Readings

Read in 2017 (purple text indicates links to my own posts)

83. Feral: Rewilding the Land, the Sea, and Human Life George Monbiot (currently reading)
82. The Surrender Experiment Michael A. Singer (currently reading)
81. Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America Robert Whitaker
80. The Untethered Soul Michael A. Singer
79. A Mind of Your Own Kelly Brogan, M.D. (♥)
78. How Will Capitalism End? Essays on a Failing System Wolfgang Streeck
77. Attention Merchants: The Epic Scramble to Get Inside Our Heads Tim Wu (recommend)
76. Asylum Madeleine Roux
75. The Encyclopedia of Trouble and Spaciousness Rebecca Solnit
74. Beautiful Souls: Saying No, Breaking Ranks, and Heeding the Voice of Conscience in Dark Times Eyal Press
73. Get It Together, Delilah! Erin Gough
72. Capitalism’s Crisis Deepens: Essays on the Global Economic Meltdown 2010-2014 Richard D. Wolff
71. Planet of Slums Mike Davis
70. Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea Mark Blyth
69. Founding Myths: Stories That Hide Our Patriotic Past Ray Raphael
68. No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need Naomi Klein (highly recommend)
67. Conscientious Objections: Stirring Up Trouble about Language, Technology, and Education Neil Postman
66. Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis Robert D. Putnam
65. Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the U.S.-Saudi Connection Medea Benjamin
64. Late Victorian Holocausts: El Niño Famines and the Making of the Third World Mike Davis
63. The Age of Consent: A Manifesto for a New World Order George Monbiot
62. The New Human Rights Movement: Reinventing the Economy to End Oppression Peter Joseph
61. Is Just A Movie Earl Lovelace
60. Requiem for the American Dream: The 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power Noam Chomsky (highly recommend)
59. Common Sense Thomas Paine
58. Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist Kate Raworth
57. Democracy Incorporated: Managed Democracy and the Specter of Inverted Totalitarianism Sheldon S. Wolin
56. No Logo Naomi Klein
55. A Little Piece of Ground Elizabeth Laird with Sonia Nimr
54. The Bonds of Debt Richard Dienst
53. The Age of Inequality: America’s War on Working People Jeremy Gantz, ed. (recommend)
52. Bright-Sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America Barbara Ehrenreich
51. The God of Small Things Arundhati Roy
50. The Killing of Osama Bin Laden Seymour M. Hersh
49. Field Notes on Democracy Arundhati Roy
48. How Did We Get into This Mess?: Politics, Equality, and Nature George Monbiot
47. The Magic Christian Terry Southern
46. The Mother of All Questions Rebecca Solnit
45. On History Tariq Ali & Oliver Stone
44. The Doctor and the Saint: Caste, Race, and the Annihilation of Caste Arundhati Roy
43. Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption Bryan Stevenson (highly recommend)
42. Capitalism: A Ghost Story Arundhati Roy
41. The End of Education: Redefining the Value of School Neil Postman
40. Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer — and Turned Its Back on the Middle Class Jacob S. Hacker & Paul Pierson
39. The End of Imagination Arundhati Roy
38. Language in America: A Report on Our Deteriorating Semantic Environment Neil Postman, ed.
37. The Medium is the Massage Marshall McLuhan & Quentin Fiore
36. Insane Clown President: Dispatches from the 2016 Circus Matt Taibbi
35. The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap Matt Taibbi
34. Blowback Chalmers Johnson
33. Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life William Deresiewicz (recommend)
32. The Future We Want Sarah Leonard & Bhaskar Sunkara
31. Griftopia Matt Taibbi
30. A Generation of Sociopaths: How the Baby Boomers Betrayed America
29. How to Watch TV News Neil Postman & Steve Powers
28. Rules for Revolutionaries Becky Bond & Zack Exley
27. The Big Con Jonathan Chait
26. Teaching as a Subversive Activity Neil Postman & Charles Weingartner (highly recommend)
25. Building a Bridge to the 18th Century: How the Past Can Improve Our Future Neil Postman
24. The Disappearance of Childhood Neil Postman
23. Babylon by Bus Ray Lemoine & Jeff Neumann (audio)
22. Democracy Matters: Winning the Fight Against Imperialism Cornell West
21. Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology Neil Postman
20. The Other America: Poverty in the United States Michael Harrington
19. The Hate U Give Angie Thomas (recommend)
18. The Establishment And How They Get Away With It Owen Jones
17. 14 Peter Clines
16. Killing Rage: Ending Racism bell hooks
15. Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business Neil Postman
14. Rich People Things Chris Lehmann
13. Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class Ian Haney-Lopez
12. Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities Rebecca Solnit (recommend)
11. Ideal Illusions: How the U.S. Government Co-Opted Human Rights James Peck
10. The Fold Peter Clines
9. Death of the Liberal Class Chris Hedges
8. Things That Can and Cannot Be Said Arundhati Roy & John Cusack
7. Freedom Is A Constant Struggle Angela Davis
6. Pity the Billionaires: The Hard-Times Swindle and the Unlikely Comeback of the Right Thomas Frank (audio)
5. From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
4. False Choices: The Faux Feminism of Hillary Rodham Clinton Liza Featherstone, ed.
3. Dismantling the Empire: America’s Last Best Hope Chalmers Johnson (recommend)
2. Listen, Liberal Thomas Frank
1. Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In Bernie Sanders

