2014 Reading List

A good year for fiction, especially of the science variety. I thoroughly enjoyed The Moor's Account based on both the concept of the book as well as the story itself. I especially enjoy how Ian McEwan paints his characters, and The Children Act did not let me down. The Sixth Extinction was less in depth and more accessible than Elizabeth Kolbert's New Yorker articles, but the breadth captures the scope of the disaster humans are making of the planet. The Serial podcast was memorable for its storytelling, although it ended up putting a big dent in my reading time. Fiction

The Children Act Ian McEwan

The Son Philipp Meyer

All the Light We Cannot See Anthony Doerr

The Moor's Account Laila Lalami

Station Eleven Emily St. John Mandel

The Book of Strange New Things Michel Faber

J Howard Jacobson

Gone Girl Gillian Flynn

Tenth of December George Saunders

On Such a Full Sea Chang-Rae Lee

Train Dreams: A Novella Denis Johnson

 

Non-Fiction How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World Steven Johnson

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History Elizabeth Kolbert

Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential (unfinished) Tom Kelley

Factory Man: How One Furniture Maker Battled Offshoring, Stayed Local - and Helped Save an American Town Beth Macy

Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks Ken Jennings

Podcasts Serial

Notable Articles

The Case For Reparations -  Ta-Nehisi Coates Reza Aslan on What the New Atheists Get Wrong About Islam How Fossilized Ideas Live on Even in Science – Andrew Crumey How To Get Beyond The Parasite Economy - Eric Garland Silicon Valley's Youth Problem - Yiren Lu The Mammoth Cometh The Collateral Damage of a Teenager