2020 Apr-Jun : Non-fiction Recommendations

Performance and Learning

Stealing Fire – Steven Kotler & Jamie Wheal

The Rise of Superman – Steven Kotler

Range – David Epstein

Why we Sleep – Matthew Walker

Babel No More – Michael Erard


Ikigai – Victor Garcia & Franscec Miralles

Zen: The Art of Simple Living – Shunmyo Masuno

Tiny Habits – BJ Fogg

Hyperfocus – Chris Bailey

Limitless – Jim Kwik


SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome – Mary Beard

Obama’s Wars – Bob Woodward

The Second Sex – Simone de Beauvoir

The Anarchy – William Dalrymple

The Making of the Atomic Bomb – Richard Rhodes

(Auto)biographies, Memoirs

Lincoln – David Herbert Donald

A Moveable Feast – Ernest Hemingway

Becoming – Michelle Obama

How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big – Scott Adams

Mind Master – Viswanathan Anand

Classic Essays

Walden – Henry David Thoreau

Self Reliance and Other Essays – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Essays – Michel de Montaigne

On Liberty – John Stuart Mill

Lincoln-Douglas Debates


Master Dogen’s Shobogenzo (5 volumes) – Gudo Nishijima, Chodo Cross

Dogen’s Extensive Record – Taigen Dan Leighton, Shohaku Okumura

Essential Teachings of Zen Master Hakuin – Norman Waddell

Discourses – Epictetus

Daodejing (or Tao Te Ching) – Lao Tzu

On Writing

Bird by Bird – Anne Lamott

Writing down the Bones – Natalie Goldberg

Letters to a Young Poet – Rainer Maria Rilke

Steering the Craft – Ursula K. Le Guin

Zen in the Art of Writing – Ray Bradbury

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