A Person’s Books

I thought I’d start light with a comic book. Didn’t work.

Maybe a nice little mystery that leads you along to where the murderer is caught in the end. Nope.

A history of libraries? Almost.

Algorithms in a Nutshell? Blah blah blah.

The Art of Computer Programming Volume 1 Fundamental Algorithms Third Edition? YES!

Donald E Knuth is a lyricist and a logician. He shows algorithms as steps in a list, as flow charts, descriptively, and as programming code. He covers all learning styles. He is thorough and knowledgeable and I love the way he writes.

I thought to get my brain working again I should start slow, read something easy. Instead it turned out I needed return to an old favorite, an author who speaks to me like kin. To explore familiar paths and comfortable book houses.

Time to pull out Oscar Wilde, John Burroughs (naturalist), Robin McKinley, Thich Nhat Hanh, Jane Austen, Gene Stratton Porter, Joseph Campbell, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Tamora Pierce, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, etc.

For now though dear Donald Knuth.

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