“Being human is itself difficult, and therefore all kinds of settlements have problems. Big cities have difficulties in abundance, because they have people in abundance.” —Jane Jacobs

2019

  1. My Ántonia by Willa Cather
  2. Love in the Ruins by Walker Percy
  3. In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
  4. The Year of Our Lord 1943: Christian Humanism in an Age of Crisis by Alan Jacobs
  5. The Book of Common Prayer: A Biography by Alan Jacobs
  6. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  7. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell
  8. On Grand Strategy by John Lewis Gaddis
  9. The Function of Reason by Alfred North Whitehead
  10. American Priest: The Ambitious Life and Conflicted Legacy of Notre Dame’s Father Ted Hesburgh by Wilson D. Miscamble, C.S.C.
  11. Sacrifice by René Girard
  12. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
  13. Stubborn Attachments by Tyler Cowen
  14. The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut
  15. In the Beginning: A Catholic Understanding of the Story of Creation and the Fall by Joseph Ratzinger
  16. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
  17. Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset
  18. Sarum by Edward Rutherfurd
  19. Empire: How Britain Made the Modern World by Niall Ferguson
  20. Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson by Camille Paglia 
  21. Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley by Antonio Garcia Martinez
  22. After Virtue: A Study in Moral Theory by Alastair MacIntyre
  23. A Short History of Ethics: A History of Moral Philosophy from the Homeric Age to the Twentieth Century by Alastair MacIntyre
  24. Them: Why We Hate Each Other and How to Heal by Ben Sasse
  25. Anti fragile: Things That Gain from Disorder by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  26. Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815 by Gordon S. Wood
  27. War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence by Ronan Farrow
  28. Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
  29. I Am Charlotte Simmons by Tom Wolfe
  30. Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery by Eric Metaxas
  31. Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age by Sherry Turkle
  32. The Lord by Romano Guardini
  33. The Forgotten Man by Amity Shlaes
  34. The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914 by David McCullough
  35. Chronicles of a Liquid Society by Umberto Eco
  36. Psychopolitics: Neoliberalism and New Technologies of Power by Byung-Chul Han
  37. The Transparency Society by Byung-Chul Han

2018

  1. Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance
  2. The American Spirit: Who We Are and What We Stand For by David McCullough
  3. St. Francis of Assisi by G.K. Chesterton
  4. Up from Slavery by Booker T. Washington
  5. Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold by C.S. Lewis
  6. Cosmos: A Personal Voyage by Carl Sagan
  7. The Death of the Banker: The Decline and Fall of the Great Financial Dynasties and the Triumph of the Small Investor by Ron Chernow
  8. 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan B. Peterson
  9. To Change the Church: Pope Francis and the Future of Catholicism by Ross Douthat
  10. Travels in Alaska by John Muir
  11. You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto by Jaron Lanier
  12. And Now We Have Everything: On Motherhood Before I Was Ready by Meaghan O’Connell
  13. The All or Nothing Marriage: How the Best Marriages Work by Eli J. Finkel
  14. Cheap Sex: The Transformation of Sex, Marriage, and Monogamy by Mark Regnerus
  15. A Thousand Mile Walk to the Gulf by John Muir
  16. Son of the Wilderness: The Life of John Muir by Linnie Marsh Wolfe
  17. My First Summer in the Sierra by John Muir
  18. Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology by Neil Postman
  19. The Painted Word by Tom Wolfe
  20. Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business by Neil Postman
  21. Remote: Office Not Required by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson
  22. Barking Up the Wrong Tree: The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Success Is (Mostly) Wrong by Eric Barker
  23. At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft
  24. Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport
  25. The Three Languages of Politics by Arnold Kling
  26. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
  27. Powerful: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility by Patty McCord
  28. Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts by Jaron Lanier
  29. From the Corner of the Oval: A Memoir by Beck Dorey-Stein
  30. The First 90 Days: Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Faster and Smarter by Michael Watkins
  31. The Power of Silence: Against the Dictatorship of Noise by Robert Cardinal Sarah
  32. The Soul of the World by Roger Scruton
  33. The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz
  34. The Great Degeneration: How Institutions Decay and Economies Die by Niall Ferguson
  35. The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes

2017

  1. The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York by Robert Caro
  2. The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs
  3. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
  4. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William L. Shirer
  5. The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris by David McCullough
  6. Strangers in a Strange Land by Charles J. Chaput
  7. The Benedict Option by Rod Dreher
  8. Shadows on the Rock by Willa Cather
  9. The Song of Beowulf, translated by R.J. Gordon
  10. A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
  11. Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin Abbott
  12. No One Sees God: The Dark Night of Atheists and Believers by Michael Novak
  13. Meditations of Marcus Aurelius
  14. On Power by Robert Caro
  15. The Greek Way by Edith Hamilton