The Taiga Syndrome by Christina Rivera Garza

The Color Storm by Damian Dibben

Fun read about a painter in Renaissance Venice with a little mystery and a little romance. Read January 2022

The Innovators by Walter Isaacson

Great first chapter about early computer (pre-)history, and good through the rest of it, although it seemed a little patchy to be called definitive. Lots of interesting stories, though, and filled in some of my own personal holes. Read December 2022

A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn

Interesting retelling of this country’s history, with more of a focus on “the people”. Good stuff, but somehow more recognizable than I expected.

System Error

by Rob Reich

Where Big Tech Went Wrong and How We Can Re..,

I didn’t get through this… probably I’m just too in the weeds and didn’t find enough interesting. Sorry. November 2022

User Friendly by Cliff Kuang

How the Hidden Rules of Design Are Changing the Way We Live, Work, and Play

A weaving of the history of UX and UI, from early innovators and insights. Having lived through this, it seemed strange to call out some specific instances, where I had experienced other ones, but it had many good stories and held together.

November 2022

The Netanyahus by Joshua Cohen

Really enjoyable and occassionally hilarious story. November 2022

Ten Tomatoes that Changed the World by William Alexander

Enjoyable stories about … tomatoes. The situation with Italian tomatoes and the politics of it is interesting to hear about. November 2022

After Steve by Tripp Mickle

How Apple Became a Trillion-Dollar Company and Lost its Soul Despite the click-baity title, it was a very positive book mainly about Jonathan Ive and Tim Cook, although many other players are included. It was a nice follow-on to Isaacson’s book on Jobs. November 2022


Two Wheels Good: The History and Mystery of the Bicycle by Jody Rosen Read October 2022

Lots of great stories about the bicycle’s rather rocky start and continued history.

Why We Swim by Bonnie Tsui. Read October 2022

The Ministry for the Future: a Novel by Kim Stanley Robinson. Read September 2022

Steve Jobs, by Walter Isaacson

i’m finish up the walter isaacson book on Steve Jobs (tonight, so I can go). it’s gotten very emotional for me, he was such an amazing person and changed and shaped our world in so many positives ways.mid-read review: from the name “walter isaacson”, I thought he’d write deep academic analysis, but it’s just slightly trashy journalism fare. lots and lots of stories, (many i just barely missed). many great marketing case studies. great stories about people standing up for their values. the pacing of the book may be a little off: he’s been dying for 100 pages, and there’s another 50 pages to go. a typical story from the book (for marketing people who redesign logos): ‘In order to make it more distinctive, he decided he needed a world-class logo. So he courted the dean of corporate logos, Paul Rand. …Rand flew out to Palo alto to spent time with Jobs and listening to his vision… The computer would be a cube, so Rand decided that the logo should be a cube as well, one that was tilted at a a 28° angle. When Jobs asked for a number of options to consider, Rand declared that he did not create different options for clients. “I will solve your problem, and you will pay me,” he told Jobs. “You can use what I produce, or not, but I will not do options, and either way you will pay me.” … the company would pay an astonishing $100,000 flat fee to get one design.’

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The Rosie Project, Graeme Simsion. Read August 2022

Killers of the Flower Moon. Read August 2022

Liftoff: Elon Musk and the Desperate Early Days, Eric Berger. Read August 2022

Thank You for Your Servitude: Donald Trump’s Washington and the Price of Submission, Mark Leibovich. Read August 2022

The Founders: The Story of Paypal and the Entrepreneurs Who Shaped Silicon Valley, Jimmy Soni. Read August 2022

Death Without Company (Longmire series), Craig Johnson. Read July 2022

Ten Masterpieces of Music, Harvey Sachs. Read July 2022

A Mind at Play: How Claude Shannon Invented the Information Age, by Rob Goodman. Read July 2022

The Anomaly, Hervé Le Tellier. Read June 2022

In Hitler’s Munich, Michael Brenner. Read June 2022

The Art of Insubordination, Todd B. Kashdan.. Read May 2022

Watergate, Garrett M. Graff.Read May 2022

The Power of Regret: How Looking Backward Moves Us Forwar, Daniel H. Pink. Read May 2022

Moonshot: Inside Pfizer’s Nine-Month Race to Make the Impossible Possible, Dr. Albert Bourla. Read May 2022

_The Shame Machine, Who Profits in the New Age of Humiliation: , Cathy O’Neil. Read May 2022

The Quiet Before, On the Unexpected Origins of Radical Ideas, Gal Beckerman. Read April 2022

A (Very) Short History of Life on Earth: 4.6 Billion Years in 12 Pithy Chapters, Henry Gee. Read April 2022

Time for Socialism: Dispatches from a World on Fire, 2016-2021, Thomas Piketty. Read April 2022

The Coming of the Third Reich, Richard J. Evans. Read April 2022

Dare to Lead Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts., Brené Brown. Read April 2022\n

The Extended Mind: The Power of Thinking Outside the Brain, Annie Murphy Paul. Read March 2022

Figuring, Maria Popova. Read March 2022

Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man, Mary L. Trump. Read February 2022

