Reading List

The SVWC 2023 Reading List is below. You can also download a printable PDF if you prefer.

2023 Reading List

Be Inspired.


Ayad Akhtar

Homeland Elegies

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Dave Barry

Swamp Story

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Hernan Diaz


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Jonathan Escoffery

If I Survive You

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Mohsin Hamid

The Last White Man

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Emily St. John Mandel

Sea of Tranquility

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Sarah Thankam Mathews

All This Could Be Different

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Curtis Sittenfeld

Romantic Comedy

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Abraham Verghese

The Covenant of Water

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Peter Boal

Illusions of Camelot

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Maria Hinojosa

Once I Was You

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Terry McDonnell


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Javier Zamora


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Anne Applebaum

Twilight of Democracy

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Aleksandra Crapanzano


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Andrea Elliott

Invisible Child

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David Grann

The Wager

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Jennifer Homans

Mr. B

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Robert Kagan

The Ghost at the Feast

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Patrick Radden Keefe


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Ezra Klein

Why We’re Polarized

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Annie Lowrey

Give People Money

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Evan Osnos


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Imani Parry

South to America

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Alexandra Petri

Alexandra Petri’s U.S. History

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Laura Wilson

The Writers

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Ed Yong

An Immense World

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Jeffrey Brown

The News

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Tracy K. Smith

Such Color

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Where to Buy

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

15 East Bullion Street
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!