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Bestseller lists? Forget them. We want to highlight the books that really matter, and we want your help. Here's how to play Book Club, Fast Company style:

  1. Purchase and read the FC Readers' Choice Award picked by you, our readers.
  2. Discuss the book with other readers in our online discussions or at a Fast Company Book Club Meetup event -- or start your own face-to-face discussion group.
  3. Vote for next month's book. We'll give you 3 choices that align with our mission: to help you work smarter and lead better. Browse the excerpts and vote for your favorite.

* MAY'S FC READERS' CHOICE AWARD

In the Bubble
by John Thackara

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If you've ever found yourself saying, "bad TiVo!" design critic John Thackara is talking to you. At first blush, this copiously researched manifesto decrying the "schlock of the new" reads like a naturalist's indictment of the modern world. But there's more behind In the Bubble than tech-frustrated activism. Thackara brings his idealism down to earth with a rich narrative full of cleaner, simpler design innovations currently blossoming around the world--from misting showerheads and cheaper IV bags to e-learning on buses and "genetic" urban planning.

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