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Little Black Book (of Books)

This is a list of books I’ve read, enjoyed, recommended and even a few that I wouldn’t wish upon my worst enemy.  That’s what a little black book is all about, right?  It’s in no particular order and will be added to as I read more books and remember other books I’ve read, occasionally with a brief blurb off the top of my head.

Far From the Tree by Andrew Solomon–An amazing book that is instructive, inspirational and is on my required-reading-for-life list.

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate–This book was recommended by a friend who said it was only the second book she’d ever read that made her cry.  Well, it certainly didn’t let me down in that respect.

The Black Count by Tom Reiss–A fascinating biography of General Alex Dumas and the world events that helped shape his life.  Reiss includes many connections to how General Dumas’ life influenced the writings of his son, Alexandre Dumas.  I’ve added The Count of Monte Cristo to my TBR list.

Destiny Disrupted by Tamim Ansary–Tells the story of the world through Islamic eyes.  This should be required reading in high school.

The Undercover Economist by Tim Harford–This was exactly the economics book I needed.  He makes simple comparisons to cartons of double-yoked eggs and cappuccinos to elucidate more complicated economic theories.


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