On Ask Metafilter, somebody asked a brilliant question: "What single book is the best introduction to your field for laypeople?"
People in all sorts of fields answered. Then the link got passed around, and it landed in my feed reader this morning. I checked out the link, saw that people in EE were recommending "Art of Electronics" and CS people were recommending the Wizard Book. I am now reassured. All the recommended books are going on my reading list, and this should keep me busy for the rest of the year. Yes!
Check out the full list.