ECSSV Book Club

Upcoming Books

Prisons We Choose to Live InsideDoris Lessing24 Nov
MeditationsMarcus Aurelius26 Jan
A Trick of the LightLouise Penny24 FebFiction


Candidates for the future

Every month we discuss the top book from the list above in the ‘Upcoming Books’ list, and choose another new book to add (for 3 months time). To help choose, books that have been suggested are listed below.  (Email us with your suggestions to add to this list)

War is a force that gives us meaningChris Hedges
Every Time I Find the Meaning of Life, They Change ItDaniel Klein
On kindnessAdam Phillips; Barbara Taylor
Ending extreme inequalityScott J Myers-Lipton
In praise of idlenessBertrand Russell
The light of conscienceWilliam H Shore
Prisons we choose to live insideDoris Lessing
Why I Am Not a ChristianBertrand Russell
How We DieSherwin Nuland
The Evil We DoCarl Goldberg
The presentation of self in everyday lifeErving Goffman
The Plot Against AmericaPhilip Roth
Facing Unpleasant FactsGeorge Orwell
Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do?Michael Sandel
MortalityChristopher Hitchens
On TyrranyTimothy Snyder
Born on Third BaseChuck Collins
The Vanishing Middle Class: Prejudice and Power in a Dual EconomyPeter Temin
The Death of ExpertiseTom Nichols
It's Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided with the New Politics of ExtremismThomas E Mann
It Can't Happen HereSinclair Lewis
Homo Deus: A Brief History of TomorrowYuval Noah Harai
Terms of Service: Social Media and the Price of Constant ConnectionJacob Silverman
The War on Science: Who's Waging It, Why It Matters, What We Can Do About ItShawn Lawrence Otto
Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956Anne Applebaum
My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread and the Search for Peace of MindScott Stossel
The Denial of DeathErnest Becker
When Breath Becomes AirPaul Kalanithi
Dream Hoarders: How the American Upper Middle Class is Leaving Everyone BehindRichard V. Reeves
The Evil We Do: The Psychoanalysis of Destructive PeopleCarl Goldberg
The Hour of the StarClarice Lispector
A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating OpportunityNicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
Limbo: Blue-Collar Roots, White-Collar DreamsAlfred Lubrano
The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy LeagueJeff Hobbs
Super Sad True Love StoryGary ShteyngartDystopian Fiction
Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason, and the Gap Between Us and ThemJoshua GreeneCulture, Ethics
Why They Do It: Inside the Mind of the White-Collar CriminalEugene SoltesBusiness Ethics
The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity PoliticsMark LillaPolitics
Uneasy Street: The Anxieties of AffluenceRachel ShermanSociology, Class
A Truck Full of MoneyTracy Kidder
Strangers in Their Own LandArlie Russell HochschildSociology, Class
Food Justice NowJohsua Sbicca
The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust BowlTimothy Egan
23 Things They Don't Tell You About CapitalismHa-Joon ChangEconomics, Politcs
How Fear Works: Culture of Fear in the Twenty-First CenturyFrank Furedi
What Is Philosophy for?Mary Midgley
Identity: The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of ResentmentFrancis Fukuyama
Why Read Hannah Arendt NowRichard J. Bernstein
The Case for TrumpVictor Davis Hanson
Godless Citizens in a Godly Republic: Atheists in American Public LifeIsaac Kramnick
How to Cure a FanaticAmos Oz
So You've Been Publicly ShamedJon Ronson
The Death of ExpertiseTom Nichols
What about Me?: The struggle for identity in a market-based societyPaul Verhaeghe
Melting Pot Or Civil War? A Son of Immigrants Makes the Case Against Open BordersReihan Salam
The Line Becomes A River: Dispatches from the BorderFrancisco Cantú
The Rise of the MeritocracyMichael YoungFiction
Kafka on the ShoreHaruki MurakamiFiction
Atlas ShruggedAyn RandFiction
Dictionary of the KhazarsMilorad PavićFiction
A Trick of the LightLouise PennyFiction
The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of PowerShoshana Zuboff
Team HumanDouglas Rushkoff
Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your WorldBruce Schneier
The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They MatterDavid Sax
The Attention Merchants: The Epic Scramble to Get Inside Our HeadsTim Wu
World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big TechDavid Sax
Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital AgeSherry Turkle
Fahrenheit 451Ray BradburyFiction
The Ocean at the End of the LaneNeil GaimanFiction
Norwegian WoodHaruki MurakamiFiction
Love Your EnemiesArthur C Brooks
Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First CenturyJessica Bruder
The View from Flyover Country: A Rural Columnist Looks at LifeSteve Browne
The Denial of DeathErnest Becker
Godless Citizens in a Godly Republic: Atheists in American Public LifeR. Laurence Moore, Isaac Kramnick
How to Cure a FanaticAmos Oz, Brigitta van Rheinberg
The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why It MattersTom Nichols
The Moral LandscapeSam Harris
The Case for Trump: Why Donald Trump will be the next PresidentDrew Rob
Why Read Hannah Arendt Now?Richard J. Bernstein
Identity: The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of ResentmentFrancis Fukuyama
What about Me? The Struggle for Identity in a Market-based SocietyPaul Verhaeghe
Radical Markets: Uprooting Capitalism and Democracy for a Just SocietyEric A. Posner , E. Glen Weyl, et al.
Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of NationsAmy Chua
We Were Eight Years in Power: An American TragedyTa-Nehisi Coates
In Defense of Troublemakers: The Power of Dissent in Life and BusinessCharlan Jeanne Nemeth
A Truck Full of MoneyTracy Kidder
Natural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live LongerBarbara Ehrenreich
Einstein's DreamsAlan Lightman
Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American RightArlie Russell Hochschild
The OverstoryRichard PowersFiction