State of Terror: A Novel, Louise Penny. Read February 2022

Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know, Adam Grant.\n### _San Francisco’s Glen Park and Diamond Heights, Emma Bland Smith. Read February 2022

The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois: An Oprah’s Book Club Novel, Honoree Fanonne Jeffers. Read January 2022

Every Idea is a Good Idea: Be Creative Anytime, Anywhere, Tom Sturges. Read January 2022

Nonviolent Communication: Create Your Life, Your Relationships, and Your World in Harmony with Your Values, Marshall Rosenberg. Read December 2021

How to Think Like a Roman Emperor: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius, Donald J. Robertson. Read December 2021

So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love, Cal Newport. Read November 2021

Not My Father’s Son: A Memoir, Alan Cumming. Read November 2021

The Wright Brothers, David McCullough. Read November 2021

Dreamers and Schemers: How an Improbable Bid for the 1932 Olympics Transformed Los Angeles from Dusty Outpost to Global Metropolis, Barry Siegel. Read November 2021

Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania, Frank Bruni. Read October 2021

Say What You Mean: A Mindful Approach to Nonviolent Communication, Oren Jay Sofer. Read October 2021

Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life, Thich Nhat Hanh. Read October 2021

The Ledger and the Chain: How Domestic Slave Traders Shaped America, Joshua D. Rothman. Read October 2021

Hawking Hawking: The Selling of a Scientific Celebrity, Charles Seife. Read October 2021

Decolonizing Wealth: Indigenous Wisdom to Heal Divides and Restore Balance, Edgar Villanueva. Read October 2021

Just My Type: A Book About Fonts, Simon Garfield. Read October 2021

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values, Robert M. Pirsig. Read September 2021

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, Yuval Noah Harari.

So You Want to Talk about Race, Ijeoma Oluo. Read August 2021

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup, John Carreyrou. Read August 2021

_The Call of the Wild, Jack London. Read August 2021

Tech Titans of China: How China’s Tech Sector is challenging the world by innovating faster, working harder, and going global, Rebecca A. Fannin. Read July 2021

_Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space, Janna Levin.

Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life: Life-Changing Tools for Healthy Relationships, Marshall B. Rosenberg. Read July 2021

The Night Tiger: A Novel, Yangsze Choo. Read July 2021

Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity, Kim Scott. Read June 2021

The Whiteness of Wealth: How the Tax System Impoverishes Black Americans—and How We Can Fix It, Dorothy A. Brown. Read June 2021

The Ghost Bride: A Novel, Yangsze Choo. Read June 2021

Remember: The Science of Memory and the Art of Forgetting, Lisa Genova. Read June 2021

A Most Remarkable Creature: The Hidden Life and Epic Journey of the World’s Smartest Birds of Prey, Jonathan Meiburg. Read May 2021

Remote Work Revolution: Succeeding from Anywhere, Tsedal Neeley. Read May 2021

Horizontal Vertigo: A City Called Mexico, Juan Villoro. Read May 2021

Ten Lessons for a Post-Pandemic World, Fareed Zakaria. Read May 2021

A Declaration of the Rights of Magicians: The Shadow Histories Series, Book 1, H. G. Parry. Read April 2021

Futureproof: 9 Rules for Humans in the Age of Automation, Kevin Roose. Read April 2021

Storytelling with Data: The Effective Visual Communication of Information, Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic. Read April 2021

How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence, Michael Pollan.\n### Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators, Ronan Farrow. Read April 2021

So You Want to Talk about Race, Ijeoma Oluo. Read April 2021

There There: A novel, Tommy Orange. Read April 2021

Real Life: A Novel, Brandon Taylor. Read March 2021

Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania, Frank Bruni. Read February 2021

Who Gets In and Why: A Year Inside College Admissions, Jeffrey Selingo. Read February 2021

What Motivates Getting Things Done: Procrastination, Emotions, and Success, Mary Lamia. Read February 2021

Home Baked: My Mom, Marijuana, and the Stoning of San Francisco, Alia Volz. Read December 2020

Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World, Cal Newport.

In Cold Blood, Truman Capote. Read November 2020

Moby Dick, Herman Melville. Read November 2020

The Captain and the Glory: An Entertainment, Dave Eggers. Read October 2020

The Early Stories of Truman Capote, Truman Capote. Read October 2020

The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway. Read October 2020

Tech Titans of China: How China’s Tech Sector is challenging the world by innovating faster, working harder, and going global, Rebecca A. Fannin. Read October 2020

An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz. Read September 2020

Upstream: The Quest to Solve Problems Before They Happen, Dan Heath. Read September 2020

Designing Your Work Life: How to Thrive and Change and Find Happiness at Work, Bill Burnett. Read September 2020

Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea, Barbara Demick.

MBS: The Rise to Power of Mohammed bin Salman, Ben Hubbard. Read August 2020

The World Beneath Their Feet: Mountaineering, Madness, and the Deadly Race to Summit the Himalayas, Scott Ellsworth. Read August 2020

The F*ck It Diet: Eating Should Be Easy, Caroline Dooner. Read August 2020

What Motivates Getting Things Done: Procrastination, Emotions, and Success, Mary Lamia.