Alex's Bookshelf

In 2015 I started recording every book I read. These are the ones I recommend to others. This page is automatically generated from my rough notes, please excuse typos and shorthand in book names. Click the titles to buy the books.


28 Started · 22 Finished · 12 Loved
New York, New York, New York
Thomas Dyja
Bonfire Of The Vanities
Tom Wolfe
In The Distance
Hernan Diaz
Kavalier And Klay
Michael Chabon
Tomorrow And Tomorrow
Gabrielle Zevin
Just Mercy
Bryan Stevenson
Bud Smith
Felicia Berliner
The Gift Of Therapy
Irvin D. Yalom
The Contrarian
Max Chafkin
Lily King
Jonathan Eig


23 Started · 10 Finished · 13 Loved
Staying Alive In Avalanche Terrain
Bruce Tremper
All The Light We Cannot See
Anthony Doerr
The Vanishing Half
Brit Bennett
Tender At The Bone
Ruth Reichl
The Colossus Of Ny
Colson Whitehead
Accidents In North American Mountaineering
Consider The Lobster
David Foster Wallace
Thank You Mr Nixon
Gish Jen
Sag Harbor
Colson Whitehead
Up In The Old Hotel
Josheph Mitchell
Klara And The Sun
Kazuo Ishiguro
The Passage Of Power
Robert Caro
Hernan Diaz


23 Started · 17 Finished · 13 Loved
The Overstory
Richard Powers
The Real Estate Game
William J Poorvu
Collected Stories
Amy Hempel
The Cult Of We
Brown And Farrell
The Master Of The Senate
Robert Caro
Deacon King Kong
James Mcbride
Interior Chinatown
Charles Yu
Crying In H Mart
Michelle Zauner
The Collected Stories Of Amy Hempel
Amy Hempel
Laserwriter Ii
Tamara Shopsin
Nickel Boys
Colson Whitehead
Hard Landing
Thomas Petzinger Jr.
Everything Is Illuminated
Jonathan Safran Foer


21 Started · 16 Finished · 15 Loved
The Right Stuff
Tom Wolfe
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Trust Yourself
Seth Godin
Carol Dweck
Robert Caro
The Path To Power
Robert Caro
Fran Ross
The Best Food Writing Of 2019
Samin Nosrat
Notes From A Young Black Chef
Kwame Onwuachi
Means Of Ascent
Robert Caro
Bad Blood
John Carreyrou
Isabel Wilkerson
Convenience Store Woman
Sakarya Murata / Ginny Tapley Takemori
Master Of The Senate (First Half)
Robert Caro
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
John Le Carre


25 Started · 16 Finished · 16 Loved
Ron Chernow
Eating Animals
Jonathan Safran-Foer
The Other Wes Moore
Wes Moore
Barbarians At The Gate
Brian Burrough
Everyone'S An Aliebn...
Jomny Sun
The Wizard And The Prophet
Charles C. Mann
Koshin Paley Ellison
Waking Up To What You Do
Diane Eshin Rizetto
The Namesake
Jhumpa Lahiri
The Paper Menagerie
Ken Liu
Jerry Colonna
Setting The Table
Danny Meyer
Jeff Gordinier
Team Of Rivals
Doris Kearns Goodwin
Sam Koppelman
Pilgrim At Tinker Creek
Annie Dillard


33 Started · 21 Finished · 18 Loved
Going Clear
Lawrence Wright
Food Rules
Michael Pollan
Setting The Table
Danny Meyer
Masters Of Doom
David Kushner
The Day Of The Jackal
Frederick Forsyth
Age Of Ambition
Evan Osnos
The Daily Show: An Oral History
Chris Smith
Zen Mind Beginners Mind
Suzuki Roshi
The Stranger In The Woods
Michael Finkel
Richard Nixon
John A. Farrell
The Power Broker
Robert Caro
The Rose Man Of Sing Sing
James Mcgrath Morris
High Output Management
Andy Grove
Born Standing Up
Steve Martin
The Informant
Kurt Eichenwald
Thinking In Bets
Annie Duke
Rats: Observations On The History & Habitat Of The City'S Most Unwanted Inhabitants
Robert Sullivan
Charles Mann


32 Started · 14 Finished · 13 Loved
The Knowledge
Steve Pressfield
James Andrew Miller
I Hate The Internet
Jarrett Kobek
American Hunger
Eli Saslow
Peace Is Every Step
Thich Nhat Han
The Very Best Of Fantasy And Science Fiction
Gordan Van Gelder
Full Catastrophe Living
Jon Kabat-Zinn
Start Here Now
Susan Piver
Moral Politics
George Lakoff
Surely You'Re Joking. Mr. Feynman!
Richard Feynman
Rise Of The Robots
Martin Ford
Zen Flesh Zen Bones
Paul Reps & Nyogen Senzaki
It'S Not Like I'M Poor
Sarah Halpern-Meekin, Kathryn Edin Laura Tach, Jennifer Sykes


35 Started · 18 Finished · 18 Loved
Pattern Recognition
William Gibson
Zero To One
Peter Theil
Getting To Yes
Roger Fisher
Shark'S Fin And Sichuan Pepper
Fuschia Dunlop
Between The World And Me
Ta-Nehisi Coates
The Song Machine: Inside The Hit Factory
John Seabrook
Starship Troopers
Robert Heinlen
The Wizard Of Menlo Park
Randall Stross
Man In The Gray Flannel Suit
Sloan Wilson
Footprints On The Moon
Seth Godin
Andrew Clements
Built To Sell
John Warrillow
Call For The Dead: A George Smiley Novel
John Le Carre
Gabriel Weinberg
The $12 Million Stuffed Shark
Don Thompson
The New Jim Crow
Michelle Alexander
Gang Leader For A Day
Sudhir Venkatesh
The War Of Art
Steve Pressfield


28 Started · 22 Finished · 18 Loved
George Orwell
$2 A Day
Kathryn J. Edin And H. Luke Shaefer
The Last Policeman
Ben H. Winters
The Martian
Andy Weir
Slaughterhouse 5
Kurt Vonnegut
The Future
Al Gore
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
David Shafer
Foundation 1
Isaac Asimov
Foundation 2
Isaac Asimov
Foundation 3
Isaac Asimov
Digital Gold
Nathaniel Popper
David Graeber
Hitchikers Guide
Douglass Adams
Charles Petzold
Avogadro Corp
William Hertling
The Diamond Age
Neal Stephenson
Born To Run
Christopher Mcdougall
The Big Short
Michael Lewis