Nick Simson

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Books finished in 2017

Published

In trying to understand this current moment historically, my reading interests skewed sharply toward books on power and politics beginning in late 2016. I wonder how common that is during elections, or during a presidential transition.

I continue to track my reading activity with Goodreads. In 2017, I discovered Overdrive, an ebook and audiobook service available at my local public library. I was using Audible (the one credit every other month subscription) and the addition of this app accelerated by audiobook consumption. I also took several long car trips in 2017 and stayed entertained with some of the audio titles.

I tend to keep multiple books going at a time, reading paper during the day, an e-reader at night, and listening to audiobooks while waiting on the bus, walking the dog, or washing the dishes after dinner.

Again, not all of these books are endorsements. I did read a bunch of recent bestseller or zeitgeist-y books, but these were not necessarily my favorites. I'll use a ⭐ star emoji to denote books I thoroughly enjoyed or would recommend. I'll also use emoji to denote whether I read each item on this list as a πŸ“– paper book, πŸ“±ebook, or listened as 🎧 audio.

  1. The Reactionary Mind: Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Sarah Palin ⭐
    by Corey Robin
    πŸ“± Finished on
    Β 

  2. Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City ⭐
    by Matthew Desmond
    πŸ“– Finished on
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  3. Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right
    by Jane Mayer
    🎧 Finished on
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  4. Between the World and Me
    by Ta-Nehisi Coates
    🎧 Finished on
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  5. Seinfeldia: How a Show about Nothing Changed Everything
    by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
    🎧 Finished on
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  6. The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York ⭐
    by Robert A. Caro
    🎧 Finished on
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  7. The Flintstones, Vol. 1
    by Mark Russell and Steve Pugh
    πŸ“– Finished on
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  8. Design: The Invention of Desire
    by Jessica Helfand
    πŸ“– Finished on
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  9. The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements
    by Eric Hoffer
    πŸ“– Finished on
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  10. On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century
    by Timothy Snyder
    πŸ“– Finished on
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  11. Jesus and Nonviolence: A Third Way
    by Walter Wink
    πŸ“– Finished on
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  12. Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
    by J.D. Vance
    🎧 Finished on
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  13. The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood ⭐
    by Author
    Finished on
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  14. The Fire Next Time ⭐
    by James Baldwin
    🎧 Finished on
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  15. Seven Brief Lessons on Physics
    by Carlo Rovelli
    🎧 Finished on
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  16. Blackballed: The Black and White Politics of Race on America's Campuses
    by Lawrence Ross
    πŸ“– Finished on
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  17. The Selfishness of Others: An Essay on the Fear of Narcissism
    by Kristin Dombek
    πŸ“– Finished on
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  18. CivilWarLand in Bad Decline ⭐
    by George Saunders
    πŸ“– Finished on
    Β 

  19. Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy ⭐
    by Tressie McMillan Cottom
    πŸ“– Finished on
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  20. Bad Feminist
    by Roxane Gay
    🎧 Finished on
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  21. America's War for the Greater Middle East ⭐
    by Andrew J. Bacevich
    πŸ“– Finished on
    Β 

  22. The Money Cult: Capitalism, Christianity, and the Unmaking of the American Dream
    by Chris Lehmann
    πŸ“– Finished on
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  23. Culture as Weapon: Art and Marketing in the Age of Total Communication
    by Nato Thompson
    πŸ“– Finished on
    Β 

  24. The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine
    by Michael Lewis
    🎧 Finished on
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  25. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness ⭐
    by Michelle Alexander
    🎧 Finished on
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  26. Lafayette in the Somewhat United States
    by Sarah Vowell
    🎧 Finished on
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  27. Utopia Drive: A Road Trip Through America's Most Radical Idea
    by Erik Reece
    πŸ“– Finished on
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  28. A Mother's Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy
    by Sue Klebold
    πŸ“– Finished on
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  29. Men Explain Things to Me
    by Rebecca Solnit
    πŸ“– Finished on
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  30. Lincoln in the Bardo ⭐
    by George Saunders
    🎧 Finished on
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  31. Al Franken: Giant of the Senate
    by Al Franken
    🎧 Finished on
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  32. White Lies: Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality in White Supremacist Discourse
    by Jessie Daniels
    πŸ“– Finished on
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  33. What Is the Bible?: How an Ancient Library of Poems, Letters, and Stories Can Transform the Way You Think and Feel About Everything
    by Rob Bell
    πŸ“– Finished on
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  34. Krazy: The Black and White World of George Herriman ⭐
    by Michael Tisserand
    πŸ“– Finished on
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  35. Against Everything: Essays
    by Mark Greif
    πŸ“– Finished on
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  36. Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men
    by Michael S. Kimmel
    πŸ“– Finished on
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  37. Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History
    by Kurt Andersen
    🎧 Finished on
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  38. Resilient Web Design
    by Jeremy Keith
    πŸ“± Finished on
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  39. Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
    by Ibram X. Kendi
    πŸ“– Finished on
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