Past Books

Tribe: On Homecoming and BelongingSebastian Junger28 May
Listen, liberal, or, What ever happened to the party of the people?Thomas Frank25 JunPolitics - Democratic Party
Hillbilly elegyJ D Vance23 Jul
Amusing Ourselves to DeathNeil Postman27 AugMedia, public discourse
Man's Search for MeaningVictor Frankl24 Sep
Philanthropy in Democratic SocietiesRob Reich, Lucy Bernholz and Chiara Cordelli22 OctPhilanthropy, democracy, inequality, political science
The righteous mindJonathan Haidt26 NovMoral psychology, politics, religion
The Wealth of Humans: Work, Power, and Status in the Twenty-first CenturyRyan Avent21 JanTechnology - Social Aspects, Economics
How People ChangeAllen Wheelis25 FebBehavioral Psychology
Cannery RowJohn Steinbeck25 MarFiction
Technology and the Virtues: A Philosophical Guide to a Future Worth WantingShannon Vallor22 AprTechnology - Social Aspects
Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us HookedAdam Alter27 MayTechnology - Social Aspects
The Course of LoveAlain de Botton24 JunFiction
The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their LivesDashka Slater22 JulSocial Issues
Moral MazesRobert Jackall26 Aug
Searching for Stars on an Island in MaineAlan Lightman23 Sep
Envy: A Theory of Social BehaviourHelmut Schoeck28 OctSocial Psychology
One Nation After Trump: A Guide for the Perplexed, the Disillusioned, the Desperate, and the Not-Yet DeportedE.J. Dionne Jr., Norman J. Ornstein, Thomas E. Mann25 NovDemocracy, Advocacy
A Terrible CountryKeith Gessen27 JanFiction
Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us HookedAdam Alter
Religions, Values and Peak-ExperiencesAbraham H. MaslowFeb 19
Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and ProgressSteven Pinker24 Mar
Brave New World / Nineteen Eighty-FourAldous huxley / George Orwell 28 Apr 19
The Moral LandscapeSam Harris26 May
12 Rules for LifeJordan Peterson23 Jun
The Unbearable Lightness of BeingMilan Kundera28 Jul
Women Vs. Feminism: Why We All Need Liberating from the Gender WarsJoanna Williams25 Aug
Spying on the South: An Odyssey Across the American DivideTony Horwitz22 Sep
Flowers For AlgernonDaniel Keyes27 Oct