List-o-Books: 2008

My official list of books I read in 2008!  As I have time, I will be making this list prettier, and linking to my reviews of the books.  I finally got around to making the list a little prettier.  Not exactly exciting, but better looking, I think.

Note: In May 2010, I updated this list using Microsoft’s Windows Live Writer’s handy Amazon Book Linker.  Live Writer is one of the few Microsoft tools I can give a solid thumbs up to.

Update: In August 2012, I further revised this list, abandoning Live Writer and Book Linker because these great little tools didn’t work anymore.  Instead, I became an IndieBound affiliate, and have revised this list so that now you can purchase books via independent bookstores.  Go, indies, go!


  1. cover of Omnivore's DilemmaThe Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
    by Michael Pollan
  2. Cover image, In Defense of FoodIn Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto
    by Michael Pollan
  3. Cover image, 7 Habits of Highly Effective PeopleThe 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
    by Stephen R. Covey
  4. Cover image, Look Me In the EyeLook Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger’s
    by John Elder Robinson
  5. Cover image, PianoPiano: The Making of a Steinway Concert Grand
    by James Barron
  6. Cover image, The ToothpickThe Toothpick: Technology and Culture
    by Henry Petroski
  7. Cover image, Fooled by RandomnessFooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets
    by Taleb Nassim Nicholas
  8. Cover image, American MassacreAmerican Massacre: The Tragedy at Mountain Meadows, September 1857
    by Sally Denton
  9. Cover Image, Almost HumanAlmost Human: Making Robots Think
    by Lee Gutkind
  10. Cover Image, God's ProblemGod’s Problem: How the Bible Fails to Answer Our Most Important Question–Why We Suffer
    by Bart D. Ehrman
  11. Cover Image, The Brain that Changes ItselfThe Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science
    by Norman Doidge, M.D.
  12. Cover image, Inside ToylandInside Toyland: Working, Shopping, and Social Inequality
    by Christine L. Williams
  13. Cover image, BonkBonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex
    by Mary Roach
  14. Cover image, MusicophiliaMusicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain
    by Oliver Sacks
  15. Cover image, the Geography of BlissThe Geography of Bliss: One Man’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World
    by Eric Weiner
  16. Cover image, The Music LessonThe Music Lesson: A Spiritual Search for Growth Through Music
    by Victor L. Wooten
  17. Cover image, the CanonThe Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science
    by Natalie Angier
  18. Cover image, When You are Engulfed by FlamesWhen You Are Engulfed in Flames
    by David Sedaris
  19. Cover image, Driving Mr. AlbertDriving Mr. Albert: A Trip Across America with Einstein’s Brain
    by Michael Paterniti
  20. Cover image, Best American Science WritingBest American Science Writing 2007
    by Gina Kolata & Jesse Cohen (editors)
  21. Cover image, Muses, Madmen, and ProphetsMuses, Madmen, and Prophets: Hearing Voices and the Borders of Sanity
    by Daniel B. Smith
  22. Cover image, KlugeKluge: The Haphazard Construction of the Human Mind
    by Gary Marcus
  23. Cover image, Dreaming in CodeDreaming in Code: Two Dozen Programmers, Three Years, 4,732 Bugs, and One Quest for Transcendent Software
    by Scott Rosenberg
  24. Cover image, The First WordThe First Word: The Search for the Origins of Language
    by Christine Kenneally
  25. Cover image, 13 Things that Don't Make Sense13 Things that Don’t Make Sense: The Most Baffling Scientific Mysteries of Our Time
    by Michael Brooks
  26. Cover image, the Pixar TouchThe Pixar Touch: The Making of a Company
    by David A. Price
  27. Cover image, Design ParadigmsDesign Paradigms: Case Histories of Error and Judgment in Engineering
    by Henry Petroski
  28. Cover image, StackedStacked: A 32DDD Reports from the Front
    by Susan Seligson
  29. Cover image, GOTOGo To: The Story of the Math Majors, Bridge Players, Engineers, Chess Wizards, Maverick Scientists and Iconoclasts – The Programmers That Created the Software Revolution
    by Steve Lohr
  30. Cover image, the Best American Science Writing 2008The Best American Science Writing 2008
    by Sylvia Nasar and Jesse Cohen
  31. Cover image, Captured by AliensCaptured by Aliens: The Search for Life and Truth in a Very Large Universe
    by Joel Achenbach
  32. Cover image, the SearchThe Search: How Google and Its Rivals Rewrote the Rules of Business andTransformed Our Culture
    by John Battelle
  33. Cover image, Reading the OEDReading the OED: One Man, One Year, 21,730 Pages
    by Ammon Shea
  34. Cover image, the Best of Technology Writing 2008The Best of Technology Writing 2008
    by Clive Thompson (editor)
  35. Cover image, Out of OrbitOut of Orbit: The Incredible True Story of Three Astronauts Who Were Hundreds of Miles Above Earth When They Lost Their Ride Home
    by Chris Jones
  36. Cover image, Shakespeare: The World As StageShakespeare: The World as Stage
    by Bill Bryson
  37. Cover image, the Meaning of EverythingThe Meaning of Everything: The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary
    by Simon Winchester
  38. Cover image, Um...Um…: Slips, Stumbles, and Verbal Blunders, and What They Mean
    by Michael Erard
  39. Cover image, Sun in a BottleSun in a Bottle: The Strange History of Fusion and the Science of Wishful Thinking
    by Chales Seife
    A book review of Sun in a Bottle
  40. Cover image, Open SourcesOpen Sources: Voices from the Open Source Revolution
    by Chris DiBona (editor)

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