Some books don't fit easily into the other categories I've already created. They're not fiction, and they have nothing to do with computers, software engineering, or other aspects of technology. The first such book in this list was Rupert Sheldrake's intriguing discussion of the uncanny ability of many dogs and cats to anticipate the return of their owners. Yeah, I know it sounds silly, but take a look at it. I'm not a dog fanatic, and I'm normally one of those obnoxious people who wants to see "scientific evidence" before paying serious attention to things like UFO's ... but Sheldrake has made me begin to wonder whether Max, our little 7-pound Yorkshire Terrier, is perhaps smarter than we think ...

Berman, Morris. The Twilight of American Culture. (W.W. Norton, June 2001). Read Ed's Review.
Gladwell, Malcolm. The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference. (Little, Brown & Company, 2002). [There's also an audio cassette version of the book, if you'd like to listen to it while you're riding in your car, or jogging in the park.]

Hyde, Catherine Ryan. Pay It Forward. (Pocket Books, 2000). [If you're too busy to read the book, consider getting the movie on VHS or DVD, starring Kevin Spacey, Helent Hunt, and Haley Joel Osment.] Read Ed's Review.

Sacks, Peter. Generation X Goes to College: An Eye-Opening Account of Teaching in Postmodern America. (Open Court Publishing, 1996). Read Ed's Review.
Sheldrake, Rupert. Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home : And Other Unexplained Powers of Animals. (Three Rivers Press, September 2000).


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