antilibrary

2020-05-09

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I love reading, but sometimes it can be challenging to know what to read next! To try to address that, I’ve been collecting books I’m interested in reading.

This page was renamed from “Reading List” to “Antilibrary” after reading about tsundoku on Anne-Laure’s Ness Labs. Consider this one half of my library - the half that shows how much I have yet to learn!

A cross () means I’ve read the book. An asterisk (*) means I don’t (yet) have a copy of it.

History & Biography

  • I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  • Bright Earth: Art and the Invention of Color by Philip Ball
  • Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954-63 by Taylor Branch*
  • Pillar of Fire: America in the King Years 1954-63 by Taylor Branch*
  • At Canaan’s Edge: America in the King Years 1954-63 by Taylor Branch*
  • TR: The Last Romantic by H. W. Brands
  • The Years of Lyndon Johnson, vol I: The Path to Power by Robert Caro
  • The Years of Lyndon Johnson, vol II: Means of Ascent by Robert Caro
  • The Years of Lyndon Johnson, vol III: Master of The Senate by Robert Caro
  • The Years of Lyndon Johnson, vol IV: The Passage of Power by Robert Caro
  • Grant by Ron Chernow
  • The Death of the Banker by Ron Chernow
  • The House of Morgan by Ron Chernow
  • Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. by Ron Chernow
  • Washington by Ron Chernow
  • The World As I See It by Albert Einstein
  • Dostoevsky: The Seeds of Revolt, 1821-1849 by Joseph Frank
  • End of History and the Last Man by Francis Fukuyama
  • George F. Keenan: An American Life by John Lewis Gaddis
  • The Cold War: A New History by John Lewis Gaddis
  • On Grand Strategy by John Lewis Gaddis
  • We Now Know: Rethinking Cold War History by John Lewis Gaddis*
  • The Decline And Fall Of The Roman Empire by Gibbon
  • Leadership: In Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • No Ordinary Time: Franklin & Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front In World War II by Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism by Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin
  • Benjamin Franklin by Walter Isaacson
  • Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson
  • Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson*
  • White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg
  • Stalin: Waiting for Hitler, 192-1941 by Stephen Kotkin*
  • Heavy by Kiese Laymon
  • Stan Lee by Liel Leibovitz
  • These Truths by Jill Lepore
  • This America by Jill Lepore
  • Agent Zigzag: A True Story of Nazi Espionage, Love, and Betrayal by Ben Macintyre
  • The Spy and The Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of The Cold War by Ben Macintyre
  • The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Visions of Glory, 1874-1932 by William Manchester
  • The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Alone, 1932-1940 by William Manchester*
  • The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965 by William Manchester and Paul Reid*
  • John Adams by David McCullough
  • Mornings on Horseback: The Story of an Extraordinary Family, a Vanished Way of Life and the Unique Child Who Became Theodore Roosevelt by David McCullough
  • Lenin: The Man, the Dictator, and the Master of Terror by Victor Sebestyen*
  • The Marshall Plan: Dawn of the Cold War by Benn Steil*
  • The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt by T.J. Stiles
  • A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide by Samantha Power*
  • Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations About Race by Beverly Daniel Tatum
  • The Nine by Jeffrey Toobin
  • Black Boy: American Hunger by Richard Wright

