Reading List

Book selections from our SVWC presenters originally scheduled for 2020 are below. 

Please scroll ALL the way down within this window to view the entire selection as well as bookstore information. You can narrow the results by genre by selecting from the drop-down. For a printable PDF of the Reading List, click HERE.

If you prefer the audiobook versions, you can visit for a fully curated list. By selecting Iconoclast Books in Hailey, Idaho, as your bookstore, purchases made from this independent site will support them.

2020 Reading List

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Isabel Allende

A Long Petal of the Sea

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Lea Carpenter

Red, White, Blue

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Andrew Sean Greer


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Laila Lalami

The Other Americans

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Imbolo Mbue

How Beautiful We Were

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Delia Owens

Where the Crawdads Sing

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Ocean Vuong

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous

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Tobias Wolff

Our Story Begins: New and Selected Stories

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Sarah M. Broom

The Yellow House: A Memoir

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Samantha Power

The Education of an Idealist: A Memoir

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Heidi Schreck

What the Constitution Means to Me

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Elliot Ackerman

Places and Names: On War, Revolution, and Returning

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Casey Cep

Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee

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William Dalrymple

The Anarchy: The Relentless Rise of the East India Company

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Larry Diamond

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

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Geoff Dyer

Broadsword Calling Danny Boy

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James Geary

Wit’s End: What Wit Is, How It Works, and Why We Need It

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Patrick Radden Keefe

Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland

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Roger McNamee

Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe

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Cara Natterson, M.D.

Decoding Boys: New Science Behind the Subtle Art of Raising Sons

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Lynne Olson

Madame Fourcade’s Secret War

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Susan Orlean

The Library Book

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George Packer

Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century

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David Quammen

Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic

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Laura Secor

Children of Paradise: The Struggle for the Soul of Iran

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T. J. Stiles

Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America

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David Wallace-Wells

The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming

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Rita Dove

Collected Poems: 1974 – 2004

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Craig Finn

I Can’t Keep Saying Thank You

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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

Iconoclast Books & Gifts

111 North First Avenue, Unit G
Hailey, ID 83333

Boise State University

1700 University Drive
Boise Idaho 83725