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Linda Liukas is a Finnish children's book author, illustrator and an instructor for beginner programmers. In 2014, her Hello Ruby coding book for children raised $380,000 on Kickstarter becoming the platform's most highly funded children's book.
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Circe
Madeline Miller - Apr 14, 2020
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In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child—not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power—the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and...
Linda Liukas
Oct 14, 2021
67/100. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. After Circe I had high hopes, and the book delivers (though it came first). Story of Achilles told from the perspective Patroclus, steering clear of cliches. Story of Achilles influences also another book I'm reading currently..      source
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The Song of Achilles
A Novel
Magic Tree House Series
Madeline Miller - Aug 28, 2012 (first published in 2011)
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Achilles, "the best of all the Greeks," son of the cruel sea goddess Thetis and the legendary king Peleus, is strong, swift, and beautiful irresistible to all who meet him. Patroclus is an awkward young prince, exiled from his homeland after an act of shocking violence. Brought together by chance, they forge an inseparable bond, despite risking the...
Linda Liukas
Oct 14, 2021
67/100. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. After Circe I had high hopes, and the book delivers (though it came first). Story of Achilles told from the perspective Patroclus, steering clear of cliches. Story of Achilles influences also another book I'm reading currently..      source
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Awakenings
Oliver Sacks - Oct 05, 1999 (first published in 1973)
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Awakenings is a 1973 non-fiction book by Oliver Sacks. It recounts the life histories of those who had been victims of the 1920s encephalitis lethargica epidemic. Sacks chronicles his efforts in the late 1960s to help these patients at the Beth Abraham Hospital in the Bronx, New York....
Linda Liukas
Jun 12, 2021
38/100. Awakenings by Oliver Sacks. Had missed this one (although the Weschler biography last year was one of my favorite books). Poetic with the precision of a doctor. The encephalitis lethargica epidemic was eery read during a pandemic.      source
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Rules of Civility
A Novel
Amor Towles - Jun 26, 2012
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On the last night of 1937, twenty-five-year-old Katey Kontent is in a second-rate Greenwich Village jazz bar with her boardinghouse roommate stretching three dollars as far as it will go when Tinker Grey, a handsome banker with royal blue eyes and a tempered smile, happens to sit at the neighboring table. This chance encounter and its startling con...
Linda Liukas
Apr 14, 2021
25/100. Rules of Civility by Amor Towles. If possible, loved this even more than Moscow book. New York in 1938, “We give people the liberty of fashioning themselves in the moment-a span of time that is so much more manageable, stageable, controllable than is a lifetime.”      source
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The Empathy Diaries
A Memoir
Sherry Turkle - Mar 02, 2021
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"A beautiful book... an instant classic of the genre." --Dwight Garner, New York Times - A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice MIT psychologist and bestselling author of Reclaiming Conversation and Alone Together, Sherry Turkle's intimate memoir of love and workFor decades, Sherry Turkle has shown how we remake ourselves in the mirror of our...
Linda Liukas
Mar 19, 2021
19/100. The Empathy Diaries: A Memoir by Sherry Turkle. Loved this - Second Self was such an important book to me and Sherry's outsider's gaze to technology (+ MIT) gets depth from this book. Papert, Minsky & al are in side roles, which is nice for a change.      source
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Uncanny Valley
Anna Wiener - Jan 01, 2020
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The prescient, page-turning account of a journey in Silicon Valley: a defining memoir of our digital ageIn her mid-twenties, at the height of tech industry idealism, Anna Wiener—stuck, broke, and looking for meaning in her work, like any good millennial—left a job in book publishing for the promise of the new digital economy. She moved from New Yor...
Linda Liukas
Jan 26, 2021
9/100. Uncanny Valley by Anna Wiener. Procrastinated starting to read this. Having spent the formative years in my 20s in the same tech culture as Anna, this was sometimes a painfully read. Her writing is so perceptive and the details too real. But a great read nonetheless.      source
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Bowie's Bookshelf
The Hundred Books that Changed David Bowie's Life
John O'Connell - Nov 12, 2019
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Part epic reading guide and part biography of a music legend, Bowie’s Bookshelf is a collection of mini-essays exploring David Bowie’s list of 100 favorite books in the context of the artist’s life and work.Imagine a beloved friend sharing their favorite books with you—the ones that shaped them, made them who they are, and inspired them to achieve ...
Linda Liukas
Nov 16, 2019
Wish this becomes a format. "Three years before David Bowie died, he shared a list of 100 books that changed his life. (...) In 100 short essays, music journalist John O’Connell studies each book on Bowie’s list and contextualizes it in the artist’s life and work"      source
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The Design of Childhood
How the Material World Shapes Independent Kids
Alexandra Lange - Mar 10, 2020 (first published in 2010)
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"Nothing short of spectacular . . . A secret guidebook to a landscape in which we all dwell, but so often fail to see." --Tom Vanderbilt, bestselling author of TrafficFrom building blocks to city blocks, an eye-opening exploration of how children's playthings and physical surroundings affect their development. Parents obsess over their children's p...
Linda Liukas
Apr 12, 2019
Two timely books on childhood, technology and society that have critical, constructive, human-centered messages. Thank you @jordosh and @LangeAlexandra.      source
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The New Childhood
Raising Kids to Thrive in a Connected World
Jordan Shapiro - Dec 31, 2018
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A provocative look at the new, digital landscape of childhood and how to navigate it. In The New Childhood, Jordan Shapiro provides a hopeful counterpoint to the fearful hand-wringing that has come to define our narrative around children and technology. Drawing on groundbreaking research in economics, psychology, philosophy, and education, The New ...
Linda Liukas
Apr 12, 2019
Two timely books on childhood, technology and society that have critical, constructive, human-centered messages. Thank you @jordosh and @LangeAlexandra.      source
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The Three-Body Problem
Cixin Liu - Jan 12, 2016 (first published in 2006)
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The Three-Body Problem is the first chance for English-speaking readers to experience this multiple award winning phenomenon from China's most beloved science fiction author, Liu Cixin.Set against the backdrop of China's Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization o...
Linda Liukas
Sep 08, 2017
The Three-Body Problem might be the best scifi book I've read all year. Physics, scientists, China, history, gaming and mythology. 🌕🌕🌕      source