I have these four books in my room, maybe I’ll have time to read them, maybe I won’t:
The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable, by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. This book is about how bad we are at predicting unpredictability. Malcolm Gladwell has more.
The Persistence of Poverty, by Charles Karelis. More at MarginalRevolution.
Blue Blood, by Edward Conlon, because of this blog post at Freakonomics.
And finally, The Tearoom Trade: Impersonal Sex in Public Places, because this Larry Craig business is funny. This book is actually fascinating, if a bit off-putting.