Books To Read


  • Everything Is Illuminated, Jonathan Foer
  • The Gulag Archipelago, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
  • The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
  • The Magic Mountain, thomas mann
  • Grapes of Wrath
  • The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
  • Midnght’s Children by Rushdie
  • Big Sur by Jack Kerouac

Old Classics:

  • The Plum in the Golden Vase
  • Romance of the Three Kingdoms
  • Dream of the Red Chamber


  • Engines of Creation
  • The Society of Mind by Minsky
  • Mind Children
  • War in the Age of Intelligent Machines by Manuel De Landa
  • Nonlinear Time Series Analysis, Holger Kantz Thomas Schreiber
  • Field Notes on Science & Nature
  • The Nature of Mathematical Modeling
  • Spacetime and Geometry by Sean Carroll


  • The Ethics of Ambiguity, Simone de Beauvoir
  • She Came to Stay, Simone de Beauvoir
  • The Second Sex, Simone de Beauvoir
  • The Order of Things, Foucault
  • Structuralism, Piaget
  • Archaeology of Knowledge, Foucault
  • The Origins of Totalitarianism, Hannah Arendt

History and Politics

  • Origins of Totalitarianism by Arendt
  • Swaraj, Gandhi
  • Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke
  • The Art of Intelligence by Henry Crumpton (CIA history)
  • The Conscience of a Conservative “by” Barry Goldwater
  • The City in History by Lewis Mumfordk
  • Dark Age Ahead by Jane Jacobs

Chinese History:

  • A Concise History of China, j.a.g. roberts
  • Columbia Guide to Modern Chinese History, keith schoppa
  • On China, kissinger

Other Non-Fiction

  • Looking for a Ship, John McPhee (merchant marine)
  • The Educated Mind: How Cognitive Tools Shape Our Understanding
  • The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan
  • A Sand Country Almanac by Aldo Leopold