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January 2023 Update: I'm reworking this "books read" page to be a bit easier to maintain and sync with my Bookwyrm and Storygraph accounts. Expect updates soon!
Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy Christopher L. Hayes 4 2021/10/03 2012 That Chris Hayes guy on MSNBC has way more radical revolutionary tendencies than I assumed. After this book and A Colony in a Nation, I'm paying attention to what he writes.
Lead from the Outside: How to Build Your Future and Make Real Change Stacey Abrams 3 2021/09/19 2019 If you're some sort of misfit who needs a guide on how to become a leader, Stacey Abrams has written the most complete, wonderful guide to making that happen. This is an exhaustive and detailed how-to about everything a potential leader would need to think about. That makes it a bit of a boring read, but I know this book is going to launch a lot of good people into positions of power.
Less Andrew Sean Greer 2 2021/09/18 2017 People said this is funny and good, but it never made me laugh and it never hooked me.
Want Me: A Sex Writer's Journey into the Heart of Desire Tracy Clark-Flory 3 2021/09/17 2021 This is as fun, weird, and feminist as you'd expect.
Beautiful World, Where Are You Sally Rooney 4 2021/09/17 2021 This is my least favorite of Sally Rooney's books, but like the others it is still one of my favorite books. The chapters showing the emails between the two main characters are the stars here. It reminded me of the emails I used to write with friends and partners in a different era of the Internet, but much more pretentious and philosophical.
I Want to Be Where the Normal People Are Rachel Bloom 4 2021/09/11 2020 Hilarious audiobook. This is Rachel Bloom being herself, so you know if this is for you or if you want nothing to do with it.
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City Matthew Desmond 3 2021/09/09 2016 I expected something different than what this is. It's an extreme close-up retelling of scenes the author witnessed involving people suffering from economic exploitation. It gets to be draining and hard to read, but this is an important and thoughtful book.
Culture Warlords: My Journey Into the Dark Web of White Supremacy Talia Levin 4 2021/09/07 2020 This is in the top tier of books about Very Online People explaining what's going on with Very Online Shitty White Guys.
"Prisons Make Us Safer": And 20 Other Myths about Mass Incarceration Victoria Law 3 2021/09/05 2021 Drier than I expected. Packed with information and citations, though.
The Ground Breaking: An American City and Its Search for Justice Scott Ellsworth 3 2021/09/03 2021 Starts with a strong retelling of the Tulsa Race Massacre, but it becomes less compelling when it gets into the author's decades-long investigation of it. Great book but not exactly what I was looking for.
Milkman Anna Burns 2 2021/09/01 2018 This did nothing for me. My partner loved it, and I can see why it would resonate with others, but I agree with the New York Times review: "I found Milkman to be interminable, and would not recommend it to anyone I liked."
Memorial Drive: A Daughter's Memoir Natasha Trethewey 4 2021/08/26 2020 Devastating story about her mother's abusive relationship and murder.
No One Is Talking About This Patricia Lockwood 2 2021/08/24 2021 Starts fun with a lot of Internet meme references. The second half gets more serious when it becomes about a dying infant relative, but I felt emotionally distant because the story is told in paragraph-long vignettes. We never sit in any somber scene long enough for it to register.
Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead Brené Brown 5 2021/08/23 2012 If you've never read Brene Brown, her insight into shame is invaluable. If you have read her other books, this is mostly more of the same.
Brass Xhenet Aliu 3 2021/08/16 2018 Enjoyed and related to the messiness of this.
Yearbook Seth Rogen 4 2021/08/11 2021 Funny and delightful. The audiobook is the best way to experience this. A good book to recommend to younger people who aren't typically into reading.
Severance Ling Ma 3 2021/08/08 2018 I was entranced by most of this, but it gets weaker as it goes on. The ending resolved nothing and disappointed me.
Landslide: The Final Days of the Trump Presidency Michael Wolff 4 2021/08/07 2021 This is the most entertaining of the Trump presidency books, because it's about the "clown car" of idiots managing the election fraud accusations, second impeachment, and January 6 attack. The epilogue is mainly a transcript of Trump ranting for pages during his "interview" with the author.
Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion Jia Tolentino 2 2021/08/03 2019 The critiques of the modern Internet and industry bullshit are strong, but most of these essays use too many words to say what feminists already know.
In the Dream House Carmen Maria Machado 5 2021/07/30 2019 Exceptional memoir of relationship abuse.
The Girls Emma Cline 3 2021/07/25 2016 I enjoyed this.
The Aisles Have Eyes: How Retailers Track Your Shopping, Strip Your Privacy, and Define Your Power Joseph Turow 3 2021/07/21 2017 This didn't get deeper than what I already knew about our surveillance of consumers, but this will open the eyes of anyone unfamiliar with Bluetooth beacons and web analytics.
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption Bryan Stevenson 5 2021/07/19 2014 Read this book.
Protest Kitchen: Fight Injustice, Save the Planet, and Fuel Your Resistance One Meal at a Time Carol J. Adams & Ginny Messina 4 2021/07/14 2018 Carol J. Adams is a wonderful writer and thinker who unfortunately won't be appreciated for her contributions to the world until long after she's gone. This is a great book for a quick explanation of the political reasons for going vegan.
Red Pill Hari Kunzru 3 2021/07/12 2020 Bizarre but unfulfilling. The themes of obsession, alienation, and confusion around the contentious mid 2010s were relatable for me, but the main story is less interesting than the flashback to what happened to the punk band girls around the middle.
Alice Isn't Dead Joseph Fink 1 2021/07/03 2018 All of the characters are the same person. The mysteries are unsatisfying, and I didn't care about anything that was happening.
Erasure Percival Everett 4 2021/07/02 2001 Dark absurdity. By the time the protagonist is on the panel to award books of the year, we know exactly what's going to happen, and we get it.
The Soul of a Woman Isabel Allende 4 2021/06/27 2021 Short, sweet memoir. It's like listening to your feminist grandmother tell you about her life.
It's Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided with the Politics of Extremism Thomas E. Mann & Norman J. Ornstein 3 2021/06/17 2012 This meant more in 2012 than it does now. Most of the issues and explanations here have become mainstream thanks to this book, Trumpism, and a lot of the predictions in here coming true. I loved the repeated emphasis that the modern Republican party is an "insurgent outlier."
The Future of Another Timeline Annalee Newitz 4 2021/06/14 2019 Great feminist punk queer time travel novel. The resolution to the conflict is simpler than I think it would be if misogynists were really editing history, but this is a lot of fun.
