Book mentions in this thread

  • Votes: 47

    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

    by F. Scott Fitzgerald

  • Votes: 41

    Salt

    by Mark Kurlansky

    Homer called it a divine substance. Plato described it as especially dear to the gods. As Mark Kurlansky so brilliantly relates here, salt has shaped civilisation from the beginning, and its story is a glittering, often surprising part of the history of mankind. Wars have been fought over salt and, while salt taxes secured empires across Europe and Asia, they have also inspired revolution - Gandhi's salt march in 1930 began the overthrow of British rule in India. From the rural Sichuan province where the last home-made soya sauce is produced to the Cheshire brine springs that supplied salt around the globe, Mark Kurlansky has produced a kaleidoscope of world history, a multi-layered masterpiece that blends political, commercial, scientific, religious and culinary records into a rich and memorable tale.
  • Votes: 35

    West with the Night

    by Beryl Markham

  • Votes: 33

    The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories

    by Ken Liu

    Presents the author's selection of his best short stories, as well as a new piece, in a collection that includes "The Man Who Ended History: A Documentary," "Mono No Aware" and "The Waves."
  • Votes: 28

    The Bell Jar (Modern Classics)

    by Sylvia Plath

  • Votes: 23

    The Call of Cthulhu

    by H. P. Lovecraft

  • Votes: 23

    Singularities (Wesleyan Poetry Series)

    by Susan Howe

  • Votes: 21

    The Prophet and Other Writings (Knickerbocker Classics)

    by Kahlil Gibran

  • Votes: 14

    Don Quixote (Penguin Classics)

    by Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra

  • Votes: 12

    Breaking Smart

    by Venkatesh Rao

  • Votes: 10

    Stranger in a Strange Land

    by Robert A. Heinlein

  • Votes: 8

    A Hero of Our Time (Penguin Classics)

    by Mikhail Lermontov

  • Votes: 8

    The Mom Test

    by Rob Fitzpatrick

    The Mom Test is a quick, practical guide that will save you time, money, and heartbreak. They say you shouldn't ask your mom whether your business is a good idea, because she loves you and will lie to you. This is technically true, but it misses the point. You shouldn't ask anyone if your business is a good idea. It's a bad question and everyone will lie to you at least a little . As a matter of fact, it's not their responsibility to tell you the truth. It's your responsibility to find it and it's worth doing right . Talking to customers is one of the foundational skills of both Customer Development and Lean Startup. We all know we're supposed to do it, but nobody seems willing to admit that it's easy to screw up and hard to do right. This book is going to show you how customer conversations go wrong and how you can do better.
  • Votes: 8

    The Man in the Arena

    by Theodore Roosevelt

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    1984

    by George Orwell

    Portrays life in a future time when a totalitarian government watches over all citizens and directs all activities
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    The Ground Beneath Her Feet

    by Salman Rushdie

  • Votes: 7

    Blood Meridian

    by Cormac McCarthy

  • Votes: 6

    The Razor's Edge

    by W. Somerset Maugham

  • Votes: 6

    Desiderata

    by Jarslie Publishing

  • Votes: 5

    The Little Prince

    by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

    When a pilot finds himself alone and stranded with a broken-down plane, a little prince is his only companion living on a strange deserted planet. Full of wisdom, humour and delight, this book while intended for children is also a favourite of adults for its quirkiness and insight.
  • Votes: 5

    For the Love of God

    by D. A. Carson

  • Votes: 5

    Sonnet 43

    by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

  • Votes: 5

    Peace Is Every Step

    by Thich Nhat Hanh

  • Votes: 5

    Pink Floyd All the Songs

    by Jean-Michel Guesdon

  • Votes: 4

    The Road

    by Cormac McCarthy

  • Votes: 4

    The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald

    by F. Scott Fitzgerald

  • Votes: 4

    On Writing: 10th Anniversary Edition

    by Stephen King

    “Long live the King” hailed Entertainment Weekly upon publication of Stephen King’s On Writing. Part memoir, part master class by one of the bestselling authors of all time, this superb volume is a revealing and practical view of the writer’s craft, comprising the basic tools of the trade every writer must have. King’s advice is grounded in his vivid memories from childhood through his emergence as a writer, from his struggling early career to his widely reported, near-fatal accident in 1999—and how the inextricable link between writing and living spurred his recovery. Brilliantly structured, friendly and inspiring, On Writing will empower and entertain everyone who reads it—fans, writers, and anyone who loves a great story well told.
  • Votes: 4

