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What Should I Read?

I'm going to have seven or eight days to read whatever I want.  I will not read anything law related.  What do you suggest? 

To give you a feel for what I enjoy reading: The last two (non-law) books I read were Confessions of an Economic Hitman and The Tipping Point.

I prefer practical" non-fiction, as I'm not an intellectual.  I enjoy books that are that are hybrids of insight and practicality. Economic Hitman was good, but at the book's end, I can't use the knowledge.  Tipping Point, Blink, and Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion offer unique insights into human psychology while also helping me learn something pratical.  I intend to read The Sociopath Next Door.

I don't care for political books or books on foreign policy.

Most fiction - even really good fiction - bores me.  I read half of A Confederacy of the Dunces.  The books is undeniably brilliant, but it doesn't have a deeper point.  It's simply an entertaining story about a fat guy with an inflated view of his intelligence.  That doesn't do it for me.

I like fiction that's thinly-veiled existential philosophy.  For lack of a better way of putting things: I don't care about characters, I care about problems.

I especially enjoy Orwell's fiction.  His best stuff is his lesser-read books Keep the Aspidistra Flying and Coming Up For Air, both of which deal with existential problems (money and the pressure to live a safe-but-unfullied life, respectively) and how the protagonists deal with those problems.  In a similar vein, I'm going to finish Aldous Huxley's Point Counter Point.

Given that limited information,
what do you suggest I read?

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