Ed Begley, Jr.’s Guide to Sustainable Living : learning to conserve resources and manage an eco-conscious life by Begley, Ed, Clarkson Potter Publishers, 2009
A book to help you set up your home for green living using solar and wind power, better insulation, and an eco-conscious lifestyle. 300 pages.
Master Handbook of Acoustics / F. Alton Everest, McGraw-Hill, 2009.
A wealth of information about acoustics for listening rooms, auditoriums, and recording studios. 500 pages.
Running Small Motors with PIC Microcontrollers / Harprit Singh Sandhu, McGraw-Hill, 2009.
Here is a practical and readable book on controlling electric motors. Includes schematic diagrams and example Basic source code. 300 pages.
The Lego Mindstorms NXT Zoo! : an unofficial, kid-friendly guide to building robotic animals with Lego Mindstorms NXT / Fay Rhodes, No Starch Press, 2008
Now I really am going to have to buy a NXT. 300 pages, large format, more pictures than text.
Introductory guide to high-performance audio systems : stereo, surround sound, home theater / Robert Harley, Acapella, 2007
Much has changed in home audio in the past few years. Here is a well written guide to choosing components for a high-end system.
Homebrew wind power : a hands-on guide to harnessing the wind / by Dan Bartmann, Buckville, 2009
Build your own wind generator in the back yard. This looks like a marvelously satisfying project. Then when you are an expert, offer to fix the Wolfe Island wind farm (which often has several units not even pointing into the wind). The book is very practical but is not a cookbook so you will have to understand and plan out whatever system you decide to build. You probably need to be good with tools. 310 pages, large format.
Building the perfect PC / Robert Bruce Thompson, O’Reilly, 2007
Here is great information for choosing PC components, written by the maintainers of hardwareguys.com
Data recovery : tips & solutions : Windows, Linux, and BSD / Kris Kaspersky, A-LIST, 2006.
Here is a wide variety of information on how data is recorded on discs. You need to know how data is physically recorded, how it is formatted at the byte level, and practical approaches to recovering after failure. The book is slightly dated, but is still useful.
AutoCAD 2009 & AutoCAD LT 2009 bible / Ellen Finkelstein, Wiley, 2008
Here are 1200 pages on using AutoCAD, with a trial version on DVD.
Eccentric cubicle / Kaden Harris, O’Reilly, 2007
From the cover: “Office accessories from a parallel universe”. This book will be magnetic for anyone who enjoys making a powerful desktop slingshot or mechanical golf ball driver out of discarded, scrap-dealer materials. The book has lots of advice for you in your garage machine shop.