Ben Mezrich is probably best known for his talent in writing truly engaging nonfiction, and Bitcoin Billionaires is another great addition. Following Harvard students Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss after their lawsuit against Mark Zuckerberg, we get an inside look at their attempt to start out as venture capitalists and how they quickly switched over to cryptocurrency after no one would work with them. Mezrich brings it all together, from Silk Roads to government hearings, leading up to November 26, 2017, when they became the first bitcoin billionaires.
Becoming Dr. Seuss
Dr. Seuss, nee Theodor Geisel, was a complicated man. He struggled as a writer and artist, only turning to children’s literature, which he considered “literary slumming,” only after having abandoned myriad other career paths. He was also not immune to the racism and misogyny of his day, and auth Brian Jay Jones doesn’t shy from those truths. In Becoming Dr. Seuss, Jones explores the development of this complicated personality, examining the struggles that finally produced an unlikely and successful career in children’s literature. Jones draws extensively from personal documents, interviews, and previous biographies to produce an engaging, often inspiring story of a fascinating man and artist.
Life to the Extreme
Talented handyman Ty Pennington spent much of his youth in trouble due to ADHD but found one way to cope with an untreated issue: build. He found that making, building, and designing things was the best way to stay focused. Following the journey of Pennington, we get to see the path that lead to him being an advocate for ADHD, getting into modeling and carpentry, and eventually shifting into television.
Every Tool’s a Hammer: Life is what you make it
Adam Savage is best known for Mythbusters, and anyone familiar with the show should also be aware that he is an accomplished maker. Every Tool’s a Hammer is a collection of Adam’s own personal experiences in building, crafting, and making, and it features Jamie Hyneman, Nick Offerman, Andrew Stanton, Guillermo del Toro, Tom Sachs, and Traci Des Jardins. Intended to get you on the right track, this is a great gift for any dad with a couple projects still sitting around.
CSNY: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Peter Doggett is a renowned music historian, and in CSNY he discusses the riveting history of one of rock n’ roll’s biggest bands. Following the band and their grandiose lifestyle, the book gives us an intimate look into what is considered one of the first and most renowned supergroups of all time. Featuring high quality photos and tales about the path that theses titans of music took, this is sure to be a pleasure for anyone with fond memories of Woodstock and the rise of CSNY.
Love him or hate him, Jimmy Carter was a fascinating president. Stuart Eizenstat was by Carter’s side through his rise from Georgia to his time as president and uses that personal knowledge of President Carter to present a unique and personal account of his history. Following him through some of his more famous policies as well as blunders, we truly get a behind the scenes look at a very polarizing president.
Weber’s Ultimate Grilling
The good folks at Weber have created this beautiful cookbook/guide for those that have been dreaming of grilling since the end of winter. This book is more than just recipes, giving helpful advice and information related to the science of cooking, so that anyone can be a master of the grill. With beautifully done, high-quality photos, easy-to-follow recipes and wonderful facts about grilling, this book really does live up to its name.
Like many of us, Paul Goldberger has an obsession over America’s favorite pastime, baseball. This book is an in-depth peek into the history of the stadiums that we have come to know and love. From the first park to the modern stadiums that we enjoy now, Paul Goldberger does and amazing job of collecting and organizing the history of these stadiums in a beautiful way.
David McCullough is best known for his writings on history, and The Pioneers is no different, following a few early settlers who settled near the Ohio River and built one of the earliest settlements in the area. This story follows Cutler, Putnam, Cutler’s son Ephraim, a carpenter/architect, and a physician who would become a pioneer in science. The story is pieced together from mostly unknown text and documents from these early settlers, giving us a unique look into the lives of those early pioneers.
The Second Mountain
David Brooks’s The Second Mountain is an idea for a roadmap that can guide people to lead more fulfilling lives by focusing less on ourselves and more on the idea of community. Based on the concept that the first mountain we tackle is going to be one for the self, the second is about doing what you can to make the world a better and kinder place. Part discussion of philosophy, part critique of society and the general idea of selfishness, this book is designed to help motivate the reader to find a better path.