Freakonomics is a rather unique book written by an economist named Steven D. Levitt.  He isn’t the normal stereotype that fits the economist profession, he fits the nerd description and sees economics through a very different point of view.  The book goes through mysteries in everyday life and then uses economics to help explain these mysteries. I haven’t yet read the book and recently just ordered it.  So far, it has received very good reviews so far and is well recommended.   The author was on the Daily Show  a while back and his interview really made me want to purchase the book.  Amazon currently has the book on sale for $17.48 with a regular price of upwards of $34.95, although that regular price seems rather high.  As well, you can request a signed bookplate from the author!