Reading List

2017

  • The Association of Small Bombs – Karan Mahajan
  • Mr. Mercedes – Stephen King
  • On Bullshit – Harry G. Frankfurt
  • Reputations – Juan Gabriel Vázquez
  • My Struggle Book 3 – Karl Ove Knausgaard
  • The Nix – Nathan Hill
  • Falling Off the Map – Pico Iyer
  • Kingdoms in the Air – Bob Shacochis
  • Finders Keepers – Stephen King
  • The Sex Lives of Cannibals – J. Maarten Troost
  • The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
  • The Underground Railroad – Colson Whitehead
  • Pearl Jma Twenty
  • Ahead of the Curve – Brian Kenny
  • A Gentleman in Moscow – Amor Towles
  • Odd Man Out – Matt McCarthy
  • No Reservations – Anthony Bourdain
  • LaRose – Louise Erdich
  • The Wrong Kind of Blood – Declan Hughes

2016

  • The Whites – Richard Price writing as Harry Brandt
  • The Polish Officer – Alan Furst
  • The Water Knife – Paolo Bacigalupi
  • The Magician King – Lev Grossman
  • Beatlebone – Kevin Barry
  • Girl At War – Sara Novic
  • My Struggle, Book 1 – Karl Ove Knausgaard
  • Downtown Owl – Chuck Klosterman
  • The Magician’s Land – Lev Grossman
  • The Lost City of Z – David Grann
  • Leaving Berlin – Joseph Kanon
  • My Struggle, Book 2 – Karl Ove Knausgaard
  • I Don’t Care If We Never Get Back – Ben Blatt and Eric Brewster
  • All The Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr
  • The Grind: Inside Baseball’s Endless Season – Barry Svrluga
  • The Only Rule Is It Has To Work – Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
  • A Drive Into the Gap – Kevin Guilfoile
  • A Foreign Country – Charles Cumming
  • No Good Men Among the Living – Anand Gopal
  • Your Favorite Band Is Killing Me – Steven Hyden
  • A Beginner’s Guide to Paradise – Alex Sheshunoff
  • One Summer – Bill Bryson
  • Arcadia – Lauren Groff
  • Underground Airlines – Ben H. Winters
  • The Arm – Jeff Passan
  • How Music Got Free – Stephen Witt
  • The Golden Hour – Todd Moss
  • Before the Fall – Noah Hawley
  • Great Plains – Ian Frazier
  • Johnny Jihad – Ryan Inzana
  • Palace of Treason – Jason Matthews
  • I Would Die 4 U – Touré
  • Someone Could Get Hurt – Drew Magary
  • Anatomy of a Soldier – Harry Parker
  • Trespassing Across America – Ken Ilgunas
  • The Fireman – Joe Hill
  • The Heavenly Table – Donald Ray Pollock
  • The Hike – Drew Magary
  • Cambodia Noir – Nick Seeley
  • Outposts – Simon Winchester
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – J.K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – J.K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – J.K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – J.K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – J.K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – J.K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – J.K. Rowling
  • Under the Tree – Susan Waggoner
  • A Christmas Story – Jean Shepherd
  • Is Fat Bob Dead Yet? – Stephen Dobyns

2015

  • The Martian – Andy Weir
  • The Twelve – Justin Cronin
  • Unbroken – Laura Hillenbrand
  • Let’s Go Crazy – Alan Light
  • Interpreter of Maladies – Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Prince of Fire – Daniel Silva
  • Redeployment – Phil Klay
  • The Magicians – Lev Grossman
  • Now I Know Who My Comrades Are – Emily Parker
  • Wonder – R.J. Palacio
  • The Flamethrowers – Rachel Kushner
  • The Age Of Lincoln – Orville Burton
  • The Hunt For Red October – Tom Clancy
  • Fourth of July Creek – Smith Henderson
  • Black Moon – Kenneth Calhoun
  • Station Eleven – Emily St. John Mandel
  • A False Spring – Pat Jordan
  • The Increment – David Ignatius
  • Stars And Strikes: Baseball and America in the Bicentennial Summer of ’76 – Dan Epstein
  • Perfect Spy – Larry Berman
  • The Sympathizer – Viet Thanh Nguyen
  • The Bridge of Sighs – Olen Steinhauer
  • Will Not Attend – Adam Resnick
  • Remember Me Like This – Bret Anthony Johnston
  • Alligator – Lisa Moore
  • The Confession – Olen Steinhauer
  • Up, Up, & Away – Jonah Keri
  • Murder At Cape Three Points – Kwei Quartey
  • Dark Star – Alan Furst
  • 100 Things Royals Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die – Matt Fulks
  • Fletch Won – Gregory McDonald
  • Fletch, Too – Gregory McDonald
  • Fletch And The Widow Bradley – Gregory McDonald
  • The Woman Who Lost Her Soul – Bob Shacochis
  • Savage Harvest – Carl Hoffman
  • Night Soldiers – Alan Furst
  • D-Day Minute By Minute – Jonathan Mayo
  • World Gone By – Dennis Lehane
  • Hell And Good Company – Richard Rhodes
  • The Cartel – Don Winslow
  • Want Not – Jonathan Miles
  • Between the World And Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • A Christmas Story: Behind The Scenes of a Holiday Classic – Caseen Gaines
  • A Christmas Story – Jean Shepherd
  • Finale – Thomas Mallon
  • Music Lust – Nic Harcourt
  • The Further Adventures of Ebenezer Scrooge – Charlie Lovett
  • The Tooth Fairy – Clifford Chase
  • A Brief History of Seven Killings – Marlon James

