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Packing For Mars by Mary Roach
Packing For Mars by Mary Roach
loved this book! Mary's writing is a perfect marriage between technical tidbits and quirky, slightly irreverent humour. If you were ever curious about how people handle body functions in space, or whether or not zero gravity sex is possible - this is the book for you.

It's evident that Mary throws herself into her research travelling all throughout North America, Europe and Asia to get the details on topics I bet everyone wonders about, but not many ask. This books provides hilarious stories of how astronauts are picked (Japan's astronauts really do fold paper cranes), and a great account of many of the animals who came before humans in the space race. There is even some self… Read more
Big Short, The by Michael Lewis
Big Short, The by Michael Lewis
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4.0 out of 5 stars I think I get it now ...., March 21 2011
I picked this up because I was so curious about how we got into such a mess with the economy. As a Canadian with a good job, I am somewhat removed from the crisis personally, but I see it everywhere in some way and didn't quite understand what caused all of that.

I can't say I completely understand everything in this book. Lewis definitely expects that the read has some understanding of stocks and bonds and definitions, but the more complicated things are explain a few times in the book, in a few different ways, using metaphors and illustrative language.

I also like that the various people he talks about become characters as he describes their personality and… Read more