Reading List

Reading consumes my attention more than any other pastime. At any given moment I have book in hand, another on the go in the other room, and an article or two open on my computer, work-related or otherwise. Almost invariably non-fiction, I read to explore, get away from the every day, and to expose myself to the knowledge that others have graciously shared.

What follows is a list of books that I have read over the better part of the last decade. I began to assemble this list on December 1, 2018, after previous attempts to do something similar failed; any titles consumed prior to this date have been added based on library records, Amazon purchases, or memory. This list primarily includes books that I read for personal interest reasons and not for work or academic study, although in recent years this division has become increasingly blurred. 

Last Updated: January 12, 2019


  • Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  • Fifty Days of Solitude by Doris Grumbach
  • Solitude by Michael Harris
  • Commonwealth by Ann Pachett


  • Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
  • The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters by Priya Parker
  • Educated by Tara Westover
  • Your Money or Your Life: 9 Steps to Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence by Vicki Robin
  • 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works: A True Story by Dan Harris
  • Ragged Company by Richard Wagamese
  • Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design by Charles Montgomery
  • On Writing: 10th Anniversary Edition: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King
  • Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown
  • Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone by Brene Brown
  • Rising Strong: The Reckoning. The Rumble. The Revolution by Brene Brown
  • The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work: A Practical Guide from the Country’s Foremost Relationship Expert by John Gottman
  • People Space: The Making and Breaking of Human Boundaries by Norman Ashcraft
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower — Stephen Chbosky


  • Empowering Education: Critical Teaching for Social Change — Ira Shor
  • An Other Kingdom: Departing the Consumer Culture — Peter Block, Walter Brueggemann, John McKnight
  • For the Love of Cities — Peter Kageyama
  • Love Where You Live: Creating Emotionally Engaging Places — Peter Kageyama
  • The Servant as Leader — Robert Greenleaf
  • Etta and Otto and Russell and James — Emma Hooper
  • Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less — Greg McKeown
  • Jane Jacobs: Urban Visionary — Alice Sparberg Alexiou
  • The Wealthy Renter: How to Choose Housing That Will Make You Rich — Alex Avery 
  • Man’s Search for Meaning — Viktor Frankl
  • The Widow — Fiona Barton
  • The Village Effect: How Face-to-Face Contact Can Make Us Healthier, Happier, and Smarter — Susan Pinker
  • Reasons to Stay Alive — Matt Haig
  • We Make the Road by Walking: Conversations on Education and Social Change — Myles Horton
  • Daring Greatly — Brene Brown
  • The Holy Bible — Unknown
  • Keep Your Love On: Connection Communication And Boundaries — Danny Silk 
  • Masters of their own destiny : the story of adult education through economic cooperation of the Antigonish movement — Moses Coady
  • Pedagogy of the Oppressed — Paulo Freire
  • Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom — bell hooks
  • The Production of Space — Henri Lefebvre
  • Detroit: An American Autopsy — Charlie LeDuff


  • Eyes on the Street: The Life of Jane Jacobs — Robert Kanigel
  • Walden Two — B.F. Skinner
  • Living Walden Two: B. F. Skinner’s Behaviorist Utopia and Experimental Communities — Hilke Kuhlman 
  • Less Is More: The Art of Voluntary Poverty : An Anthology of Ancient and Modern Voices Raised in Praise of Simplicity — Goldian Vandenbroeck 
  • Better Together: Restoring the American Community — Robert Putnam
  • Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations — Clay Shirky
  • The Wisdom of Crowds: Why the Many Are Smarter Than the Few and How Collective Wisdom Shapes Business, Economies, Societies and Nations — James Surowiecki 
  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail — Cheryl Strayed
  • Into the Wild — Jon Krakauer
  • Leadership: For Active Creative Engaged Communities — Brenda Herchmer 
  • The Martian — Andy Weir
  • Let the Elephants Run — David Usher
  • Remote — David Heinemeier Hansson and Jason Fried
  • Rework — David Heinemeier Hansson and Jason Fried


  • Lonely: Learning to Live with Solitude — Emily White
  • Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less — Greg McKeown
  • Walden and Civil Disobedience — Henry David Thoreau
  • Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other — Sherry Turkle
  • In the City of Bikes: The Story of the Amsterdam Cyclist — Peter Jordan


