I have the best of intentions to write detailed book (and other information resource) reviews, but my schedule is also a bit chaotic for the next few weeks, so here are some very brief suggestions from my recent reading:
1: What Are You Optimistic About?: Today's Leading Thinkers on Why Things Are Good and Getting Better: an excellent and very timely collection of Edge.org essays (see this page for more details on the Edge.org "World Question Center"; it's an annual routine, and many -- perhaps all -- of the essays are available on the web site; I still find the paperback book option very useful). A few of my favorite essays:
Gary F. Marcus: Metacognition for Kids
Leon Lederman: The Coming Revolution in Science Education
Daniel Goleman: Transparency is Inevitable
This is Nicholas Carr's (of "Does IT Matter?" fame and an excellent blog) latest book. Check his book page for a Q&A, table of contents, etc. The Big Switch was a very timely and informative reality check for me, in part because I read and greatly enjoyed Randall Stross' The Wizard of Menlo Park: How Thomas Alva Edison Invented the Modern World last year.
4: The Design of Future Things, by Donald A. Norman.
I've been a Don Norman fan for many years, starting with The Psychology of Everyday Things (before it was renamed). This is not his best book, imho, but it's still a useful and timely read. I had the privilege of working with Don Norman on some projects during the early days at Groove Networks, during the late 1990s (when I was a Groove product manager), and always find his insights fascinating.