“Pop” and not so pop-Sci

  • The Half-Life of Facts by Arbesman
  • The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty by Dan Ariely
  • This Idea Is Brilliant Edited By John Brockman*
  • The Catalyst: How to Change Anyone’s Mind by Jonah Berger*
  • Contagious by Jonah Berger*
  • Quiet by Susan Cain
  • Atomic Habits by James Clear
  • The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do In Life and Business by Charles Duhigg*
  • Smarter, Faster, Better by Charles Duhigg
  • Thinking in Bets by Annie Duke
  • Range by David Epstein
  • Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise by K. Anders Ericsson, Robert Pool
  • Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products by Nir Eyal and Ryan Hoover
  • Rule Makers, Rule Breakers: How Tight and Loose Cultures Wire the World by Michele Gelfand*
  • Chaos by James Gleick
  • Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body by Daniel Goleman & Richard J. Davidson
  • Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know by Adam Grant*
  • The Undercover Economist by Tim Harford
  • The Psychology of Money: Timeless Lessons on Wealth, Greed, and Happiness by Morgan Housel*
  • Radical Uncertainty: Decision-Making Beyond the Numbers by John Kay & Mervyn King
  • The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance by Steven Kotler*
  • The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind: My Tale of Madness and Recovery by Barbara K. Lipska & Elaine McArdle*
  • Kluge - The Haphazard Evolution of the Human Mind by Gary Marcus*
  • The Success Equation: Untangle Skill and Luck in Business, Sports, and Investing by Michael Mauboussin
  • Complexity: A Guided Tour by Melanie Mitchell*
  • The Lever of the Riches: Technological Creativity and Economic Progress by Joel Mokyr*
  • A Culture of Growth: The Origins of the Modern Economy by Joel Mokyr*
  • The Gifts of Athena: Historical Origins of the Knowledge Economy by Joel Mokyr*
  • The Enlightened Economy: An Economic History of Britain 1700-1850 by Joel Mokyr*
  • Scarcity by Sendhil Mullainathan
  • Technics and Civilization by Lewis Mumford*
  • Theory of Games and Economic Behavior by John von Neumann and Oskar Morgenstern*
  • Deep Work by Cal Newport
  • So Good They Can’t Ignore You by Cal Newport
  • Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport
  • Crucial Conversations: Tools For Talking When Stakes Are High by Patterson, Grenny, McMillan, and Switzler
  • Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink
  • A Whole New Mind: Moving from the Information Age to the Conceptual Age by Daniel H. Pink
  • When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing by Daniel H. Pink
  • The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves by Matt Ridley
  • How Innovation Works: And Why It Flourishes in Freedom by Matt Ridley
  • Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers by Robert M. Sapolsky
  • The Believing Brain by Michael Shermer*
  • Infinite Powers: How Calculus Reveals the Secrets of the Universe by Steven H. Strogatz*
  • Alchemy: The Dark Art and Curious Science of Creating Magic in Brands, Business and Life by Rory Sutherland*
  • The Efficiency Paradox by Edward Tanner*
  • Superforecasters by Phillip Tetlock
  • The Power of Bad: How the Negativity Effect Rules Us and How We Can Rule It by John Tierney and Roy F. Baumeister*
  • Ultra Learners by Scott Young*

Fiction

  • A Death In The Family by James Agee
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Emma by Jane Austen
  • Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
  • Persuasion by Jane Austen
  • Fifty Famous Stories Retold by James Baldwin*
  • Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin
  • The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin*
  • Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin*
  • Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
  • The Fall by Albert Camus
  • The Stranger by Albert Camus
  • The Works of Lewis Carroll by Lewis Carroll
  • Don Quixote by Cervantes
  • The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler*
  • The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler*
  • Farewell, My Lovely by Raymond Chandler*
  • Robinson Crusoe by Defoe
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  • A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  • David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  • Hard Times by Charles Dickens
  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  • Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  • Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Notes from the Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • The Gambler by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas*
  • The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas*
  • Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas
  • The Man In The Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas
  • The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas*
  • The Prince of Thieves by Alexandre Dumas*
  • A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
  • Madame Bovary by Gustav Flaubert
  • The African Queen by C.S. Forester
  • Too Far Afield by Günter Grass
  • The Queens of Innis Lear by Tessa Gratton *
  • A Raisin In the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
  • A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
  • Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  • Tintin: Flight 714 by Hergé
  • Les Miserables by Victor Hugo*
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo*
  • One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
  • The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver
  • The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Mila Kundera
  • Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • The Lowlands by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee
  • Pachinko by Min Jin Lee*
  • Paper Menagerie by Ken Liu*
  • Serpico by Maas
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • The Sculptor by Scott McCloud
  • Hawaii by James Michener
  • Alaska by James Michener
  • Caravans by James Michener
  • Caribbean by James Michener
  • The Covenant by James Michener
  • The Fires of Spring by James Michener
  • Centennial by James Michener
  • Space by James Michener
  • The Source by James Michener
  • Circé by Miller
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison
  • A Mercy by Toni Morrison*
  • Jazz by Toni Morrison*
  • Paradise by Toni Morrison>
  • Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison>
  • Tar Baby by Toni Morrison*
  • Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi *
  • Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
  • Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
  • The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
  • The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger
  • The Devil’s Disciple by Bernard Shaw
  • Pygmalion by Bernard Shaw
  • Saint Joan by Bernard Shaw
  • A Tree Grows In Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  • One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
  • Docile by K.M. Szpara*
  • The Death of Ivan Ilych Leo Tolstoy
  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (Pevear and Volokhonsky translation)
  • War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • A Gentleman In Moscow by Amor Towles
  • Shibumi by Trevanian
  • The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  • Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
  • Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ by Lew Wallace
  • Old School by Tobias Wolff
  • Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
  • Native Son by Richard Wright