2014

  • The Round House – Louise Erdich
  • The One And Only Ivan – Katherine Applegate
  • Identity – Shawna Seed
  • Oh The Glory Of It All – Sean Wilsey
  • The Passage – Justin Cronin
  • Beyond the Phog – Jason King
  • Alif The Unseen – G. Willow Wilson
  • 40 Watts From Nowhere – Sue Carpenter
  • War On The Short Wave – Harold N. Graves, Jr.
  • The English Assassin – Daniel Silva
  • The Secret History – Donna Tartt
  • Showtime – Jeff Pearlman
  • Wilderness (Short Story) – Dean Koontz
  • The Circle – Dave Eggers
  • Of Dice And Men – David M. Ewalt
  • Frictionless Freelancing – Aaron Mahnke
  • High Fidelity – Nick Hornby
  • Pawnee: The Greatest Town In America – Leslie Knope
  • Nine Innings – Daniel Okrent
  • The Dinner – Herman Koch
  • Solo – William Boyd
  • 34-Ton Bat – Steve Rushin
  • The Maid’s Version – Daniel Woodrell
  • The Happy Isles Of Oceania: Paddling The Pacific – Paul Theroux
  • Season Ticket: A Baseball Companion – Roger Angell
  • The Master Of Disguise – Antonio J. Mendez
  • A Simple Plan – Scott Smith
  • The Confessor – Daniel Silva
  • Summerland – Michael Chabon
  • Worst. Person. Ever. – Douglas Coupland
  • Nine Inches – Tom Perrotta
  • Indian Summer – Aaron Mahnke
  • Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close – Jonathan Safran Foer
  • TransAtlantic – Colum McCann
  • Hawkeye: My Life As A Weapon – Matt Fraction, David Aja, Javier Pulido
  • Shibumi – Trevanian
  • A Death In Vienna – Daniel Silva
  • The Way Of The Knife – Mark Mazzetti
  • Wild Pitches – Jayson Stark
  • The Guerrilla Factory – Tony Schwalm
  • Bob Feller’s Little Black Book of Baseball Wisdom – Bob Feller with Burton Rocks
  • A Great And Glorious Game – A. Bartlett Giamatti
  • The Facades – Eric Lundgren
  • Everything Changes – Jonathan Tropper
  • The Last Policeman – Ben H. Winters
  • May We Be Forgiven – A.M. Homes
  • The Rise & Fall Of Great Powers – Tom Rachman
  • A Christmas Story – Jean Shepherd
  • Countdown City – Ben H. Winters
  • Flip Flop Fly Ball – Craig Robinson
  • Beatles vs. Stones – John McMillian
  • The Game – Robert Benson
  • World Of Trouble – Ben H. Winters

