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Welcome to my personal website. 

I am Jeff Miller, a Minneapolis based thinker, problem solver, amateur mathematician, voracious reader, budding technologist, avid urban hiker, motivated home cook, occasional guitarist, and overall generalist and consumer of knowledge and information.

About Me.

I enjoy investing myself in a number of pursuits and skills - science, technology, mathematics, music, cooking, law, business, finance, literature.  I am proudly very much a generalist.

If I have a unifying theme, it's that I believe in living a life that emphasizes production over consumption.  Put simply (and perhaps crudely): I really like making things, doing stuff, consuming useful information, mastering interesting tools and skills and I'm not much of a TV watcher or smartphone junkie.

I have worked in some capacity in the field of estate planning and probate law since 2007.  I currently work as a freelance paralegal, technology guru, and overall mega-assistant with estate planning attorneys in Minneapolis.

Education is central to my life.  I graduated magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota in 2009 with a B.A. in American studies and studied music performance at the McNally Smith College of Music in Saint Paul (I play guitar).

Since graduating in 2009, I have continued to take classes for fun (yes, really) - general biology, general chemistry (I/II), organic chemistry (I/II), a bunch of math (up to Calculus III), and calculus based physics (I/II).  I like mathematics a lot - I'm very good in algebra, trigonometry, and calculus. I finished multivariable calculus and discrete mathematics this fall 2014.  And I am currently studying linear algebra and differential equations via edX.org.

The last time I counted I have some 240 college credits (the compiled list of courses is a bit ridiculous). Some people play softball and do crossword puzzles, I study organic chemistry and calculus.  I like to think that technical education is a lot like mountain climbing or other highly involved athletic pursuits in that it involves some degree of self-sacrifice and endurance leading up to an enormous payoff - reaching the finish line, the top, the final exam.

I’ve never climbed a mountain, nor I am athletic, so what do I know - but, perhaps the analogy reveals something about my motivation.  There is also a sort of joy in the "flow" I experience when solving a difficult mathematics or physics problem.  The world disappears and the problem at hand becomes fully present.  This can be a rare and wonderful experience.

I love cooking, cookbooks, and NPR and PBS food shows.  My home cooking is nearly all from scratch.  I make my own yogurt, pasta, breads, granola, soups, and more.  My adventures in cooking can be seen here.

Odds and ends. 

Influential Books:

  • How to Solve It – G. Polya
  • The Calculus Lifesaver – Adrian Banner
  • Organic Chemistry – L.G. Wade
  • Race Against the Machine – Brynjolfsson/McAfee
  • Create Your Own Economy – Tyler Cowen (and perhaps all of Tyler Cowen’s work I have read so far)
  • Fooled By Randomness and Antifragile – Nassim Taleb

Favorite Podcast:

Music.

I occasionally play the guitar.


Work.

I have worked in some capacity in the field of estate planning and probate law since 2007. I currently work as a paralegal, technology guru, and overall mega-assistant with estate planning attorneys in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Most of all, I am an all purpose mega-assistant and highly skilled sidekick. I have written blog posts, articles, newsletters, and marketing materials. I'm familiar with Google Web Analytics and email marketing with MailChimp and I have a solid knowledge of the Mac operating system and Microsoft Office for the Mac. I've setup and maintained websites using Wordpress. I have used my knowledge of design, MS Word, and Adobe Acrobat to create various client intake forms and "automated" legal documents. I've hung artwork, fixed computers, set up small office networks, provided software support, run errands, cared for pets during long vacations, drafted board meeting minutes, baked treats for clients, and much more.

I habitually consume information, I love research, and I frequently introduce and make use of new and interesting ideas and techniques from the New York Times, the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, MIT Technology Review, Lynda.com, or whatever business book, novel, podcast, or blog I'm ingesting at the moment.

Approach.

I like this quote from the mathematician Terence Tao: "You will find that problems are mainly solved by knowledge (of your own field and of other fields), experience, patience and hard work." I believe strongly in slowly and steadily building knowledge, competency, and skills day by day, relentlessly. All knowledge has the potential to solve a sticky problem someday. Which knowledge will never be so clear. 

Education.

