1. Mary Coin by Marisa Silver-
    Fictionalized account of Dorothea Lange and the migrant worker who was the object of her iconic photo
  2. The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
    Devastating exhaustively researched book about the mass incarceration of black men - much of it resulting from the so called War on Drugs
  3. Americanah by Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie
    Novel about Nigerian woman's take on America-great read, funny in parts and wise throughout.
  4. The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving by Jonathan Evison
    Description won't do this justice - guy who's lost in his life gets a job taking care of a disabled adult he takes on a road trip. Trust me - this is hysterically funny, touching and beautifully written
  5. Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks
    Historical novel about the first Native American Harvard student - but honestly, all of her books are magnificent
  6. Like Dreamers by Yossi Klein Halevi
    Incredible piece of journalism by Halevi who follows paratroopers from Israel's 6 Day War for decades as they lead key movements in Israel across the political and ideological spectrum
  7. Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
    Such an important book - on the medicalization of aging and death and how to do both so much better
  8. One More Thing by BJ Novak
    Gorgeously written, very funny and surprisingly wise. (Would have included it even if I didn't know he'd be reading this list)
  9. Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat
    Another sad and beautiful book about loss by the Haitian writer -
  10. Starting Out in the Evening by Brian Morton
    Story of relationships among an aging writer, his daughter and young protégée. Wonderful characters, insights about creativity, identity and aging