Rainn Wilson
Book Recommendations

  • Big Cats

    Big Cats

    Big Cats

    Holiday Reinhorn
    Fiction
    3.59 (165)

    Big cats opens with "charlotte," in which a young girl with a broken pelvis spies on her voluptuous neighbor during a long, hot summer night, setting the tone of irrepressible curiosity and yearning that is evident throughout the collection. in "get away from me, david," a bank manager tries to overcome his haunted past as he deals with the aftermath of a minor earthquake and the body of a customer who died in the lobby. "big cats" pits two teenage girls against each other in an escalating catfight at the

    Rainn Wilson

    I wouldn't recommend so highly if I didn't think it one of the very best short story collections.

    May 31, 2013 — Source

  • The Family Virtues Guide

    The Family Virtues Guide

    The Family Virtues Guide

    Dan Popov,John Kavelin,Linda Kavelin Popov
    4.34 (154)

    The most important job parents have is to pass basic virtues on to their children, and this invaluable book is designed to help make that job a little easier. compiled by the virtues project, an international organization dedicated to inspiring spiritual growth in young and old alike, this multicultural, interfaith handbook shows parents and teachers how to turn words into actions and ideals into realities.drawn from the world's religions, the 52 virtues included here--one for each week of the year--nurture togetherness in family life. the simple strategies, which explain what

    Rainn Wilson

    The Family Virtues Guide is a really interesting thing I give to parents. It basically talks about virtues based education

    Nov 30, 2015 — Source

  • Rome and Jerusalem

    Rome and Jerusalem

    Rome and Jerusalem

    Martin Goodman
    History
    3.98 (723)

    A magisterial history of the titanic struggle between the roman and jewish worlds that led to the destruction of jerusalem.in 70 c.e., after a four-year war, three roman legions besieged and eventually devastated jerusalem, destroying herod’s magnificent temple. sixty years later, after further violent rebellions and the city’s final destruction, hadrian built the new city of aelia capitolina where jerusalem had once stood. jews were barred from entering its territory. they were taxed simply for being jewish. they were forbidden to worship their god. they were wholly reviled.what brought about

    Rainn Wilson

    My two favorite cities have a storied and contentious history, richly documented in this terrific study...Fascinating

    May 31, 2013 — Source

  • Narrow Road to the Interior

    Narrow Road to the Interior

    Narrow Road to the Interior

    Matsuo Basho,Sam Hamill
    4.27 (669)

    Here is the most complete single-volume collection of the writings of one of the great luminaries of asian literature. basho (1644–1694)—who elevated the haiku to an art form of utter simplicity and intense spiritual beauty—is best known in the west as the author of narrow road to the interior, a travel diary of linked prose and haiku that recounts his journey through the far northern provinces of japan. this volume includes a masterful translation of this celebrated work along with three other less well-known but important works by basho: travelogue

    Rainn Wilson

    A riveting meditation

    May 31, 2013 — Source

  • A Giacometti Portrait

    A Giacometti Portrait

    A Giacometti Portrait

    James Lord
    ART
    4.17 (725)

    When we look at a painting hanging on an art gallery wall, we see only what the artist has chosen to disclose--the finished work of art. what remains mysterious is the process of creation itself--the making of the work of art. everyone who has looked at paintings has wondered about this, and numerous efforts have been made to discover and depict the creative method of important artists. a giacometti portrait is a picture of one of the century's greatest artists at work.james lord sat for eighteen days while his friend

    Rainn Wilson

    A fascinating study of the obsessive artist in the throes of his creation

    May 31, 2013 — Source

  • Mountains Beyond Mountains

    Mountains Beyond Mountains

    Mountains Beyond Mountains

    Tracy Kidder
    Juvenile Nonfiction
    4.13 (84,145)

    At the center of mountains beyond mountains stands paul farmer. doctor, harvard professor, renowned infectious-disease specialist, anthropologist, the recipient of a macarthur "genius" grant, world-class robin hood, farmer was brought up in a bus and on a boat, and in medical school found his life’s calling: to diagnose and cure infectious diseases and to bring the lifesaving tools of modern medicine to those who need them most.mountains beyond mountains takes us from harvard to haiti, peru, cuba, and russia as farmer changes minds and practices through his dedication to the

    Rainn Wilson

    A biography of the great doctor, teacher and humanitarian, Paul Farmer. In the Artibonite plain in rural Haiti, he walks hundreds of miles, healing the sick and delivering AIDS medication with a selfless determination that is awe-inspiring.

    May 31, 2013 — Source

  • The Seven Mysteries of Life

    The Seven Mysteries of Life

    The Seven Mysteries of Life

    Guy Murchie
    Science
    4.39 (417)

    "all life in all worlds" -this was the object of the author's seventeen-year quest for knowledge and discovery, culminating in this book. in a manner unmistakably his own, murchie delves into the interconnectedness of all life on the planet and of such fields as biology, geology, sociology, mathematics, and physics. he offers us what the poet may sarton has called "a good book to take to a desert island as sole companion, so rich is it in knowledge and insight."

    Rainn Wilson

    An enormous tome of knowledge, wisdom, science, philosophy and transcendental mysticism that was said to have inspired Carl Sagans Cosmos. Like Walt Whitman as a science geek.

    May 31, 2013 — Source

  • This is a Book

    This is a Book

    This is a Book

    Demetri Martin
    Humor
    3.72 (9,055)

    Demetri's first literary foray features longer-form essays and conceptual pieces (such as protagonists' hospital, a melodrama about the clinic doctors who treat only the flesh wounds and minor head scratches of hollywood action heroes), as well as his trademark charts, doodles, drawings, one-liners, and lists (i.e., the world views of optimists, pessimists and contortionists), martin's material is varied, but his unique voice and brilliant mind will keep readers in stitches from beginning to end.

    Rainn Wilson

    The sharpest, oddest wit in an evolutionary line that includes James Thurber, Steve Martin and Steven Wright. Demetris brain astounds me.

    May 31, 2013 — Source