Happy Autum.

I’ll be headed to Tokyo in October if anyone wants to meet up and has some cool blockchain stories to tell – email me at john@coindesk.com if you’d like to chat. Otherwise it should be a quiet few weeks.

I’m helping some friends with their new software house. It’s called VisibleMagic.com and they can do blockchain and web app development along with iOS and Android app development. They’d love to hear from you if you have a project you’re looking at so just drop me a line and I’ll forward you to them.

And, with that, I present the great reads.

John Biggs

The List

Heart: A History

By Sandeep Jauhar


There are a number of great books in the “medical history” vein and this is one more. This book details the growth of cardiac medicine and outlines what happened when doctors stopped treating the heart like a venerated mystery. Jauhar, a surgeon, talks about all the things that turned the heart from a feared territory to a font of amazing knowledge.

Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir

By Ruth Reichl


Ruth Reichl was the former editor of Gourmet Magazine and a wonderful writer. I picked up this memior after I found out that her editor (and my former editor) Susan Kamil had passed this summer and I wanted to read a good old-fashioned story about the growth of a “paper” magazine.

Riding the Iron Rooster: By Train Through China

By Paul Theroux


I was looking for a nice book to read while traveling – not too heady – and this one caught my eye. I love Paul Theroux and this book, written in 2006 just as China was waking into market economy fit the bill. It’s long – he starts in London and literally rides a train through Europe and into China – and sometimes you want to skip sections but, like a long train ride, the benefits come slowly and methodically. It’s beautifully written and nicely paced, so give it a go.

As always, I welcome recommendations. Just email me at john@biggs.cc

Best, JB

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