Uncanny Valley Anna Wiener 5 2021/06/14 2020 If I wrote a book about my experience in the modern tech industry, it would be like this but with a lot more on burnout and working 60+ hours a week. I was so happy to read that someone else out there felt the same way about all of it, from the politics, entitlement, displacement, abuse, surveillance, and bigotry to the description of engineers "pouring themselves bowls of free cereal from human bird feeders."
Justine Forsyth Harmon 4 2021/06/13 2021 Short, sweet, and nails the liminal relationships of confused teenagers.
Neuromancer William Gibson 1 2021/06/12 1984 I did not like this. Convoluted and uninteresting. I didn't care about anything going on in here.
Nobody: Casualties of America's War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond Marc Lamont Hill 5 2021/06/08 2016 Comprehensive account of the racist police murders of the first half of the 2010s that ends with a smart critique of the social, economic, and political problems that disempowers citizens into becoming "nobodies."
Marriage of a Thousand Lies S.J. Sindu 3 2021/05/29 2017 The first half seems like it's going nowhere, but it becomes clear it's about the main character's world closing in on them. She spends far too long passively enduring her life. I loved her figuring it out for the ending.
High School Tegan & Sara 4 2021/05/25 2019 Good memoir about relationships, drugs, and rebellion in their teen years. The audiobook plays old recordings between some of the chapters.
Press Reset: Ruin and Recovery in the Video Game Industry Jason Schreier 4 2021/05/23 2021 Videogame workers need a union. This brought up a lot of the same trauma I felt from working in web development.
Blood, Sweat, and Pixels: The Triumphant, Turbulent Stories Behind How Video Games Are Made Jason Schreier 4 2021/05/21 2017 The best book I've read so far about making games. I expected more about the bullshit expectation of "crunch" all developers go through leading up to their game's release, but it seems like the author's next book will get more into that.
White Tears/Brown Scars: How White Feminism Betrays Women of Color Ruby Hamad 4 2021/05/11 2020 Strong essays on racism and the weaponization of privilege within feminism. The only weak parts are the few asides about representation in Hollywood, which are so unlike the rest of the book because the analysis is surface-level.
Men Who Hate Women Laura Bates 5 2021/05/10 2020 The most chilling fact in this book: YouTube streams make up over 37% of total mobile Internet traffic, and over 70% of what's watched on there comes from algorithmic recommendations. Being radicalized into believing hateful, misogynistic nonsense used to involve face-to-face interactions, but now YouTube just brings it to anyone who searches anything related to gender politics.
Significant Zero: Heroes, Villains, and the Fight for Art and Soul in Video Games Walt Williams 3 2021/05/05 2017
Parable of the Sower Octavia E. Butler 5 2021/05/05 1993
Halfway Home: Race, Punishment, and the Afterlife of Mass Incarceration Reuben Jonathan Miller 4 2021/05/05 2021
Acts of Desperation Megan Nolan 5 2021/04/28 2021 Too real.
Whistleblower: My Journey to Silicon Valley and Fight for Justice at Uber Susan Fowler 4 2021/04/26 2020 A maddening story of a woman enduring lifelong sexist bullshit.
Killing Is Harmless: A Critical Reading of Spec Ops: The Line Brendan Keogh 4 2021/04/22 2012

I love that this book exists. A chapter by chapter look at a cult classic military shooter game. While the gameplay itself is your usual loud murder simulator for bros and holds no appeal to me, this is the only big budget war game with a self-aware story that deconstructs the genre itself. Like all brainless military shooters, the lead character is made to kill thousands of soldiers in a day while justifying the atrocities he commits. Spec Ops makes him deal with the severe personal consequences of all of it.

My only complaint with the book is that there isn't much actual analysis. It's just a lot of "this is a detail I noticed while playing," which is still fun, because you'll want to look back at what you missed after experiencing the ending.

Work Won't Love You Back: How Devotion to Our Jobs Keeps Us Exploited, Exhausted, and Alone Sarah Jaffe 3 2021/04/08 2021 The first and last chapters were the most interesting because that's when the author voices a strong opinion on the exploitation of people for labor. The other chapters were pretty shallow overviews of unions and labor movements in various industries, so I feel the title is misleading.
Boss Fight Books: Metal Gear Solid Ashly Burch & Anthony Burch 4 2021/04/08 2015 I wish there were more books like this. A feminist retrospective and critique on what was a revolutionary videogame in the late 1990s. My only complaint: too many quippy footnotes.
Nevada Imogen Binnie 3 2021/04/02 2013 Funny and made me nostalgic for my 20s. The second half with James didn't work for me.
The Witches Are Coming Lindy West 5 2021/04/02 2019 I forget how much I love Lindy West's writing until I'm reading her again. So incisive and full of spot-on observations.
Green is the New Red Will Potter 4 2021/03/21 2011 Mostly about Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty and how animal rights activists are prosecuted as "terrorists." I enjoyed this and learned a lot from it. Full of law and politics talk around animal agriculture, so it may not be accessible for newer vegans.
You'll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey: Crazy Stories about Racism Amber Ruffin & Lacey Lamar 4 2021/03/20 2021 There's so much trauma here that the authors have to laugh at it all to lessen the despair in these stories. Amber's sunny delivery in the audiobook helps to make this a somehow mostly fun look at what white supremacy in the US does to black people just minding their business.
Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America Ijeoma Oluo 4 2021/03/15 2020 The first few chapters were specific history lessons, and I was feeling like this wasn't going to be the book I wanted it to be, but it turns into the righteous, acidic critique I needed. Full of teardowns of the double standards, failures, and hypocrisies of mediocre white men with power.
Fake Accounts Lauren Oyler 4 2021/03/05 2021 I was cackling around the midpoint at the petty critique of the writing trend where entire novels are written in short vignettes. A lot of fun moments in here. Sometimes the main character's monologues go on too long.
