Jeong calls bullshit on the predominant stance that online harassment is an unsolveable problem.

Can’t and Won’t

Lydia Davis

Critical and flippant, funny and devastating, calming and maddening.

On Booze

F. Scott Fitzgerald

This hurried collection of short works by Fitzgerald from New Directions purports to be about booze but is really more steeped in it.

The Girl in the Road

Monica Byrne

In a near future marked by rising sea level, two girls embark on ambitious ventures.

H is for Hawk

Helen Macdonald

Helen Macdonald’s book is part memoir of grief, part close literary study, and somehow also a tale of rewilding—not of the landscape, but of the author herself.

Prelude to Bruise

Saeed Jones

Thirsty and fierce. There are lines in here that absoultely floored me.

The New Jim Crow

Michelle Alexander

“We have not ended racial caste in America, we have merely redesigned it,” writes Michelle Alexander, in her damning history of mass incarceration.

The Dispossessed

Ursula K. Le Guin

A planet named Urras is host to a habitable moon known as Anarres. Some seven generations ago, a group of communist settlers left Urras to build a colony on the moon, after which the communication between the colonists and the planet all but ceased.

The Left Hand of Darkness

Ursula K. Le Guin

A human envoy arrives on a planet known as “Winter.” His solitary mission is to welcome the people of Winter to a collection of planets, but to do so he must first find welcome himself.

Playing the Whore

Melissa Gira Grant

The thesis of Melissa Gira Grant’s Playing The Whore is simple: sex work is work.

The Peripheral

William Gibson

Drones, haptics, ocular implants, virtual reality, climate change, nanotechnology, celebrity: like all of Gibson’s novels, The Peripheral is a novel of the future that’s entirely about the present.

A vigorous defense of the value of culture and a rejection of simplistic market fantasies that reduce art, journalism, and music to demand economics.

Naomi Klein’s newest book has a singular and irrefutable claim: responding to climate change requires nothing less than dismantling capitalism from the ground up.

Bad Feminist

Roxane Gay

We should all be as bad at feminism as Roxane Gay is.

The Boy Kings

Katherine Losse

An important counter-narrative to the usual mythical startup genre.

Remote

Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson

A breezy and utilitarian introduction to remote working.

How to Live

Sarah Bakewell

Bakewell brilliantly extracts principles for living from Montaigne’s life and letters; this is a biography which is transparent about its purpose.

Men Explain Things to Me

Rebecca Solnit

The title is cheeky, the subject is not: Solnit’s explorations into the power structures that underlie violence against women, rape culture, marriage equality, and, yes—mansplaining—is both scathing and hopeful.