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books that Don Knuth "recently read" and would "heartily recommend":

Mark Daniel Ward
The list author says: "These are the 18 books listed on Don Knuth's Retirement page:
http://www-cs-faculty.stanford.edu/~knuth/retd.html
They are listed here by a fan of Knuth, for your convenience.
Some are out of print. I will continue to update this list, so that if a book is reprinted, the link will be updated here."
Life: A User's Manual
Life: A User's Manual
Gaudy Night (Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries)
Gaudy Night (Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries)
An Instance of the Fingerpost
An Instance of the Fingerpost
Death of a Salesperson: And Other Untimely Exits
Death of a Salesperson: And Other Untimely Exits
The Haj
The Haj
Marjorie Morningstar
Marjorie Morningstar
On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen
On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen
Food: An Authoritative and Visual History and Dictionary of the Foods of the World
Food: An Authoritative and Visual History and Dictionary of the Foods of the World
The Golden Gate
The Golden Gate
The Age of Faith: A History of Medieval Civilization-Christian, Islamic, and Judaic-From Constantine to Dante : A.D. 325-1300 (The Story of Civilization, 4) (Vol 4)
The Age of Faith: A History of Medieval Civilization-Christian, Islamic, and Judaic-From Constantine to Dante : A.D. 325-1300 (The Story of Civilization, 4) (Vol 4)
Efronia: An Armenian Love Story
Efronia: An Armenian Love Story
The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Life of the Genius Ramanujan
The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Life of the Genius Ramanujan
Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution - 25th Anniversary Edition
Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution - 25th Anniversary Edition
The Abominable Man: A Martin Beck Police Mystery (7) (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard)
The Abominable Man: A Martin Beck Police Mystery (7) (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard)
Blasphemy (Wyman Ford Series)
Blasphemy (Wyman Ford Series)
Blacklist (V.I. Warshawski Novels)
Blacklist (V.I. Warshawski Novels)
The Travels of Ibn Battutah
The Travels of Ibn Battutah
Murder in the Museum of Man: A  Norman de Ratour Mystery
Murder in the Museum of Man: A Norman de Ratour Mystery
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents America (The Book) Teacher's Edition: A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents America (The Book) Teacher's Edition: A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction