spython: It may seem like a book on improvisational theater, but is more a collection of notes on interaction between people. Quite eye-opening and empowering. Would recommend to anyone. read comments

combatentropy: I always enjoyed writing, but at first school taught me to write in a flowery, longwinded way. This was the book that cracked the code for me to good writing. It dispelled a lot of self-serving... read comments

qntty: If you're interested in language, I really love "Metaphors We Live By." It's more profound than I previously thought a book about metaphors could ever be. It starts saying interesting things on page 1. read comments

Tomminn: The basic idea of the book that you cannot think straight until you understand the hard limits of thought, and respect it can never be more than a supplement to performing useful action... read comments

dedalus: If you ever wanted to know the importance of structure and constraint in everything. read comments

Zanni: An introduction to General Semantics and deals with the limitations of language-oriented mental models, e.g. "the map is not the territory," a reminder that a model is just a model and not reality... read comments

Jtsummers: While the book is itself about language acquisition, it's actually given me quite a bit to think about with respect to general learning and memory acquisition... read comments

schlagetown: Remarkable exploration of language and translation, in all its magic and complexity…both deeply personal and deeply researched, a must-read for lovers of language. read comments