Holiday Reading List
Nothing a like week without email, cell phone, or CNBC to
make you catch up on the recreational reading:
The Big Bang, Simon Singh. Another outstanding
book from Singh, with the best one-paragraph explanation
of Einstein's general theory of relativity as you'll find
Rocketman, Nancy Conrad. The biography of Pete Conrad. I'll
admit to a soft spot for most things written by or
about fellow Tigers. Conrad gets extra points for
taking a Princeton flag to the moon on Apollo 12.
It is uproariously funny in parts.
Shaking Her Assets, Robin Epstein and Renee Kaplan.
I vaguely remember buying this on the basis of an
amazon.com recommendation, and it was a bad one.
It was sufficient distraction for the flight to
Jamaica, but that was about it.
Spin State, Chris Moriarty. Another amazon.com
recommendation based on previous gobbling up of everything
written by Orson Scott Card and Charles Stross. Quite
simply, an outstanding new science fiction writer. Her
physics are solid (how many SciFi books come with a bibliography,
excepting the made-up tomes of Frank Herbert's works?). Reading
this immediately after Singh's book was coincidence, but it
did help to have quantum mechanics on the brain.
The Pact, Jodi Picoult. I read Picoult's Mercy
years ago, when I saw it strategically positioned near the
entrance of the local bookstore and recognized the name as
one within my Princeton undergraduate orange light cone. I've
since read everything she's written, and each time I finish
a book I think "Wow, how'd she ever research that?" You
can call her writing style "moral fiction" if you wish;
she develops her characters forwards and backwards in time
so that you don't form opinions of them as much as you
feel for them.