Sci-Fi / Fantasy

  • Legacy of Orïsha, Book I: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
  • Consider Phlebas, Culture Series, Book 1 by Iain M. Banks
  • The Player of Games, Culture Series, Book 2 by Iain M. Banks*
  • The Founders Trilogy, Book I: Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett*
  • Wild Seed by Octavia E. Butler
  • The Godel Operation by James L. Cambias
  • Stories Of Your Life And Others by Ted Chiang
  • Exhalation: Stories by Ted Chiang*
  • Leviathan Wakes, Expanse Series, Book I by James S.A. Corey
  • Caliban’s War, Expanse Series, Book II by James S.A. Corey
  • Abandon’s Gate, Expanse Series, Book III by James S.A. Corey
  • Cibola Burn, Expanse Series, Book IV by James S.A. Corey
  • Nemesis Games, Expanse Series, Book V by James S.A. Corey
  • Babylon’s Ashes, Expanse Series, Book VI by James S.A. Corey
  • Persepolis Rising, Expanse Series, Book VII by James S.A. Corey
  • Tiamt’s Wrath, Expanse Series, Book VIII by James S.A. Corey
  • Malazan Book of the Fallen: Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson*
  • Malazan Book of the Fallen: Deadhouse Gates by Steven Erikson*
  • Malazan Book of the Fallen: Memories of Ice by Steven Erikson*
  • Obelisk Gate by NK Jemisin
  • Fifth Season by NK Jemisin
  • The Broken Kingdoms by NK Jemisin
  • The Kingdom of Gods by NK Jemisin
  • The Awakened Kingdom by NK Jemisin
  • The Stone Sky by NK Jemisin
  • The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by NK Jemisin
  • Dune by Frank Herbert
  • A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  • A Wizard of Earthsea, The Earthcycle, Book I by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • The Tombs of Atuan, The Earthcycle, Book II by Ursula K. Le Guin*
  • Ancillary Justice, Imperial Radch, Book I by Ann Leckie
  • Ancillary Sword, Imperial Radch, Book II by Ann Leckie
  • Ancillary Mercy, Imperial Radch, Book III by Ann Leckie
  • The Three Body Problem, Remembrance of Earth’s Past, Book 1 by Cixin Liu
  • The Dark Forest, Remembrance of Earth’s Past, Book 2 by Cixin Liu
  • Death’s End, Remembrance of Earth’s Past, Book 3 by Cixin Liu
  • Dandelion Dynasty Book I: The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu
  • Dandelion Dynasty Book II: The Wall of Storms by Ken Liu*
  • Jerusalem by Alan Moore*
  • Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
  • Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
  • Bromeliad Trilogy, Book II: Diggers by Terry Pratchett
  • Bromeliad Trilogy, Book III: Wings by Terry Pratchett
  • Bromeliad Trilogy, Book I: Truckers by Terry Pratchett
  • Feet of Clay by Terry Pratchett
  • The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett
  • Jingo by Terry Pratchett
  • Carpe Jugulum by Terry Pratchett
  • The Truth by Terry Pratchett
  • Mars Trilogy Book I: Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Mars Trilogy Book I: Green Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Mars Trilogy Book I: Blue Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secret by J.K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
  • Shades of Magic Book I: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab*
  • Villains Book I: Vicious by V.E. Schwab*
  • Anathem by Neal Stephenson
  • The Baroque Cycle Vol. I: Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson
  • The Baroque Cycle Vol. II: The Confusion by Neal Stephenson
  • The Baroque Cycle Vol. III: The System Of The World by Neal Stephenson
  • Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
  • Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson
  • REAMDE by Neal Stephenson
  • Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson*
  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Lord of the Rings Book I: The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Lord of the Rings Book II: The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Lord of the Rings Book III: The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Shiva Trilogy: The Immortals of Meluha by Amish Tripathi*

