Seven Books in Seven Days

I recently did one of those social media challenges where you’re supposed to post one thing each day for seven days.  In this case, the “one thing” was the cover of a book you love.

I thought I’d recap my choices here.  So these are seven books I love.

Thomas Jefferson bought most of the western United States from Napoleon for $25-million.  A fortune at the time.  He sent a company led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark on an expedition to find out what he’d bought.  This is their story.

Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose - cover

Everyone loves One Hundred Years of Solitude, and so do I, but this one is also very good — and the characters’ names aren’t so confusing!

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez - cover

I’m a big fan of Tom Friedman. His latest book walks us straight into the whirlwind of accelerating change buffeting us all. Good thing he’s an optimist!

My full review here:

Thank You for Being Late by Thomas Friedman - cover

Shortly before midnight, Louis Wu walked out of his own birthday party and teleported to a city one time zone to the west. He went alone, “jumping ahead of the midnight line, hotly pursued by the new day. Twenty-four hours was not long enough for a man’s two hundredth birthday.”

That’s just the opening teaser in this breathtakingly imaginative story. One of my favorite hard SF novels.

Ringworld by Larry Niven - cover

I admit this one’s a bit esoteric, but much of Havel’s writing is as relevant today, when democracy is under attack or in retreat in many places around the world, as it was when he led Czechoslovakia’s Velvet Revolution and was elected its first post-communist President.

Open Letters by Vaclav Havel - cover

I know we’re saturated these days with Sherlock re-makes, updates and spin-offs, but the original stories, especially with the illustrations and formatting from the Strand Magazine, really are wonderful.

The Original Illustrated Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle - cover

This book provides a brilliant framework for thinking about and taking action on the environment: living within a system of planetary boundaries.  The book warns starkly about the consequence of inaction, yet provides some direction and much needed hope that we can rescue ourselves and our planet.

If you read only one of these seven books, please read this one.

My full review here:

Big World Small Planet by Rockstrom and Klum - cover

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