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The Assault on Reason 2017 Edition: Our Information Ecosystem, From the Age of Print to the Age of Trump by Al Gore.

The Death of Expertise: The Campaign against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters by Tom Nichols.

No Surrender: Building a Progressive Agenda for Iowa with the Five Securities by Jack Hatch.

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History  by Elizabeth Kolbert.

Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right by Jane Mayer.

I Call Bullshit: Four Fallacies That Keep Our Politics From Being Reality Based by David Shorr.

Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine by Sarah Lohman.

The Other Side of Paradise: Life in the New Cuba by Julia Cook.

The Last Love Song: A Biography of Joan Didion by Tracy Daugherty.

Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do About It by Anna Lappé.

My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem.

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Haran.

Methland: The Death and Life of an American Small Town by Nick Reding.

Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America by Ari Berman.

A Sugar Creek Chronicle: Observing Climate Change from a Midwestern Woodland by Cornelia F. Mutel.

Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms, and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories by Simon Winchester.

And Then All Hell Broke Loose: Two Decades in the Middle East by Richard Engel.

Slavery in the Upper Mississippi Valley, 1787-1865: A History of Human Bondage in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin by Christopher P. Lehman.

The Diary of a Napoleonic Foot Soldier by Jakob Walter.

Old Man River: The Mississippi River in North American History by Paul Schneider.

MiniFARMING: Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre by Brett L. Markham.

Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal by Eric Schlosser.

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King.

This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs The Climate by Naomi Klein.

Gilead by Marilynne Robinson.

The Perils of Prosperity 1914-32 by William E. Leuchtenburg.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

1381: The Year of the Peasants’ Revolt by Juliet Barker

Poetry City: A Literary Remembrance of Iowa City, Iowa by Dave Morice

Jewelweed by David Rhodes.

The Robber Barons by Matthew Josephson.

Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit by Barry Estabrook

Hard Choices by Hillary Rodham Clinton. 

The Home Place by Carrie La Seur

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

The Wrong David by Christa WoJo.

Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety by Eric Schlosser.

Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking: A Memoir of Food and Longing by Anya von Bremzen.

Miracle Fair: Selected Poems of Wisława Szymborska translated by Joanna Trzeciak.

The Men Who United the States: America’s Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics, and Mavericks, and the Creation of One Nation, Indivisible by Simon Winchester.

My Life by Bill Clinton.

Folks, This Ain’t Normal: A Farmer’s Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World by Joel Salatin.

Jamie’s Food Revolution: Rediscover How to Cook Simple, Delicious, Affordable Meals by Jamie Oliver.

Locavesting: The Revolution in Local Investing and How to Profit from It by Amy Cortese.

The Town that Food Saved: How One Community Found Vitality in Local Food by Ben Hewitt.

On the Noodle Road: From Beijing to Rome with Love and Pasta by Jen Lin-Liu.

A Good Day’s Work: An Iowa Farm in the Great Depression by Dwight W. Hoover.

The Winds of Change: Climate, Weather, and the Destruction of Civilizations by Eugene Linden.

The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebees, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table by Tracie McMillan.

Earth in the Balance: Ecology and the Human Spirit by Al Gore.

Murder as a Fine Art by David Morrell.

Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation by Michael Pollan.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

America’s Climate Century: What Climate Change Means for America in the 21st Century and What Americans Can Do about it by Senator Rob Hogg.

Reinventing You: Define Your Brand, Imagine Your Future by Dorie Clark.

How the Other Half Lives by Jacob A. Riis.

The New Chinatown by Peter Kwong.

Toscanini: An Intimate Portrait by Samuel Chotzinoff.

Farm: A Year in the Life of an American Farmer by Richard Rhodes.

The Curve of the World: Into the Spiritual Heart of Yoga, a Memoir by Andy Douglas.

Hope for a Heated Planet: How Americans are Fighting Global Warming and Building a Better Future by Robert K. Musil.

The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change by Al Gore.

“The Strenuous Life” a speech by Theodore Roosevelt.

Palestine Peace not Apartheid by Jimmy Carter.

F. Scott Fitzgerald on Writing edited by Larry W. Phillips.

A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr.

A Sand County Almanac: With Essays on Conservation by Aldo Leopold with photographs by Michael Sewell.

Harvest: A Year in the Life of an Organic Farm by Nicola Smith with photographs by Geoff Smith.

Lost Mountain: A Year in the Vanishing Wilderness | Radical Strip Mining and the Devastation of Appalachia by Erik Reece.

