Bill Gates recommends The Rosie Project for his top 6 books of 2014

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Looking for some summer reading?

The Rosie Project  the best-selling debut novel by Australian author Graeme Simsion is climbing the sales charts again. The novel about a professor with Asperger’s Syndrome is one of six books recommended by Bill Gates for reading this summer.

In his2014  annual list of six books he recommends for summer reading, Gates writes:

“Melinda picked up this novel earlier this year, and she loved it so much that she kept stopping to read passages out loud to me. I started it myself at 11 p.m. one Saturday and stayed up with it until 3 the next morning.

Anyone who occasionally gets overly logical will identify with the hero, a genetics professor with Asperger’s Syndrome who goes looking for a wife. (Melinda thought I would appreciate the parts where he’s a little too obsessed with optimizing his schedule. She was right.)

It’s an extraordinarily clever, funny, and moving book about being comfortable with who you are and what you’re good at. I’m sending copies to several friends and hope to re-read it later this year. This is one of the most profound novels I’ve read in a long time.”

The other books on Gates’ list are Business Adventures by John Brooks, Stress Test by Timothy F. Geithner, The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism by Doris Kearns Goodwin, The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert and Reinventing American Health Care by Ezekiel J. Emanuel.

Gates recommendations and video can be found here.