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The Afterlife of Billy Fingers
The Afterlife of Billy Fingers by Kagan, Annie (Other Nonfiction)
It claims to be a true story, it kind of falls apart at the end, when the title person says he has cast off all memory to become one with the universe, but still remembers to visit earth to chat with his sister. Either one or the other, please. But it is a fun read, even though it was not as therapeutic as the friend who gave it to me hoped. -- Added by Konsulentin on 02/14/2017

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Weapons of Math Destruction
Weapons of Math Destruction by Cathy O'Neil (Business)
A must-read book for anyone who has been affected by big data, i.e. ever looked up a credit score, wondered how teachers get ranked, how ranking has changed the character of college education, why some people just can't seem to get a job, or a mortgage. -- Added by Konsulentin on 02/07/2017

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A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare
A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare by James Shapiro (History/Biography)
A wonderful peek into life in Elizabethan England, the politics, mores, the murders among playwrights! Ambition and external threats to the country but also to art and free speech. It also includes a very in-depth look at Hamlet and the many versions that existed from the time Shakespeare put quill to paper. -- Added by Konsulentin on 02/07/2017

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The Big Thirst
The Big Thirst by Charles Fishman (Other Nonfiction)
Despite the recent rains, the west of the US has been in a severe drought, as has the south east of the US. The book discusses the nature of water, its vital importance to us, our reckless way of using it here (with discussion of how it is used in India and Australia) and various ways of securing reliable water to maintain our standard of living, if not necessarily our "way of life". -- Added by Konsulentin on 01/09/2017

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Seven Brief Lessons on Physics
Seven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carlo Rovelli (Other Nonfiction)
Everything you ever wanted to know about physics and the nature of the universe (is so far as we know it - there is also conjecture in this book) but were afraid to ask. Charmingly written. -- Added by Konsulentin on 01/09/2017

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Hillbilly Elegy
Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance (History/Biography)
Vance has become the spokesman for his ethnic group, appearing at TED talks and on TV and radio. A lot of folks in central Indiana can also be considered as part of the group he identifies with. -- Added by Konsulentin on 01/09/2017

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