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Exit Libris

I have only so many bookshelves, and I have not yet bought into ereaders, so from time to time books must leave. Here is the current batch:



  • 50 Simple Ways to Save Your House, Bruce Johnson. Yes, I did get this book before Youtube was invented. Why do you ask?
  • Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions, Brian Christian and Tom Griffiths. An OK introduction to probability and related ideas, but I am keeping Taleb's Incerto series in preference over this one. Oh, and Feller's classic textbooks as well.
  • Animals of East Africa, Louis S. B. Leakey. A book from my childhood, but time to let it go.
  • Edge of a Continent: The Pacific Coast from Alaska to Baja, Don Greame Kelley. Rossi & David C. Hunt. A book from my childhood, but time to let it go.
  • Freedom Manifesto: Why Free Markets are Moral and Big Government Isn't, Steve Forbes and Elizabeth Ames. If you read the title and say “But of course!”, you should avoid this book. But if you choke and sputter at the title, you should most definitely read this book. ;–)
  • Indian & Eskimo Artifacts of North America, Charles Miles. A book from my childhood, but time to let it go.
  • Just for Fun: The Story of an Accidental Revolutionary, Linus Torvalds and David Diamond. This is the hardback. The paperback takes less space, plus it is autographed. And I won the paperback in a coding contest at a long-ago linux.conf.au!
  • Leadership and Crisis, Bobby Jindal. Not everyone's cup of tea, but worth it for the anecdote about career day. You see, his son was bitterly disappointed that his dad was merely the governor of Louisiana instead of something really cool, like a policeman or fireman.
  • New Complete Do-It-Yourself Manual, Reader's Digest. Yes, I did get this book before Youtube was invented. Why do you ask?
  • Our Culture, What's Left of it, Theodore Dalrymple. His “Life at the Bottom” is a classic and worthwhile old-man rant, but this sequel suffers a bit by comparison.
  • Patent Failure: How Judges, Bureaucrats, and Lawyers Put Innovators at Risk, Jesse Bessen & Michael J. Meurer.
  • Plato, Not Prozac! Applying Eternal Wisdom to Everyday Problems, Lou Marinoff. I have no problem with Plato being considered better than prozac, but exercise works even better for me. Not bad as an introduction to various schools of philosophy, but I prefer “Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar... Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes”. Not that I can rattle off any of the schools of philosophy, so maybe I am just a philistine.
  • Snoop: What Your Stuff Says About You, Sam Gosling.
  • The Art of the Old West, Paul A. Rossi & David C. Hunt. A book from my childhood, but time to let it go.
  • The Halo Effect: How Managers Let Themselves be Deceived, Phil Rosenweig. A good book, though I never did figure the focus on managers in the title. Seems to me to apply to everyone.
  • The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins.
  • The Inscrutable Americans, Anurag Mathur. Adventures at an American University for a kid from India.
  • The Lexus and the Olive Tree: Understanding Globalization, Thomas L. Friedman. Not a bad read, but a bit dated. Also, it seemed to me that he had traveled the world, but not so much his own country.
  • The Liberty Amendments, Mark R. Levin. If you feel the urge to run out and amend the USA constitution, you might want to read a few books like this one first. You see, other people just might have rather different ideas than you as to which direction the amendments should go.
  • The Millionaire Mind, Thomas J. Stanley. OK, but suffers from the sequel effect: “The Millionaire Next Door” is much better.
  • The Will to Meaning, Viktor E. Frankl. Actually not at all bad, but suffers by comparison to “Man's Search for Meaning”.
  • Tomorrow's Table: Organic Farming, Genetics, and the Future of Food, Pamela C. Ronald & Raoul W. Adamchak. A good thing to read if you labor under the delusion that farming is trivial. But I grew up in a farming community, so...

It is a bit sad to abandon some old friends, but such is life with physical books!

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(Anonymous)
Feb. 22nd, 2018 01:21 am (UTC)
Unnecessary pedant mode on:

It's "exeunt libri" unless I'm mistaken. :)
paulmck
Feb. 22nd, 2018 02:02 am (UTC)
I got rid of my Latin textbook long ago, so I have no idea. :-)
yubinr
Feb. 22nd, 2018 07:30 am (UTC)
what are you going to do with these books
Are you going to sell them?
paulmck
Feb. 22nd, 2018 04:59 pm (UTC)
Re: what are you going to do with these books
We donate them to a local library.
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