“The Seed Collectors” by Scarlett Thomas

“Ninety-Nine Stories of God” by Joy Williams

“Zero K” by Don DeLillo

“The Association of Small Bombs” by Karan Mahajan

“Goodnight, Beautiful Women” by Anna Noyes

“The Underground Railroad” by Colson Whitehead

“Private Citizens” by Tony Tulathimutte

“The Past” by Tessa Hadley

“The Red Car” by Marcy Dermansky

“Problems” by Jade Sharma

“Imagine Me Gone” by Adam Haslett

“Pond” by Claire-Louise Bennett

“The Bed Moved” by Rebecca Schiff

“The Nix” by Nathan Hill

“The Girls” by Emma Cline

“Swing Time” by Zadie Smith

Filipino characters

“Avenue of Mysteries” by John Irving

“Cryptonomicon” by Neal Stephenson

“The Five People You Meet in Heaven” by Mitch Albom

“My Hollywood” by Mona Simpson

“Starship Troopers” by Robert A. Heinlein


Why We Do What We Do by Edward L. Deci
Give and Take by Adam M Grant
Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert
Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
The Liar in Your Life by Robert Feldman
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters
Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer

The Wonder by Emma Donoghue
The Lonely City: Adventures In The Art Of Being Alone by Olivia Laing
Eleanor Roosevelt: The War Years And After, 1939-1962 by Blanche Wiesen Cook
Eyes On The Street: The Life Of Jane Jacobs by Robert Kanigel
Born To Run by Bruce Springsteen
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas D. Kristof, Sheryl WuDunn

It Takes a Village, Tenth Anniversary Edition by Hillary Rodham Clinton

The Lolita Effect: The Media Sexualization of Young Girls and What We Can Do About It by M. Gigi Durham

White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son by Tim Wise

Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II by Douglas A. Blackmon

The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap by Matt Taibbi

The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Ruined Government, Enriched Themselves, and Beggared the Nation by Thomas Frank

Listen, Liberal: Or, What Ever Happened to the Party of the People? by Thomas Frank

What Will It Take to Make A Woman President?: Conversations About Women, Leadership and Power by Marianne Schnall

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem

Women Who Run with the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetypeby Clarissa Pinkola Estés

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

The Fire Next Time, by James Baldwin

Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments With Truth, by Mahatma Gandhi

The Beautiful Struggle, by Ta-Nehisi Coates

The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right, by Atul Gawande

The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined, by Steven Pinker

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, by Yuval Harari

Orientalism, by Edward Said

The Miracle of Mindfulness, by Thich Nhat Hanh

Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power, by Steve Coll

Lessons in Disaster: McGeorge Bundy and the Path to War in Vietnam, by Gordon Goldstein

The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, by Naomi Klein

Truth Overruled, by Ryan Anderson

The Conservative Heart, by Arthur Brooks

The Unwinding, by George Packer

Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, by Charles Mackay

Influence: Science and Practice, by Robert Cialdini

John Kenneth Galbraith’s The Affluent Society

The Act of Creation, by Arthur Koestler

Marcus Aurelius’s Meditations

Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality, by John Boswell

Daniel Yankelovich — Coming to Public Judgment/ The Magic of Dialogue

Malcolm Gladwell's David and Goliath

Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist

bell hooks’s Feminist Theory

Whipping Girl, by Julia Serano

Patrimony, by Philip Roth

Ilustrado, by Miguel Syjuco

Tamara Draut's Sleeping Giant

Octavia's Brood

Christopher Lasch’s work and Alan Wolfe’s work and Habits of the Heart

Robert Putnam's Our Kids: the American Dream in Crisis

All the King's Men

Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante.

Eliot Cohen's Military Misfortunes: The Anatomy of Failure in War

Joseph Schumpeter's Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy


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