Caterina Fake's favorite books

  • How Buildings Learn

    How Buildings Learn

    Stewart Brand
    What Happens After They're Built
    Architecture

    Buildings have often been studies whole in space, but never before have they been studied whole in time. How Buildings Learn is a masterful new synthesis that proposes that buildings adapt best when constantly refined and reshaped by their occupants, and that architects can mature from being artists of space to becoming artists of time. From the connected farmhouses of New England to I.M. Pei's Media Lab, from "satisficing" to "form follows funding," from the evolution of bungalows to the invention of Santa Fe Style, from Low Road military surplus buildings to a High Road English classic like Chatsworth—this is a far-ranging survey of unexplored essential territory. More than any other human artifacts, buildings improve with time—if they're allowed to. How Buildings Learn shows how to work with time rather than against it.

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    one of my favorite books

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  • The Innovator's Dilemma

    The Innovator's Dilemma

    Clayton M. Christensen
    When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail
    Business & Economics

    Named one of 100 Leadership & Success Books to Read in a Lifetime by Amazon Editors A Wall Street Journal and Businessweek bestseller. Named by Fast Company as one of the most influential leadership books in its Leadership Hall of Fame. An innovation classic. From Steve Jobs to Jeff Bezos, Clay Christensen’s work continues to underpin today’s most innovative leaders and organizations. The bestselling classic on disruptive innovation, by renowned author Clayton M. Christensen. His work is cited by the world’s best-known thought leaders, from Steve Jobs to Malcolm Gladwell. In this classic bestseller—one of the most influential business books of all time—innovation expert Clayton Christensen shows how even the most outstanding companies can do everything right—yet still lose market leadership. Christensen explains why most companies miss out on new waves of innovation. No matter the industry, he says, a successful company with established products will get pushed aside unless managers know how and when to abandon traditional business practices. Offering both successes and failures from leading companies as a guide, The Innovator’s Dilemma gives you a set of rules for capitalizing on the phenomenon of disruptive innovation. Sharp, cogent, and provocative—and consistently noted as one of the most valuable business ideas of all time—The Innovator’s Dilemma is the book no manager, leader, or entrepreneur should be without.

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    A must-read for entrepreneurs

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  • Voices From Chernobyl

    Voices From Chernobyl

    Svetlana Alexievich
    The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster
    History

    The people of Chernobyl talk about their lives before, during, and after the worst nuclear reactor accident in history, which occurred on April 26, 1986 in the Soviet Union in Chernobyl, a disaster that spread radioactive contamination across much of Europe. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.

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    Unbelievable

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  • The 4-Hour Workweek

    The 4-Hour Workweek

    Tim Ferriss
    The 4-Hour Workweek Summary

    The 4-Hour Workweek In 20 Minutes Summary Tim Ferriss The 4-Hour Work Week teaches techniques to increase your time and financial freedom giving you more lifestyle options. The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich (2007) is a self-help book by Timothy Ferriss, an American writer, educational activist, and entrepreneur. The book has spent more than four years on The New York Times Best Seller List, has been translated into 35 languages and has sold more than 1,350,000 copies worldwide. It deals with what Ferriss refers to as "lifestyle design" and repudiates the traditional "deferred" life plan in which people work grueling hours and take few vacations for decades and save money in order to relax after retirement.

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    Recommended on Tim Ferris podcast

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  • Ethan Frome

    Ethan Frome

    Edith Wharton
    Fiction

    A New England farmer eking out a hardscrabble existence on an unproductive farm must choose between his duty to care for his difficult, invalid wife and his love for her vivacious young cousin. Reissue.

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    a really wonderful book

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  • Tomb for Boris Davidovich

    a really wonderful book

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  • The 4-Hour Body

    Recommended on Tim Ferris podcast

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  • The Upanishads

    The Upanishads

    Eknath Easwaran
    Hinduism

    In the ancient wisdom texts called the Upanishads, illumined sages share flashes of insight, the results of their investigation into consciousness itself. In extraordinary visions, they experience directly a transcendent Reality which is the essence, or Self, of each created being. They teach that each of us, each Self, is eternal, deathless, one with the power that created the universe.Easwaran s translation is reliable and readable, consistently the bestseller in its field. It includes an overview of the cultural and historical setting, with chapter introductions, notes, and a Sanskrit glossary. But it is Easwaran s understanding of the wisdom of the Upanishads, and their relevance to the modern reader, that makes this edition truly outstanding.Each sage, each Upanishad, appeals in different ways to the reader s head and heart. In the end, Easwaran writes, The Upanishads belong not just to Hinduism. They are India s precious legacy to humanity, and in that spirit they are offered here.

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    I\'ve reread The Upanishads

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  • The White Goddess

    The White Goddess

    Robert Graves
    A Historical Grammar of Poetic Myth
    Literary Criticism

    The White Goddess is perhaps the finest of Robert Graves's works on the psychological and mythological sources of poetry. In this tapestry of poetic and religious scholarship, Graves explores the stories behind the earliest of European deities—the White Goddess of Birth, Love, and Death—who was worshipped under countless titles. He also uncovers the obscure and mysterious power of "pure poetry" and its peculiar and mythic language.

