Reading List

Start your summer reading by browsing below . . . and don’t miss SVWC Associate Director Anne Taylor Fleming’s write-ups, featuring the books by our SVWC 2021 presenters, posted twice a week leading up to Conference—click below or check out our social media channels (links at bottom of page).

2021 Reading List

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Elliot Ackerman & Admiral James Stavridis

2034: A Novel of the Next World War

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Ayad Akhtar

Homeland Elegies

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Lea Carpenter

red white blue

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Tayari Jones

An American Marriage

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Delia Owens

Where the Crawdads Sing

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Julia Phillips

Disappearing Earth

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Tobias Wolff

Our Story Begins: New and Selected Stories

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Isabel Allende

The Soul of a Woman

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Sarah M. Broom

The Yellow House: A Memoir

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Firoozeh Dumas

Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America

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Sarah Sentilles

Stranger Care: A Memoir of Loving What Isn’t Ours

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Meenakshi Ahamed

A Matter of Trust: India-US Relations from Truman to Trump

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Daniel James Brown

Facing the Mountain: The True Story of Japanese American Heroes in World War II

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William D. Cohan

Money and Power: How Goldman Sachs Came to Rule the World

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Larry Diamond

Ill Winds: Saving Democracy from Russian Rage, Chinese Ambition, and American Complacency

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David Eagleman

Livewired: The Inside Story of the Ever-Changing Brain

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Noah Feldman

The Three Lives of James Madison: Genius, Partisan, President

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Sheri Fink

Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital

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Catherine Grace Katz

The Daughters of Yalta

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Susan Orlean

The Library Book

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George Packer

Last Best Hope: America in Crisis and Renewal

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Laura Secor

Children of Paradise: The Struggle for the Soul of Iran

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David Wallace-Wells

The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming

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Lawrence Wright

The Plague Year: America in the Time of Covid

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Richard Blanco

How to Love a Country

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John Lithgow

Trumpty Dumpty Wanted a Crown: Verses for a Despotic Age

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Printable PDF of Reading List

Local Bookstore Info

You can order the books of our guest writers through the wonderful independent bookstores in our valley. They can also ship books for you:


Chapter One Bookstore

340 Second Street
Ketchum, ID 83340

Chapter One Website

Iconoclast Books & Gifts

111 North First Avenue, Unit G
Hailey, ID 83333

Iconoclast Website

Boise State University Bookstore

1700 University Drive BoiseID 83706

BSU Bookstore Website

Click here to purchase from a curated list of this year’s books. 10% of proceeds from any online sales via Bookshop are given to our local bookstores.

If you’d rather listen to the reading list, visit for a curated list of this year’s books in audio form. Be sure to select one of the bookstores above to support with your purchase!