The Twittering Machine Richard Seymour 4 2021/03/03 2019
Keep Going Austin Kleon 3 2021/02/24 2019
Monogamy Sue Miller 3 2021/02/21 2020
Life Events Karolina Waclawiak 4 2021/02/17 2020
A Promised Land Barack Obama 4 2021/02/15 2020
Mating in Captivity: Reconciling the Erotic and the Domestic Esther Perel 5 2021/02/14, 2019/01/31 2006
Detransition, Baby Torrey Peters 5 2021/02/01 2021
I Hate Men Pauline Harmange 3 2021/01/31 2021
Permission Saskia Vogel 2 2021/01/27 2019
The Harpy Megan Hunter 2 2021/01/12 2020
Such a Fun Age Kiley Reid 4 2021/01/09 2019
Very Nice Marcy Dermansky 3 2021/01/06 2019
Lost Cat Mary Gaitskill 2 2021/01/03 2020
Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality Christopher Ryan, Cacilda Jethá 4 2021/01/02 2010
Bullshit Jobs: A Theory David Graeber 4 2020/12/28 2018
Three Women Lisa Taddeo 4 2020/12/18 2019
Young Bucks: Killing the Business from Backyards to the Big Leagues Matt Jackson, Nick Jackson 4 2020/12/15 2020
Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope Nicholas D. Kristof, Sheryl WuDunn 5 2020/12/10 2020
This Is Pleasure: A Story Mary Gaitskill 4 2020/11/30 2019
Little Birds: Erotica Anais Nin 4 2020/11/29 1979 This short collection is so good. Every story is fun and charming, and there aren't any duds. I wanted more scandalous, taboo topics. Everything here is tame in 2020.
Abandon Me Melissa Febos 4 2020/11/29 2017 I love her prose. The start is a bit self-indulgent, but it picks up once it gets to the toxic relationship. People will wonder why she's "glorifying" abuse, but (too many) others will be in tears from the recognition of their own mistakes.
Hoax: Donald Trump, Fox News, and the Dangerous Distortion of Truth Brian Stetler 4 2020/11/23 2020 A timeline of the circular influence between Fox personalities and the president. I forgot so many of these awful scandals. It isn't news to know that the people at Fox News know they're sycophantic propagandists. The interesting part is that they keep doing it for the ratings, which drop whenever the channel isn't broadcasting grievances and creating feuds. No news source is immune from this inherent problem in the way they make money.
Weather Jenny Offill 3 2020/11/16 2020 Jenny Offill is such a talented writer, but this doesn't go anywhere.
Entitled: How Male Privilege Hurts Women Kate Manne 5 2020/11/13 2020 Great book, but it can't be read without being furious the entire time. The story that got to me most is about a woman who records her rapist admitting to his crime, but the judge dismisses the situation as "he said, she said." Her lawyer points out that the phrase doesn't fit the situation because they're both on tape saying he raped her, but the judge doesn't budge.
Untrue: Why Nearly Everything We Believe About Women, Lust, and Infidelity Is Wrong and How the New Science Can Set Us Free Wednesday Martin 4 2020/11/09 2018 The ideas in here are similar to those shared by Sex at Dawn, Esther Perel, and Emily Nagoski: agriculture redefined our relationships and family structures, which made an opening for patriarchal, possessive value systems to override our biological, sociological, and psychological needs. I wish this book was twice as long, because most of the topics are covered as an overview rather than as an examination. I finished this more sure that the misogynists who think history and science support their arbitrary ideas for how people should live their own romantic lives have never actually researched the subject or questioned their assumptions.
I Hate the Internet Jarett Kobek 3 2020/11/03 2016 The plot involves how women aren't allowed to have an opinion on the Internet. Every character is introduced with a reference to how much melanin is in their epidermis. I enjoyed and laughed at some of this book, but the main character's speech patterns are intolerable, and the story never goes anywhere. I agree with the author's view of the modern Internet being a giant advertising space where tweets and posts make money for rich men running the platforms that target people with behavior modifying ads based on the content of their tweets and posts.
Exciting Times Naoise Dolan 5 2020/06/14, 2020/10/27 2020 Listened to the audiobook. Just as good the second time. My favorite book.
Cool for America: Stories Andrew Martin 4 2020/10/20 2020 I think Andrew Martin is one of my favorite authors. Only a couple of duds here. The stories are short and end without resolution, but I love his style. The Leslie character who was also in Early Work is a fun mess.
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail Cheryl Strayed 4 2020/10/15 2012 Good story that's more about flailing in grief than hiking. The scene where she has to kill her mother's horse wrecked me.
Can't Even: How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation Anne Helen Petersen 5 2020/10/10 2020 Anne Helen Petersen says what every single anxious millennial is thinking. Brilliant insight and explanation of systemic issues. I was furious and radicalized by the history lesson behind why nearly all of our jobs have become part-time with no benefits and no future.
Lady Chatterley's Lover D.H. Lawrence 4 2020/10/10 1928 This still holds up. Strange dialogue but the rest of it reads like any modern fiction. I enjoyed it, but Kate Millett was spot on that this is "largely a celebration of the penis of Oliver Mellors."
Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning Cathy Park Hong 5 2020/10/01 2020 Provocative and brilliant grapple with identity. One of the best non-fiction books I've read, full of history and righteous anger.
"The indignity of being Asian in this country has been underreported. We have been cowed by the lie that we have it good. We keep our heads down and work hard, believing that our diligence will reward us with our dignity, but our diligence will only make us disappear. By not speaking up, we perpetuate the myth that our shame is caused by our repressive culture and the country we fled, whereas America has given us nothing but opportunity. The lie that Asians have it good is so insidious that even now as I write, I’m shadowed by doubt that I didn’t have it bad compared to others. But racial trauma is not a competitive sport. The problem is not that my childhood was exceptionally traumatic but that it was in fact rather typical. Most white Americans can only understand racial trauma as a spectacle."
How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe Charles Yu 2 2020/09/23 2010 Fun, clever, and gave me The Outer Worlds vibes. It wasn't as consistently entertaining as Interior Chinatown. There are some verbose sections with long run-on sentences that don't work. I would get invested in a scene or the main character's thoughts, but then it meanders for pages. I want to like this more than I do.
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness Michelle Alexander 5 2020/09/15 2010 Superb history and analysis of mass incarceration. It's long and comprehensive, but the writing is accessible and clear. Most of it is about the oppressive, generational impacts of the War on Drugs and how ghouls have used it to manipulate the public and profit off exploitation. The critique of affirmative action near the end was surprising and incisive.
Intimations Zadie Smith 2 2020/09/01 2020 Short and unfulfilling. I'm not sure why this was made into a book. The strongest essay is the comparison of contempt for blackness and the coronavirus.
Come Rita Therese 3 2020/09/01 2020 The first half didn't grab me. It was the standard series of vignettes about the glamour and horror of being a sex worker. By the second half, she's spiraling through addiction, her brothers are killing themselves, toxic relationships destroy her self-esteem, PTSD flattens her, and she hates her job. This section of the book was much stronger, and I read all of it in one day. Related strong to her realization that the first few seconds of each day were bittersweet because it's when she forgot her brothers were dead.
Luster Raven Leilani 5 2020/08/23 2020 This was fun. I'm into this new generation of literary fiction authors who can communicate the specific traumas of lonely, wayward millennials, and I will read anything acclaimed that hits these buttons. Too real moment: the main character loses her job and her roommate at the same time so to survive she has to deliver food by bike for an app.
