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  • Adams, How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big (2013)
  • Ariely, Predictably Irrational (2008)
  • Asimov, Prelude to Foundation (1988)
  • Asimov, Nightfall (1990)
  • Aurelius, Meditations (180)
  • Bach, Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1970) ★
  • Bach, Illusions (1977)
  • Banks, The Player of Games (1988)
  • Barnes, Flaubert’s Parrot (1984)
  • Beckett, Waiting for Godot (1952)
  • Borges, The Library of Babel (1941)
  • Bostrom, Superintelligence (2014)
  • Camus, The Plague (1947)
  • Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence People (1936) ★
  • Caro, The Path to Power (1982) ★
  • Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass (1871)
  • Catmull, Creativity, Inc. (2009)
  • Cervantes, Don Quixote (1615)
  • Chabon, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (2000) ★
  • Chiang, Exhalation: Stories (2019) ★
  • Chilton, The Wealthy Barber Returns (2011)
  • Christian, Algorithms to Live By (2016) ★
  • Cialdini, Influence (1984)
  • Clear, Atomic Habits (2018)
  • Coelho, The Alchemist (1988)
  • Collins, The Hunger Games (2008)
  • Confucius, The Analects (-429)
  • Conrad, Heart of Darkness (1899)
  • Cowen, Discover Your Inner Economist (2007)
  • Cowen, Stubborn Attachments (2018)
  • Dickens, Great Expectations (1861)
  • Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek (1974)
  • Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment (1866)
  • Durant, The Lessons of History (1968)
  • Ellenberg, How Not to Be Wrong (2014)
  • Feynman, Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! (1985)
  • Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby (1925)
  • Forster, A Room with a View (1908)
  • Forster, The Machine Stops (1909) ★
  • Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl (1947) ★
  • Gaiman, Stardust (1997)
  • Gaiman, Coraline (2002)
  • Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane (2013) ★
  • Gibson & Sterling, The Difference Engine (1990) ★
  • Gilbert, Stumbling on Happiness (2006)
  • Gladwell, Outliers (2008)
  • Gleick, Chaos (1987)
  • Gleick, Isaac Newton (2003) ★
  • Gleick, The Information (2011) ★
  • Goldstein, The Mind-Body Problem (1983)
  • Goleman & Davidson, Altered Traits (2017)
  • Gopen, The Sense of Structure (2004)
  • Gowdy, Disneyland (1989) ★
  • Haidt, The Happiness Hypothesis (2005) ★
  • Haidt, The Righteous Mind (2012) ★
  • Harari, Sapiens (2011)
  • Harari, Homo Deus (2017)
  • Harris, The Nurture Assumption (1998)
  • Harris, Free Will (2012) ★
  • Harris, Waking Up (2014) ★
  • Hawley, Before the Fall (2016) ★
  • Hofstadter, Gödel, Escher, Bach (1979) ★
  • Irving, A Prayer for Owen Meany (1989) ★
  • Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go (2005)
  • James et al., An Introduction to Statistical Learning (2017)
  • Johnstone, Impro (1979)
  • Jones, Mister Pip (2006)
  • Joyce, Araby (1914) ★
  • Joyce, The Dead (1914) ★
  • Kabat-Zinn, Full Catastrophe Living (1990)
  • Kafka, The Metamorphosis (1915)
  • Kahneman, Thinking, Fast and Slow (2011)
  • Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air (2016)
  • Kaufman, The Personal MBA (2010)
  • Keyes, Flowers for Algernon (1966)
  • King, On Writing (2000) ★
  • Kleist, The Marquise of O (1808)
  • Le Guin, A Wizard of Earthsea (1968)
  • Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness (1969)
  • Le Guin, The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas (1973)
  • Levi, Survival in Auschwitz (1947)
  • MacDonald, The Princess and the Goblin (1872)
  • McCarthy, The Road (2006) ★
  • McGrayne, The Theory That Would Not Die (2011)
  • Medina, Brain Rules (2008)
  • Morrison, Beloved (1987)
  • Moss, The Rookie (2016)
  • Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967)
  • Nielsen, Reinventing Discovery (2011) ★
  • O’Shaughnessy, Millennial Money (2014)
  • Oakley, A Mind for Numbers (2014)
  • Olson, Houston, We Have a Narrative (2015)
  • Orwell, Animal Farm (1945)
  • Orwell, 1984 (1949)
  • Pinker, The Language Instinct (1994) ★
  • Pinker, How the Mind Works (1997) ★
  • Pinker, The Better Angels of Our Nature (2010)
  • Pinker, The Sense of Style (2014) ★
  • Ritchie, Intelligence (2015)
  • Robbins, MONEY Master the Game (2014)
  • Sapolsky, Behave (2017)
  • Schneier, Data and Goliath (2015)
  • Shelley, Frankenstein (1818)
  • Silver, The Signal and the Noise (2012)
  • Simler & Hanson, The Elephant in the Brain (2017)
  • Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men (1937)
  • Stephens-Davidowitz, Everybody Lies (2017)
  • Stephenson, Snow Crash (1992)
  • Strunk, The Elements of Style (1918)
  • Taleb, The Black Swan (2007)
  • Thaler, Nudge (2008)
  • Thiel, Zero to One (2014)
  • Tsatsouline, Kettlebell Simple & Sinister (2019)
  • Tzu, The Art of War (-500)
  • Tzu, Tao Te Ching (-600)
  • Vance, Elon Musk (2015)
  • Vonnegut, Cat’s Cradle (1963)
  • Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five (1969)
  • Voss, Never Split the Difference (2016)
  • Wallace, Infinite Jest (1996) ★
  • Wallace, Oblivion (2004) ★
  • Wallace, Both Flesh and Not: Essays (2012) ★
  • Weir, Artemis (2017)
  • Wells, The Island of Doctor Moreau (1896)
  • Westover, Educated (2018) ★
  • Wickham, Advanced R (2014) ★
  • Wiesel, Night (1956)
  • Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890)
  • Wolf, Cassandra (1983)
  • Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway (1925)
  • Yudkowsky, Intelligent Characters (2014) ★
  • Yudkowsky, Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality (2015) ★
  • Yudkowsky, Rationality From AI to Zombies (2015) ★
  • Yudkowsky, Inadequate Equilibria (2017)
  • Zinsser, On Writing Well (1976)

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