2013

  • Telegraph Avenue – Michael Chabon
  • Fobbit – David Abrams
  • War – Sebastian Junger
  • The Odds – Stewart O’Nan
  • Running the Rift – Naomi Benaron
  • In The Hot Zone – Kevin Sites
  • The Big Blowdown – George Pelecanos
  • The Yellow Birds – Kevin Powers
  • HHhH – Laurent Binet
  • Zazen – Vanessa Veselka
  • Idiot America – Charles P. Pierce
  • Summer Of 68 – Tim Wendel
  • Ready Player One – Ernest Cline
  • Safe At Home – Richard Doster
  • Gentlemen – Bob Gendron
  • Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
  • Writing Down the Bones – Natalie Goldberg
  • Confederates In The Attic – Tony Horowitz
  • Tenth of December – George Saunders
  • The Extra 2% – Jonah Keri
  • Redshirts – John Scalzi
  • The Trinity Six – Charles Cumming
  • King Of Cuba – Cristina García
  • Watchmen – Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
  • The Thousand – Kevin Guilfoile
  • American Tabloid – James Ellroy
  • The Devil All The Time – Donald Ray Pollock
  • Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk – Ben Fountain
  • Bad Monkey – Carl Hiassen
  • VJ: The Unplugged Adventures of MTV’s First Wave – Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman, Alan Hunter, and Martha Quinn with Gavin Edwards
  • NOS4A2 – Joe Hill
  • The Orphan Master’s Son – Adam Johnson
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest – Stieg Larsson
  • War Is Boring – David Axe and Matt Bors
  • Howard Cosell: The Man, The Myth and the Transformation of American Sports – Mark Ribowsky
  • A Spy By Nature – Charles Cumming
  • Dead Space – Lee Goldberg
  • The Fault In Our Stars – John Green
  • Live By Night – Dennis Lehane
  • Red Sparrow – Jason Matthews
  • The Things They Carried – Tim O’Brien
  • Emily, Alone – Stewart O’Nan
  • The Quiet American – Graham Green
  • Six Seconds in Dallas – Josiah Thompson
  • The Kill Artist – Daniel Silva
  • Case Closed – Gerald Posner
  • A Christmas Story – Jean Shepherd
  • You Better Not Cry – Augusten Burroughs
  • Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore – Robin Sloan
  • Gilead – Marilynne Robinson
  • Bleeding Edge – Thomas Pynchon
  • The Blogger Abides – Chris Higgins
  • Not Quite Nirvana – Rachel Neumann
  • So You Want To Be A Mac Consultant – Patrick Rhone
  • OS X Mountain Lion Absolute Beginner’s Guide – Yvonne Johnson

2012

  • I Want My MTV – Craig Marks and Rob Tannenbaum
  • Next – James Hynes
  • The Art of Fielding – Chad Harbach
  • What It Was – George Pelecanos
  • Carte Blanche – Jeffrey Deaver
  • The Faithful Spy – Alex Berenson
  • The Tourist – Olen Steinhauer
  • Blood Meridian – Cormac McCarthy
  • Pyongyang – Guy Delisle
  • The Game – Robert Benson
  • Miami Blues – Charles Willeford
  • The Night of the Gun – David Carr
  • Weaver on Strategy – Earl Weaver with Terry Pluto
  • War Is Boring – David Axe and Matt Bors
  • Ghost War – Alex Berenson
  • The Book of Baseball Literacy – David Martinez
  • The Silent Man – Alex Berenson
  • Late Innings – Roger Angell
  • Griftopia – Matt Taibi
  • The Brothers K – David James Duncan
  • The Midnight House – Alex Berenson
  • Await Your Reply – Dan Chaon
  • The Hall of Nearly Great – Sky Kalkman
  • The Leftovers – Tom Perotta
  • The Way of Baseball – Shawn Green with Gordon McAlpine
  • Uncanny X-Men: Gifted
  • War Stories, Vol. 1 – Garth Ennis
  • Pray – Nick Hornby
  • A Drive Into the Gap – Kevin Guilfoile
  • Public Enemy’s It Takes A Nation Of Millions to Hold Us Back – Christopher Weingarten
  • Zoo Station – David Downing
  • Classic GI Joe, Vol. 1
  • Morning Spy, Evening Spy – Colin MacKinnon
  • 11/22/63 – Stephen King
  • Drift – Rachel Maddow
  • The Pitchfork 500
  • The Secret Soldier – Alex Berenson
  • Stay At Home Dead – Jeffrey Allen
  • How I Became a Famous Novelist – Steve Hely
  • Last Night At The Lobster – Stewart O’Nan
  • Hope: A Tragedy – Shalom Auslander
  • The Expats – Chris Pavone
  • What Do I Say Next? – Susan RoAne
  • Holidays On Ice – David Sedaris
  • Skipping Christmas – John Grisham
  • Weekend In Samarra – John O’Hara
  • A Christmas Story – Jean Shepherd
  • Dream Team – Jack McCallum
  • The Wind Through the Keyhole – Stephen King
  • The Boys of Winter – Wayne Coffey