Attention: A Love Story Casey Schwartz 3 2020/08/16 2020 Good memoir about the author's Adderall addiction, anxiety, and general sense of distraction. Hits all the usual spots of books by millennials about this subject: constant device use, scattered thoughts, inability to sit still without doing something, pretending to be in control of one's own actions. For a book about attention, it drifts all over the place.
Educated Tara Westover 4 2020/08/11 2018 Difficult but compelling memoir about growing up in an isolated, paranoid, anti-government, religious household in the hills and realizing as an educated adult that her experiences and thoughts were all patriarchal, narrow-minded bullshit. The author makes it to college despite never going to a real school, and learning philosophy and history gives her the perspective to examine her own life with clarity. My only complaint is that she is far too kind about her parents, who have clearly traumatized, abused, gaslit, and controlled everyone in their life.
The Communist Manifesto Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels 5 2020/08/02 1848 This is hot fire that still resonates. The version I read came with other Marx essays that weren't interesting at all, but the manifesto itself is a prescient and simple overview of capitalism's inherently oppressive structure.
The War on Normal People Andrew Yang 5 2020/07/27 2018 Yang gets it. Every job will be impacted by automation and robotics, it's happening faster than most people expect, and only the already rich will see any benefits from the transfer of labor. He talks about human dignity, the increasing unaffordability of education, people choosing addictions over meaningless jobs they despise, and why everyone in the bubble hasn't noticed society collapsing around us. This is an urgent rallying cry to fight for a future that isn't apocalyptically grim.
Interior Chinatown Charles Yu 5 2020/07/26 2020 This satisfied most of my feelings about Hollywood and being an Asian man in America. I spent most of my life letting myself get guided to becoming a kind of "Kung Fu Guy," and the main character's inevitable disillusionment hit hard.
Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked Adam Alter 2 2020/07/20 2017 An average look into the tactics of addictive products. It felt like a bland history of studies and experiments into addiction instead of a critical view of how the world has been suckered into capitalist schemes, which I thought the book's title promised. The author even recommends strategies to enjoy addictive media without compulsive overuse and promotes gamification instead of scrutinizing it. Disappointing.
The Theory of Everything: The Origin and Fate of the Universe Stephen Hawking 1 2020/07/09 2002 A series of lectures by Stephen Hawking. Boring stuff, and I struggled to make it to the end. I only finished it because it was short. I learned a couple of things about how the universe works, but I can't recommend this to anyone unless understanding black holes is your life's work.
Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church Rachel Held Evans 3 2020/07/05 2015 The critiques of evangelicals and churches are incisive, but the memoir parts dragged. I wish every religious person would be way more like Rachel Held Evans.
Pizza Girl Jean Kyoung Frazier 4 2020/06/29 2020 Starts slow, but I devoured the last half of this. Reviewers call the main character selfish, despicable, irritating, but I saw unprocessed grief and a person looking for a reason to live. This is one that people will love or hate depending on their own story.
The Second Mountain David Brooks 2 2020/06/28 2019 The manifesto and philosophical parts of this are much better than the memoir sections. It starts strong and then becomes a long, meandering sermon.
Call Them by Their True Names: American Crises (and Essays) Rebecca Solnit 4 2020/06/20 2018 I love a Rebecca Solnit essay collection. This is what you'd expect. The first half is stronger.
Mentors: How to Help and be Helped Russell Brand 4 2020/06/15 2019 This is more of a memoir of the author's mentors through his life than a self-help book. It seems like a sequel to his previous, better book Recovery. This is still delightful and perceptive because Brand has really turned his life around, and I love the trend of fuckup atheists coming around to understanding the value of Jesus's teachings through life experience rather than following dogma.
Exciting Times Naoise Dolan 5 2020/06/14 2020 I have a new favorite book. Witty, deadpan, incisive, and too true to my own insecurities and experiences. I felt so seen in the revealing emails the lead character drafted but never sent, the way she flirted, the self-awareness of the performances she put on for others, and the stupid reasons she kept herself attached to poor decisions.
And Now We Have Everything: On Motherhood Before I Was Ready Meaghan O'Connell 3 2020/06/11 2018 I loved the honesty in this, but I expected it to be funnier or deeper. I came for charming millennial anxiety about becoming a "real adult" but it's more of a traditional memoir about insecurities and communication issues.
Night Elie Wiesel 5 2020/06/07 1956 This is the chilling classic everyone says it is.
Rising Strong Brené Brown 5 2020/06/04 2015 Brené Brown should be a yearly course in schools. Her lessons on shame and vulnerability are far more important to my daily life than any advanced math or science I ever learned.
The Battle For Paradise Naomi Klein 4 2020/06/01 2018 Good short look at Puerto Rico politics and reconstruction after Hurricane Maria. Readers have to endure infuriating disaster capitalist tactics but there's some hope here.
This America: The Case for the Nation Jill Lepore 3 2020/05/30 2019 A short manifesto that provides a history and rejection of nationalism. I liked what was here, but because it's such a short book, I'd often read about some brilliant speech or moment from history that I wanted to go deeper on, but we move on to a different topic.
So You Want to Talk About Race Ijeoma Oluo 5 2020/05/29 2018 The best resource for helping anyone come to an understanding about structural racial injustice in the United States and then do something about it. Every topic is carefully but concisely explained and supported with facts, logic, and devastating personal experience. A must read, especially for people who think they already know it all.
Stray Stephanie Danler 5 2020/05/25 2020 I loved this.
Almost Everything: Notes on Hope Anne Lamott 4 2020/05/19 2018 This is a charming book. I recommend the audiobook for Anne Lamott's anxious reading style, which brings out the humor and compassion.
Creative Quest Questlove 3 2020/05/18 2018 I enjoyed Questlove's stories about his friends, and the audiobook version of this sometimes has wonderful background music and sound effects to set a scene. However I don't think this will be useful to many people as an actual guide to being creative. If you've read one thing about how to make art, you've read everything in here. One aspect of this I love is that Questlove makes it clear that the best famous people he knows are all thoughtful, kind, and collaborate with respect for their peers.
Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets, & Advice for Living Your Best Life Ali Wong 5 2020/05/12 2019 This is funny and sweet. I listened to the audiobook, which I imagine is the best way to read this.
It's All in Your Head Russ 3 2020/05/08 2019 Short, positive self-help book that tells you to believe in yourself. It doesn't cover any new ground, but it should help some people get out of their own way.
Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 Cho Nam-Joo 4 2020/04/30 2016 The main character is an ordinary woman, and this short book details the enraging sexist bullshit she endures from birth until the present moment. Every chapter ends with a non-fiction paragraph explaining how what she just experienced is institutional, statistically widespread, and culturally endorsed. An upsetting read with themes and moments familiar to anyone who has been unfairly dismissed or ridiculed just for being a person.
Machines Like Me Ian McEwan 5 2020/04/26 2019 My feeling for the first two acts was that this is average and wordy, with shithead main characters, a dull android, and a revenge storyline that wasn't appealing to me, but the "avenging angel" turn the android takes and Alan Turing's contempt for the main character's climactic decision redeems it. I love it, but most wouldn't.
Know My Name Chanel Miller 5 2020/04/13 2019 This is a perfect book.
Sober Truths Jill Kelly 4 2020/04/11 2007 This is another "getting sober" memoir that's recommended by other similar authors. Loved it, I read the first half in one sitting. It lost me a bit at the very end when she gets her life together, but going through her decade-long mistake with Bruce was too familiar to some of my own mistakes. I'm into these memoirs because the authors are so honest about the person they used to be, and you can see their personal growth in ways other genres often can't match. Recommended for alcoholics.
Days of Distraction Alexandra Chang 4 2020/04/03 2020 Another book I was loving until the final section, which was fine but not the resolution I wanted. Excellent book about being Asian-American and feeling both invisible and too visible, stuck between two cultures you don't fit in, plus how it feels to be in a pointless, unfulfilling tech job with successful, incompetent bosses and the subtle and overt ways they remind you how expendable you are to them.
The Regrets Amy Bonnaffons 3 2020/03/30 2020 This was fun and interesting, but it lost steam at the end. I want a book about the side character Zoe's life instead.
Turning Pro Steven Pressfield 3 2020/03/28 2012 Another one of Steven Pressfield's short motivational books about creating. I liked the addict vs artist comparison in this one, but if you've read any of his other books in this series, it's more of the same. Still, he's not wrong, and it's nice to see my internal world spelled out for me from someone else who has been there.
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Philip K. Dick 5 2020/03/21 1968 This is the first time I read this, and I loved it. Simple story and prose, and the philosophical questions it raises about morality, compassion, and self-awareness make this a Classic Vegan Book to me. When the androids are cutting up the spider's legs because they can and Isidore can't handle it, I was right there with him, despairing over why this perspective hasn't collectively landed for people who exploit animals. The way the androids who didn't know they were androids reacted to the possibility of being one was also too familiar.
Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget Sarah Hepola 5 2020/03/17 2015 This one captured me. I've never blacked out from drinking, but I recognized so much of my late 20s and early 30s in here. I have new, valuable insight into the alcoholics who have crashed through my life.
A Ship Made of Paper Scott Spencer 5 2020/03/12 2004 Wow wow wow, phenomenal domestic drama. Scott Spencer's prose and true-to-life dialogue propelled me through this in a couple of days.
This Naked Mind Annie Grace 4 2020/03/10 2015 I don't think I've had a full alcoholic drink in years, but this book about recovering from alcohol addiction rang true with me concerning any addiction one could be suffering. It recycles a lot of Allen Carr's advice, which is spot on. Highly recommended for anyone wanting to quit anything that's ruining them.
The Path Made Clear Oprah Winfrey 4 2020/03/01 2019 Short audiobook that compiles solid life advice Oprah has received over her lifetime. This feels like listening to a "greatest hits" of her SuperSoul Sunday show.
The Perfect Nanny Leila Slimani 3 2020/02/18 2016 I thought this would have more layers to it. The chicken moment is wild.
Topics of Conversation Miranda Popkey 5 2020/02/17 2020 Fantastic short novel in the style of Rachel Cusk's "Outline" series.
No One is Too Small to Make a Difference Greta Thunberg 4 2020/01/23 2019
The Plotters Un-su Kim 3 2020/01/16 2019
A Warning Anonymous 3 2019/11/26 2019
The Artist's Journey: The Wake of the Hero's Journey and the Lifelong Pursuit of Meaning Steven Pressfield 2 2019/11/09 2018 Steven Pressfield has a lot of short self-help books like this, and the others I've read so far are better than this one. This one has meandering thoughts on philosophy, spirituality, and fighting your Resistance that are covered better elsewhere, like in The War of Art.
Antisocial: Online Extremists, Techno-Utopians, and the Hijacking of the American Conversation Andrew Marantz 3 2019/11/08 2019 I enjoyed reading this because the author has a keen understanding of how these online shitlords and bigots operate, but it feels like there's a footnote on every other paragraph. Many of them add nothing.
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis J.D. Vance 1 2019/10/23 2016 Obvious myth-making for a future asshole politician.
Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators Ronan Farrow 5 2019/10/19 2019
How to Be Alone: If You Want To, and Even If You Don't Lane Moore 5 2019/10/05 2018
How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy Jenny Odell 4 2019/10/05 2019
She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement Jodi Kantor 5 2019/10/04 2019
Permanent Record Edward Snowden 5 2019/09/30 2019
Shook One: Anxiety Playing Tricks on Me Charlamagne Tha God 4 2019/09/30 2018
We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast Jonathan Safran Foer 3 2019/09/28 2019
Early Work Andrew Martin 4 2019/09/22 2018
Bad Marie Marcy Dermansky 5 2019/09/07 2010
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism Robin DiAngelo 4 2019/09/02 2018
The Man They Wanted Me to Be: Toxic Masculinity and a Crisis of Our Own Making Jared Yates Sexton 5 2019/08/25 2019
A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of "A Course in Miracles" Marianne Williamson 4 2019/08/22 1996
Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us Michael Moss 5 2019/07/30 2013
Rising Out of Hatred: The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist Eli Saslow 5 2019/07/25 2018
Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World Anand Giridharadas 3 2019/07/24 2018 The scope of this book was smaller than I expected, but I liked what was here. I thought I was getting into something related to global scams and inequality, but it's mainly the author questioning privileged, disconnected statements overheard at elite conferences and gatherings.
Love Your Enemies: How Decent People Can Save America from the Culture of Contempt Arthur C. Brooks 3 2019/07/17 2019 An easy read that will be familiar to anyone who has read self-help or gratitude books. I didn't get much new out of this, but I appreciated the author's insightful summaries of how liberal and conservative ideologies differ on the "what" but likely share a similar "why" behind them.
Siege: Trump Under Fire Michael Wolff 2 2019/07/17 2019 It's weird how Michael Wolff wrote Steve Bannon's 2017-18 memoir for him. This isn't as revealing as Fire and Fury, but it's a concise overview of some of the bullshit we've all suffered through in the last two years.
