I am an eclectic reader. I believe the best way to understand our own challenges is to look at things wildly different and see what we can learn. If we all just keep reading the same thing, we’ll come up with the same ideas.

Here’s a limited list of some of the books that have influenced my design practice. Got a question or recommendation? Send me a note.

Utopia for Realists - Rutger Bregman

Palaces for the People — Eric Klinenberg

Notes of a White Black Woman - Judy Scales-Trent

Darwin’s Ghosts” The Secret History of Evolution - Rebecca Stott

The Underground Girls of Kabul: In search of a Hidden Resistance in Afganistan - Jenny Nordberg

The Great Believers - Rebecca Makkai

Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are - Seth Stephens-Davidowitz

Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid, and the Betrayal of the American Dream - Sara Goldrick-Rab

Technically Wrong: Sexist Apps, Biases Algorithms, and Other Threats of Toxic Tech - Sara Wachter-Boettcher

The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds - Michael Lewis

Economism: Bad Economics and the Rise of Inequality

Utopia Drive: A Road Trip Through America’s Most Radical Idea - Eric Reece

The Internet Is Not the Answer - Andrew Keen

The Feminist Utopia Project - Alexandra Brodsky

The Death and Life of Great American Cities - Jane Jacobs

The War of Terror Narrative: Discourse and Intertextuality in the Construction and Contestation of Sociopolitical Reality - Adam Hodges

Fear Itself: The Origins and Nature of the Powerful Emotion that Shapes Our lives and Our World - Rush W. Dozier