Business

  • The Mythical Man Month by Frederick P. Brooks
  • Leadership and Self-Deception by the Arbinger Institute
  • The Four Steps to the Epiphany: Successful Strategies for Products that Win by Steve Blank*
  • The Startup Owner’s Manual: The Step-By-Step Guide for Building a Great Company by Steve Blank & Bob Dorf
  • Work Rules!: Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead by Laszlo Bock
  • Inspired: How to Create Tech Products Customers Love by Marty Cagan
  • Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou
  • Competing Against Luck: The Story of Innovation and Customer Choice by Clayton M. Christensen, Taddy Hall, Karen Dillon, and David S. Duncan
  • Reboot: Leadership and the Art of Growing Up by Jerry Colonna
  • Making Work Visible: Exposing Time Theft to Optimize Work & Flow by Dominica DeGrandis*
  • Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams by Tom DeMarco & Timothy Lister
  • Measure What Matters: How Google, Bono, and the Gates Foundation Rock the World with OKRs by John Doerr, Larry Page
  • The Effective Executive by Peter F. Drucker
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship by Peter F. Drucker
  • Obviously Awesome: How to Nail Product Positioning so Customers Get It, Buy It, Love It by April Dunford*
  • Power Mentoring: How Successful Mentors and Proteges Get the Most Out of Their Relationships by Ellen A. Ensher, Susan E. Murphy*
  • Getting To Yes by Fisher, Ury and Patton
  • Lost and Founder: A Painfully Honest Field Guide to the Startup World by Rand Fishkin*
  • The Mom Test: How to talk to customers & learn if your business is a good idea when everyone is lying to you by Rob Fitzpatrick
  • Accelerate: Building and Scaling High Performing Technology Organizations by Nicole Forsgren, Jez Humble, and Gene Kim
  • The Manager’s Path by Camille Fournier
  • The Four by Scott Galloway
  • First, Break All the Rules: What the world’s Greatest Managers Do Differently by Gallup*
  • The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement by Eliyahu Goldratt
  • Working with Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman
  • Debt: The First 5,000 Years by David Graeber*
  • No Rules Rules: NETFLIX and the Culture of Reinvention by Reed Hastings and Erin Meyer*
  • Willfull Blindness by Margaret Heffernan
  • Designing Products People Love: How Great Designers Create Successful Products by Scott Hurff*
  • Project to Product: How to Survive and Thrive in the Age of Digital Disruption with the Flow Framework by Mik Kersten*
  • Writing for Software Developers by Philip Kiely (Digital)
  • The Phoenix Project: A Novel about IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win by Gene Kim, Kevin Behr, and George Spafford
  • Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike by Phil Knight
  • An Elegant Puzzle: Systems of Engineering Management by Will Larson*
  • The New Builders: Face to Face With the True Future of Business by Seth Levine & Elizabeth MacBride
  • Ask Your Developer by Jeff Lawson*
  • Call Sign Chaos: Learning To Lead by Jim Mattis and Bing West
  • Setting the Table: The Transforming Power of Hospitality in Business by Danny Meyer
  • Collaboration: How Leaders Avoid The Traps, Create Unity, And Reap Big Results by Morten T. Hansen
  • The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company by Bob Iger*
  • The Toyota Way: 14 Management Principles from the World’s Greatest Manufacturer by Jeffrey Liker*
  • Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune And Random Failure In Silicon Valley By Antonio Garcia Martinez
  • The Success Equation: Untangling Skill And Luck In Business, Sports, And Investing by Michael J. Mauboussin
  • Platform Revolution: How Networked Markets Are Transforming the Economy and How to Make Them Work for You by Geoffrey G. Parker, Marshall W. Van Alstyne, and Sangeet Paul Choudary
  • The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries
  • Radical Candor by Kim Scott
  • The (Delicate) Art of Bureaucracy: Digital Transformation with the Monkey, the Razor, and the Sumo Wrestler by Mark Schwartz*
  • Team Topologies: Organizing Business and Technology Teams for Fast Flow by Matthew Skelton & Manuel Pais*
  • Sooner Safer Happier: Antipatterns and Patterns for Business Agility by Jonathan Smart*
  • Joel On Software by Joel Spolsky
  • Start Small, Stay Small by Rob Walling
  • Radical Focus: Achieving Your Most Important Goals with Objectives and Key Results by Christina Wodtke*
  • The Making of a Manager: What to Do When Everyone Looks to You by Julie Zhuo
  • The Score Takes Care of Itself: My Philosophy of Leadership by Bill Walsh