    The Shining

    by Stephen King

  • Votes: 4

    Watership Down

    by Richard Adams

    WINNER of the Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class Animated Program Now a Netflix animated miniseries starring James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, and Oscar and Grammy award-winner Sir Ben Kingsley. A worldwide bestseller for more than forty years, Watership Down is the compelling tale of a band of wild rabbits struggling to hold onto their place in the world—“a classic yarn of discovery and struggle” (The New York Times). Richard Adams’s Watership Down is a timeless classic and one of the most beloved novels of all time. Set in the Hampshire Downs in Southern England, an idyllic rural landscape, this stirring tale of “suspense, hot pursuit, and derring-do” (Chicago Tribune) follows a band of rabbits in flight from the incursion of man and the destruction of their home. Led by a stouthearted pair of brothers, they travel forth from their native Sandleford warren through harrowing trials to a mysterious promised land and a more perfect society. “A marvelous story of rebellion, exile, and survival” (Sunday Telegraph) this is an unforgettable literary classic for all ages.
  • Votes: 4

    The Hill We Climb

    by Amanda Gorman

  • Votes: 3

    If

    by Mark Batterson

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    The Diary of a Young Girl

    by Anne Frank

  • Votes: 3

    The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    by Stephen Chbosky

  • Votes: 3

    Patterns of Software

    by Richard P. Gabriel

  • Votes: 3

    The Sun Rising

    by John Donne

  • Votes: 3

    Kipling

    by Rudyard Kipling

  • Votes: 3

    Pale Blue Dot

    by Carl Sagan

  • Votes: 2

    The Machinery of Freedom

    by David D. Friedman

  • Votes: 2

    The Elegance of the Hedgehog

    by Muriel Barbery

    Renée is the concierge of a grand Parisian apartment building, home to members of the great and the good. Over the years she has maintained her carefully constructed persona as someone reliable but totally uncultivated, in keeping, she feels, with society's expectations of what a concierge should be. But beneath this façade lies the real Renée: passionate about culture and the arts, and more knowledgeable in many ways than her employers with their outwardly successful but emotionally void lives. Down in her lodge, apart from weekly visits by her one friend Manuela, Renée lives resigned to her lonely lot with only her cat for company. Meanwhile, several floors up, twelve-year-old Paloma Josse is determined to avoid the pampered and vacuous future laid out for her, and decides to end her life on her thirteenth birthday. But unknown to them both, the sudden death of one of their privileged neighbours will dramatically alter their lives forever.
  • Votes: 2

    Different Seasons

    by Stephen King

  • Votes: 2

    The Fall of Constantinople 1453 (Canto)

    by Steven Runciman

  • Votes: 2

    Where The Mind Is Without Fear

    by Rittik Chandra

  • Votes: 2

    A Farewell to Arms

    by Ernest Hemingway

  • Votes: 2

    Do not go gentle into that good night!

    by Dunes Leo Books

  • Votes: 1

    On Marriage (How to Find God)

    by Timothy Keller

  • Votes: 1

    Total Recall

    by Arnold Schwarzenegger

    This enhanced edition of Total Recallholds 16 videos clips, including behind the scenes footage from Terminator 3, political speeches from the Governor years and clips from Pumping Iron. In this fully illustrated eBook, Arnold Schwarzenegger takes us through each of the 170+ photographs and narrates each image. Total Recall is the unbelievably true story of Arnold Schwarzenegger's life. Born in the small city of Thal, Austria, in 1947, he moved to Los Angeles at the age of 21. Within ten years, he was a millionaire business man. After twenty years, he was the world's biggest movie star. In 2003, he was Governor of California and a household name around the world.
  • Votes: 1

