Books I have been reading


  • Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick (2016)


  • Fermat’s Enigma: The Epic Quest to Solve the World’s Greatest Mathematical Problem by Simon Singh (1997)
  • Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino, William Weaver (translator) (1972)
  • The Manticore by Robertson Davies (1972)
  • The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone by Olivia Laing (2016)
  • Fifth Business by Robertson Davies (1970)
  • The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson (2004)
  • The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett (1930)
  • A Burglar’s Guide to the City by Geoff Manaugh (2015)
  • The Road to Little Dribbling: More Notes From a Small Island by Bill Bryson (2015)
  • Rio de Janeiro: Extreme City by Luiz Eduardo Soares, Anthony Doyle (Translator) (2016)
  • Success and Luck: Good Fortune and the Myth of Meritocracy by Robert H. Frank (2016)
  • Arcadian Adventures with the Idle Rich by Stephen Leacock (1914)
  • Brazillionaires: Chasing Dreams of Wealth in an American Country by Alex Cuadros (2016)
  • Brown: What Being Brown in the World Today Means (to Everyone) by Kamal Al-Solaylee (2016)
  • Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford’s Forgotten Jungle City by Greg Grandin (2009)
  • Dance, Gladys, Dance by Cassie Stocks (2012)
  • Us Conductors by Sean Michaels (2014)
  • The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood (2015)
  • The Time Machine Did It by John Swartzwelder (2006)
  • Stroll: Psychogeographic Walking Tours of Toronto by Shawn Micallef (2010)
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (1871)
  • Better Living Through Economics by John J. Siegfried (Editor) (2010)
  • King Leary by Paul Quarrington (2007)
  • Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Underrated Organ by Giulia Enders, Jill Enders (Illustrator) (2014)
  • How to Host a Dinner Party by Corey Mintz (2013)
  • Dancing with the Devil in the City of God: Rio de Janeiro on the Brink by Juliana Barbassa (2015)
  • Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City by Guy Delisle, Helge Dascher (Translator) (2012)


  • The History of Montreal: The Story of a Great North American City by Paul-André Linteau, Peter McCambridge (Translator) (2013)
  • Walking Home: The Life and Lessons of a City Builder by Ken Greenberg (2012)
  • Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari and Eric Klinenberg (2015)
  • Galápagos by Kurt Vonnegut (1985)
  • Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad (1899)
  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo (2014)
  • You’re All Just Jealous of My Jetpack by Tom Gauld (2013)
  • Up, Up, and Away: The Kid, the Hawk, Rock, Vladi, Pedro, le Grand Orange, Youppi!, the Crazy Business of Baseball, and the Ill-fated but Unforgettable Montreal Expos by Jonah Keri (2014)
  • Who Gets What — and Why: The New Economics of Matchmaking and Market Design by Alvin E. Roth (2015)
  • Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín (2009)
  • Oh Canada! Oh Quebec!: Requiem for a Divided Country by Mordecai Richler (1992)
  • The Unwritten Rules of Baseball: The Etiquette, Conventional Wisdom, and Axiomatic Codes of Our National Pastime by Paul Dickson (2009)
  • The Trouble with Brunch: Work, Class and the Pursuit of Leisure by Shawn Micallef (2014)
  • Sex Criminals, Vol. 2: Two Worlds, One Cop (Sex Criminals #6-10) by Matt Fraction, Chip Zdarsky (Illustrations) (2015)
  • Lost City Radio by Daniel Alarcón (2007)
  • Human Transit: How Clearer Thinking about Public Transit Can Enrich Our Communities and Our Lives by Jarrett Walker (2011)
  • The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury (1950)
  • Seconds: A Graphic Novel by Bryan Lee O’Malley (2014)


  • Sex Criminals, Vol. 1: One Weird Trick (Sex Criminals #1-5) by Matt Fraction (Writer), Chip Zdarsky (Artist) (2014)
  • Things We Set On Fire by Deborah Reed (2013)
  • Proof: The Science of Booze by Adam Rogers (2014)
  • The Complete Maus: A Survivor’s Tale by Art Spiegelman (1996)
  • May Day: A Graphic History of Protest by Robin Folvik, Mark Leier, Sean Carleton, Sam Bradd (Illustrations), Trevor McKilligan (Illustrations) (2012)
  • An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield (2013)
  • One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson (2013)
  • It’s a Good Life, If You Don’t Weaken by Seth (1998)
  • Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin A. Abbott (1884)
  • Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder by Nassim Nicholas Taleb (2012)
  • The War on Science: Muzzled Scientists and Wilful Blindness in Stephen Harper’s Canada by Chris Turner (2013)
  • The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham, Contributions by Jason Zweig and Warren Buffett (2003)
  • Late Nights on Air by Elizabeth Hay (2007)
  • The Simpsons and their Mathematical Secrets by Simon Singh (2013)


