Recent books I love

2019

Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee, Casey Cep

How to do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy, Jenny Odell

The Third Pillar: How Markets and the State Leave the Community Behind, Raghuram Rajan

The Overstory, Richard Powers

Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, Yuval Noah Harari

Small Fry, Lisa Brennan-Jobs

Working: Researching, Interviewing, Writing, Robert Caro

Power of the Dog, Don Winslow

These Truths: A History of the United States, Jill Lepore

The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming, David Wallace-Wells

The Impossible Climb: Alex Honnold, El Capitan, and the Climbing Life, Mark Synnott

Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971, Heather Ann Thompson

Good to Go: What the Athlete in All of Us can Learn from the Strange Science of Recovery, Christie Aschwanden

Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America, James Forman, Jr.

Sabrina, Nick Drnaso

Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom, David W. Blight

Autumn, Ali Smith

The Art of Raising a Puppy, the Monks of New Skete

The Library Book, Susan Orlean

Asymmetry, Lisa Halliday

How to Write an Autobiographical Novel: Essays, Alexander Chee

The Beastie Boys Book, Michael Diamond and Adam Horovitz

I Am Dynamite!: A Life of Nietzsche, Sue Prideaux

We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won their Civil Rights, Adam Winkler

2018

Dark Sacred Night, Michael Connelly

How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence, Michael Pollan

Heavy: An American Memoir, Kiese Laymon

Educated: A Memoir, Tara Westover

War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence, Ronan Farrow

North: Finding My Way While Running the Appalachian Trail, Scott Jurek

The Path to Power (The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume 1), Robert Caro

Cherry, Nico Walker

The Fifth Risk, Michael Lewis

There There, Tommy Orange

Manhattan Beach, Jennifer Egan

Barrel-Aged Stout and Selling Out: Goose Island, Anheuser-Busch, and How Craft Beer Became Big Business, Josh Noel

God Save Texas: A Journey into the Soul of the Lone Star State, Lawrence Wright

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup, John Carrayrou

The Mars Room, Rachel Kushner

The Future is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia, Masha Gessen

The Largesse of the Sea Maiden: Stories, Denis Johnson

The Recovering: Intoxication and its Aftermath, Leslie Jamison

Natural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer, Barbara Ehrenreich

Endure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance, Alex Hutchinson

Feel Free, Zadie Smith

Dawn of the New Everything: Encounters with Reality and Virtual Reality, Jaron Lanier

A First-Class Catastrophe: The Road to Black Monday, the Worst Day in Wall Street History, Diana Henriques

Sing, Unburied, Sing, Jesmyn Ward

Two Kinds of Truth, Michael Connelly

2017

Lords of Finance: The Bankers who Broke the World, Liaquat Ahamed

We were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy, Ta-Nehisi Coates

Draft No. 4: On the Writing Process, John McPhee

The Late Show, Michael Connelly

The Force, Don Winslow

The Wisdom of Finance: Discovering Humanity in the World of Risk and Return, Mihir Desai

South and West, Joan Didion

The Association of Small Bombs, Karan Mahajan

The CEO Pay Machine: How it Trashes America and How to Stop it, Steven Clifford

How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything: Tales from the Pentagon, Rosa Brooks 

The Argonauts, Maggie Nelson

The Nix, Nathan Hill

The Case Against Sugar, Gary Taubes

The Spy who came in from the Cold, John Le Carre

Moonglow, Michael Chabon

The Undoing Project: A Friendship that Changed our Minds, Michael Lewis

We are all Completely Beside Ourselves, Karen Joy Fowler

2016

White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, Nancy Isenberg

A Brief History of Seven Killings, Marlon James

Why They Do It: Inside the Mind of the White-Collar Criminal, Eugene Soltes

The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead

The Sympathizer, Viet Thanh Nguyen

The Vegetarian, Han Kang

The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone, Olivia Laing

Capital in the Twenty-First Century, Thomas Piketty

Work Rules!, Laszlo Block

Human Capital, Gary Becker

Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates

The Sellout, Paul Beatty

All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr

H is for Hawk, Helen MacDonald

The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World, Andrea Wulf

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, Elizabeth Kolbert

Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS, Joby Warrick

One of Us: The Story of Anders Breivik and the Massacre in Norway, Asne Seierstad

Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David, Lawrence Wright