Chaos Monkey is a resiliency tool that helps applications tolerate random instance failures. But in this case, the chaos monkey of Silicon Valley is Antonia Garcia Martinez himself.
Weighing in on everything from startups and credit derivatives to Big Brother and data tracking, social media monetization and digital “privacy,” García Martínez shares his scathing observations and outrageous antics, taking us on a humorous, subversive tour of the fascinatingly insular tech industry. Chaos Monkeys lays bare the hijinks, trade secrets, and power plays of the visionaries, grunts, sociopaths, opportunists, accidental tourists, and money cowboys who are revolutionizing our world. The question is, will we survive?
In The Body Book, she shares what she has learned and continues to discover about nutrition, exercise, and the mind/body connection.
Grounded in science and informed by real life, The Body Book offers a comprehensive overview of the human body and mind, from the cellular level up. From demystifying and debunking the hype around food groups to explaining the value of vitamins and minerals, readers will discover why it’s so important to embrace the instinct of hunger and to satisfy it with whole, nutrient-dense foods.
The end is nigh.... and by end, we mean the end of the year. Have you done your reflections yet? We're all set to face the New Year with renewed energy and ready to leave the old before.
The Happiness Project might just be the thing to help if you're looking to for some change and happiness in your life. This book describes one person’s year-long attempt to discover what leads to true contentment. Drawing at once on cutting-edge science, classical philosophy, and real-world applicability, Rubin has written an engaging, eminently relatable chronicle of transformation.
H is for Hawk is a fantastic meld of nature and ambition, or suspense and grit.
As a child Helen Macdonald was determined to become a falconer. She learned the arcane terminology and read all the classic books, including T. H. White's tortured masterpiece,The Goshawk, which describes White's struggle to train a hawk as a spiritual contest. When her father dies and she is knocked sideways by grief, she becomes obsessed with the idea of training her own goshawk.
In this political climate, Viet Thanh Nguyen's The Refugees is highly relevant and necessary in our lives. The anthology is a collection of perfectly formed stories written over a period of twenty years, exploring questions of immigration, identity, love, and family, and Nguyen gives voice to lives led between two worlds, the adopted homeland and the country of birth.
Credit has crunched, debt has turned toxic, the gears of the world economy have ground to a halt. Yet despite its failures, the same market-driven ideas are being applied to everything from the food crisis to climate change. It’s time to ask one of the most fundamental questions a society can address: why do things cost what they do?
Raj Patel has worked for the World Bank, interned at the WTO, consulted for the UN and been involved in international campaigns against his former employers. Radical and original, The Value of Nothing uses basic but forgotten economics and cutting-edge neuroscience to show how the price we pay for everything, from burgers to ballistic missiles, is systematically distorted and to explore some rich alternatives to market fundamentalism.
Maestra may jolly well be the most shocking book you read this year. Yes, it's got hints of your 50 Shades-esque erotica, but with plots of murder and theft - it's not just fun and games anymore. No Mr Gray waiting, just a bad employer who is running an art scam. And when our heroine commits a crime overseas in Italy... well, the situation does not bode well.
There's already a script done up for a Hollywood movie, so trust us when we say you gotta read this book. Now who should be our spunky Judith...?