  • The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light by Paul Bogard (2013)
  • One Thousand Mustaches: A Cultural History of the Mo by Allan Peterkin (2012)
  • When We Were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro (2001)
  • The Laws of Simplicity: Design, Technology, Business, Life by John Maeda (2006)
  • Arrival City: The Final Migration and Our Next World by Doug Saunders (2010)
  • Some Great Idea: Good Neighbourhoods, Crazy Politics and the Invention of Toronto by Edward Keenan (2013)
  • I‘ll Seize the Day Tomorrow by Jonathan Goldstein (2012)
  • Born Weird by Andrew Kaufman (2012)
  • The Family Took Shape by Shashi Bhat (2013)
  • Straphanger: Saving Our Cities and Ourselves from the Automobile by Taras Grescoe (2012)
  • Nikolski by Nicolas Dickner, Lazer Lederhendler (Translator) (2009)
  • The Universe Within: From Quantum to Cosmos by Neil Turok (2012)
  • Spanish Fly by Will Ferguson (2008)


  • The Skule Story by Richard White (2000)
  • Up and Down by Terry Fallis (2012)
  • The Cult of Statistical Significance: How the Standard Error Costs Us Jobs, Justice, and Lives by Deirdre N. McCloskey and Steve Ziliak (2008)
  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carré (1974)
  • The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis (2010)
  • Watchmen by Alan Moore (1995)
  • To Forgive Design: Understanding Failure by Henry Petroski (2012)
  • Monoceros by Suzette Mayr (2011)
  • Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut (1969)
  • Imagine: How Creativity Works by Jonah Lehrer (2012)
  • An Engineer’s Alphabet: Gleanings from the Softer Side of a Profession by Henry Petroski (2011)
  • The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt (2011)
  • The Cat’s Table by Michael Ondaatje (2011)
  • Louis Riel by Chester Brown (2003)
  • Nonsense Novels by Stephen Leacock (1911)
  • Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World by Michael Lewis (2011)
  • Canadian Pie by Will Ferguson (2011)
  • The Chairs Are Where the People Go: How to Live, Work, and Play in the City by Misha Glouberman and Sheila Heti (2011)


  • Obliquity: Why Our Goals Are Best Achieved Indirectly by John Kay (2010)
  • Pyongyang A Journey in North Korea by Guy Delisle (2005)
  • Apocalypse for Beginners by Nicolas Dickner, Lazer Lederhendler (Translator) (2010)
  • Is That a Fish in Your Ear? by David Bellos (2011)
  • At Home by Bill Bryson (2010)
  • Hark! A Vagrant by Kate Beaton (2011)
  • Local Motion: The Art of Civic Engagement in Toronto edited by Christina Palassio, Alana Wilcox, Dave Meslin (2010)
  • Urban Nation by Alan Broadbent (2008)
  • The Death of Environmentalism by Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus
  • In Our Time by Ernest Hemingway (1925)
  • Happiness by Will Ferguson (2003)
  • The Sentimentalists by Johanna Skibsrud (2009)
  • When Gadgets Betray Us by Robert Vamosi (2011)
  • Marshall McLuhan by Douglas Coupland (2010)
  • Moonbeams from the Larger Lunacy by Stephen Leacock (1915)
  • Red Tory: How Left and Right have broken Britain and how we can fix it by Phillip Blond (2010)
  • Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town by Stephen Leacock (1912)
  • Losing Our Cool: Uncomfortable Truths About Our Air-Conditioned World (and Finding New Ways to Get Through the Summer) by Stan Cox (2010)
  • The Public Domain: Enclosing the Commons of the Mind by James Boyle (2010)


  • Natural Capitalism by Paul Hawken, Amory Lovins and L. Hunter Lovins (2008)
  • Eating the Dinosaur by Chuck Klosterman (2009)
  • The High Road by Terry Fallis (2010)
  • Post Office by Charles Burkowski (1971)
  • Filthy Lucre: Economics for people who hate capitalism by Joseph Heath (2009)
  • I was told there’d be cake : essays by Sloane Crosley (2008)
  • Into the Hurricane: Attacking socialism and the CCF by John Boyko (2006)
  • From Hope to Higher Ground: 12 Steps to restoring America’s greatness by Mike Huckabee (2007)
  • Cyclist’s Manifesto: the case for riding on two wheels instead of four by Robert Hurst (2009)
  • How We Decide by Jonah Lehrer (2009)


  • Amusing Ourselves to Death: public discourse in the age of show business by Neil Postman (2006)
  • Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell (1986)
  • Unbuilt Toronto: a history of the city that might have been by Mark Osbaldeston (2008)
  • The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham (1951)
  • Ladies and Gentlemen, the Bible! by Jonathan Goldstein (2009)
  • Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs: a low culture manifesto by Chuck Klosterman (2003)
  • The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon (2007)
  • HTO: Toronto’s Water from Lake Iroquois to Lost Rivers and Low-flow Toilets by Christina Palassio (2008)
  • A Fair Country by John Ralston Saul (2008)
  • The Best Laid Plans by Terry Fallis (2007)
  • The Upside of Down: catastrophe, creativity and the renewal of civilization by Thomas Homer-Dixon (2006)
  • Proust was a Neuroscientist by Jonah Lehrer (2007)
  • Between the Bridge and the River by Craig Ferguson (2006)
  • Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene (1958)


(There are more I just didn’t keep very good track of them.)

