I See Book People… (Part 1)

A Recurring Series on People Reading (and doing other book-related stuff) in Public


A book list as good as The New York Times and Oprah ones (and more eclectic too).


Q: Excuse me, sir. What are you reading?
A: My Year of Rest and Relaxation. It’s dope. It’s so good.

Question asked on a NYC subway train (Author: Ottessa Moshfegh)

  • The Final Days – Bob Woodard & Carl Bernstein
  • An Unwanted Guest – Shari Lapena
  • Demon Crown – James Rollins
  • Russia Under Western Eyes – Martin Malia
  • Low Life – Luc Sante
  • Astrophysics for People in a Hurry – Neil Degrasse Tyson
  • Call for the Dead – John Le Carre
  • Rich Dad, Poor Dad – Robert Kiyosaki
  • Robes: A Book of Coming Changes – Penny Kelly
  • Sweet Bitter – Stephanie Danler
  • Love’s Executioner & Other Tales of Psychotherapy – Irvin D. Yalom
  • Paris for One – Jojo Moyes
  • Adultery – Paulo Coelho
  • The Winter War – William Durbin
  • Moth Smoke – Mohsin Hamid
  • Insurgent – Veronica Roth
  • Why You Say It – Webb Garrison
  • The Escape Artist – Brad Meltzer
  • The Story of a New Name – Elena Ferrante
  • Catfish and Mandala – Andrew X. Pham
  • Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro
  • To the Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf
  • A Visit from the Goon Squad – Jennifer Egan
  • The Lady of Sorrows: A Seven Deadly Sins Mystery – Ann Zouroudi
  • Complete Works of H. Emilie Cady – H. Emilie Cady
  • Energy Medicine – Donna Eden
  • Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln – Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • Boy, Snow, Bird – Helen Oyeyemi
  • The Compound Effect – Darren Hardy
  • Growing Up Mindful – Christopher Willard
  • Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life – William Finnegan
  • Energy, the Subtle Concept: The Discovery of Feynman’s Blocks from Leibniz to Einstein – Jennifer Coopersmith
  • Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage – Haruki Murakami

Books I See People Selling in Public


  • Rabbit – Patricia Williams
  • Between the World and Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • The Book of Relief – Emily Maroutian
  • Reading Between the Lies – Dick Gregory
  • The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell – W. Kamau Bell
  • A Good Cry – Nikki Giovanni

Books I Want to Read in Public

Kill ‘Em and Leave: Searching for James Brown… – James McBride

Girl In Translation – Jean Kwok

When Smoke Ran Like Water – Devra Davis

Books I’ve Read In Public

The Best of Simple – Langston Hughes

Manchild in the Promised Land – Claude Brown

Liars and Saints – Maile Meloy

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian – Sherman Alexie

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