The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, and Long-term Health T. Colin Campbell 5 2019/06/29 2006
Shameless: A Sexual Reformation Nadia Bolz-Weber 5 2019/06/25 2019
Hamilton: The Revolution Lin-Manuel Miranda 5 2019/05/16 2016
Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World Cal Newport 5 2019/05/16 2019
Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality Sarah McBride 5 2019/05/13 2018
Animal Liberation: The Definitive Classic of the Animal Movement Peter Singer 5 2019/04/30 2015
Life, the Universe and Everything (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #3) Douglas Adams 4 2019/04/21 2005
Sex Object Jessica Valenti 4 2019/04/18 2016
What Truth Sounds Like: Robert F. Kennedy, James Baldwin, and Our Unfinished Conversation About Race in America Michael Eric Dyson 5 2019/04/16 2018
Adèle Leïla Slimani 5 2019/04/13 2019
You Are Now Less Dumb: How to Conquer Mob Mentality, How to Buy Happiness, and All the Other Ways to Outsmart Yourself David McRaney 4 2019/04/03 2013
Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life Byron Katie 5 2019/03/31 2003
The New Me Halle Butler 4 2019/03/27 2019
Whip Smart: A Memoir Melissa Febos 3 2019/03/22 2010
Love for Imperfect Things: How to Accept Yourself in a World Striving for Perfection Haemin Sunim 5 2019/03/20 2018
The Only Story Julian Barnes 5 2019/03/03 2018
Convenience Store Woman Sayaka Murata 5 2019/03/02 2018
Notes on a Nervous Planet Matt Haig 3 2019/03/01 2019
Heart Berries: A Memoir Terese Marie Mailhot 3 2019/02/23 2018
A Confession Leo Tolstoy 4 2019/02/17 2006
An Anonymous Girl Greer Hendricks 3 2019/02/17 2019
On Bullshit Harry G. Frankfurt 4 2019/02/10 2005
Live Work Work Work Die: A Journey into the Savage Heart of Silicon Valley Corey Pein 4 2019/02/05 2018
Mating in Captivity: Reconciling the Erotic and the Domestic Esther Perel 5 2019/01/31 2006
The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down: How to be Calm in a Busy World Haemin Sunim 5 2019/01/26 2017
Dead People Suck: A Guide for Survivors of the Newly Departed Laurie Kilmartin 3 2019/01/23 2018
Guards! Guards! (Discworld, #8; City Watch #1) Terry Pratchett 4 2019/01/23 2001
What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism Dan Rather 4 2019/01/21 2017
The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles Steven Pressfield 4 2019/01/13 2003
Everything Under Daisy Johnson 4 2019/01/13 2018
Slaughterhouse: The Shocking Story of Greed, Neglect, And Inhumane Treatment Inside the U.S. Meat Industry Gail A. Eisnitz 5 2019/01/11 2006
The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains Nicholas Carr 4 2019/01/11 2011 This should be required reading before anyone is allowed to use the Internet.
Words Are My Matter: Writings about Life and Books, 2000-2016, with a Journal of a Writer's Week Ursula K. Le Guin 4 2019/01/07 2018
Our Souls at Night Kent Haruf 5 2019/01/07 2015
The Only Harmless Great Thing Brooke Bolander 5 2019/01/06 2018
Miles From Nowhere Nami Mun 5 2019/01/06 2009
The End of the End of the Earth: Essays Jonathan Franzen 2 2019/01/05 2018 Jonathan Franzen fuckin' loves birds.
A Colony in a Nation Christopher L. Hayes 5 2019/01/03 2018
Silence: In the Age of Noise Erling Kagge 4 2018/12/30 2017
My Year of Rest and Relaxation Ottessa Moshfegh 5 2018/12/29 2018
My Sister, the Serial Killer Oyinkan Braithwaite 4 2018/12/28 2018
Stray City Chelsey Johnson 5 2018/12/27 2018
Fire Sermon Jamie Quatro 5 2018/12/26 2018
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut 4 2018/12/26 2010
The Time Machine H.G. Wells 5 2018/12/25 2018
Presto!: How I Made Over 100 Pounds Disappear and Other Magical Tales Penn Jillette 4 2018/12/24 2016
The Miracle of Morning Pages: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About the Most Important Artist's Way Tool: A Special from Tarcher/Penguin Julia Cameron 4 2018/12/24 2013
You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life Jen Sincero 3 2018/12/22 2013
The Friend Sigrid Nunez 5 2018/12/20 2018
The State of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity Esther Perel 5 2018/12/18 2017
Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup John Carreyrou 5 2018/12/10 2018 Gripping, exhaustively reported account of the Theranos scam. I breezed through this in a day. If you've ever worked in tech and have had to deal with self-centered management making unreasonable promises to partners that you were forced to cash, or if you've ever left a job that was so unethical and demanding that you stewed about it for years afterward, this is for you.
Fear: Trump in the White House Bob Woodward 5 2018/12/02 2018
The Lost Art of Reading: Why Books are So Important in a Distracted Time David L. Ulin 3 2018/12/02
Girls & Boys Dennis Kelly 5 2018/12/01 2018 HOLY SHIT. "We didnt create society for men. We created it to stop men."
Milk and Honey Rupi Kaur 3 2018/11/29 2014
Between Breaths: A Memoir of Panic and Addiction Elizabeth Vargas 5 2018/11/27 2017
This Is How: Surviving What You Think You Can't Augusten Burroughs 4 2018/11/25 2013
Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House Michael Wolff 4 2018/11/25 2018
The Virgins Pamela Erens 4 2018/11/21 2013
On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope DeRay Mckesson 3 2018/11/08 2018 This is a wonderful, smart, emotional book, but the audio version is a bit disappointing. Most of it feels like DeRay monotonously reading the pages without inflection, like when a kid is reading their book report to the class. I recommend reading it yourself.
Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age Sherry Turkle 5 2018/11/05 2015
The Pleasure Trap: Mastering the Hidden Force That Undermines Health and Happiness Douglas J. Lisle 4 2018/10/31 2006
Normal People Sally Rooney 5 2018/10/27 2018
Everything I Never Told You Celeste Ng 5 2018/10/16 2014
The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom Miguel Ruiz 5 2018/10/15 2001
10% Happier Dan Harris 5 2018/10/11 2014
The Girl on the Train Paula Hawkins 4 2018/10/10 2015
Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 5 2018/10/05 2017
A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership James Comey 5 2018/09/30 2018
The Stranger Albert Camus 4 2018/09/30 1989
The Argonauts Maggie Nelson 4 2018/09/24 2015
Man's Search for Meaning Viktor E. Frankl 3 2018/09/24 2004
A Grief Observed C.S. Lewis 5 2018/09/12 2005
Between the World and Me Ta-Nehisi Coates 5 2018/09/12 2015
We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy Ta-Nehisi Coates 5 2018/09/10 2017
Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America Michael Eric Dyson 5 2018/09/05 2017
Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History Katy Tur 4 2018/09/03 2017
Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease: The Revolutionary, Scientifically Proven, Nutrition-Based Cure Caldwell B. Esselstyn Jr. 5 2018/08/31 2007
No Is Not Enough: Resisting the New Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need Naomi Klein 4 2018/08/30 2017
Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World’s Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself Rich Roll 5 2018/08/29 2012
Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism: The Belief System That Enables Us to Eat Some Animals and Not Others Melanie Joy 5 2018/07/14 2009
How to Be Black Baratunde R. Thurston 4 2018/07/10 2012
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents America (The Audiobook): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction Jon Stewart 4 2018/07/08 2005 My review of this book is the same as if I were reviewing Jon Stewart's Daily Show in 2018: still funny and worthwhile except for the numerous slurs against gay and disabled people.
I Am America (And So Can You!) Stephen Colbert 4 2018/07/04 2007
Stephen Colbert's Midnight Confessions Stephen Colbert 4 2018/07/04 2017
Ten Arguments For Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now Jaron Lanier 4 2018/07/01 2018
Yes Please Amy Poehler 5 2018/06/26 2014
Food Fight: My Plant Powered Journey from the Bingo Halls to the Big Time Austin Aries 4 2018/06/22 2017
Eleanor & Park Rainbow Rowell 4 2018/06/15 2013
How to Be Here: A Guide to Creating a Life Worth Living Rob Bell 4 2018/06/03 2016
Jonathan Livingston Seagull Richard Bach 5 2018/05/17 2006 Inspiring short read.
Lighting Up: How I Stopped Smoking, Drinking, and Everything Else I Loved in Life Except Sex Susan Shapiro 4 2018/05/13 2005 Fun and engaging read! It's primarily about her relationship with her addiction therapist who challenged the self-serving ideas and assumptions she had about herself and her addictions.
The Woman in the Window A.J. Finn 4 2018/05/05 2018
Dept. of Speculation Jenny Offill 4 2018/04/30 2014 My only complaint is that it's too short. Fantastic book.
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury 5 2018/04/22 2011 “The televisor is 'real.' It is immediate, it has dimension. It tells you what to think and blasts it in. It must be right. It seems so right. It rushes you on so quickly to its own conclusions your mind hasn't time to protest, 'What nonsense!'”
Mrs. Fletcher Tom Perrotta 5 2018/04/16 2017 I had a lot of fun with this book. The son is your standard thoughtless jerk college bro, which made his sections hard to get through at first, but I found it worth it by the time he faces his consequences.
The Face on Your Plate: The Truth About Food Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson 3 2018/04/14 2009 Great stuff in here, but some of it is a bit repetitive and goes off on tangents.
Asymmetry Lisa Halliday 1 2018/04/14 2018 Yikes. I was having fun with the first section, but then the jarring switch to the unrelated next two sections threw me out of the story. I don't feel like any plots got resolved or that I learned anything from reading this. Disappointed.
Green Sam Graham-Felsen 5 2018/04/04 2018 This is my favorite book of 2018 so far, and one of my top 10 books ever. Dave and Mar are so similar to my friendships and life in middle school, even down to the prized basketball card coming between them.
How to Break Up with Your Phone: The 30-Day Plan to Take Back Your Life Catherine Price 5 2018/04/01 2018 If you're mindlessly scrolling through apps everyday and just feeling like crap because of it, read this book.
Ultraluminous Katherine Faw 4 2018/03/21 2017
The Hole Hye-Young Pyun 4 2018/03/21 2017
Rebel Seoul (Rebel Seoul, #1) Axie Oh 4 2018/03/13 2017 More Korean-American sci-fi!
Ongoingness: The End of a Diary Sarah Manguso 2 2018/02/27 2015 A few good aphorisms, but not much else.
March: Book Three (March, #3) John Lewis 5 2018/02/27 2016 This series is required reading for every American.
The Arrangement Sarah Dunn 4 2018/02/27 2017 A fun story about couples fucking up.
Another Brooklyn Jacqueline Woodson 3 2018/02/26 2016 Poetic, lyrical writing in mostly short vignettes, but not enough narrative drive for me.
Outline Rachel Cusk 4 2018/02/19 2014 The top review for this book nails it: "I hated it and loved it. Full of wisdom and completely meaningless. Irritating and boring, but a page-turner."
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #2) Douglas Adams 5 2018/02/19 2005 Marvin: "Why should I want to make anything up? Life's bad enough as it is without wanting to invent any more of it."
Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities Rebecca Solnit 4 2018/02/18 2017 “An extraordinary imaginative power to reinvent ourselves is at large in the world, though it is hard to say how it will counteract the dead weight of neoliberalism, fundamentalisms, environmental destructions, and well-marketed mindlessness.”
Getting Off: One Woman's Journey Through Sex and Porn Addiction Erica Garza 4 2018/02/17 2018 Fearless, relatable memoir. This was as cathartic to read as it seems it was to write.
Sphinx Anne Garréta 5 2018/02/17 2015 The hook is that the narrator's relationship is genderless, but I'm in awe of every aspect of this short debut novel. This reads like a dream.