* TBR: Everything ever published by Haymarket Books and Verso Books

Read in 2016

1. The Last Leaves Falling Sarah Benwell (highly recommend)
2. The Porcupine of Truth Bill Konigsberg
3. Caffeine Blues Stephen Cherniske
4. Is It Me or My Adrenals? Marcelle Pick
5. The One Thing Marci Lyn Curtis
6. The Haunting of Sunshine Girl Paige McKenzie
7. The Bazaar of Bad Dreams Stephen King
8. Ready Player One Ernest Cline
9. Alexander Hamilton Ron Chernow
10. Revolutionary Summer Joseph Ellis
11. The End of White Christian America Robert P. Jones
12. With Liberty and Justice for Some: How the Law is Used to Destroy Equality and Protect the Powerful Glenn Greenwald (recommend)
13. No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State Glenn Greenwald
14. How Would A Patriot Act? Glenn Greenwald
15. Superpredator: Bill Clinton’s Use and Abuse of Black America Nathan Robinson
16. A Winter Haunting Dan Simmons
17. Throw Them All Out: How Politicians and Their Friends Get Rich Off of Insider Stock Tips, Land Deals, and Cronyism That Would Send the Rest of Us to Prison Peter Schweizer (currently reading)
18. The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism Naomi Klein (highly recommend)
19. No One Left to Lie To Christopher Hitchens
20. The New Rulers of the World John Pilger
21. 9-11 Noam Chomsky
22. Power and Terror Noam Chomsky
23. Imperial Ambitions: Conversations on the Post-9/11 World Noam Chomsky
24. Who Rules the World? Noam Chomsky
25. Because We Say So Noam Chomsky
26. Cry for the Strangers John Saul
27. Profit over People: Neoliberalism and Global Order Noam Chomsky
28. Julia Peter Straub
29. One Nation Divisible Richard Polenberg
30. The Common Good Noam Chomsky

Read in 2015

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Read in 2014

1. Gods in Alabama Joshilyn Jackson
2. The Returned Jason Mott
3. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Sherman Alexie
4. Long Lankin Lindsey Barraclough
5. Eleanor & Park Rainbow Rowell
6. When Dad Killed Mom Julius Lester
7. NOS4A2 Joe Hill

I actually read many more books than those listed above, but failed to record them due to the arrival of a tiny new human in my life.

See also:

Read in 2013
Read in 2012

Read in 2011

  1. March 12, 2014 at 7:56 am

    Sherman Alexie is one of my favorites…. I saw him speak in Flagstaff AZ and he is even more humorous in person! But, his messages are real and raw and I appreciate all his books.

    • March 12, 2014 at 12:17 pm

      I went to a YA literature gathering a couple of years ago. I remember very little about it except the enthusiasm with which people spoke of Alexie–not just his books, but him as a human being. It was with that in mind that I bought this book on my honeymoon. Having read it now, I will definitely be reading more Alexie!

  2. August 14, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    Excellent! Thank you so much! I love reading your thoughts, because I appreciate your thoroughness and your analysis, coming from a place of conscience. Thank you.

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