Books I Want to Read


The Organic Growth Playbook by Bernard J. Jaworski


Crowds and Power by Elias Canetti (recommended by Rosie Leizrowice)

Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Early States by James C. Scott (recommended by Rosie Leizrowice)

The Lever of Riches: Technological Creativity and Economic Progress by Joel Mokyr (recommended by Rosie Leizrowice)

Don’t Make Me Think: A Common Sense to Web Usability by Steve Krug (recommended by Rosie Leizrowice)

Antifragile: Things that Gain From Disorder by Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Joe Ochman

How To Keep Your Cool by Seneca

21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari (recommended by my father)

The Secret of Our Success: How Culture is Driving Human Evolution, Domesticating our Species, and Making us Smarter by Joseph Henrich

Honeybee Democracy by Thomas D. Seeley (recommended by Neil S.)

Very Funny Ladies: The New Yorker’s Women Cartoonists (recommended by Art and Design Research team at 1stDibs)

Science Fiction

That Hideous Strength by C.S. Lewis

The Anomaly: A Novel by Hervé Le Tellier


Heretics by G.K. Chesterton


Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Christian in Community by Dietrich Boenhoeffer

The Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton

The Thing by G.K. Chesterton (collection of essays)

The Knowledge of the Holy by A.W. Tozer (read by Diandra T.)


Thirst: A Story of Redemption, Compassion, and Mission to Bring Clean Water to the World by Scott Harrison

Psychology/Neuroscience/Mental Health

PURE by Rose Cartwright

Gratitude by Oliver Sacks (recommended by new peer Stefano da Fre)

The Singing Neanderthals: The Origins of Music, Language, Mind and Body by Steven Mithen (Cited by Oliver Sacks)

The Feeling of What Happens by Antonio Damasio

Psilocybin Mushrooms of the World by Paul Stamets

How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World by Paul Stamets

Altered States of Consciousness Edited by Charles T. Tart


Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (recommended by friend Claire S)

Janesville: An American Story by Amy Goldstein

The Cottagers: A Novel by Marshall N. Klimasewiski

All short stories by Kurt Vonnegut. I want to know his sharp wit.

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz (recommended by friend Whitney Chen) – couple chapters in, but paused atm

The Great Believers by Rebecca Mekkai

The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee (recommended by multiple friends)


Uncanny Valley: A Memoir by Anna Wiener

Small Fry: A Memoir by Lisa Brennan-Jobs

Boys in the Boat: 9 Americans and their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

The Mamba Mentality

Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller by Ron Chernow

The Undying: Pain, Vulnerability, Mortality, Medicine, Art, Time, Dreams, Data, Exhaustion, Cancer, and Care, by Anne Boyer (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters In The End by Atul Gawande


Recommended by my MoMA colleague, Margaret S.

  • Peony in Love – Lisa See

  • The Japanese Lover – Isabel Allende

  • The Little Paris Bookshop – Nina George

  • Naomi – Jun’ichirō Tanizaki

  • Marry Me – John Updike

Ninth Street Women: Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchel, and Helen Frankenthaler: Five Painters and the Movement That Changed Modern Art by Mary Gabriel (recommended by Ronald R.)

Older Mistresses: Women, Art, and Ideology (1981) Griselda Pollack, Art Historian


(read part of it) The Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Two Versions: V.1: The Sorrows of Young Werther V.2: The Sorrows of Young Werther

Visual Intelligence by Amy Herman (recommended by friend Hilary Hamlet)

LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media by P.W. Singer (recommended by friend Christopher H.)

Short Stories by Carmen Maria Machado (because avid reader and friend Whitney is reading them)