This Moment on Earth: Today’s New Environmentalists and Their Vision for the Future by John Kerry and Teresa Heinz Kerry.

Chicago: City on the Make by Nelson Algren.

Eating Cuban: 120 Authentic Recipes from the Streets of Havana to American Shores by Beverly Cox and Martin Jacobs.

Home Economics: Fourteen Essays by Wendell Berry

The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy by David Nasaw.

The Assault on Reason by Al Gore.

O, Pioneers by Willa Cather.

Drawing the Line: Tales of Maps and Cartocontroversy by Mark Monmonier.

War Journal: My Five Years in Iraq by Richard Engel.

Arab Voices: What they are Saying to Us and Why it Matters by James Zogby.

American Dreamer: A Life of Henry A. Wallace by John C. Culver and John Hyde.

The Signal and the Noise: Why so Many Predictions Fail—but some Don’t by Nate Silver.

Devil’s Tango: How I Learned the Fukushima Step by Step by Cecile Pineda.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

The End of Overeating:Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite by David A. Kessler M.D.

Days by Don Place.

The Age of Turbulence: Adventures in a New World by Alan Greenspan.

A Son of the Circus by John Irving.

Speaking of Inalienable Rights, Amy… by Garry Trudeau.

But This War Had Such Promise by Garry Trudeau.

An Especially Tricky People by Garry Trudeau.

Wouldn’t a Gremlin Have Been More Sensible? by Garry Trudeau.

The Words of Martin Luther King, Jr. selected by Coretta Scott King.

Animal Farm by George Orwell.

Collision Course: Ronald Reagan, the Air Traffic Controllers, and the Strike that Changed America by Joseph A. McCartin.

Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick.

Treasure Islands: Uncovering the Damage of Offshore Banking and Tax Havens by Nicholas Shaxson.

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe.

Blue Nights by Joan Didion.

Ode to the Cold War: Poems New and Selected by Dick Allen.

An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace by Tamar Adler.

Spring and All by William Carlos Williams.

The Partly Cloudy Patriot by Sarah Vowell.

American Theocracy: The Peril and Politics of Radical Religion, Oil and Borrowed Money in the 21st Century by Kevin Phillips.

An Inconvenient Genocide by Alicia Ghiragossián.

Stayin’ Alive: The 1970s and the Last Days of the Working Class by Jefferson Cowie.

Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within by Natalie Goldberg.

In Memory of David’s Buick by Bob Saar.

The Legend of Lochlinlea: Book 1 The Mystery of Magic by Michael Helgens.

Studies in Classic American Literature by D. H. Lawrence.

Some Summer Days in Iowa by Frederick John Lazell.

Second Nature: A Gardener’s Education by Michael Pollan.

Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis by Al Gore.

My Life in France by Julia Child with Alex Prud’homme.

When the Rivers Run Dry: Water – The Defining Crisis of the Twenty-First Century by Fred Pearce.

A Crack in the Edge of the World: America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906 by Simon Winchester.

The Man Who Knew Kennedy by Vance Bourjaily.

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell.

“A Brave and Startling Truth” by Maya Angelou.

Collier’s Photographic History of the European War published by P. F. Collier and Sons, New York.

Taken from the River by Carol Moldaw.

Send Bygraves by Martha Grimes.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare.

Fast Food My Way by Jacques Pépin

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

The Ghosts of Melrose by Buzz Malone.

god is not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything by Christopher Hitchens.

Zeitoun by David Eggers.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer.

The Alice Behind Wonderland by Simon Winchester.

Human Chain by Seamus Heaney.

Prescription for Survival: A Doctor’s Journey to End Nuclear Madness by Bernard Lown.

Herding Donkeys: The Fight to Rebuild the Democratic Party and Reshape American Politics by Ari Berman

Ronald Reagan and His Quest to Abolish Nuclear Weapons by Paul Lettow

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.

The Spooky Art by Norman Mailer.

The Loved One by Evelyn Waugh.

Confronting the Bomb: A Short History of the World Nuclear Disarmament Movement by Lawrence Wittner.

Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh.

The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter.

“Inaugural Poem” by Maya Angelou.

International Photography Yearbook 1958 by Norman Hall & Basil Burton.

The Accidental Indies by Robert Finley.

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One Response to Reading List

  1. Michael Helgens says:

    If you really did enjoy having at The Mystery of Magic I should point out that Book 2: The Might of Magic is available!. Cheers. -M

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