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Updated by Bernie Goldbach on Apr 08, 2018
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Books Giving Superpowers is a list of useful books that should empower their readers.


Getting Things Done

How to achieve stress-free productivity by David Allen.

How to Cook Everything

2,000 Simple Recipes for Great Food

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain

The Definitive 4th Edition by Betty Edwards. A classic drawing book that has sold more than 1.7 million copies in the United States alone.

How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive

A Manual of Step by Step Procedures for the Compleat Idiot [John Muir, Tosh Gregg]

Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day

100 New Recipes Featuring Whole Grains, Fruits, Vegetables, and Gluten-Free Ingredients: Zoe Francois, Jeff Hertzberg MD, Mark Luinenburg.

Mastering Knife Skills

The Essential Guide to the Most Important Tools in Your Kitchen by Norman Weinstein and Mark Thomas.

Thinking, Fast and Slow

Thinking, Fast and Slow: Daniel Kahneman. Rational thinking.

Everything Is Obvious: *Once You Know the Answer

by Duncan J. Watts, a guy who knows the sociology behind social networks.

The Signal and the Noise

Why So Many Predictions Fail-but Some Don't: Nate Silver

The Black Swan: Second Edition

The Impact of the Highly Improbable: With a new section: "On Robustness and Fragility" by Nassim Nicholas Taleb,

8 Minute Meditation

Quiet Your Mind. Change Your Life. [Victor Davich]

Remembering the Kanji,

A Complete Course on How Not to Forget the Meaning and Writing of Japanese Characters [James W. Heisig]

Remembering Traditional Hanz

How Not to Forget the Meaning and Writing of Chinese Characters [James W. Heisig, Timothy W. Richardson]. This book might cost you $150.

Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind

by Shunryu Suzuki, David Chadwick

Directory of Knots

John Shaw examines more than 100 different knots, covering a wide spectrum of activities. You don't have to be into bondage to enjoy this title.

The Complete Book of Knots

by Geoffrey Budworth. A beautifully illustrated guide to knots for home and the outdoors. Book has exceptional resale value.

Handbook of Knots

Des Pawson helps you learn loops and practise plaits. This guide reveals everything you need to know about knot tying. With clear instructions and step-by-step photographs.

Man's Search for Meaning

by Viktor Frankl, Harold S. Kushner.

Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming

by Stephen LaBerge and friend Howard Rheingold. It is a solid how-to book. It can help me control my dreams.


The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert B. Cialdini. Used on a college public relations course.

Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit

by Daniel Quinn. Helps me respect others.

Starting Strength

by Mark Rippetoe and Jason Kelly. Because I'm never in shape anymore.

Difficult Conversations

How to Discuss What Matters Most (Audible Audio Edition) by Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton and Sheila Heen.

The Gentle Art of Verbal Self Defense

Suzette H. Elgin presents the key tactics and skills for controlling language behaviour in one's personal and professional life. It explains the hidden meanings of silences.

The Morrow Guide to Knots

Knots for sailing, fishing, camping, climbing by Mario Bigon, Guido Regazzoni, Kennie Lyman, and Maria Piotrowska. This book offers step-by-step instructions that take full advantage of color photography to teach the art of tying knots.