Do you like to read? I do and recommend books often. Here are a few of my absolute favorite books and writing.  This list is far from exhaustive, but it's a good starting point.

 
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Contemporary Thinkers & Writers

 

REBECCA SOLNITA PARADISE BUILT IN HELL: THE EXTRAORDINARY COMMUNITIES THAT ARISE IN DISASTER. OR MEN EXPLAIN THINGS TO ME.

CORMAC MCCARTHYBLOOD MERIDIAN: OR THE EVENING REDNESS IN THE WEST

PEMA CHODRONCOMFORTABLE WITH UNCERTAINTY: 108 TEACHINGS ON CULTIVATING

DANIEL KAHNEMANNTHINKING, FAST AND SLOW

MIHALY CSIKSZENTMIHALYIFLOW: THE PSYCHOLOGY OF OPTIMAL EXPERIENCE

RICHARD H. THALER & CASS R. SUNSTEINNUDGE: IMPROVING DECISIONS ABOUT HEALTH, WEALTH AND HAPPINESS

ROBERT SAPOLSKYTHE BIOLOGY OF HUMANS AT OUR BEST AND WORST

CHRISTINE KEANNELLYTHE FIRST WORD: THE SEARCH FOR THE ORIGINS OF LANGUAGE

GARY SHTEYNGARTSUPER SAD TRUE LOVE STORY

ZADIE SMITHWHITE TEETH

KAREN ARMSTRONGISLAM: A SHORT HISTORY

DANIEL DENNETTCONSCIOUSNESS EXPLAINED

KATE RAWORTHDOUGHNUT ECONOMICS: SEVEN WAYS TO THINK LIKE A 21ST CENTURY ECONOMIST

DAVID GRAEBER—DEBT—THE FIRST 5,000 YEARS AND BULLSHIT JOBS: A THEORY

DAVID BERREBYUS AND THEM: UNDERSTANDING YOUR TRIBAL MIND

SAM HARRISWAKING UP: A GUIDE TO SPIRITUALITY WITHOUT RELIGION

AYAAN HIRSI ALIINFIDEL

SHERAB CHODZIN KOHNA LIFE OF THE BUDDHA

ROBERT GUESTTHE SHACKLED CONTINENT: AFRICA’S PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE

IAN JOHNSONWILD GRASS: THREE PORTRAITS OF CHANGE IN MODERN CHINA

CHARLES SIMICTHE WORLD DOESN’T END

RUSSELL HOBANRIDDLEY WALKER

ROXANE GAYBAD FEMINIST: ESSAYS

MARGARET ATWOODA HANDMAID’S TALE

JOSEPH GOLDSTEINMINDFULNESS: A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO AWAKENING

SHARON SALZBERGLOVINGKINDNESS: THE REVOLUTIONARY ART OF HAPPINESS

YUVAL NOAH HARARISAPIENS: A BRIEF HISTORY OF HUMANKIND AND HOMO DEUS: A BRIEF HISTORY OF TOMORROW

RAY KURZWEILTHE AGE OF SPIRITUAL MACHINES

DANIEL PINKA WHOLE NEW MIND

STEVEN JOHNSONWHERE GOOD IDEAS COME FROM: THE NATURAL HISTORY OF INNOVATION

JARED DIAMONDGUNS, GERMS AND STEEL: THE FATES OF HUMAN SOCIETIES

ED CATMULL: CREATIVITY INC.OVERCOMING THE UNSEEN FORCES THAT STAND IN THE WAY OF TRUE INSPIRATION

PETER SIMSLITTLE BETS: HOW BREAKTHROUGH IDEAS EMERGE FROM SMALL DISCOVERIES

PAUL HAWKENS, HUNTER LOVENS, AMORY LOVENSNATURAL CAPITALISM: CREATING THE NEXT INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION

WILLIAM MCDONOUGH, MICHAEL BRAUNGART, BILL CLINTONTHE UPCYCLE: BEYOND SUSTAINABILITY - DESIGNING FOR ABUNDANCE

RODNEY DEVENISHPRINCIPLE YOGACARA TEXTS: INDO-TIBETAN SOURCES OF DZOGCHEN MAHAMUDRA

PAUL AUSTERTHE ART OF HUNGER

CHRISTOPHER HITCHENSARGUABLY

RICHARD DAWKINSTHE BLIND WATCHMAKER: WHY THE EVIDENCE OF EVOLUTION REVEALS A UNIVERSE WITHOUT DESIGN

KEVIN KELLYWHAT TECHNOLOGY WANTS

JAMES BARRATOUR FINAL INVENTION: ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND THE END OF THE HUMAN ERA

STEVE SILBERMANNEUROTRIBES: THE LEGACY OF AUTISM AND THE FUTURE OF NEURODIVERSITY

BHANTE HENEPOLA GUNARATNATHE FOUR FOUNDATIONS OF MINDFULNESS IN PLAIN ENGLISH

STEVEN PINKERTHE BETTER ANGELS OF OUR NATURE: WHY VIOLENCE HAS DECLINED

SHERYL WU DUN AND NICHOLAS KRISTOFFHALF THE SKY: TURNING OPPRESSION INTO OPPORTUNITY FOR WOMEN WORLDWIDE

 
 
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Historical Writers & Thinkers

 

NAGARJUNATHE FUNDAMENTAL WISDOM OF THE MIDDLE WAY

WALPOLA RAHULAWHAT THE BUDDHA TAUGHT

SUSAN SONNTAGILLNESS AS METAPHOR AND AIDS AND ITS METAPHORS

LUDWIG WITTGENSTEINMAJOR WORKS: SELECTED PHILOSOPHICAL WRITINGS

JOHAN WOLFGANG VON GOETHETHE ESSENTIAL GOETHE

SHANTIDEVAA GUIDE TO THE BODHISATTVA’S WAY OF LIFE

CANDRAKIRTIINTRODUCTION TO THE MIDDLE WAY

ZORA NEAL HURSTONTHEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD

SIGMUND FREUDTHE FUTURE OF AN ILLUSION

CHOGYAM TRUNGPACUTTING THROUGH SPIRITUAL MATERIALISM

J. KRISHNAMURTIFREEDOM FROM THE KNOWN

ROBERT A HEINLEINSTRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND

URSULA K. LE GUINTHE EARTHSEA TRILOGY

LAWRENCE DURRELLTHE ALEXANDRIA QUARTET

FRANTZ FANONTHE WRETCHED OF THE EARTH

SURYA DASTHE SNOW LION’S TURQUOISE MANE

JOHN ASHBERYSELF PORTRAIT IN A CONVEX MIRROR (POEMS)

MARIANNE MOORECOMPLETE POEMS

KENNETH REXROTHTHE COMPLETE POEMS

GEORGE BERNARD SHAWPYGMALION

HERMAN MELVILLEMOBY DICK

MARK TWAINTHE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER

ZHUANG-ZITHE INNER CHAPTERS

LAO-ZIDAO DE ZHING

CONFUCIUSTHE ANALECTS

MENCIUSCOLLECTED WORKS

THE KING JAMES BIBLE

JALAL AL-DIN RUMITHE ESSENTIAL RUMI

FRANZ KAFKATHE METAMORPHOSIS