Reading list

Fall/Winter 2023

Actual books, in between all of the other short-form online and offline distractions. The stack keeps growing, so undoubtedly this will carry over into next season. Slowly adding some fiction back in after a long time away. Resetting for Fall/Winter 2023.  Previous seasons appear below On Deck and On the Stack.


  • José María Arguedas, Yawar Fiesta
  • Ed Yong, An Immense World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us
  • Paul Robert Magosci, With Their Backs to the Mountains: A History of Carpathian Rus’ and Carpatho-Rusyns
  • Zadie Smith, White Teeth
  • Thomas Bartlett, Ireland: A History
  • Mario Vargas Llosa, The Green Room
  • Robert Farrar Capon, Kingdom, Grace, Judgment: Paradox, Outrage and Vindication in the Parables of Jesus

On deck

  • Orin Starn, Miguel La Serna, Shining Path: Love, Madness and Revolution in the Andes
  • Steven Mithin, After the Ice: A Global Human History, 20,000 – 5000 BC
  • Jake Bittle, The Great Displacement: Climate Change and the Next American Migration
  • Paul Robert Magosci, Our People: Carpatho-Rusyns and Their Descendants in North America
  • Stephen Kotkin, Stalin: Waiting for Hitler, 1928-1941
  • Martin Meredith, The Fortunes of Africa: A 5000-Year History of Wealth, Greed and Endeavor
  • José María Arguedas, Deep Rivers
  • John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath
  • Thornton Wilder, The Bridge of San Luis Rey

On the stack

  • Yuval Noah Harari, Sapiens: A Brief History of Mankind
  • John Hemming, The Conquest of the Incas
  • William D. Phillips, Jr and Carla Rahn Phillips, A Concise History of Spain
  • Eric Hobsbawm. Viva La Revolución: Eric Hobsbawm on Latin America
  • Fintan O’Toole, We Don’t Know Ourselves: A Personal History of Ireland Since 1958
  • Edward Said, Orientalism
  • Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism
  • Heather Ann Thompson, Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy
  • Tim Wise, Dispatches from the Race War
  • Ludo De Witte, The Assassination of Lumumba
  • Nikole Hannah-Jones, The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story
  • Barack Obama, A Promised Land
  • Patrick Radden Keefe, Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland
  • Vincent Bugliosi, Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders
  • Charles Mann, 1493
  • Gregory Rodriguez, Mongrels, Bastards, Orphans and Vagabonds: Mexican Immigration and the Future of Race in America
  • Ed Morales, LatinX: The New Force in American Politics and Culture
  • Doris Kearns Goodwin, Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
  • W.E.B. Dubois, Black Reconstruction
  • James Baldwin, Notes of a Native Son
  • Assata Shakur, Assata: An Autobiography
  • Chancellor Williams, Destruction of Black Civilization: Great Issues of a Race from 4500 B.C. to 2000 A.D.
  • Philip Dray, There Is Power in a Union: The Epic Story of Labor in America
  • John Rawls, A Theory of Justice
  • Immanuel Kant, Groundwork of the Metaphysic of Morals
  • Claudia Goldin & Lawrence F. Katz, The Race Between Education and Technology
  • John King Fairbank, China: A New History
  • Paul Strathern, The Medici
  • Stephen Cope, Yoga and the Quest for the True Self
  • Matthew Sockolov, Practicing Mindfulness: 75 Essential Meditations
  • Cesar Vallejo, The Complete Poetry
  • Cesar Vallejo, Selected Writings
  • Pichka Harawikuna, Five Quechua Poets
  • Mario Vargas Llosa, Conversation in the Cathedral
  • Mario Vargas Llosa, Death in the Andes
  • William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury
  • Richard Wright, Native Son
  • Thomas Pynchon, Gravity’s Rainbow (restarting)
  • Toni Morrison, Song of Solomon (restarting)
  • Toni Morrison, Beloved
  • Don DeLillo, Underworld (restarting)
  • Helen DeWitt, The Last Samurai
  • Jonathan Franzen, The Corrections
  • Hanya Yanagihara, A Little Life

Spring/Summer 2023

  1. Chris Napier, The Science of Running
  2. Matthew Desmond, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
  3. Matthew Desmond, Poverty, by America
  4. Alison Mariella Désir, Running While Black: Finding Freedom in a Sport that Wasn’t Built for Us
  5. Jay Dicharry, Anatomy for Runners
  6. Dave Goulson, Silent Earth: Averting the Insect Apocalypse
  7. Kara Goucher, The Longest Race: Inside the Secret World of Abuse, Doping, and Deception on Nike’s Elite Running Team
  8. Orin Starn, Carlos Iván Degregori, Robin Kirk, editors, The Peru Reader: History, Culture, Politics
  9. Alberto Flores Galindo, In Search of an Inca: Identity and Utopia in the Andes

Fall/Winter 2022

  1. Michael J. Sandel, Justice
  2. Beth M. Howard, World Piece: A Pie Baker’s Global Quest for Peace, Love, and Understanding
  3. Ayad Akhtar, Homeland Elegies
  4. Miriam Paweł, The Crusades of Cesar Chavez: A Biography
  5. Perhat Tursun, The Backstreets: A Novel from Xinjiang
  6. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis
  7. Jillian Peterson and James Densley, The Violence Project: How to Stop a Mass Shooting Epidemic
  8. Christopher McDougall and Eric Orton, Born to Run 2: The Ultimate Training Guide
  9. Ijeoma Oluo, Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America
  10. Joshua Bloom, Black Against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party
  11. Hua Hsu, Stay True
  12. Richard Powers, The Overstory
  13. Shane Benzie, The Lost Art of Running: A Journey to Rediscover the Forgotten Essence of Human Movement
  14. Michael Lewis, Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game

