Category Archives: Nonfiction

What Would MacGyver Do?

True Stories of Improvised Genius in Everyday Life

Brendan Vaughan

Oh how I love MacGyver movies.  This petite book contains anecdotes by laymen and journalists alike about their solutions to diverse problems.  Almost Chicken Noodle Soup for the Soul-esque, you can read in short doses about predicaments strange and silly, solutions genius and obvious.  I think my two favorites are the guy who fixed the clutch mechanism with a knitting needle on an 8-hour drive and the guy who forgot his anniversary and pulled a present out of thin air that was better than most guys do with a month and 100 bucks.  Or the handy guy whose name is pronounced… MacGyver.

This is quick read, great to pick up for a laugh.

Freakonomics

Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

Shoot, had to return this one to the library before I was done reading it.  It was very interesting, you can bet I will pick it up again probably during Christmas vacation.

Levitt and Dubner also have a blog keeping the conversation going:
http://freakonomics.blogs.nytimes.com/