Although I write mostly poetry and fiction, I read randomly—memoir, science, essays, whatever gets my attention, something strange, a book about a topic I would not have dreamed of. I welcome your suggestions, and here’s my sample reading list of twenty books:
Barnett, Cynthia. Rain: A Natural and Cultural History.
Beavan, Colin. No Impact Man (living with virtually no carbon footprint)
Bilton, Nick. Hatching Twitter.
Birkhead, Tim. The Most Perfect Thing: Inside (and Outside) a Bird’s Egg.
Coss, Stephen. The Fever of 1721: The Epidemic that Revolutionized Medicine and American Politics.
Epstein, Randi Hunter, MD. Get Me Out: A History of Childbirth.
Hatch, Steven. Snowball in a Blizzard: A Physician’s Notes on Uncertainty in Medicine.
Hermes, Edward. Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash.
Kean, Sam. The Violinist’s Thumb: Love, War and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code.
Kimmerer, Robin Wall. Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses.
Pollack, Eileen. The Only Woman in the Room: Why Science Is Still a Boys’ Club.
Rogers, Heather. Gone Tomorrow: The Hidden Life of Garbage.
Stanton, Mike. The Prince of Providence: The Rise and Fall of Buddy Cianci (flamboyant mayor of the city).
Stuver, Bill. Heat: Adventures in the World’s Fiery Places.
Terry, Beth. Plastic Free.
Toler, Pamela D. Heroines of Mercy Street: The Real Nurses of the Civil War.
Venturi, Brown and Izenour. Learning from Las Vegas (architecture).
Voigt, Emily. The Dragon Behind the Glass: A True Story of Power, Obsession, and the World’s Most Coveted Fish.
Wilson, Bee. Consider the Fork: A History of How We Cook and Eat.
Wiseman, Alan. The World Without Us (about the decay of buildings and return of the natural world, sans human beings)