The Misfit's Manifesto (TED Books) Lidia Yuknavitch 5 2018/02/12 2017
Conversations with Friends Sally Rooney 5 2018/02/10 2017
The Mother of All Questions Rebecca Solnit 5 2018/02/07 2017
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear Elizabeth Gilbert 5 2018/02/05 2015
New People Danzy Senna 4 2018/02/03 2017
Goodbye, Vitamin Rachel Khong 4 2018/02/03 2017
Hello, Is This Planet Earth?: My View from the International Space Station Tim Peake 5 2018/01/31 2017
Sorry to Disrupt the Peace Patty Yumi Cottrell 5 2018/01/31 2017
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry Neil deGrasse Tyson 5 2018/01/29 2017
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1) Douglas Adams 5 2018/01/28 2007
The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas Ursula K. Le Guin 5 2018/01/25 1997
March: Book Two (March, #2) John Lewis 5 2018/01/25 2015
Eat, Pray, Love Elizabeth Gilbert 5 2018/01/13 2007
The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself Michael A. Singer 5 2018/01/03 2007
your name. Makoto Shinkai 4 2018/01/02 2017
Animal Farm George Orwell 4 2017/12/30 2003
The Three-Body Problem (Remembrance of Earth’s Past #1) Liu Cixin 5 2017/12/26 2014
The Cheese Trap: How Breaking a Surprising Addiction Will Help You Lose Weight, Gain Energy, and Get Healthy Neal D. Barnard 4 2017/11/23 2017
Girls on Fire Robin Wasserman 4 2017/11/12 2016
Who Fears Death (Who Fears Death, #1) Nnedi Okorafor 5 2017/11/08 2010
The Power Naomi Alderman 4 2017/10/27 2017
The Easy Way to Stop Smoking: Join the Millions Who Have Become Nonsmokers Using the Easyway Method Allen Carr 4 2017/10/22 2004
Al Franken, Giant of the Senate Al Franken 5 2017/10/12 2017
The Low-Carb Fraud T. Colin Campbell 4 2017/10/11 2014
Recovery: Freedom from Our Addictions Russell Brand 4 2017/10/08 2017
Proteinaholic: How Our Obsession with Meat Is Killing Us and What We Can Do About It Garth Davis 4 2017/09/29 2015
The Food Revolution: How Your Diet Can Help Save Your Life and Our World John Robbins 4 2017/09/01 2001
Living the Farm Sanctuary Life: How to Eat Healthier, Live Longer, and Feel Better Every Day by Bringing Home the Happiest Place on Earth Gene Baur 4 2017/08/31 2015
Against the Fall of Night Arthur C. Clarke 4 2017/08/22 2003
Skinny Bitch: A No-Nonsense, Tough-Love Guide for Savvy Girls Who Want to Stop Eating Crap and Start Looking Fabulous! Rory Freedman 4 2017/07/29 2005
Meat Is for Pussies: A How-To Guide for Dudes Who Want to Get Fit, Kick Ass, and Take Names John Joseph 2 2017/07/24 2014
Mad Cowboy: Plain Truth from the Cattle Rancher Who Won't Eat Meat Howard F. Lyman 4 2017/06/30 2001
Esther the Wonder Pig Steve Jenkins 4 2017/06/12 2016
Eating Animals Jonathan Safran Foer 5 2017/06/10 2009
Forks Over Knives: The Plant-Based Way to Health Gene Stone 3 2017/06/10 2011
Borne (Borne, #1) Jeff VanderMeer 5 2017/05/31 2017
The Happy Vegan: A Guide to Living a Long, Healthy, and Successful Life Russell Simmons 5 2017/05/30 2015
All the President's Men Carl Bernstein 4 2017/05/22 2005
Sacred Heart Liz Suburbia 5 2017/05/08 2015
In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto Michael Pollan 5 2017/05/08 2008
Media Control: The Spectacular Achievements of Propaganda Noam Chomsky 4 2017/05/01 2002
Crazy Is My Superpower: How I Triumphed by Breaking Bones, Breaking Hearts, and Breaking the Rules A.J. Mendez Brooks 4 2017/04/14 2017
Food Rules: An Eater's Manual Michael Pollan 4 2017/03/27 2009
Grief is the Thing with Feathers Max Porter 5 2017/03/25 2015
Childhood's End Arthur C. Clarke 5 2017/03/15 1987
The City and the Stars Arthur C. Clarke 5 2017/03/15 2001 My favorite book. The themes in this novel deeply resonated with me, and I often found myself moved to near tears despite this book having no tear-jerking moments. This is set billions of years in the future, but I so often felt like this was about us in the 2000s.
Rendezvous with Rama (Rama, #1) Arthur C. Clarke 5 2017/03/14 2000
The Reader Bernhard Schlink 5 2017/03/12 1997
A Woman in Berlin: Eight Weeks in the Conquered City: A Diary Anonymous 5 2017/03/08 2006
Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood Trevor Noah 5 2017/03/05 2016
Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World Cal Newport 4 2017/03/04 2016
Live from New York: An Oral History of Saturday Night Live James Andrew Miller 3 2017/02/26 2002
Fates and Furies Lauren Groff 4 2017/02/23 2015
The Fire Next Time James Baldwin 5 2017/02/22 2008
Citizen: An American Lyric Claudia Rankine 5 2017/02/22 2014
Leave Me Alone! Vera Brosgol 5 2017/02/22 2016
Mort (Death, #1; Discworld, #4) Terry Pratchett 4 2017/02/21 2001
Equal Rites (Discworld, #3; Witches, #1) Terry Pratchett 4 2017/02/21 2005
The Light Fantastic (Discworld, #2; Rincewind #2) Terry Pratchett 4 2017/02/17 2000
The Colour of Magic (Discworld, #1) Terry Pratchett 4 2017/02/17 1985
1984 George Orwell 5 2017 1950
We Are Okay Nina LaCour 5 2017 2017 Phenomenal YA book about surviving grief.
We Should All Be Feminists Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 5 2017 2014 Don't trust anyone who hasn't taken less than 30 minutes of their life to read this short, perfect book.
Ready Player One Ernest Cline 5 2017 2011
In Real Life Cory Doctorow 5 2017 2014
No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State Glenn Greenwald 4 2017 2014
The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons and an Unlikely Road to Manhood Ta-Nehisi Coates 5 2017 2008
Kindred Octavia E. Butler 4 2017 2004
Accepted: How the First Gay Superstar Changed WWE Pat Patterson 4 2017 2016
Paper Girls, Vol. 2 Brian K. Vaughan 4 2017 2016
Paper Girls, Vol. 1 Brian K. Vaughan 5 2017 2016
Pax Sara Pennypacker 5 2017 2016
Scott Pilgrim, Volume 1: Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life Bryan Lee O'Malley 5 2017 2004
What Did You Eat Yesterday?, Volume 1 Fumi Yoshinaga 5 2017 2014
March: Book One (March, #1) John Lewis 5 2017 2013
The Vegetarian Han Kang 4 2017 2016
The Snow Child Eowyn Ivey 4 2017 2012
The Daily Show: An Oral History as Told by Jon Stewart, the Correspondents, Staff and Guests Chris Smith 4 2017 2016 Delivers on what you expect from it.
Courage to Soar: A Body in Motion, A Life in Balance Simone Biles 3 2017 2016 This is what you figure it is. Good read for teenagers looking for relatable heroes.
Cross Rhodes: Goldust, Out of the Darkness Dustin Rhodes 2 2017 2010 The writing is sloppy, but I like any sobriety story from a relatively famous person showing who they really were.