Please excuse this digression from the world of CAD. After the last email is sent out and the IM dialog peters out, I close my laptop and look for something to read before bed that has nothing to do with CAD or engineering -- heck, it may even be non-technical. Yet, somehow, almost everything I am reading gives me some inspiration or knowledge that allows me to do my job a bit better the next day.
Have a book you'd like to share? Please suggest it as a comment to this post.
Here's what is on my night table:
- The Space Between Us, by Thrity Umrigar, novel contrast Mumbai servants with the privileged family they work for
- Three Cups of Tea, Greg Mortenson, coming down from a failed attempt on K2, author stays at a village too poor to have a school, so he builds one, then another...
- Bicycling Medicine, by Arnie Baker, great info on sports nutrition so you can find out went wrong on your last ride
- When You're Engulfed in Flames, David Sedaris, essays by the funniest writer in America (sorry, Dave Barry)
- In Bolivia, Eric Lawler, at a yard sale, I wondered how some one could write a whole book on a place I could not describe with one sentence
- 12,000 Miles in the Nick of Time, by Mark Jacobson, a 'semi-dysfunctional' family goes around the world
- Intoxication, by Ronald Siegel, physiology and biology of chemical addiction. Legend has it an ancient goatherd saw his flock get frisky after eating certain berries, leading to coffee.
- Dreams of My Father, Barack Obama, an introspective look, includes childhood in Indonesia and Kenya
- Does Anybody Eat Wasps?, New Scientist, 101 answers, may be to one of your weird questions
- Smile While You're Lying, Chuck Thompson, expose on the travel media. You will never want to pick up another travel magazine.
- Ultra Marathon Man, Dean Karnazes, who orders a pizza delivered to him during a run and eats it while running. Anything goes when you are running 200 miles at once!
- An Imperfect Offering, by James Orbinski, a past president of Doctors Without Borders writes of experience in Somalia, Rwanda, more, and reveals how big pharmaceutical companies ignore plight of the diseased poor.