  1. University of Minnesota - B.A. (2009); American Studies (major); Cultural Studies/Comparative Literature (minor); Magna Cum Laude; with distinction; Dean's List all semesters attended; (2009)
  2. McNally Smith College of Music - Professional Musician's Diploma - Guitar (2004)

(Continuing) Education.

Technology/Lynda.com. Lynda.com is a fantastic source of technology, software, and business training tutorials.

Software/Technology

General/Business

Design

Recent Education (post-2009). I wasn't much of a math or science student as an undergraduate. So for fun and for the challenge, I have continued to take classes in mathematics and the sciences after graduating in 2009.

I can certainly say that my studies in science and mathematics have sharpened my analytical and problem solving skills. Organic chemistry, calculus, and physics are ways of observing complex behavior and using both qualitative and quantitative analysis to understand and explain that behavior in meaningful and actionable ways. The general application of these methods to all activities, personal and professional, has been incredibly valuable to me.

  1. Multivariable and Vector Calculus - Fall 2014
  2. Discrete Mathematics - Fall 2014
  3. Calculus II - Spring 2014
  4. Physics II - Spring 2014
  5. Physics I - Fall 2013
  6. Organic Chemistry II - Spring 2013
  7. Trigonometry - Spring 2013
  8. Organic Chemistry I - Fall 2012
  9. General Biology - Summer 2012
  10. General Chemistry II - Spring 2012
  11. General Chemistry I - Fall 2011
  12. College Algebra - Fall 2011
  13. Introductory Chemistry - Summer 2011
  14. Intermediate Algebra - Summer 2011

Reading in General Business/Finance/Non-fiction

  1. The Complacent Class: The Self-Defeating Quest for the American Dream - Tyler Cowen
  2. Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future - Ashlee Vance
  3. One Click: Jeff Bezos and the Rise of Amazon.com - Richard Brandt
  4. The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well Is the Key to Success - Megan McArdle
  5. Real Influence: Persuade Without Pushing and Gain Without Giving In - Mark Goulston and John Ullman
  6. Pitch Perfect: How to Say It Right the First Time, Every Time - Bill McGowan
  7. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business - Charles Duhigg
  8. You Can Be a Stock Market Genius: Uncover the Secret Hiding Places of Stock Market Profits - Joel Greenblatt
  9. Flash Boys: A Wallstreet Revolt - Michael Lewis
  10. The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine - Michael Lewis
  11. The Curmudgeon's Guide to Getting Ahead: Dos and Don'ts of Right Behavior, Tough Thinking, Clear Writing, and Living a Good Life - Charles Murray
  12. Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future - Peter Thiel, Blake Masters
  13. The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age - Reid Hoffman, Ben Casnocha, Chris Yeh
  14. Trust Me, I'm Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator - Ryan Holiday
  15. The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement - David Brooks
  16. Think Like a Freak: The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain - Levitt/Dubner
  17. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead - Sheryl Sandberg
  18. Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking - Malcolm Gladwell
  19. The Honest Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone--Especially Ourselves - Dan Ariely
  20. David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants - Malcolm Gladwell
  21. The Start-up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career - Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha
  22. A Random Walk Down Wallstreet - Burton Malkiel
  23. Antifragile - Nassim Taleb
  24. Anything You Want - Derek Sivers
  25. Average is Over - Tyler Cowen
  26. Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance - Atul Gawande
  27. Complications - Atul Gawande
  28. Create Your Own Economy - Tyler Cowen
  29. Do the Work - Steven Pressfield
  30. Extreme Productivity - Robert C. Pozen
  31. Fooled by Randomness - Nassim Taleb
  32. Freakonomics - Levitt/Dubner
  33. Getting Things Done - David Allen
  34. How to Solve It - G. Polya
  35. How to Win Friends and Influence People - Dale Carnegie
  36. It's Your Ship (Management Techniques) - D. Michael Abrashoff
  37. Linchpin - Seth Godin
  38. On Writing - Stephen King
  39. On Writing Well - William Zinsser
  40. Outliers - Malcolm Gladwell
  41. Panic - Andrew Redleaf and Richard Vigilante
  42. Poke the Box - Seth Godin
  43. Race Against the Machine - Brynjolfsson/McAfee
  44. So Good They Can't Ignore You - Cal Newport
  45. Superfreakonomics - Levitt/Dubner
  46. The Calculus Lifesaver - Adrian Banner
  47. The Checklist Manifesto - Atul Gawande
  48. The Great Stagnation - Tyler Cowen
  49. The Millionaire Next Door - Stanley/Danko
  50. The Monk and the Riddle: The Art of Creating a Life While Making a Living - Randy Komisar
  51. The New Frugality - Chris Ferrell
  52. The Only Investment Guide You'll Ever Need - Andrew Tobias
  53. The Smartest Kids in the World - Amanda Ripley
  54. The Structure of Scientific Revolutions - Thomas Kuhn
  55. The Talent Code - Daniel Coyle
  56. The Upside of Irrationality - Dan Ariely
  57. The War of Art - Steven Pressfield
  58. The World is Flat - Thomas L. Friedman
  59. What the Dog Saw - Malcolm Gladwell

