A list of the best fiction and nonfiction I've read lately

If any of the books interest you, consider bypassing Amazon and buying them from your local bookstore. Likewise, if you enjoyed some of the articles from any of the below publications, consider subscribing. Independent bookstores and good journalism don't fund themselves! (Titles are links to the works.)

Twelve Minutes and a Life

Mitchell S. Jackson  |  Runner's World  |  2020  |  feature story


Tara Westover  |  2018  |  memoir

The Sandman

Lars Kepler  |  2018  |  thriller

The Divide

Global Inequality from Conquest to Free Markets

Jason Hickel  |  2017  |  nonfiction

How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation

Anne Helen Petersen  |  BuzzFeed News  |  2019  |  feature story


How the West Became Self-Obsessed

Will Storr  |  2018  |  nonfiction

The Goldfinch

Donna Tartt  |  2013  |  literary fiction

There, There

Tommy Orange  |  2018  |  literary fiction

Trick Mirror

Reflections on Self-Delusion

Jia Tolentino  |  2019  |  essay collection

What If?

Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

Randall Munroe  |  2014  |  Q&A collection

Fates and Furies

Lauren Groff  |  2015  |  literary fiction

The Social Life of Forests

Ferris Jabr  |  The New York Times Magazine  |  2020  |  magazine feature


John Hersey  |  The New Yorker  |  1946  |  narrative nonfiction

Going the Distance (and Beyond) to Catch Marathon Cheaters

Gordy Megroz  |  Wired  |  2020  |  magazine feature

The Truth About Animals

Stoned Sloths, Lovelorn Hippos, and Other Tales from the Wild Side of Wildlife

Lucy Cooke  |   2018  |  nonfiction