David Eagleman is a neuroscientist and a New York Times bestselling author. He directs the Laboratory for Perception and Action at the Baylor College of Medicine, where he also directs the Initiative on Neuroscience and Law. He is best known for his work on time perception, synesthesia, and neurolaw. His latest book is Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain.

Labyrinths, by Jorge Luis Borges

Labyrinths

by Jorge Luis Borges

“An inspiration that never runs out of batteries for me. Shines a new light on everything; follows no one’s rules but his own.”

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The Bear, by William Faulkner

The Bear

by William Faulkner

“Bought this for 50 cents at a garage sale when I was 17. The combination of story-telling and facility with the language blew my socks off. I immediately became an English major.”

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The Most Human Human, by Brian Christian

The Most Human Human

by Brian Christian

“A book about the wild frontiers of chatbots reveals more than expected about what it means to be made of flesh and blood.”

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The Arrival, by Shaun Tan

The Arrival

by Shaun Tan

“A wordless story about the immigrant experience. Peerless.”

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The Road, by Cormac McCarthy

The Road

by Cormac McCarthy

“Who would have thought the Pulitzer Prize committee would fall in love with a post-apocalyptic tale with almost no dialogue? It’s clear why they did. Haunting for all the right reasons.”

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Invisible Cities, by Italo Calvino

Invisible Cities

by Italo Calvino

“Mother’s milk for my own writing career. It’s a series of very short stories that are all about the same thing.”

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Plagues and Peoples, by William McNeill

Plagues and Peoples

by William McNeill

“An early book that unmasked the deep influence of the invisibly small on the very large.”

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The Amazing Adventures of Cavalier and Klay, by Michael Chabon

The Amazing Adventures of Cavalier and Klay

by Michael Chabon

“A rare combination of perfect wordsmithery and limitless imagination.”

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Cosmos, by Carl Sagan

Cosmos

by Carl Sagan

“Oldie but goodie. Changed my life as a child.”

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Last and First Men, by Olaf Stapledon

Last and First Men

by Olaf Stapledon

“Science fiction written in 1930. Describes the future of humans 2 billion years into the future. Boundless imagination.”

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