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    a very meaningful book by Robert Graves, which is about poetry and its sources

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  • The Principles of Uncertainty

    The Principles of Uncertainty

    Maira Kalman
    ART

    A narrative travelogue told in handwritten text and illustrations presents the creator's idiosyncratic worldview on a broad range of topics, from personal identity and happiness to the reasons for war and the delights of candy. 100,000 first printing.

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    Really beautiful book[s] and full of life-giving thoughts

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  • The Norton Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Poetry, Volume 2

    Recommended on Tim Ferris podcast

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  • Letters of Note

    another really wonderful book that I’ve also given out to a lot of people

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  • The Norton Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Poetry, Volume 1

    Recommended on Tim Ferris podcast

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  • Hannah Versus the Tree

    Hannah Versus the Tree

    Leland de la Durantaye
    Fiction

    Hannah is a fiercely intelligent young women, daughter of a powerful family's black sheep son, and raised to question who has been, is, and will be damaged by business deals meant to protect and maintain the dynasty. A devastating wrong is done to her when she opposes a family scheme and her response is a battle cry of astounding violence and beauty. As haunting as Shelly Jackson or Thomas Bernhard, as enthralling as Nabokov or Joyce, Leland de la Durantaye's debut novel is a radical departure from contemporary storytelling. At once the story of a terrific act of vengeance and of a lifelong love, Hannah versus the Tree Hannah presents a new literary genre, the mythopoetic thriller.

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    a really wonderful book

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  • The Tiger's Wife

    The Tiger's Wife

    Téa Obreht
    A Novel
    Fiction

    Struggling to understand why her beloved grandfather left his family to die alone in a field hospital far from home, a young doctor in a war-torn Balkan country takes over her grandfather's search for a mythical ageless vagabond while referring to a worn copy of Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book. A first novel. 18,000 first printing.

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    Recommended on Tim Ferris podcast

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  • Holy Bible

    Holy Bible

    Hendrickson Publishers
    King James Version
    Bibles

    "If you are looking for a Bible that's easy to use and to give away, this is the Bible for you " The world is hungry for eternal truth. When we spread God's Word, we're helping to fulfill the Great Commission. Now you can reach more people with this handy, budget-friendly edition. With no frills or extras that increase the page count or the price, this economy KJV Bible is the ideal choice for a basic introduction to Scripture, for daily devotions, worship, prison ministry, evangelistic outreach, missions, or any occasion when you want to read and share God's Word. Special Features - Complete KJV text - Simple, straightforward presentation - Convenient size - Affordable price--keep a supply on hand

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    Recommended on Tim Ferris podcast

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  • Labyrinths

    Labyrinths

    Jorge Luis Borges
    Selected Stories & Other Writings
    Fiction

    A new edition of a classic work by a late forefront Argentinean writer features the 1964 augmented original text and is complemented by a biographical essay, a tribute to the writer's body of work, and a chronology of his life. Reprint.

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    I think the best book of his to start with

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  • The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

    The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

    David Mitchell
    A Novel
    Fiction

    Dispatched to the influential Japanese port of Dejima in 1799, ambitious clerk Jacob de Zoet resolves to earn enough money to deserve his wealthy fiancâee, an effort that is challenged by his relationship with the midwife daughter of a samurai.

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    Recommended on Tim Ferris podcast

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  • Growth of the Soil

    Growth of the Soil

    Knut Hamsun
    Fiction

    The epic novel of man and nature that won its author the Nobel Prize in Literature When it was first published in 1917, Growth of the Soil was immediately recognized as a masterpiece. In the story of Isak, who leaves his village to clear a homestead and raise a family amid the untilled tracts of the Norwegian backcountry, Knut Hamsun evokes the elemental bond between humans and the land. Newly translated by the distinguished Hamsun scholar Sverre Lyngstad, Growth of the Soil is a work of preternatural calm, stern beauty, and biblical power-and the crowning achievement of one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century. 'Growth of the Soil was a worldwide sensation . . . and almost from the day of publication there were rumors that Hamsun would win the Nobel Prize . . . Singer admitted to being 'hypnotized' by him; Hesse called him his favorite writer; Hemingway recommended his novels to Scott Fitzgerald; Gide compared him to Dostoyevsky, but believed Hamsun was 'perhaps even more subtle.' The list of those who loved his sly, anarchic voice is long.' - The New Yorker WINNER OF THE NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURE Translated with Notes by SVERRE LYNGSTAD

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    Recommended on Tim Ferris podcast

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  • The Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson

    Recommended on Tim Ferris podcast

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  • The Odyssey

    I\'m re-reading, currently, The Odyssey

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  • Louise Bourgeois

    is fantastic

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