Philosophy

  • The Meditations by Marcus Aurelius (Hays translation)
  • The Meditations by Marcus Aurelius (Torode Translation)
  • The Meditations by Marcus Aurelius (Dover Thrift Translation)
  • The Hedgehog And The Fox by Isaiah Berlin*
  • Discourse on Methods and the Meditations by René Descartes
  • Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • The Manual by Epictetus (Torde translation)
  • Algebra of Happiness by Scott Galloway
  • Leviathan by Hobbes
  • The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff
  • The Te of Piglet by Benjamin Hoff
  • Silence Is The Key by Ryan Holiday
  • A Guide to the Good Life by William B. Irvine
  • The Essential Writings by William James
  • Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert T. Kyosaki
  • Dawn of the New Everything by Jaron Lanier
  • Who Owns The Future by Jaron Lanier
  • Ten Arguments For Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now by Jaron Lanier
  • You Are Not A Gadget by Jaron Lanier
  • Poor Charlie’s Almanack - Wit and Wisdom of Charles T. Munger by Charles T. Munger*
  • Transformative Experiences by L.A. Paul*
  • Socrates’ Cafe by Phillips
  • Zen and The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Pirsig
  • In Praise of Forgetting by David Rieff*
  • The Joy of Living by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche
  • The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
  • Justice: What’s The Right Thing To Do? by Michael J. Sandel
  • What Money Can’t Buy by Michael J. Sandel
  • Every Tool’s A Hammer by Adam Savage*
  • Letters from A Stoic by Seneca
  • Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happiness (And World Peace) by Chade-Meng Tan
  • Misbehaving by Richard H. Thaler
  • Walden and “Civil Disobedience” by Henry David Thoreau
  • Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu (Charles Johnston translation)
  • Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu (Ursula K. Leguin translation)
  • This is Water by David Foster Wallace
  • Consider The Lobster by David Foster Wallace