  • This Could Help — Patrick Rhone
  • Everything I Know — Paul Jarvis
  • The Art of Wandering: The Writer as Walker — Merlin Coverley
  • Deepening Community: Finding Joy Together in Chaotic Times — Paul Born
  • Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness — William Styron
  • Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design — Charles Montgomery 
  • Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier — Edward Glaeser 
  • Walking Home: The Life and Lessons of a City Builder — Ken Greenberg
  • The Creative Habit:Learn It and Use It for Life — Twyla Tharp
  • Animal Farm —  George Orwell


  • Education for Socially Engaged Art: A Materials and Techniques Handbook — Pablo Helguera
  • The Image of the City — Kevin Lynch
  • Better Off: Flipping the Switch on Technology — Eric Brende
  • The Great Good Place: Cafes, Coffee Shops, Bookstores, Bars, Hair Salons, and Other Hangouts at the Heart of a Community — Ray Oldenburg
  • The Front Nine: How to Start the Year You Want Anytime You Want — Mike Vardy 
  • The Location Scout — Kevin Fanning
  • You Can’t Go Home Again — Thomas Wolfe
  • Coffee Shop Contemplations — Nick Wynja
  • Untitled: Thoughts on the Creative Process — Blaine Hogan
  • Naked City: The Death and Life of Authentic Urban Places — Sharon Zukin 
  • Making a Living Without a Job, revised edition: Winning Ways for Creating Work That You Love — Barbara Winter 
  • Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative — Austin Kleon
  • Making Good: Finding Meaning Money And Community In A Changing World — Dev Aujla, Billy Parish
  • The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future — Chris Guillebeau
  • Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work — Matthew B. Crawford 
  • Leadership: For Active Creative Engaged Communities — Brenda Herchmer 


  • Living in the Sprawl: Ideas for a suburbia that gets better with age — Gracen Johnson
  • It Will Be Exhilarating — Dan Provost, Tom Gerhardt
  • Turning Pro — Steven Pressfield
  • The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life — Twyla Tharp
  • enough — Patrick Rhone
  • Bowling Alone — Robert D. Putnam
  • Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action — Simon Sinek
  • Nine Things Successful People Do Differently — Heidi Grant Halvorson
  • On the Road — Jack Kerouac 
  • Deeds/Abstracts : The History of a London Lot — Greg Curnoe
  • My brother Greg: A memoir — Lynda Curnoe 
  • Local Motion: The Art of Civic Engagement in Toronto — Alana Wilcox, Christina Palassio, Dave Meslin
  • Urban Nation — Alan Broadbent
  • The Social Life Of Small Urban Spaces — William H. Whyte


  • The Flinch — Julien Smith
  • Zarrella’s Hierarchy of Contagiousness: The Science, Design, and Engineering of Contagious Ideas — Dan Zarrella
  • Read This Before Our Next Meeting — Al Pittampalli
  • The 100 Thing Challenge: How I Got Rid of Almost Everything, Remade My Life, and Regained My Soul — Dave Bruno
  • Mindfulness in Plain English: 20th Anniversary Edition — Henepola Gunaratana
  • Walden — Henry David Thoreau
  • focus — Leo Babauta
  • Think and Grow Rich — Napoleon Hill
  • Self-Reliance — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Into the Wild — Jon Krakauer
  • Utopia — Sir Saint Thomas More
  • Keeping It Straight — Patrick Rhone
  • Civil Disobedience — Henry David Thoreau
  • Excursions — Henry David Thoreau
  • Tales of the Revolution: True Stories of People who are Poking the Box and Making a Difference — Seth Godin
  • The Leader Who Had No Title — Robin Sharma
  • The Holy Bible — Unknown
  • Do the Work — Steven Pressfield
  • The Truth about Leadership: The No-fads, Heart-of-the-Matter Facts You Need to Know — James M. Kouzes, Barry Z. Posner
  • Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision and Reality — Scott Belsky
  • Poke the Box — Seth Godin
  • Community Conversations: Mobilizing the Ideas, Skills, and Passion of Community Organizations, Governments, Businesses, and People — Paul Born


  • Finding Your Element: How to Discover Your Talents and Passions and Transform Your Life — Sir Ken Robinson
  • At Last There Is Nothing Left To Say — Matthew Good