1. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
    I have theories about why this book is so powerful to so many. My main theory is that it says almost nothing at all, which feels profound and honest about the experience of grief.
  2. Daily Rituals
    A collection of 1-2 page reports on the daily rituals of hundreds of important writers, artists, and innovators throughout history. A great read and great gift for anyone who sets their own daily routine.
  3. What Money Can't Buy by Michael Sandel
    Great book on modern ethics and the limits of a free market. I love the free market - but at some point we have to distinguish between a free market economy and a free market society. This book points out why in respectful, clear, and provocative ways
  4. Press Here by Herve Tullet
    A picture book I read while researching the field. My God, what a beautiful, special book for the youngest kids.
  5. How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are
    An extremely appealing and fun and clever book by four Parisian women about the secrets of what gives Parisian women their legendary vibe
  6. LA Son by Roy Choi
    This is a combination of recipes and life story of one of the coolest chefs around, Roy Choi, the Korean-American, Hispanic-influenced LA chef who invented the Kogi truck and also runs great new restaurants POT and Commisary.
  7. Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl
    I reread this, which I remembered as my favorite Dahl book. Very emotionally gripping in the beginning, which powers the surprisingly light plot the follows. That's the secret perhaps?
  8. Everything is Bullshit by Priceonomics
    A cool and provocative collection of essays on economics fallacies and inefficiencies recommended to me by @Ricky.
  9. A Collection of Hooey by Bob Odenkirk
    Very slight and hit-and-miss comedy pieces - but when it hits it's very interesting and funny. By the co-creator of Mr. Show. My favorite was the imagine dialogue with Paul McCartney
  10. Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill
    Reading it now. Very abstract and memorable and powerful. I love it but I'm early in it.