Open Source Education. I was a big fan of MIT OpenCourseWare years before video lectures were widely available (I was so impressed that reading lists were available!). I've sampled many online open source courses over the years.  The following have been the most influential on my thinking and knowledge.

  1. Financial Markets by Yale University on Coursera (Certificate earned on January 21, 2017)
  2. An Introduction to American Law by University of Pennsylvania on Coursera (Certificate earned on January 21, 2017)
  3. Nonlinear Differential Equations: Order and Chaos (Math226.3x) by Boston University on edX.org (Completed 9/17/2015: ID Verified Certificate)
  4. Linear Differential Equations (MATH226.2x) by Boston University on edX.org (Completed 6/29/2015: ID Verified Certificate)
  5. Data Analysis: Take it to the MAX() (EX101x) by Delft University of Technology on edX.org (Completed 6/19/2015: ID Verified Certificate)
  6. Introduction to Differential Equations (MATH226.1x) by Boston University on edX.org (Completed 4/2/2015: ID Verified Certificate)
  7. Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects by University of California, San Diego on Coursera.org (Completed 2/1/15: Verified Certificate)
  8. How to Learn Math: For Students, Jo Boaler, Stanford University (Statement of Accomplishment)
  9. How to Start a Startup - Stanford University, Fall 2014
  10. ECON 252: Financial Markets (2008), Robert Shiller, Yale University
  11. Introduction to Biology, Robert Weinberg and Eric Lander, MIT
  12. Highlights of Calculus, Gilbert Strang, MIT
  13. Calculus Revisited: Single Variable Calculus, Herbert Gross, MIT

History.

Jeff Miller Freelance, LLC, Minneapolis, MN (2013 - present)
I currently work as a freelance legal assistant, technology guru, and overall  executive assistant with estate planning attorneys in Minneapolis. In particular, I work with Maggie Green at Donohue Green Law Office, PLLC.

In terms of legal work, I provide research and support for estate planning and probate administration matters, including drafting legal documents, dealing with real estate transactions, and preparing client correspondence. I also play a role in overseeing billing and some office administration matters.

On the technology end lately, I have been working with Microsoft Word and Excel for the Mac (though in a more advanced way than is typical for most Word users) to create legal forms that are styled correctly and uniformly and also formatted to merge client information from an Excel client data file.

Sussman+Parkhurst, Minneapolis, MN (f/k/a Ross A. Sussman Law Office) (2007 - 2013)
Office factotum extraordinaire: This was my first "professional" job and what a fantastic first job it was. I built and maintained a website, implemented and managed client billing software, implemented computer security and office technologies, and generally dealt with day-to-day office operations and the inevitable and endless problems associated with doing so. Most important, however, was the exposure to a broad range of clients, their businesses, families, and success stories. I had the opportunity to read and review business formation documents, financial reports and accounting data, deal with real estate transactions, tax matters, work with various CPAs and other professionals, draft corporate minutes, and the list goes on. Bits and pieces of background information and context were used toward concretely solving seemingly nebulous legal or tax problems. I gained incredibly powerful tools for managing my own personal, professional, and financial life. I left in 2013 to go freelance. 

