Ian's Reviews

Lonely Planet is a trusted source whose guidebooks many have used on travels abroad. Their new book is a little different this time around. Instead of focusing on a specific area, Lonely Planet’s Atlas of Adventure has tips and tricks for maximizing your adventure, whether it be biking, climbing, or canoeing, in numerous locations around the globe. It is a great book for the armchair traveler and outdoor enthusiast alike. - Ian

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$35.00
ISBN: 9781786577597
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Published: Lonely Planet - September 19th, 2017

Having watched former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich’s short yet informative videos on numerous topics related to the economy, I’m excited for this compilation of his essays and cartoon illustrations (drawn on a large sketchpad with magic markers). Reich has always been able to make perplexing subjects accessible to those of us who are less informed, and I’m sure this book will be no different. - Ian

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Economics in Wonderland: Robert Reich's Cartoon Guide to a Political World Gone Mad and Mean Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781683960607
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Published: Fantagraphics Books - November 7th, 2017

The author of numerous well-researched and well-received biographies including Steve Jobs and The Innovators, Walter Isaacson now has written on another of the most interesting people in history, Leonardo da Vinci. Isaacson explores both the person and the genius he displayed in so many fields. - Ian

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$28.00
ISBN: 9781501139154
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 17th, 2017

Much like Hannibal himself, this book punches far above its weight class. Although stripped for brevity, it hits with the impact of a tome two or three times its size. Hunt deftly tells the story, both personal and public, of one of the world’s greatest generals. - Ian

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$28.00
ISBN: 9781439102176
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Published: Simon & Schuster - July 11th, 2017

This book does a fantastic job of covering nearly every aspect of transferring your life into a tiny home, from the cost of materials to efficient housing plans to codes and regulations on all (government) levels what should actually be in your new home. Part game-plan, part self-help, part reference book, this frames the current tiny house movement. - Ian

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ISBN: 9781465462701
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Published: Alpha Books - May 9th, 2017

Many of the world’s signs, sigils, and symbols, both known and obscure, are included with descriptions of their history and meaning along with pages of greater length explaining pantheons and greater concepts. This book has been a great resource for uncovering broad swaths or looking for something more minute. - Ian

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By Miranda Bruce-Mitford (Contribution by), DK
$25.00
ISBN: 9780756633936
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Published: DK Publishing (Dorling Kindersley) - June 1st, 2008

Beowulf is one of the great epics of the Western tradition, and one of the main inspirations for JRR Tolkien's collection of stories set in Middle Earth. Following Beowulf from his dramatic arrival through his heroic trials to the end of his life, this version also includes direct translations from Old English and commentary from Tolkien himself. - Ian

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ISBN: 9780544570306
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Published: Mariner Books - August 4th, 2015

Lloyd Kahn’s previous work (including Tiny Homes) will be familiar to many in here in Santa Cruz. His popular books often focus on simple, small dwellings, and his latest—featuring 65 homes in the 400- to 1200-square-foot range—is a welcome addition. From straightforward designs to ornate constructions, each house showcases something special. - Ian

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ISBN: 9780936070681
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Published: Shelter Publications - April 14th, 2017

I know we are told not to judge a book by its cover, but how can anyone not be drawn to this one, which features astronaut Leland Melvin being kissed by his two dogs? A former wide receiver for the Detroit Lions and now an engineer and a NASA astronaut, Melvin has a story for anyone who has wanted to drastically shift their life from the fields below to the stars above. A good pick for those wondering what a persevering spirit can merit someone at NASA. - Ian

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Chasing Space: An Astronaut's Story of Grit, Grace, and Second Chances Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062496720
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Published: Amistad Press - May 23rd, 2017

American Eclipse deconstructs the eclipse to its earthly ties while lacing mid-America to the moon and back. Following three characters across the plains to the point of totality, each with their distinct reasons for converging on such a historic event to the American people, but each a showcase for the greater trends and movements turning the USA to the power it holds today. A must for anyone persuaded by historical astronomy. - Ian

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ISBN: 9781631490163
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - June 6th, 2017

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