This is by no means an exhaustive list, even of recent reading, for this life-long bookworm.

What I share here are the works which seem to be most influencing my thought in recent years.

For a broader reading list, visit this page on the Peace and Social Concerns website of the Southeastern Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends.

Note: The image is Nautilus Color Wheel, by Jay Gross.

Faith and Practice

Science and Culture

  • Doris Kearns Goodwin, Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
  • Stephen Jay Gould
    • Ever Since Darwin: Reflections in Natural History
    • The Panda’s Thumb: More Reflections in Natural History
    • Hen’s Teeth and Horse’s Toes: Further Reflections in Natural History
    • The Flamingo’s Smile: Reflections in Natural History
    • An Urchin in the Storm: Essays about Books and Ideas
    • Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History
    • Bully for Brontosaurus
    • Dinosaur in a Haystack
    • The Lying Stones of Marrakech
    • Rocks of Ages


  • John Galsworthy, The Forsyte Chronicles
    • Volume I: The Forsyte Saga (1906-21)
      • The Man of Property (1906)
      • Interlude: Indian Summer of a Forsyte (1918?)
      • In Chancery (1920)
      • Interlude: Awakening (1920)
      • To Let (1921)
      • On Forsyte ’Change (1930)
    • Volume II: A Modern Comedy (1924-1928)
      • The White Monkey (1924)
      • Interlude: A Silent Wooing
      • The Silver Spoon (1926)
      • Interlude: Passers By
      • Swan Song (1928)
    • Volume III: End of the Chapter (1931-1933, published posthumously)
      • Maid In Waiting (1931)
      • Flowering Wilderness (1932)
      • Over the River (1933)
  • William Gibson, the works
  • Frank Herbert, the works, especially the six original Dune books
    [but not his son Brian, who inherited his daddy’s notes but not his talent]
  • Doris Lessing, the works, especially the Canopus in Argos series
  • Kim Stanley Robinson
    • The Mars trilogy
    • The Years of Rice and Salt
    • The Science in the Capitol series
    • Galileo’s Dream
  • Neal Stephenson
    • The Diamond Age
    • Cryptonomicon
    • The Baroque Cycle: Quicksilver, The Confusion, The System of the World
    • Anathem
    • REAMDE