All tagged non-fiction

Book Review: Vitamin N: The Essential Guide to a Nature-Rich Life by Richard Louv

If hearing the term nature-deficit disorder concerns you, then this brainstorm book of solutions for integrating more of the outdoors into your life is easy to read for those suggestions that apply to your life, and skim over those sections that don't.

If you want to know more about the research behind nature-deficit disorder, then check out the Research Library at the Children & Nature Network.

Richard Louv has written two other books on this subject as well. Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder focuses on readers concerned with the impact of nature-deficit disorder on children, while The Nature Principle: Human Restoration and the End of Nature-Deficit Disorder is geared toward helping adults.

As a child-free minimalist, I found many inspiring ideas and stories here.

Book Review: Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? by Seth Godin

I've been wanting to read one of Seth Godin's books for a while now. Since I didn't quite know where to start, I just checked Overdrive from my library. Linchpin was available, so I snagged it.

Let me start with two criticisms.

Consistently, I've read reviews that knock Godin's book for being repetitive. I would have to agree here. He browbeats every one of his main points.

That being said, I'm not certain if criticizing Godin exclusively for this repetition is entirely fair. The more non-fiction "self-help entrepreneurial productivity" books I read, the more I wonder if repetition is a curse of the genre rather than individual authors. As a teacher, I understand that restating the information in multiple ways helps students grasp concepts and internalize them. I'm going to err on Godin's side and make the assumption that his echoey writing style is merely meant to help a larger audience latch on to his ideas and make sense of them.

Book Review: You've Never Weird on the Internet (almost) by Felicia Day

I am a fan of Felicia Day’s so it is not difficult for me to love her memoir. Her writing style is similar to how she presents herself in interviews and online; she’s conversational and self-deprecating. Definitely a quick read here.

While she does cover her homeschooled childhood & teen years, her college experience of having her mom drive her to UT Austin, and young adult dreams of being discovered in Hollywood, it’s her essence of geek that ties this book together.

Her love of computers, technology, games, and the internet is a recurring theme. Reading about her first experiences with using a dial-up modem and meeting people in chat rooms had me laughing, sometimes out loud. 

Book Review: We Are Anonymous: Inside the Hacker World of LulzSec, Anonymous, and the Global Cyber Insurgency by Parmy Olson

I saw author Parmy Olson on The Daily Show back in 2012. Her overview of her research into the hacker world of Anonymous and her discovery that most of these hackers were not technically accomplished got my attention.

This subculture fascinates me. How does the underbelly of the Internet work? How dark is the dark net? Who pulls all of these various strings? And ultimately, how secure is our data? How secure are we as individuals and as a nation?