This is cross-posted from big orange Satan, where it is a long-running feature.
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The van Rijn method by Poul Anderson. The first volume of collected stories that make up Anderson’s Polesotechnic League, when mankind spans the universe.
Cooler Smarter: Practical tips for low carbon by the scientists at Union of Concerned Scientists, a great group. These folk make sense, concentrating on the changes you can make that have the biggest impact with the least effort.
Thinking, fast and slow by Daniel Kahnemann. Kahneman, most famous for his work with the late Amos Tversky, is one of the leading psychologists of the times. Here, he posits that our brains have two systems: A fast one and a slow one. Neither is better, but they are good at different things. This is a brilliant book: Full of insight and very well written, as well.
What hath God wrought? by Daniel Walker Howe. Subtitled “The transformation of America 1815-1848. I am reading this with the History group at GoodReads. This is very well written, and does a good job especially with coverage of the treatment of Blacks and Native Americans.
The hard SF renaissance ed. by David G. Hartwell. A large anthology of “hard” SF from the 90’s and 00’s. I think Hartwell takes SF a bit too seriously, but the stories are good.
Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power by Jon Meachem. An admiring look at Thomas Jefferson and his need for power.
The irrationals by Julian Havil. The history of irrational numbers, nicely presented; not for the mathematically naive (lots of calculus).
On politics: A history of political thought from Herodotus to the present by Alan Ryan. What the subtitle says – a history of political thought.
Snakes can’t run by Ed Lin
A mystery/police procedural set in NYC’s Chinatown in the 1970s. “Snakes” is a slang term for illegal immigrants.