Reading List

Our selections for the SVWC 2019 Reading List are below. Please scroll ALL the way down within this window to view the entire selection as well as bookstore information. We will be posting a printable version of the Reading List soon.

In addition, you can also view a full list of all books by each of the 2019 presenters.

If you prefer the audiobook versions, please go to for a fully curated list. We are still making updates for 2019 titles. Purchases made from this independent site also support Iconoclast Books in Hailey, Idaho.


Min Jin Lee

Alice McDermott
The Ninth Hour

Madeline Miller

Tommy Orange
There There

Simon Rich
Hits & Misses

John Burnham Schwartz
The Red Daughter

Emily Ruskovich

Danzy Senna
New People

Madhuri Vijay
The Far Field



Julie Lythcott-Haims
Real American


Hisham Matar
The Return

Brando Skyhorse
Take This Man

Tara Westover

Martin Amis
The Rub of Time

Kwame Anthony Appiah
The Lies That Bind

Rick Atkinson
The British Are Coming

Joanne Freeman
The Field of Blood

Robert Kagan
The Jungle Grows Back

Francis Lam
Cornbread Nation 7

Mark Leibovich
Big Game

 Barry Lopez

Miriam Pawel
The Browns of California


Andrew Roberts
Churchill: Walking with Destiny


Naomi Shihab Nye
Voices in the Air


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

Iconoclast Books & Gifts

111 North First Avenue, Unit G
Hailey, ID 83333

as well as from:

Boise State University

1700 University Drive
Boise Idaho 83725