Reading

Since 2009, I’ve been keeping a list of all the books I read, and occasionally posting highlights, short reviews, and summaries of them.

Favorites

These are some books that I would recommend to most people, or that made an impact on how I think about the world:

How to Live: Or a Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer
Sarah Bakewell
The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Vol. 3: Master of the Senate
Robert Caro
Speak, Memory: An Autobiography Revisited
Vladimir Nabokov
The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood
James Gleick
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
David Mitchell
Cadence & Slang
Nick Disabato
The Clock of the Long Now: Time and Responsibility, the Ideas Behind the World’s Slowest Computer
Stewart Brand
Hamlet
William Shakespeare
Angels and Ages: A Short Book about Darwin, Lincoln, and Modern Life
Adam Gopnik
The Sense of an Ending
Julian Barnes
The Shape of Design
Frank Chimero
Design is a Job
Mike Monteiro
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
Michelle Alexander
Thinking, Fast and Slow
Daniel Kahneman
Sketching User Experiences: Getting the Design Right and the Right Design
Bill Buxton
Pale Fire
Vladimir Nabokov
Meditations
Marcus Aurelius
The Social Life of Information
Paul Duguid and John Seely Brown
Common as Air: Revolution, Art, and Ownership
Lewis Hyde
Chronicles, Vol. 1
Bob Dylan
Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation
Steven Johnson
For Whom the Bell Tolls
Ernest Hemingway
Common Ground: A Turbulent Decade in the Lives of Three American Families
J. Anthony Lukas
What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815–1848
Daniel Walker Howe
Slouching Towards Bethlehem
Joan Didion
A Stroll With William James
Jacques Barzun
The Stamp Act Crisis: Prologue to Revolution
Edmund & Helen Morgan
Faces of Revolution: Personalities and Themes in the Struggle for American Independence
Bernard Bailyn
From Resistance to Revolution: Colonial Radicals and the Development of American Opposition to Britain, 1765–1776
Pauline Maier
American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer
Kai Bird & Martin Sherwin