what I’m reading


Native Guard: Poems
Natasha Trethewey


Nar­row Dog to Wigan Pier
Terry Darlington

Phi: A Voy­age From the Brain to the Soul
Giulio Tononi

The Magic of Real­ity: How We Know What’s Really True
Richard Dawkins

1491 (Sec­ond Edi­tion): New Rev­e­la­tions of the Amer­i­cas Before Colum­bus (e-book)
Charles C. Mann

The Best Amer­i­can Poetry 2012
Mark Doty, Guest Editor

Philip Larkin: The Com­plete Poems
Archie Bur­nett, ed.

The Pen­guin Anthol­ogy of 20th Cen­tury Amer­i­can Poetry
Rita Dove, ed.

If You Have Ghosts: Poems by John Purs­ley III
John Purs­ley III

Exam­ined Lives: From Socrates to Niet­zsche (e-book)
James Miller

In the Watches of the Night: Life In the Noc­tur­nal City, 1820–1830 (e-book)
Peter C. Baldwin

The Light­ness of Being: Mass, Ether and the Uni­fi­ca­tion of Forces
Frank Wilczek

The Man Within My Head (e-book)
Pico Iyer

A Ques­tion of Time: The Ulti­mate Para­dox (e-book)
Sci­en­tific Amer­i­can Editors

The Dia­logues of Gur­d­ji­eff (e-book)
Jan Cox

Death of Gur­d­ji­eff in the Foothills of Geor­gia (e-book)
Jan Cox

Gur­d­ji­eff & the Ladies of the Rope: Gurdjieff’s Spe­cial Left Bank Women’s Group (e-book)
William Patrick Patterson

Exam­ined Lives: From Socrates to Niet­zsche (e-book)
James Miller

Fourth Way Teach­ings: Prac­ti­cal Meth­ods on Inner Trans­for­ma­tion (e-book)
Rebecca Nottingham

The Open Road: The Global Jour­ney of the Four­teenth Dalai Lama
Pico Iyer

The Best of the Best Amer­i­can Poetry: 25th Anniver­sary Edi­tion
Robert Pin­sky, Guest Editor

Think­ing In Num­bers: On Life, Love, Mean­ing, and Math
Daniel Tammet

The Blue Nile
Alan Moorehead

Pic­nic, Light­ning
Billy Collins

Amer­i­can Wits: an anthol­ogy of light verse
john hol­lan­der, editor

The Com­plete Poems of Hart Crane: The Cen­ten­nial Edi­tion with a New Intro­duc­tion by Harold Bloom
Marc Simon, Editor

The Lady and the Monk: Four Sea­sons in Kyoto (e-book)
Pico Iyer

The Best Amer­i­can Poetry 2013
Denise Duhamel, Guest Editor

Dog Songs: Poems
Mary Oliver

The Good Sol­diers
David Finkel

Jour­ney to the Abyss: The Diaries of Count Harry Kessler 1880–1918 (e-book)
Laird Eas­ton, Ed.


The Tao of Travel: Enlight­en­ments From Lives On the Road
Paul Theroux

What It Is Like to Go to War
Karl Marlantes

irre­li­gious: A Math­e­mati­cian Explains Why The Argu­ments For God Just Don’t Add Up
John Allen Paulos

Dust to Dust: A Mem­oir
Ben­jamin Busch

The Thing Itself: On the Search For Authen­tic­ity
Richard Todd

In Search of Time: The His­tory, Physics, and Phi­los­o­phy of Time
Dan Falk

the quan­tum uni­verse: (and why any­thing that can hap­pen, does)
Brian Cox & Jeff Forshaw

Hemingway’s Boat: Every­thing He Loved In Life, and Lost, 1934–1961
Paul Hendrickson

About Time: Cos­mol­ogy and Cul­ture at the Twi­light of the Big Bang
Adam Frank

once before time: a whole story of the uni­verse
Mar­tin Bojowald

the mother tongue: eng­lish and how it got that way
Bill Bryson

Einstein’s Unfin­ished Sym­phony: Lis­ten­ing to the Sounds of Space-Time
Mar­cia Bartusiak

Mas­sive: The Miss­ing Par­ti­cle that Sparked the Great­est Hunt in Sci­ence
Ian Sample

A Beginner’s Guide to Real­ity: Explor­ing Our Every­day Adven­tures in Won­der­land
Jim Baggott

Atlantic: Great Sea Bat­tles, Heroic Dis­cov­er­ies, Titanic Storms, and a Vast Ocean of a Mil­lion Miles
Simon Winchester

