Isabel Wilkerson

What will you be reading in 2015?


I went to the movies with my friend Petrea and she presented me with my Christmas gift and a challenge. She gave me a list of 30 books to read to "understand the world" from Vox. She emphasized TO UNDERSTAND THE WORLD. It is almost magical the way books can illuminate and inform. Anyone who reads avidly knows you cannot remain the same after reading a powerfully written book. This list is entirely non-fiction,  We agreed to read Isabel Wilkerson's The Warmth of Other Suns and discuss it. Then we will select another one. We are both very busy, and we both read to relax. So we will see how it goes. We are not committing to read the entire list.

If you want to read any or all of the books on the list TO UNDERSTAND THE WORLD, then here are Vox's recommendations:

  • Bowling Alone, Robert Putnam
  • A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, Anthony Marr
  • The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care, T.R. Reid
  • And the Band Played On, Randy Shilts
  • The Gift, Lewis Hyatt
  • The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe Without Design, Richard Dawkins
  • Social Democratic America, Lana Kentworthy
  • Here Comes Everybody, Clay Shirky
  • Gang of Five, Nina Easton
  • The Art of Political Murder, Francisco Goldman
  • Longitude, Davis Sobel
  • The Design of Everyday Things, Donald A. Norman
  • Bad Pharma, Ben Goldacre
  • Rise of the Warrior Cop, Radley Balko
  • Getting Better: Why Global Development is Succeeding--and How We Can Improve the World Even More, Charles Kenny
  • Marvel Comic: the Untold Story, Sean Howe
  • The Teacher Wars, Dana Goldstein
  • Out of the Vinyl Deeps, Ellen Willis
  • City: Urbanism and Its End, Douglas Rae
  • The Cult of Pharmacology, Richard DeGrandpre
  • The Warmth of Other Suns, Isabel Wilkerson
  • The Triumph of Politics, David Stockman
  • The Human Nature of Playwriting, Samson Raphaelson
  • Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted, Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
  • What would Jesus Deconstruct? John D. Caputo
  • Cadillac Desert, Marc Reisner
  • The Gamble: Choice and Chance in the 2013 Presidential Election, John Sides and Lynn Vavreck
  • The History of White People, Nell Irvin Painter
  • The Practice of Everyday Life, Michel de Certeau
  • Six-Word Memoirs on Love & Heartbreak, Edited by Smith Magazine

Is it me, or does this list seem American-centric for an understanding of the WORLD? What would you add to our potential reading list?