brain overflow

Here are some of the books that have been recommended to me or otherwise caught my eye. I may never read some of them – and I will definitely never read all of them – but in any case, I need to outsource the remembering:

  • Atomic Habits – James Clear
  • The Two Faces of American Freedom – Aziz Rana
  • How to Survive a Plague: The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDS – David France
  • Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet of Wonder: Pronged Ants, Horned Humans, Mice on Toast, and Other Marvels of Jurassic Technology – Lawrence Weschler
  • The Odd Woman and the City: A Memoir, Vivian Gornick
  • Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape our Man-Made World – Mark Miodownik
  • Lab Girl – Hope Jahren
  • Madeleine’s World: A Biography of a Three-Year-Old – Brian Hall
  • The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures – Anne Fadiman
  • Barbarian Days A Surfing Life – William Finnegan
  • Harlem is Nowhere: A Journey to the Mecca of Black America – Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts
  • Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic – Sam Quinones
  • A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again: Essays and Arguments – David Foster Wallace
  • Negroland: A Memoir – Margo Jefferson
  • The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood, James GleickBehind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity – Katherine Boo
  • Out of Sheer Rage: Wrestling with D.H. Lawrence – Geoff Dyer
  • The Tennis Partner: a Doctor’s Story of Friendship and Loss – Abraham Verghese
  • H Is for Hawk – Helen Macdonald
  • The Old Ways: A journey on Foot – Robert Macfarlane
  • We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda – Philip Gourevitch
  • The Battle for God – Karen Armstrong
  • Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity – Andrew Solomon
  • A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius – Dave Eggers
  • American Ground: Unbuilding the World Trade Center – William Langewiesche
  • Borrowed Finery: A Memoir – Paula Fox
  • The Canterbury Tales – Chaucer
  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness – Michelle Alexander
  • Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx – Adrian Nicole LeBlanc
  • The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People who Read Them – Elif Batuman
  • A Farewell to Arms – Hemingway
  • Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation – Jeff Chang
  • Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic – Alison Bechdel
  • The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires – Tim Wu
  • The Complete Stories – O’Connor
  • Seabiscuit – Hillenbrand
  • Travels in Siberia – Ian Frazier
  • The World Without Us – Alan Weisman
  • In Cold Blood – Capote
  • The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration – Isabel Wilkerson
  • Moby-Dick – Melville
  • The Night of the Gun: A Reporter Investigates the Darkest Story of His Life. His Own – David Carr
  • Madame Bovary,- Flaubert
  • One Day: The Extraordinary Story of an Ordinary 24 Hours in America – Gene Weingarten
  • The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science – Richard Holmes
  • Predictably Irrational – Dan Ariely
  • Why Smart People Make Big Mistakes – Gary Belsky & Thomas Gilovich
  • Your Money & Your Brain – Jason Zweig
  • All Art is Propaganda – Orwell
  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight – Simon Armitage translation
  • Collected Poems of William Butler Yeats
  • The Passage of Power – Robert Caro
  • The Pale King – David Foster Wallace
  • Columbine – Dave Cullen
  • A Visit from the Goon Squad – Jennifer Egan
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude – Garcia Marquez (also, learn how to do accents)
  • Lolita – Nabokov
  • The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon – David Grann
  • Bleak House – Dickens
  • Finishing the Hat: Collected Lyrics (1954 – 1981) – Stephen Sondheim
  • Look, I Made a Hat: Collected Lyrics (1981 – 2011) – Stephen Sondheim
  • The Sea Around Us – Carson
  • Dubliners, Ulysses, & Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man – Joyce
  • The Goldfinch – Tartt
  • Miss Lonelyhearts & the Day of the Locust – Nathaniel West
  • How to Cook a Wolf – Fisher
  • Slouching Towards Bethlehem – Didion
  • Thinking, Fast and Slow – Daniel Kahneman
  • The Lottery and Other Stories – Jackson
  • Hiroshima – Hersey
  • The Great Gatsby – Fitzgerald
  • Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery – Robert Kolker
  • Goodbye, Columbus – Roth
  • Leviathan – Hobbes
  • Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief – Lawrence Wright
  • Break, Blow, Burn – Paglia
  • The Bluest Eye – Morrison
  • Citizen: An American Lyric – Claudia Rankine
  • Wave – Sonali Deraniyagala
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God – Hurston
  • The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America – George Packer
  • The Art of Shakespeare’s Sonnets – Vendler
  • The Trip to Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking – Olivia Laing
  • Orthodoxy – Chesterton
  • People Who Eat Darkness: The True Story of a Young Woman Who Vanished from the Streets of Tokyo – Richard Lloyd Parry
  • Pilgrim at Tinker Creek – Dillard
  • A Thousand Small Sanities – Gopnik
  • The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History – Elizabeth Kolbert