|rachelmanija (rachelmanija) wrote,|
@ 2009-08-26 03:20 pm UTC
|Entry tags:||book recs|
Books I have already read: Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science and Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance (fantastic; highly recommended), most books by Jon Krakauer of which I especially enjoyed Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster, Eiger Dreams: Ventures Among Men and Mountains, all of Malcolm Gladwell of which my favorite was Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why (great, but avoid the sequel), Freakonomics (shallow and dumb), the How We Live/How We Die books (Die is better), and mamy books by Jerome Groopman, Oliver Sacks, Sharman Apt Russell (Anatomy Of A Rose: Exploring The Secret Life Of Flowers is excellent), Diane Ackerman (I don't like her), Shadow Divers: The True Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of World War II (excellent), Virgin: The Untouched History (smart, funny, and genuinely eye-opening.) But that sort of thing.
I'm basically looking for books that are accessible but not stupid, gripping, well-written or at least not poorly written, and informative. I would especially enjoy books in the adventure/disaster/survival genre by and/or about women.
If you rec, please check my sidebar to make sure you're not reccing books I've already reviewed here.