  • Homage to Barcelona by Colm Tóibín (2002)
  • The Ecology of Commerce by Paul Hawkins (1993)
  • GreenTOpia: Towards a Sustainable Toronto edited by Alana Wilcox and Jonny Dovercourt (2007)
  • Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by Cory Doctorow (2003)


  • The New City: How the Crisis in Canada’s Urban Centres is Reshaping the Nation by John Lorinc (2006)
  • The City of Words by Alberto Manguel (2007)
  • Microserfs by Douglas Coupland (1995)
  • The State of the Arts: Living With Culture in Toronto edited by Alana Wilcox (2006)
  • Eastern Standard Tribe by Cory Doctrow (2004)
  • The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway (1926)


  • Collapse by Jared Diamond (2005)
  • How to Save the World in Your Spare Time by Elizabeth May (2006)
  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson (1886)
  • Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby (1992)
  • Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town by Cory Doctorow (2005)
  • The Undercover Economist by Tim Harford (2005)
  • The World is Flat by Thomas L. Friedman (2005)
  • In Praise of Slow by Carl Honore (2004)
  • uTOpia: Towards a New Toronto edited by Jason McBride & Alana Wilcox (2005)
  • Union Station by Joe Fiorito (2006)
  • The Tale of a City: Re-Engineering the Urban Environment by Tony O’Donohue (2005)
  • A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson (1998)
  • The Cult of Efficiency by Janice Gross Stein (2001)
  • Paper or Plastic by Daniel Imhoff (2005)
  • The Polite Revolution by John Ibbitson (2005)
  • The Rights Revolution by Michael Ignatieff (2000)
  • Hitching Rides with Buddha by Will Ferguson (1998)
  • The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell (2000)
  • Small Things Considered by Henry Petroski (2003)


  • A Short History of Progress by Ronald Wright (2004)
  • Accidental City by Robert Fulford (1996)
  • Neither Here Nor There by Bill Bryson (1993)
  • What’s the Matter with Kansas? by Thomas Frank (2004)
  • How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization by Franklin Foer (2004)
  • The Efficient Society by Joseph Heath (2002)
  • Freakonomics by Steven Levitt & Stephen Dubner (2005)
  • The Rebel Sell by Joseph Heath & Andrew Potter (2004)
  • Spin by Robert Wilson (2005)
  • Spoken Here by Mark Abley (2003)
  • Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt (1994)
  • Mindscan by Robert J. Sawyer (2005)
  • Before the Flood by Alan R. Wilson (2003)
  • Why I Hate Canadians by Will Ferguson (1997)
  • How to be a Canadian by Will and Ian Ferguson (2001)
  • Plan B by Lester Brown (2003)
  • Kim by Rudyard Kipling (1901)
  • The Chosen by Chaim Potok (1967)
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey (1962)
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon (2003)
  • Beauty Tips from Moose Jaw by Will Ferguson (2004)


  • The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger (1951)
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson (2003)
  • Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss (2003)
  • Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury (1953)
  • Jennifer Government by Max Barry (2003)
  • The Scientist, the Madman, the Thief and their Lightbulb by Keith Tutt (2003)
  • WE by Eugene Zamiatin (1924)
  • A History of Latin America by George Pendle (1969)
  • Green Grass, Running Water by Thomas King (1993)
  • In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson (2001)
  • Anil’s Ghost by Michael Ondaatje (2000)
  • Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe (1958)
  • Life of Pi by Yann Martel (2001)


  • Dracula by Bram Stoker (1897)
  • In the Skin of a Lion by Michael Ondaatje (1987)


  • Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell (1933)


  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (1939)
  • Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg (1987)

Other time

  • Banker to the Poor: micro-lending and the battle against world poverty by Muhammad Yunus (1999)
  • Davita’s Harp by Chaim Potok (1985)
  • The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth (1971)
  • 1984 by George Orwell (1949)
  • The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less by Barry Schwartz (2004)
  • Catch-22 by Joseph Heller (1955)
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (1932)
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1925)
  • East of Eden by John Steinbeck (1952)
  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (1937)
  • The Stranger by Albert Camus (1942)
  • The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien (1954)
  • The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien (1954)
  • The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien (1955)
  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (1937)
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl (1962)
  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (1993)
  • The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka (1915)
  • All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque (1929)
  • The Cider House Rules by John Irving (1994)
  • A Room With a View by E.M. Forster (1908)
  • Cannery Row by John Steinbeck (1945)
  • The Art of War by Sun Tzu (1910)
  • The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz by Mordecai Richler (1959)

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