2011

  • The Hangman’s Daughter – Oliver Potzsch
  • The Hardball Times 2011 Baseball Annual
  • Playing Their Hearts Out – George Dohrmann
  • Think of a Number – John Verdon
  • Sacred – Dennis Lehane
  • Stalina – Emily Rubin
  • Red Chaser – Jon Spoelstra
  • Hackers – Steven Levy
  • Saving Rachel – John Locke
  • Skippy Dies – Paul Murray
  • Freedom – Jonathan Franzen
  • Revolution – Deb Olin Unferth
  • Mezzanine – Nicholson Baker
  • Dr. No – Ian Fleming
  • Kitchen Confidential – Anthony Bourdain
  • Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides
  • The Universal Baseball Association, Inc., J. Henry Waugh, Prop. – Robert Coover
  • Big Hair and Plastic Grass – Dan Epstein
  • Top of the Order: 25 Writers Pick Their Favorite Baseball Player of All Time – Edited by Sean Manning
  • 90% of the Game is Half Mental – Emma Span
  • Nickel Plated – Aric Davis
  • Hell to Pay – George Pelecanos
  • The Eagle Has Landed – Jack Higgins
  • Dancing in the Glory of Monsters – Jason K. Stearns
  • Devil May Care – Sebastian Faulks
  • Slow Motion Riot – Peter Blauner
  • Clemente – David Maraniss
  • Boys Will Be Boys – Jeff Pearlman
  • Spies of the Balkans – Alan Furst
  • Savages – Don Winslow
  • Confessions of a Buddhist Atheist – Stephen Batchelor
  • Let the Great World Spin – Colum McCann
  • The Tenth Parallel – Eliza Griswold
  • How to Count – Stephen Frank
  • The Cow in the Parking Lot – Leonard Scheff and Susan Edmiston
  • Focus – Leo Babauta
  • Super Sad True Love Story – Gary Shteyngart
  • You Are Here – Thich Nhat Hahn
  • Millennium Falcon – James Luceno
  • Sag Harbor – Colson Whitehead
  • Against the Stream – Noah Levine
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao – Junot Diaz
  • The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract – Bill James
  • Cardboard Gods – Josh Wilker
  • Nixonland – Rick Perlstein
  • The White Mountains – John Christopher
  • The City of Gold and Lead – John Christopher
  • The Pool of Fire – John Christopher
  • Hiroshima – John Hersey
  • The Wrong Kind of Blood – Declan Hughes
  • A Rumor of War – Philip Caputo
  • What It Is Like To Go To War – Karl Marlantes
  • Steve Jobs – Walter Isaacson
  • Operation Ajax – Various
  • Music, What Happened – Scott Miller
  • Inferno: The World at War, 1939-1945 – Max Hastings
  • Beyond the Phog – Jason King
  • Christmas at the Mysterious Bookshop – Edited by Otto Penzler
  • A Christmas Story – Jean Shepherd
  • The Snowman – Jo Nesbo
  • We the Animals – Justin Torres
  • Reality Hunger: A Manifesto – David Shields

2010

  • God Save the Fan – Will Leitch
  • Chasing the Dragon – Domenic Stansberry
  • Where The Game Matters Most – William Gildea
  • The Big Boom – Domenic Stansberry
  • Where Men Win Glory – Jon Krakauer
  • The Wild Things – Dave Eggers
  • Chief of Station, Congo – Larry Devlin
  • Motherless Brooklyn – Jonathan Lethem
  • Mac OS X Support Essentials v.10.6 – Kevin White
  • The Ancient Rain – Domenic Stansberry
  • Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets – David Simon
  • The Crowd Sounds Happy – Nicholas Dawidoff
  • Mother Earth Mother Board – Neal Stephenson
  • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larsson
  • The Machine – Joe Posnanski
  • Inside Steve’s Brain – Leander Kahney
  • Fletch Won – Gregory McDonald
  • Head First HTML with CSS & XHTML – Elisabeth Freeman & Eric Freeman
  • Soccernomics – Simon Kuper & Stefan Szymanski
  • International Spy Museum Handbook of Practical Spying – Jack Barth
  • Dark Places – Gillian Flynn
  • Dubliners – James Joyce
  • One Day – David Nicholls
  • Second Variety – Phillip K. Dick
  • HTML5 for Web Designers – Jeremy Keith
  • Greyhound – Steffan Piper
  • The Girl Who Played With Fire – Stieg Larsson
  • Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith – John Jackson Miller
  • Peculiar, MO – Robert Williams
  • New Life Incorporated – Maria Rachel Hooley
  • No Sunlight Singing – Joe Walker
  • Looking Glass – James R. Strickland
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Arthur Conan Doyle
  • A Nail Through the Heart – Timothy Hallinan
  • The 80-Yard Run – Theron Hopkins
  • Fresh Kills – Various
  • The Imperfectionists – Tom Rachman
  • Talking to Girls About Duran Duran – Rob Sheffield
  • Count Zero – William Gibson
  • The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to our Brains – Nicholas Carr
  • Darkness on the Edge of Town – Brian Keene
  • Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War – Karl Marlantes
  • Badasses: The Legend of Snake, Foo, Dr. Death, and John Madden’s Oakland Raiders – Peter Richmond
  • Accelerando – Charles Stross
  • Naked Moon – Domenic Stansberry
  • Juliet, Naked – Nick Hornby
  • A Visit From the Goon Squad – Jennifer Egan
  • This Is Where I Leave You – Jonathan Tropper
  • Wishin’ and Hopin’ – Wally Lamb
  • A Christmas Charol – Charles Dickens
  • A Christmas Story – Jean Sheppard
  • Star Island – Carl Hiassan
  • In Fifty Years We’ll All Be Chicks – Adam Carolla

