Rainn Wilson's favorite books

  • Mountains Beyond Mountains

    Mountains Beyond Mountains

    Mountains Beyond Mountains

    Michael French,Tracy Kidder
    Juvenile Nonfiction
    3.87 (82)

    Traces the efforts of Dr. Paul Farmer to transform healthcare on a global scale, documenting his visits to some of the world's most impoverished regions and the unconventional methods that enabled him to improve and save lives.

    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
    4.40 (409)

    Mixing science with philosophy, the author contemplates what he perceives to be the seven mysteries of life, ranging from evolution to divinity

    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
    3.73 (8,585)

    From the renowned comedian, creator, star and executive producer/multiple title-holder of Comedy Central's Important Things with Demetri Martin comes a bold, original, and rectangular kind of humor book. 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

  • The Family Virtues Guide
    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 (717)

    A leading scholar of the ancient Roman and Jewish worlds explains how the first generation of Christians distanced themselves from their Jewish origins and then became hostile to Jews as their influence spread within the empire, in a critical study that examines the origins of anti-Semitism. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.

    Rainn Wilson

    Fascinating

    May 31, 2013 — Source

  • Big Cats

    Big Cats

    Big Cats

    Holiday Reinhorn
    Fiction
    3.61 (170)

    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 zoo where they work, culminating in a blowout in front of the lion cage.

    Rainn Wilson

    I wouldnt recommend so highly if I didnt think it one of the very best short story collections.

    May 31, 2013 — Source

  • A Giacometti Portrait

    A Giacometti Portrait

    A Giacometti Portrait

    James Lord
    ART
    4.16 (702)

    The creative process that produces a work of art is illuminated as Lord documents through photographs and descriptions the stages by which Alberto Giacometti painted his portrait in oil

    Rainn Wilson

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

    May 31, 2013 — Source

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