When I get a little money, I buy books; and if any is left, I buy food and clothes.
—Erasmus of Rotterdam
I read dozens of books each year. Which few books stick out most in my memory?
Here are some of my top recommendations, particularly for college students and other young people.
Now, I take it for granted that you should read the classics, such as those on Columbia's Core Curriculum reading list, so here I'll share newer books that are worth your time.
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- Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, by Susan Cain
- Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams, by Matthew Walker
- The God of Small Things, by Arundhati Roy
- Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art, by James Nestor
- Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less, by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang
- The Oregon Experiment, by Christopher Alexander et al.
- The Design of Everyday Things, Don Norman
- Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen, by Chris McDougall
- Manifesto for a Moral Revolution: Practices to Build a Better World, by Jacqueline Novogratz
- Humankind: A Hopeful History, by Rutger Bregman
- Life Is in the Transitions: Mastering Change at Any Age, by Bruce Feiler
My Favorite Writers and Biggest Influences
- Christopher Alexander, theorist of good design
- Mary Oliver, poet and observer of nature
- Martin Shaw, storyteller and mythic communicator
- Alain de Botton, observer of human life and love
- Haruki Murakami, writer of the melancholic, meditative and weird
- Nassim Nicholas Taleb, thinker of risk, probability and tradeoffs
- Luciano Floridi, philosopher of information