The prolific illustrating force that is Micah Lidberg is this weeks Bookshelf host. Micah’s work is some of the richest and most breathtaking we can make eyes at today, and his chosen field for obsession, the “very deep and very wide thing” we call nature, features heavily in his top five books from his personal library. Which all makes a lot of sense when you see his work…
Oh, the Places You’ll Go! Dr. Seuss
With the brilliance of Dr. Seuss and being a gift from my mom, this is one the most loved books on my shelf. If you ever need a little reminder on how awesome life can be, just read this book.
UFOs: Generals, Pilots, and Government Officials Go on the Record Leslie Kean
This is one of the few books I own on the subject. It begins with a forward by John Podesta, the former White House Chief of Staff under Bill Clinton, and has been recommended by the famous physicist, Michio Kaku. Unlike many UFO books, Leslie Kean presents a sobering and thoughtful look into this often misrepresented mystery. Whether you’re a sceptic, believer, or somewhere in between, the interviews with top officials and the case studies offer real material for contemplation.
My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey Jill Bolte Taylor
I was introduced to Jill Bolte Taylor by watching her TED talk a couple of years ago. Jill is a neuroanatomist, who at the age of 37, experienced a massive stroke in the left hemisphere of her brain. With humour and honesty, her book recounts the experience of slowly losing one side of her mind and the recovery that followed. Jill does a fascinating job of making the difficult subject of brain biology comprehendible and gives us a beautiful look into the consciousness we all share.
Shells-Muscheln-Coquillages Antoine-Joseph Dezallier d’Argenville
I received this book as a christmas gift from some close friends of mine. Taschen produces amazing books and this is certainly one of them. It’s filled with lithograph after lithograph of beautiful seashells. I get lost in the intricacies of the drawings as well as the absurd amount of shapes, colors, and patterns. Shells are incredible!
Character Sketches: From the Pages of Scripture, Illustrated in the World of Nature Volume III Institute in Basic Youth Conflicts
This may be one of the weirder books I own. It’s part of a series of books that pairs animals and plants with biblical characters, then using similarities between the two, tries to teach a variety of moral principles. As a kid, they were some of my favorite books. They’re huge and filled with elaborate drawings of an animals and plants. I love them now because they’re endearing but also because of how weird they are. They have beautiful typography and drawings, lots of science and data, but all embedded in biblical stories and strong moral messages. They’re sort of like the platypus of books.
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