Reading List

Our selections for the SVWC 2019 Reading List are below. Selections for 2020 will be posted soon.

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.

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

2019 Reading List

Be Inspired.


Isabel Allende

A Long Petal of the Sea

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Lea Carpenter

Red, White, Blue

Andrew Sean Greer


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Tayari Jones

An American Marriage

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Laila Lalami

The Other Americans

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Ocean Vuong

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous

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Geoff Dyer

White Sands: Experiences From the Outside World

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Heidi Schreck

What the Constitution Means to Me

Tobias Wolff

This Boy’s Life


Elliot Ackerman

Places and Names: On War, Revolution, and Returning

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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

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

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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Jia Tolentino

Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion

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David Wallace-Wells

The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming


Rita Dove

Collected Poems: 1974 – 2004

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 Bookstore

111 North First Avenue, Unit G<
Hailey, ID 83333

Boise State University

1700 University Drive
Boise Idaho 83725