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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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Julian Green - 2001-05-01 (first published in 1983)
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Born an American in Paris in 1900, Green accompanies the reader on an imaginative stroll through the French capital sharing his discoveries at every turn. From haunted visions of Notre Dame to memories of the old Trocadero, Green lovingly describes these strange and often little known locations. This special bilingual edition is illustrated with th...
Linda Liukas
89/100. Paris by Julian Green. A book where every other page is French, every other English. I liked dipping between the languages. The writing was beautiful.      source
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The Thinking Hand
Existential and Embodied Wisdom in Architecture (Architectural Design Primer)) [By
Linda Liukas
73/100. The Thinking Hand: Existential and Embodied Wisdom in Architecture by Juhani Pallasmaa. This was a *hard* book to find. Love how well read Pallasmaa is + helped me lot in both my playground work as well as positioning ideas around learning abstract ideas with our hands.      source
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Beautiful World, Where Are You
Sally Rooney - 2022-06-07 (first published in 2021)
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AN INSTANT #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERBeautiful World, Where Are You is a new novel by Sally Rooney, the bestselling author of Normal People and Conversations with FriendsAlice, a novelist, meets Felix, who works in a warehouse, and asks him if he’d like to travel to Rome with her. In Dublin, her best friend, Eileen, is getting over a breakup, and...
Linda Liukas
69/100. Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney. I should have waited a bit longer with this one (I hate hype books), but needed nurturing fiction for the week.. The characters are getting older (as is my generation), and I love the dialogue. Hope Rooney keeps writing.      source
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Madeline Miller - 2020-04-14
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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
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
Madeline Miller - 2012-08-28 (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
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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Oliver Sacks - 1999-10-05 (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
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 - 2012-06-26
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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
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 - 2021-03-02
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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...
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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 - 2020-01-01
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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
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 - 2019-11-12
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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 ...
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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
The New Childhood by Jordan Shapiro
The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu