A few of my favorites:

  • Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner.
  • Annapurna by Maurice Herzog.
  • Beyond the Mountain by Steve House.
  • Fire on the Mountain by Edward Abbey.
  • House of the Spirits and Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende.
  • Jacques Lusseyran’s And There Was Light.
  • Joe Romm at Climate Progress.
  • John Byrne Cooke’s The Snowblind Moon.
  • John Gruber’s Daring Fireball.
  • Johnny’s Song by Steve Mason.
  • Journey of the Flame by Walter Nordhoff.
  • Paul Ewald’s Evolution of Infectious Diseases.
  • Paul Krugman’s The Conscience of a Liberal.
  • Richard Feynman, especially Surely You’re Joking Mr. Feynman and QED.
  • Robertson Davies, any and all, but especially The Cunning Man.
  • Space and Time in Special Relativity by N. David Mermin.
  • Steve Jobs by Walter Issacson.
  • Steven Pinker: How the Mind Works; The Sense of Style; The Blank Slate; The Better Angels of our Nature; Words and Rules.
  • The Coldest War by James Brady.
  • The Legend of John Hornby by George Whalley.
  • The Lives and Times of Archy and Mehitabel, by Don Marquis.
  • The Selfish Gene and The Extended Phenotype by Richard Dawkins.
  • The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien.
  • The Wilderness World of John Muir by Edwin Way Teale.
  • Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman.
  • Tinker at Pilgrim Creek by Annie Dillard.
  • Tom Robbins, especially Jitterbug Perfume and Another Roadside Attraction.