Poetry

  • Upstream by Mary Oliver
  • Dog Song by Mary Oliver

Technical

  • The Imposter’s Handbook by Rob Conery
  • Designing Data-Intensive Applications: The Big Ideas Behind Reliable, Scalable, and Maintainable Systems by Martin Kleppmann*
  • Refactoring by Martin Fowler*
  • The Pragmatic Programmer by Andrew Hunt & David Thomas
  • The Rust Programming Language by Steve Klabnik and Carol Nichols
  • Clean Code by Robert “Uncle Bob” Martin
  • The Art of Unix Programming by Eric S. Raymond*
  • The Cathedral and the Bazaar by Eric S. Raymond
  • Paper Prototyping: The Fast And Easy Way To Design And Refine User Interfaces by Carolyn Snyder
  • Shape Up by Ryan Singer
  • Domain Drive Design Quickly by InfoQ
  • Everything Curl by Daniel Stenberg (Digital)
  • Domain-Driven Design: Tackling Complexity in the Heart of Software by Ross Venables, Eric Evans, and John Fuller*
  • Refactoring UI by Adam Watham & Steve Shoger*
  • Implementing Domain-Driven Design by Vaughn Vernon*
  • System Design Interview - An Insider’s Guide by Alex Xu*

General Non-Fiction

  • Democracy for Realists: Why Elections Do Not Produce Responsive Government by Achen, C. and Bartels, L.*
  • Birth of a White Nation: The Invention of White People and Its Relevance Today by Jacqueline Battalora
  • #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso
  • Does Science Advance One Funeral at a Time? by Pierre Azoulay, Christian Fons-Rosen, Joshua S. Graff Zivin*
  • After Picketty - Boushey et al*
  • The Road to Character by David Brooks
  • How To Win Friends And Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  • Working by Robert Caro
  • Richest Man in Babylon by George Samuel Clason
  • The World Beyond Your Head: On Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction by Matthew B. Crawford*
  • The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations That Transform the World by David Deutsch*
  • Dreyer’s English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style by Benjamin Dreyer*
  • Neighborhood Defenders: Participatatory Politics and America’s Housing Crisis by Katherine Levine Einstein, David M. Glick, and Maxwell Palmer*
  • How Not To Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking by Jordan Ellenberg*
  • Collaborative Circles: Friendship Dynamics and Creative Work by Michael P Farrell*
  • Hunger by Roxane Gay*
  • Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
  • Not That Bad by Roxane Gay*
  • Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World by Anand Giridharadas*
  • Uncharted: How To Navigate The Future by Margaret Heffernan*
  • Ordeal of Change by Eric Hoffer*
  • Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging by Sebastian Junger*
  • Leave Only Footprints: My Acadia-To-Zion Journey Through Every National Park by Conor Knighton
  • Why We’re Polarized by Ezra Klein
  • Conflicted: How Productive Disagreements Lead To Better Outcomes by Ian Leslie*
  • Against The Rules by Michael Lewis
  • The Fifth Risk by Michael Lewis
  • Flash Boys by Michael Lewis
  • The Undoing Project by Michael Lewis
  • More From Less by Andy McAfee*
  • You’re Not Listening: What You’re Missing and Why It Matters by Kate Murphy
  • “Anna Karenina” In Our Time: Seeing More Wisely by Gary Saul Morson
  • Transformative Experiences by L.A. Paul*
  • How To Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan
  • How To Solve It by G. Polya
  • Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman
  • What Unites Us by Dan Rather
  • Why You Should Read Children’s Books, Even Though You Are So Old and Wise by Katherine Rundell
  • Life Inc: How Corporatism Conquered the World, and How We Can Take It Back by Douglas Rushkoff*
  • Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now by Douglas Rushkoff*
  • Program or Be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age by Douglas Rushkoff
  • Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus: How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity by Douglas Rushkoff*
  • Revenge of Analog by David Sax*
  • Powers of Two: The Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs by Joshua Wolk Shenk*
  • The Collaborative Habit: Life Lessons for Working Together by Twyla Tharp
  • The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life by Twyla Tharp
  • Sex Object by Jessica Valenti
  • Uncanny Valley by Anna Wiener
  • Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson*
  • The XX Factor: How the Rise of Working Women Has Created a Far Less Equal World by Alison Wolf, Chrystia Freeland*
  • How Fiction Works by James Wood

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