustrations of the  risks posed by the hyper-connected, insufficiently diverse, overly complex, brittle systems on which we depend for our survival, the book also attempts to weave through consequences of the fragility of these systems to democracy, meritocracy, and individual and collective agency.

I loved it!


Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Thomas Piketty: Capital in the Twenty-First Century

Date: 07/2014

Title: "Capital in the Twenty-First Century"

Author: Thomas Piketty

Duration: 25 hrs and 3 mins

Review: The gist: What we think of as normal economic order, the economics of the period between 1950 and 1990 was an anomaly. The shocks of the two world wars of the 20th century basically leveled the playing field (lessened inequality) and made old money not nearly as important as it always had been previously, and, according to Picketty, will resume being starting at about the year 2000 (indeed, has already resumed being). Basically, inheritances will resume their role as the primary resting place for wealth, vast stashes of capital will once again rule the land, and extreme inequality will once again become the norm.
Extreme inequality is neither natural nor accidental and can only be addressed by intense state intervention in the form of a global tax on capital and a progressive income tax. He argues that allowing extreme inequality, particularly because vast stashes of capital just generate more wealth on their own, threatens democracy by undermining its core value, meritocracy.  Rich people get richer just by virtue of having tons of capital that generates wealth on its own, disconnected from the individual effort and ability of the owner.

I liked this book a lot.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Frank Herbert: Dune

Date: 06/2014

Title: "Dune"

Author: Frank Herbert

Duration: 21 hrs and 8 mins

Review: I loved it!  What an incredibly creative and spectacular yarn.  Dune is a beautiful mix of boy hero tale, religious awakening, ecological awareness, epic battle between cultures,  but most of all, conflict between ones life and ones Terrible Purpose.  Awesome, fun, page turner of a read!!

Orson Scott Card: Ender's Game

Date: 04/14

Title: "Ender's Game"

Author: Orson Scott Card

Duration: 11 hrs and 57 mins

Review: I'd been meaning to read this book for years, or decades really. It didn't disappoint. A great boyish tale of a boy hero who saves the world from the invading horrible monsters. I really enjoyed it.

Malcolm Gladwell: The Tipping Point

Date: 04/14


Title: "The Tipping Point"

Author: Malcolm Gladwell

Duration: 8 hrs and 38 mins

Review: Pretty good. I love Malcom Gladwell's ideas and hearing him read the book himself was fun. Not my favorite of his though.

Jonathan Franzen: The Corrections: A Novel

Date: 02/14


Title: "The Corrections: A Novel"

Author: Jonathan Franzen

Duration: 21 hrs and 57 mins

Review: I love this infuriatingly slow family disfunction novel. Jonathan Franzen is a master! I've been meaning to read The Corrections ever since I read Freedom, which I also LOVED! Incredible writer. Awesome!

Dave Eggers: The Circle


Title: "The Circle"


Date: 01/14

Author: Dave Eggers

Duration: 13 hrs and 42 mins

Review: Until this book, I have really liked all of Dave Eggers' books.  This one, made an impact on me, but I just wanted to be angry at the book all the time. The ideas about privacy and social media were interesting, but in this book they were made more flat and simplistic by a context in which the society seems to have never considered privacy issues before.  Also, the characters that inhabit the tech company which is the setting of the story seem to want more of what Copeland's "Microserfs" did really well.

On the other hand: (from Interview of Dave Eggers by Tasha Robinson  Feb 23, 2005 on A.V. Club http://www.avclub.com/article/dave-eggers-13916)

"What deserves that kind of bile that people throw out? Sometimes they throw it out at literary fiction, which is like dressing up in full body armor to go attack an ice-cream cone. I mean, just take it easy. [Laughs.] Back up, take a breath—it's a novel, you know what I mean?"

Donald A. Norman: The Design of Everyday Things

Date: 01/14


Title: "The Design of Everyday Things"

Author: Donald A. Norman

Duration: 7 hrs and 58 mins

Review: I suppose that back in the day the idea that users aren't to blame for their inability to efficiently use badly designed tools was revolutionary. For me, this book suffered from overly high expectations. Meh.

Gino Wickman: Traction

Date: 12/13


Title: "Traction"

Author: Gino Wickman

Duration: 6 hrs and 56 mins

Review: At work, my boss asked the executive team to read this. Pretty good.

Neal Stephenson: The Baroque Cycle


Date: 06/13 -- 12/13



Title: "The Baroque Cycle"

Author: Neal Stephenson

Duration: 113 hrs

Review: What an incredibly prolific and talented writer and thinker. Truly, an amazing read! Epic!!!  

Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jetha: Sex at Dawn: How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What It Means for Modern Relationships


Date: 06/13


Title: "Sex at Dawn: How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What It Means for Modern Relationships"

Author: Christopher Ryan, Cacilda Jetha

Duration: 10 hrs and 57 mins

Review: Great read!  It turns out that we think we're more like chimpanzees than bonobos because we've been studying chimpanzees longer.  I disagree with half of the ideas in this book, but they are still thought provoking and well written.  I liked this book!

Yann Martel: Life of Pi


Date: 06/13



Title: "Life of Pi"

Author: Yann Martel

Duration: 11 hrs and 41 mins

Review: Great read!