Spring/Summer 2022

  1. John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men
  2. Jay Dicharry, Running Rewired: Reinvent Your Run for Stability, Strength and Speed
  3. Ibram X. Kendi, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
  4. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah
  5. David Wallace-Wells, The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming
  6. Jane Goodall, The Book of Hope: A Survival Guide for Trying Times
  7. Reni Eddo-Lodge, Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race
  8. Barbara F. Walter, How Civil Wars Start: And How to Stop Them
  9. Elizabeth Williamson, Sandy Hook: An American Tragedy and the Battle for Truth
  10. Dina Gilio-Whitaker, As Long as Grass Grows: The Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice, from Colonization to Standing Rock
  11. Michael Lewis, Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt
  12. Angela Davis, Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement
  13. Kazuo Ishiguro, Klara and the Sun 
  14. Stephen Kotkin, Stalin: Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928
  15. Serhii Plokhy, Chernobyl: The History of a Nuclear Catastrophe
  16. Louis Klarevas, Rampage Nation: Securing America Against Mass Shootings
  17. Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
  18. T.J. Newman, Falling

Fall/Winter 2021

  1. Amia Srinivasan, The Right to Sex: Feminism in the Twenty-First Century
  2. Peter Kalmus, Being the Change: Live Well and Spark a Climate Revolution
  3. Mark Bray, Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook
  4. Thomas Piketty, Capital in the Twenty-First Century
  5. Dan Rather, What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism
  6. George Herbert, Dune
  7. James Welch, Winter in the Blood
  8. Michael Lewis, The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine
  9. Kathleen Belew, Bring the War Home: The White Power Movement and Paramilitary America
  10. Les Payne, The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X
  11. Naomi Klein, On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal
  12. Mary Robinson, Climate Justice: Hope, Resilience, and the Fight for a Sustainable Future
  13. Sarah Kendzior, Hiding in Plain Sight: The Invention of Donald Trump and the Erosion of America

  Spring/Summer 2021

  1. Stephen Shames and Bobby Seale, Power to the People: The World of the Black Panthers
  2. Anne Case, Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism
  3. Angela Y. Davis, Women, Race & Class
  4. Madeline Miller, The Song of Achilles
  5. Eldridge Cleaver, Soul on Ice
  6. Thomas Merton, Life and Holiness
  7. Tom Wicker, A Time to Die: The Attica Prison Revolt
  8. Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, Children of the Land
  9. Mohsin Hamid, Exit West
  10. Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain, Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019
  11. Charles M. Blow, The Devil You Know: A Black Power Manifesto
  12. Steven Greenhouse, Beaten Down, Worked Up: The Past, Present and Future of American Labor
  13. Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth
  14. Michael E. Mann, The New Climate War: The Fight to Take Back Our Planet
  15. David Treuer, The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present
  16. John Lee Anderson, Che Guevera: A Revolutionary Life
  17. Elias Rodriques, All the Water I’ve Seen Is Running
  18. Nick Sousanis, Unflattening
  19. Andy Slavitt, Preventable: The Inside Story of How Leadership Failures, Politics and Selfishness Doomed the U.S. Coronavirus Response
  20. Bessel Van Der Kolk, MD, The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind and Body in the Healing of Trauma
  21. Andy Puddicombe, The Headspace Guide to Meditation & Mindfulness
  22. Shannon Mattern, A City Is Not a Computer: Other Urban Intelligences

  Fall/Winter 2020

  1. Shoshana Zuboff, The Age of Surveillance Capitalism
  2. Gene Sperling, Economic Dignity
  3. Cathy O’Neil, Weapons of Math Destruction
  4. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, We Should All Be Feminists
  5. Eric Hoffer, The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements
  6. Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me
  7. Luc Sante, The Other Paris 
  8. Jason Stanley, How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them
  9. Hope Jahren, The Story of More: How We Got to Climate Change and Where to Go From Here
  10. Noe Alvarez, Spirit Run: A 6,000 Mile Marathon Through North America’s Stolen Lands
  11. Chad Robertson, Tartine Bread
  12. Eduardo Galeano, Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent
  13. Isabel Wilkerson, The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration
  14. James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time
  15. Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go
  16. Toni Morrison, The Source of Self Regard
  17. Isabel Wilkerson, Caste: The Origins of our Discontents
  18. Toni Morrison, The Origin of Others
  19. Elias Canetti, Crowds and Power
  20. Murray Shanahan, The Technological Singularity
  21. Michael J. Sandel, What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets
  22. Michael J. Sandel, The Tyranny of Merit: What’s Become of the Common Good?
  23. Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
  24. Elizabeth Kolbert, Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future
  25. Heather McGhee, The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together
  26. Talia Lavin, Culture Warlords: My Journey into the Dark Web of White Supremacy
  27. Naomi Klein, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
  28. S.C. Gwynne, Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches
  29. Malcolm X, The Autobiography of Malcolm X
  30. Elizabeth Rush, Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore
  31. Jeffrey Haas, The Assassination of Fred Hampton: How the FBI and the Chicago Police Murdered A Black Panther
  32. Adam Jentleson, Kill Switch: The Rise of the Modern Senate and the Crippling of American Democrac