    My Brilliant Friend

    by Elena Ferrante

    "Mi briljante venninne" er ei historie fortalt av Elena, som har oppdaga at den beste venninna hennar gjennom eit langt liv er sporlaust forsvunnen. Lila har tatt med seg alt ho eig og klipt vekk ansiktet sitt frå samtlege familiefotografi. Historia om dei to begynner i eit fattig, men pulserande nabolag i utkanten av Napoli. Dei to kløktige jentene lærer å stole på kvarandre - og ingen andre - i dei røffe gatene som er kontrollert av mafiaen. Romanen er eit portrett av to sterke kvinner, men òg historia om eit nabolag, ein by og eit land som gjennomgår store endringar frå 50-åra og fram til vår tid.
  • Votes: 1

    Ego Is the Enemy

    by Ryan Holiday

    The instant Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and international bestseller “While the history books are filled with tales of obsessive visionary geniuses who remade the world in their image with sheer, almost irrational force, I’ve found that history is also made by individuals who fought their egos at every turn, who eschewed the spotlight, and who put their higher goals above their desire for recognition.” —from the prologue Many of us insist the main impediment to a full, successful life is the outside world. In fact, the most common enemy lies within: our ego. Early in our careers, it impedes learning and the cultivation of talent. With success, it can blind us to our faults and sow future problems. In failure, it magnifies each blow and makes recovery more difficult. At every stage, ego holds us back. Ego Is the Enemy draws on a vast array of stories and examples, from literature to philosophy to his­tory. We meet fascinating figures such as George Marshall, Jackie Robinson, Katharine Graham, Bill Belichick, and Eleanor Roosevelt, who all reached the highest levels of power and success by con­quering their own egos. Their strategies and tactics can be ours as well. In an era that glorifies social media, reality TV, and other forms of shameless self-promotion, the battle against ego must be fought on many fronts. Armed with the lessons in this book, as Holiday writes, “you will be less invested in the story you tell about your own specialness, and as a result, you will be liberated to accomplish the world-changing work you’ve set out to achieve.”
  • Votes: 1

    The Collected Poems of Dylan Thomas

    by Dylan Thomas

  • Votes: 1

    Music To My Ears Guitar Tab Manuscript Journal

    by Mrs. Jessica Dockery

  • Votes: 1

    The Shadow of the Wind

    by Jonathan Davis

  • Votes: 1

    Surprised by Hope

    by Tom Wright

  • Votes: 1

    In My Craft or Sullen Art

    by Dylan Thomas

  • Votes: 1

    Roses Are Red (Alex Cross, 6)

    by James Patterson

  • Votes: 1

    The Dead

    by James Joyce

  • Votes: 1

    Killing Floor (Jack Reacher)

    by Lee Child

    Ex-MP Jack Reacher goes into action to find his brother's killers after a series of brutal crimes terrorize tiny Margrave, Georgia, only to uncover the dark and deadly conspiracy concealed behind the town's peaceful facade.
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    Siddhartha

    by Hermann Hesse

    Siddhartha is an allegorical novel by Hermann Hesse which deals with the spiritual journey of an Indian boy called Siddhartha during the time of the Buddha. The book was written in German, in a simple, yet powerful and lyrical style. It was first published in 1922, after Hesse had spent some time in India in the 1910s. The story revolves around a young man who leaves his home and family on a quest for the Truth. Embarking on a journey that takes him from the austerities of renunciation to the profligacy of wealth. That leads him through the range of human experiences from hunger and want, to passion, pleasure, pain, greed, yearning, boredom, love, despair and hope. A journey that leads finally to the river, where he gains peace and eventually wisdom. This is the story of Siddhartha as told by Nobel Laureate Hermann Hesse in his most influential work.
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    The Stranger

    by Albert Camus

    An ordinary man is unwittingly caught up in a senseless murder in Algeria
  • Votes: 1

    The Golden Gate

    by Vikram Seth

  • Votes: 1

    And There Was Light

    by Jacques Lusseyran

  • Votes: 1

    Violets Are Blue (Alex Cross, 7)

    by James Patterson

  • Votes: 1

    Anne of Green Gables, Complete 8-Book Box Set

    by L. M. Montgomery

  • Votes: 1

    The Man Who Forgot How to Poop

    by Genghis Swan

  • Votes: 1

    Tao Te Ching

    by Lao Tzu