Leidy Klotz, author of Subtract: The Untapped Science of Less recommends some great books! Before jumping into the interview, please check out Leidy's book:
Q. Do you have a favourite smart thinking book (and why that book)?
I truly don’t have a single favorite. There are a couple dozen I think are essential, in that they will sharpen your view of the world AND are fun to read. So, allow me to subtract my answer here and I’ll give two amazing books for the next question.
Q. What's the most recent smart thinking book you've read (and how would you rate it)?
The Gardener and the Carpenter by Alison Gopnik.
Draft No. 4 by John McPhee.
These are both masterpieces. Rather than offering formulaic advice that can be followed blindly, Gopnik and McPhee provide the evidence and the stories to fundamentally enhance your approach to parenting (The Gardener and the Carpenter) and writing (Draft No. 4).
Q. Do you have a favourite childhood book?
My parents tell me that I loved The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper.
Q. Do you prefer reading on paper, Kindle or listening to an audiobook?
I’m a Kindle fan, mostly so that I can easily highlight sections to revisit, and also because the backlit screen allows me to keep reading after kids fall asleep.
Q. Do you have a favourite bookshop (and why that shop)?
Politics and Prose is a guilty pleasure when I visit Washington, D.C. They’ve also done a remarkable job maintaining community in the transition to virtual events.
Image Copyrights: St Martin's Press (Subtract), Vintage Publishing (The Gardener and the Carpenter), Farrar, Straus & Giroux Inc (Draft No.4), Random House USA Inc (The Little Engine That Could).