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.