Reading Lists

AAA Book Club

The AAA Book Club is a men’s book club that has been meeting…well, just about forever, but at least since I joined in 2006. We only read nonfiction. The “AAA” stands for affordable, accessible, and…what? No one really remembers, but I think we’ve decided to settle on “apocalyptic,” given the number of books we read about the world going to hell in a handbasket.

Following is a list of all the books I’ve read with the book club. The book club’s list is about thirty titles longer, but I culled out the ones I didn’t read or don’t remember. The titles are listed from 2006 to present, in descending order. I would like to think that someday I might write little capsule reviews of each title, but the reality is I probably won’t find the time. 🙂

  1. God’s Politics, by Jim Wallis
  2. Wittgenstein’s Poker, by David Edmonds and John Eidinow
  3. On Writing, by Steven King
  4. For the Time Being, by Annie Dillard
  5. Postville: A Clash of Cultures in Heartland America, by Stephen Bloom
  6. Infidel, by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
  7. Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, by Jared Diamond
  8. Einstein’s God: Conversations about Science and the Human Spirit, by Krista Tippett
  9. River of Doubt, by Candice Millard
  10. The Places in Between, by Rory Stewart
  11. Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time, by Dava Sobel
  12. Girl Meets God, by Lauren Winner
  13. Better: A Surgeon’s Notes on Performance, by Dr. Atul Gawande
  14. Assassination Vacation, by Sarah Vowell
  15. Abundant Community: Awakening the Power of Families and Neighborhoods, by John McKnight and Peter Block
  16. Bayou Farwell, by Mike Tidwell
  17. Neither Wolf nor Dog: On Forgotten Roads with an Indian Elder, by Kent Nerburn
  18. River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze, by Peter Hessler
  19. Origins: How the Nine Months Before Birth Shape the Rest of Our Lives, by Annie Murphy Paul
  20. 12 Steps to a Compassionate Life, by Karen Armstrong
  21. The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom, by Jonathan Haidt
  22. Post American World 2.0, by Fareed Zakaria
  23. Healing the Heart of Democracy, by Parker Palmer
  24. Me the People: One Man’s Selfless Quest to Rewrite the Constitution of the United States of America, by Kevin Bleyer
  25. Wild, by Cheryl Strayed
  26. The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail—but Some Don’t, by Nate Silver
  27. Consider the Lobster, by David Foster Wallace
  28. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot
  29. Reinventing Organizations, by Frederic Lalaux
  30. Life is a Miracle, by Wendell Berry
  31. The Sixth Extinction, by Elizabeth Kolbert
  32. Mindfulness in Plain English, by Bhante Gunaratana
  33. Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity, by Katherine Boo
  34. Climate Change: A Very Short Intro, by Mark Maslin
  35. Pope Francis: Untying the Knots, by Paul Vallely
  36. The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right, by Atul Gawande
  37. A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster, by Rebecca Solnit
  38. My Life With the Saints, by James Martin
  39. Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, by Daniel James Brown
  40. When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanithi.
  41. The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible, by Charles Eisenstein
  42. Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea, by Barbara Demick
  43. The Hidden Life of Trees, by Peter Wohlleben
  44. The Art of Community: Seven Principles for Belonging, by Charles Vogl 
  45. A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota, edited by Sun Yung Shin
  46. Silence in the Age of Noise, by Erling Kagge
  47. Our Final Invention: AI and the End of the Human Era, by James Barrat
  48. Travels With Charlie, by John Steinbeck
  49. Educated: A Memoir, by Tara Westover
  50. The Second Mountain, by David Brooks
  51. Love Your Enemies, by Arthur C. Brooks
  52. Reclaiming Conversation, by Sherry Turtle
  53. An Elegant Defense: The Extraordinary New Science of the Immune System: A Tale in Four Lives, by Matt Richtel

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