A couple of weeks off gives me the chance to catch up on some reading.
My reading list for this Christmas: (descriptions from authors or publishers)
1) Alastair Humphreys – There Are Other Rivers – Adventurer Alastair Humphreys walked across India following the course of a holy river. Walking alone and spending the nights sleeping under the stars, in the homes of welcoming strangers or in small towns and villages, he experienced the dusty enchantment of ordinary, real India on the smallest of budgets.
2) Walter Isaacson – Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography – From bestselling author Walter Isaacson comes the landmark biography of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. In Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography, Isaacson provides an extraordinary account of Jobs’ professional and personal life. Drawn from three years of exclusive and unprecedented interviews Isaacson has conducted with Jobs as well as extensive interviews with Jobs’ family members, key colleagues from Apple and its competitors, Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography is the definitive portrait of the greatest innovator of his generation.
3) Daniel Kahneman – Thinking Fast and Slow – In this comprehensive presentation of a life’s work, the world’s most influential psychologist demonstrates that irrationality is in our bones, and we are not necessarily the worse for it (10 Best Books Of 2011 New York Times )
4) Sherry Turkle – The Inner History of Devices – In The Inner History of Devices, she describes her process, an approach that reveals how what we make is woven into our ways of seeing ourselves. She brings together three traditions of listening–that of the memoirist, the clinician, and the ethnographer. Each informs the others to compose an inner history of devices. We read about objects ranging from cell phones and video poker to prosthetic eyes, from Web sites and television to dialysis machines.
5) David A. Whitsett – Non Runners Marathon Trainer – I am running the London Marathon in April 2012 and need to get serious about training. This was recommended as one of the best books out there. Probably the most important book on the list for me!
Final addition to the list, although strictly not a book. I always buy the Christmas double edition of the Economist.