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Desert Solitaire;

The Monkey Wrench Gang, Edward Abbey

The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams


Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 


Open: An Autobiography, Andre Agassi

Little Women, Louisa May Alcott


The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander


The House of the Spirits, Isabel Allende


In the Time of the Butterflies, Julia Alvarez


I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou


The Social Animal, Elliot Aronson


Handmaid’s Tale;

Oryx and Crake, Margaret Atwood


The Fire Next Time

Go Tell It on the Mountain;

If Beale Street Could Talk, James Baldwin


Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe


Habits of the Heart, Robert Bellah, 


The Unsettling of America: Culture & Agriculture, Wendell Berry


On Immunity: An Inoculation, Eula Biss

If life is a bowl of cherries, what am I doing in the pits?, Erma Bombeck


Fahrenheit 451;

Illustrated Man, Ray Bradbury


Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë


Kindred, Octavia Butler


The Turning Point, Fritjof Capra


Silent Spring, Rachel Carson


Don Quixote, Miguel de Cervantes


The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Michael Chabon

Grant, Ron Chernow


The Systems Approach, C. West Churchman


The Awakening, Kate Chopin


The Water Dancer;

Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates


Open City, Teju Cole


The Andromeda Strain, Michael Crichton


When They Call You a Terrorist, Patrisse Cullors


Last Man Standing: Mort Sahl and

the Birth of Modern Comedy, James Curtis


The March, E.L. Doctorow 


The Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoyevsky


John Brown, W.E.B. Du Bois


Nickel and Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich


Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison 


The Night Watchman, Louise Erdrich


Middlemarch, Mary Anne Evans (aka George Eliot)


The Weather Makers, Tim Flannery


The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank


Education for the Critical Consciousness, Paulo Freire


The Affluent Society, John Kenneth Galbraith 


Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow, Henry Louis Gates jr.


Lord of the Flies, William Golding


Emotional Intelligence, Daniel Goleman


An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore


Relentless: From Good to Great to Unstoppable, Tim Grover


The Last Black Unicorn, Tiffany Haddish

Exit West, Mohsin Hamid

The Four Winds, Kristin Hannah


Sapiens: A brief history of humankind, Yuval Noah Harari


The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne


Catch-22, Joseph Heller


For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway


Frida: Biography of Frida Kahlo, Hayden Herrera


The Tidings of the Trees, Wolfgang Hilbig

The Woman Warrior, Maxine Hong Kingston

We Were the Lucky Ones, Georgia Hunter

The Remains of the Day, Kazuo Ishiguro


The World According to Garp, John Irving

Liars’ Club, Mary Karr

The Trial;

The Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka


On the Road, Jack Kerouac 


The Leavers, Lisa Ko


Punished by Rewards, Alfie Kohn

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, Elizabeth Kolbert


Correcting the Landscape, Marjorie Kowalski Cole

The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, Thomas Kuhn


The Mars Room, Rachel Kushner

The Namesake, Jhumpa Lahiri


Diet for a Small Planet, Frances Moore Lappé


The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson 


The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula Le Guin 


To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee


A Sand County Almanac, Aldo Leopold 


The Golden Notebook, Doris Lessing 



Main Street, Sinclair Lewis


Underland, Robert Macfarlane

Blowout, Rachel Maddow 


The Assistant;

The Natural, Bernard Malamud


One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Márquez


I Am Legend, Richard Matheson


Tales of the City, Armistead Maupin


Migrations, Charlotte McConaghy


The Medium is the Massage, Marshall McLuhan


Tropic of Capricorn

Tropic of Cancer, Henry Miller 


The American Way of Death, Jessica Mitford 


Care of the Soul, Thomas Moore

Song of Solomon;


The Bluest Eye;

Beloved, Toni Morrison


Nightcrawling, Leila Mottley


Under the Net, Iris Murdoch


A Beautiful Mind (biography of John Forbes Nash jr.), Sylvia Nasar


There, There, Tommy Orange


Merchants of Doubt, Naomi Oreskes


The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath


The Botany of Desire, Michael Pollan

The Overstory, Richard Powers

Mumbo JumboIshmael Reed

Wide Sargasso Sea, Jean Rhys


Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, Mary Roach

Shantaram, Gregory David Roberts 


Gilead, Marilynne Robinson 

Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie 

The Color of LawRichard Rothstein

Everything is Illuminated, Jonathan Safran Foer


The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger 

America's Dream, Esmeralda Santiago

Dreams from the Monster Factory, Sunny Schwartz

The Island of Sea Women, Lisa See

The Subversive Science: Essays Toward an Ecology of Man, Paul Shepard (Ed.)


Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot 


Maus I and Maus II, Art Spiegelman

In Dubious Battle;

Grapes of Wrath;

The Winter of Our Discontent;

Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck


A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America, Ronald Takaki 


That’s Not What I Meant;

You Just Don’t Understand, Deborah Tannen 


Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan


The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt

The Hate You Give, Angie Thomas


Lives of a Cell, Lewis Thomas


Democracy in America, Alexis de Tocqueville 


Future Shock, Alvin Toffler


The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien


The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain


Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, Anne Tyler


Mila 18, Leon Uris


The Feast of the Goat, Mario Vargas Llosa


Around the World in 80 Days, Jules Verne


Burr, Gore Vidal 


Cat’s Cradle;

Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut


The Pawnbroker, Edward Lewis Wallant 


All The Kings Men, Robert Penn Warren 


Nature, Man and Woman, Alan Watts


The Red Record, Ida B. Wells


Race Matters, Cornel West 


House of Mirth, Edith Wharton


The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, Isabel Wilkerson


The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit, Sloan Wilson 


Winter's Bone, Daniel Woodrell


The Book Thief, Markus Zusak

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This list of books includes fiction and non-fiction, classic and contemporary. I have read some of these and hope to read more in the future. This list is obviously far from exhaustive and was compiled based on good books I've read in years past, selected award-winning books, and recommendations from close friends and family. 

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