“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

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 Soul of the World by Roger Scruton

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