2007-09

  • Soccer Against the Enemy – Simon Kuper
  • A Problem From Hell – Samantha Power
  • The Africans – David Lamb
  • Get A Free Lance Life – Margit Feury
  • The Audacity of Hope – Barack Obama
  • The Soul of Baseball – Joe Posnanski
  • A Long Way Gone – Ishmael Beah
  • Love Is A Mix Tape – Rob Sheffield
  • Not On Our Watch – Don Cheadle and John Prendergast
  • 1984 – George Orwell
  • The Death of Sweet Mister – Daniell Woodrell
  • Everything Is Illuminated – Jonathan Safran Foer
  • The Road – Cormac McCarthy
  • The Last Nine Innings – Charles Euchner
  • Burmese Days – George Orwell
  • The Paradise Snare – A.C. Crispin
  • The Hutt Gambit – A.C. Crispin
  • Rebel Dawn – A.C. Crispin
  • In The Beginning…Was The Command Line – Neal Stephenson
  • Hardcore Zen: Punk Rock, Monster Movies and the Truth About Reality – Brad Warner
  • The White Trilogy – Ken Bruen
  • The Patience of The Spider – Andrea Camilleri
  • The Only Grammar Book You’ll Ever Need – Susan Thurman
  • The Tao of Writing – Ralph L. Wahlstrom
  • Fever Pitch – Nick Hornby
  • A Drink Before the War – Dennis Lehane
  • A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
  • Darkness, Take My Hand – Dennis Lehane
  • Snow Crash – Neal Stephenson
  • Live From New York – Tom Shales & James Andrew Miller
  • How Soon Is Never? – Marc Spitz
  • With the Old Breed at Peleliu and Okinawa – E. B. Sledge
  • Lost City Radio – Daniel Alarcon
  • Saturday – Ian McEwan
  • The Speed Queen – Stewart O’Nan
  • The Archivist’s Story – Travis Holland
  • World Undone – The Story of the Great War – G.J. Meyer
  • Why We Suck – Denis Leary
  • Shakespeare Wrote For Money – Nick Hornby
  • Baseball Between The Numbers – Baseball Prospects
  • Legacy Of Ashes – Tim Weiner
  • The Bad Guys Won – Jeff Pearlman
  • Watching Baseball Smarter – Zack Hample
  • The Teammates – David Halberstam
  • Blow The House Down – Robert Baer
  • Road Work – Mark Bowden
  • Redemption Song – Chris Salewicz
  • Eleanor Rigby – Douglas Coupland
  • Best Music Writing 2008
  • Lush Life – Richard Price
  • 40 Watts From Nowhere – Sue Carpenter
  • Woe To Live On – Daniel Woodrell
  • Maps And Legends – Michael Chabon
  • Zeitoun – Dave Eggers
  • Ball Four – Jim Bouton
  • The Huffington Post Complete Guide to Blogging
  • Zen and the Art of Happiness – Chris Prentiss
  • Infinite Jest – David Foster Wallace
  • The Book of Basketball – Bill Simmons
  • Ripped – Greg Kot
  • Sharp Objects – Gillian Flynn
  • Hoosiers: The Fabulous Basketball Life of Indiana – Phillip M. Hoose
  • 100 Greatest Albums – Edited by Jacob Hoye