Tom Palven wrote:
... Bad news is I have nothing to argue about. ...
I disagree, there is always something that I see differently.
A Short History of Tractors in Ukranian by Marina Lewycka. History of tractors combined with a mail order bride from the Ukrain and an aged man set in England. Humour combined with history.
View from a Height by Isaac Asimov. Some really interesting big picture aspects of science.
The Book of Tea by Kakuzo Okakura. Explains the difference between Japanese and Chinese culture through tea. Zen vs. Tao.
The Thurber Carnival by James Thurber. My sense of humour, JT was a writer for The New Yorker etc in 1960s-70s.
The Secret War by R.V.Jones. How the head of British Scientific Intelligence figured out all sort of stuff in WWII. Bending the radio beams, radar, V2 warhead size, how to make your university professor stand in a bucket of water on one leg. One of my favourite books.