My winter reading list.

We’re into Infinite Winter, folks, so Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States is definitely happening. And Anthony Doerr’s All The Light We Cannot See already happened. So what else is on the list? (Let’s be real, this is probably not going to be completed in the winter alone, but it’s good to have reading ambitions for the first time in way too long.)

Physical copies pictured above:

  • Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow
  • Steve Martin’s Born Standing Up
  • Chimamanda Adichie’s Americanah
  • James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time (I had this post composed yesterday, then read the entirety of this – it’s short and incredible – before I fell asleep last night.)

Kindle books (nestled in that colorful tree cover on top of the book stack):

  • Mary Roach’s Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal
  • Ed Yong’s I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life
  • Siddhartha Mukherjee’s The Gene: An Intimate History
  • Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America
  • Will Hines’ How to be the Greatest Improviser on Earth
  • Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric
  • Ryan Holiday’s The Daily Stoic
  • Parvati Markus’ Love Everyone
  • Leo Tolstoy’s The Kingdom of God is Within You
  • Matt Ridley’s The Rational Optimist
  • Pema Chodron’s When Things Fall Apart
  • David Brooks’ The Road to Character
  • Edward E. Baptist’s The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism
  • Rob Bell’s What We Talk About When We Talk About God
  • Arlie Russell Hochschild’s Stranger in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right
  • Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz’s An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States
  • Jesmyn Ward’s The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race
  • Danielle L. McGuire’s At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance
  • Richard Rohr’s Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life
  • Yuval Noah Harari’s Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind


  1. dasfuller

    Wait, David Brooks? Are you serious? No, Canelli. No. Friends don’t let friends read David Brooks. Nor Tom Friedman. Nor Malcolm Gladwell. Etc.

    Oh, you don’t know why?

    1. Luigus (Post author)

      Ha. I know nothing of Brooks. I just added that on the recommendation of another friend. Guess I should end that friendship?

      1. dasfuller

        No, don’t end the friendship. Just…educate the friend. There *are* terrible op-ed writers, and it’s most of them. But some are legendarily bad. Brooks is one of them.

        Go through this list for some ideas:

  2. amandaburnhamrfp

    Yes. Brooks is an insufferable asshat who is mostly smug and wrong. On the rare occasion that he stumbles his way into a correct yet non-ground breaking position, he acts as though he is the first person on earth to come to such conclusions. (Example: the column where he declared Lady Gaga to be very good.)


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