BOOK RECOMMENDATION___________AND DISCUSSION THREADToday I just thought that I'd make a thread for book recommendation or discussion. In this post I'll be giving some of my own recommendations (and updating occasionally with more), but anyone can share a good book! Feel free to discuss any books within the thread as well. Note that some recommendations, including both some of my own as well as some listed in this thread, may only be advised for mature audiences (i.e. PG13) due to language or other content. RECOMMENDATIONS:The Art of Racing in the Rain, by Garth Stein - This is an incredibly powerful book. Told from the point of view of a dying dog looking back on his life, this story is primarily about a racer's battle to win custody of his daughter and the dog's longing to be one day reborn as a human. If you're interested in reading this book, I'd advise looking it up online for more information. Note that there are two versions, the original as well as one tailored to a younger audience.Moonwalking with Einstein, by Joshua Foer - This is a nonfiction book describing the author's research and practice of training the memory. Despite being an ordinary man, he, with the help of a few memory champions, practices training his memory with certain mnemoic techniques for months, until he eventually goes on to the American Memory Championship (which, apparently, is a thing). I thought this was an highly interesting book.Animal Farm, by George Orwell - Basically, this is a reflection of the events that led up to Russian Revolution of 1917 and then following through into the Soviet Union's era under Stalin. The only catch is, instead of people, it's a bunch of farm animals. This is a fantastic novel and one of my favorites.The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde - I love this book. It's about a young man who wishes that a portrait of himself would age while he stayed young. He effectively sells his soul in exchange for everlasting youth. This novel isn't necessarily an easy read, but I thought it was worth it.The Big Over Easy, by Jasper Fforde - This is a confusing and yet thrilling mystery novel about the murder of Humpty Dumpty. Detective Jack Spratt will have quite a bit of trouble figuring out whether who finally did the big egg in, and I was happy to go along for the ride. It may sound like a silly idea, but I thought it was a great (if not a bit, uh, weird) book. Huge recommendation for both this one and the sequel, The Fourth Bear.Opening Skinner's Box, by Lauren Slater - If you are interested in psychology, this is the book for you. This book does quite a good job going over several of the greatest experiments in psychology of the 20th century, including Milgram's shock machine, Skinner's boxes, Harlow's monkeys, and Kandel's sea slugs. I'd suggest this book for more mature readers, and though you'll like it more if you're into psychology, it's worth taking a look at even if it doesn't sound interesting. There are a lot of cool experiments in there that kind of force you to realize things about yourself and that teach you what you should do in the future: be aware of psychological pressures.Leaving Time, by Jodi Picoult - Basically, this book explores the tale of Jenna, a young girl searching for her mother, who disappeared a decade ago. She finds aide in her search in Serenity, a former celebrity and pyschic (oh, yes, we're gonna go supernatural in this one) and Virgil, the private investigator who originally was in charge of her mother's case. The story is overlaid by the story of Jenna's own mother, Alice, who studied grief in elephants. Through the tales of the animals' grief and through the story of Jenna's search, Picoult manages to successfully spin a mysterious, rich novel that anyone will enjoy.