The Void: A Brief Insight
Frank Close

John Keats: The 64 Son­nets
Intro­duc­tion by Edward Hirsch

Poetic Dic­tion: A Study in Mean­ing
Owen Barfield

The Forms of Poetry
Louis Untermeyer

1493: Uncov­er­ing the New World Colum­bus Cre­ated
Charles C. Mann

Kim Stan­ley Robinson

Why Does the World Exist?: An Exis­ten­tial Detec­tive Story
Jim Holt

The Magi­cian King
Lev Grossman

You Are Not So Smart
David McRaney

Phi­los­o­phy Bites
David Edmonds & Nigel Wharburton

Sub­lim­i­nal: How Your Uncon­scious Mind Rules Your Behav­ior
Leonard Mlodinow

Anne Steven­son: selected poems
Andrew Motion, editor

Land­scape and Mem­ory
Simon Schama

Quan­tum Physics for Poets
Leon M. Led­er­man and Christo­pher T. Hill

The Poets Lau­re­ate Anthol­ogy
Eliz­a­beth Hun Schmidt, editor

Eliz­a­beth Bishop

In the King­dom of the Sea Mon­keys: Poems
Camp­bell McGrath

The Coast: A Jour­ney Down the Atlantic Shore
Joseph J. Throndike

The Physics of Con­scious­ness: The Quan­tum Mind and the Mean­ing of Life
Evan Har­ris Walker

Struc­ture & Sur­prise: Engag­ing Poetic Turns
Michael The­une, ed.

William Car­los Williams: Selected Poems
Robert Pin­sky, ed.

The Appian Way: Ghost Road, Queen of Roads (kin­dle book)
Robert A. Kaster

The Viet­nam Reader: The Defin­i­tive Col­lec­tion of Amer­i­can Fic­tion and Non­fic­tion on the War
Stew­art O’Nan, ed.

The Gods of Win­ter: Poems By
Dana Gioia

A Scat­ter­ing of Salts: Poems By
James Merrill


4% Uni­verse, The: Dark Mat­ter, Dark Energy, and the Race to Dis­cover the Rest of Real­ity
Richard Panek

Atlantis: Poems
Mark Doty

A Walk in the Woods: Redis­cov­er­ing Amer­ica on the Appalachian Trail
Bill Bryson

Beau­ti­ful & Point­less: A Guide to Mod­ern Poetry
David Orr

Best Amer­i­can Short Sto­ries, The
Richard Russo, ed.

Bob Dylan In Amer­ica
Sean Wilentz

Deer Hunt­ing With Jesus: Dis­patches From America’s Class War
Joe Bageant

Facts Are Sub­ver­sive: Polit­i­cal Writ­ing from a Decade With­out a Name
Tim­o­thy Gar­ton Ash

Forged: Writ­ing in the name of God—Why the Bible’s Authors Are Not Who We Think They Are
Bart D. Ehrman

Horo­scopes for the Dead: Poems
Billy Collins

John Fowles

Moon­walk­ing With Ein­stein: The Art and Sci­ence of Remem­ber­ing Every­thing
Joshua Foer

John Fowles

Poems: Wal­lace Stevens
Samuel French Morse, ed.

Poetry Hand­book, The
John Lennard

Selected Poems 1946–2006
Don­ald Hall Stephen Crane: Com­plete Poems
Christo­pher Ben­fey, ed.

Sufi Thought and Action
Idries Shaw

The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Prob­a­ble
Nas­sim Nicholas Taleb

The Book of Dead Philoso­phers
Simon Critchley

The Venet­ian Ves­pers: Poems
Anthony Hecht

The War That Killed Achilles: The True Story of Homer’s Iliad and the Tro­jan War
Car­o­line Alexander

The Drunkard’s Walk: How Ran­dom­ness Rules Our Lives.
Leonard Mlodinow

The World of Ten Thou­sand Things: Poems 1980–1990
Charles Wright

Where Men Win Glory
Jon Krakauer

July/August 2011

The Best of It: New and Selected Poems
Kay Ryan

After­shock: The Next Econ­omy and America’s Future
Robert B. Reich

The Grand Design
Stephen Hawk­ing and Leonard Mlodinow

Empire of the Sum­mer Moon
S. C. Gwynne

The Greater Jour­ney
David McCullough

The Fire Within the Eye: A His­tor­i­cal Essay on the Nature and Mean­ing of Light
David Park

Cae­sar: Life of a Colos­sus
Adrian Goldsworthy

After Amer­ica: Get Ready for Armaged­don
Adrian Steyn

Arguably: Essays by Christo­pher Hitchens
Christo­pher Hitchens

Genius: The Life and Sci­ence of Richard Feyn­man
James Gleick

The March: A Novel
E. L. Doctorow

Incog­nito: The Secret Lies of the Brain
David Engleman

The Best Amer­i­can Poetry 2011
Kevin Young, Guest Editor

“Surely you’re Jok­ing, Mr. Feyn­man!”: Adven­tures of a Curi­ous Char­ac­ter
Richard P. Feynman

How to Live or A Life of Mon­taigne: In one Ques­tion and Twenty Attempts at an Answer
Sarah Bakewell


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