Door County YMCA, Fish Creek, WI (2004 - 2007)
Front desk reception: This was a fantastic job. I would spend my day chatting with incredibly interesting people and their families - a tech start-up millionaire, an Oxford PhD, a former Boston Symphony Orchestra violinist, more than a few engineers, physicians, professors, writers, and makers and doers of interesting things.

DC Deli, Bailey's Harbor, WI (Summers, 2005/2006)
Waiter: The DC Deli is a restaurant opened in 2005 by two good friends of mine. I loved waiting on tables. About 0.001% of the people I met were terrible, all the rest were delightful, interesting, and a joy to meet. This was a valuable life lesson.

Odds and ends, MN/WI (1998 - perpetual)
I have never been afraid to help out, take on an interesting project, or try something new. I've been a professional musician, line cook, house/dog/cat sitter, research assistant, errand runner, guitar teacher, snow shoveler, apartment caretaker, and who knows what next. I've never been unemployed.

 

 

 

 

Currently Reading.

  • The Vanishing American Adult: Our Coming-of-Age Crisis--and How to Rebuild a Culture of Self-Reliance - Ben Sasse
  • The Big Book of Health and Fitness - Philip Maffetone

Lynda.com Courses.

Lynda.com, a fantastic source of technical, business, and software training tutorials, is a great way to prepare for the inevitable robot takeover and reduce the likelihood of unemployment due to skill-based (or skill-biased) technical change (see Katz/Goldin, The Race Between Education and Technology).

Completed recently:

  1. Excel 2013: Macros in Depth (Certificate of Completion)
  2. Acrobat DC: Create Forms (Certificate of Completion)
  3. Word 2016 Advanced Tips and Tricks - Jeff Miller (Certificate of Completion)

 

 

Classes.

  • Multivariable and Vector Calculus - Fall 2014
  • Discrete Mathematics - Fall 2014
  • Calculus II - Spring 2014
  • Physics II - Spring 2014
  • Physics I - Fall 2013
  • Organic Chemistry II - Spring 2013
  • Trigonometry - Spring 2013
  • Organic Chemistry I - Fall 2012
  • General Biology - Summer 2012
  • General Chemistry II - Spring 2012
  • General Chemistry I - Fall 2011
  • College Algebra - Fall 2011
  • Introductory Chemistry - Summer 2011
  • Intermediate Algebra - Summer 2011
  • Honors Seminar - Mark Twain and American Values - Spring 2009
  • Political Economy of the Financial Crisis - Spring 2009
  • Science and the Humanities - Spring 2009
  • American Studies - Proseminar II - Spring 2009
  • America in the International Perspective - Spring 2009
  • The Essay (Writing/English) - Fall 2008
  • Politics of the Body (Cultural Studies) - Fall 2008
  • American Studies - Proseminar I - Fall 2008
  • American Indians and the Cinema - Fall 2008
  • Intermediate Latin Poetry - Spring 2008
  • Honors Seminar - 3 Segregated Academic Worlds: Science, economics, humanities - Spring 2008
  • Sexuality and Culture (Cultural Studies) - Fall 2007
  • Rhetoric of Everyday Life (Cultural Studies) - Fall 2007
  • Reading Culture (Cultural Studies) - Fall 2007
  • Intermediate Latin Prose - Fall 2007
  • Honors Seminar - Interest Groups and Social Movements (Political Science) - Fall 2007
  • Comedy: Text and Theory (Cultural Studies) - Fall 2007
  • Popular Culture and Politics II (American Studies) - Spring 2007
  • Beginning Latin II - Spring 2007
  • Analysis of the English Language (linguistics) - Spring 2007
  • Survey of American Literature II - Spring 2007
  • Jews and Popular Culture (American Studies) - Spring 2007
  • Beginning Latin I - Fall 2006
  • Exploring the Universe (Astronomy) - Fall 2006
  • Popular Culture and Politics II (American Studies) - Fall 2006
  • Religion and American Identity (American Studies) - Fall 2006
  • Composition II (English) - Summer 2006
  • Beginning Spanish I - Spring 2006
  • Ethics (philosophy) - Spring 2006
  • General Biology I - Spring 2006
  • Composition I (English) - Spring 2006
  • Nutrition (Biology) - Spring 2006
  • Contemporary Writers of Color (English) - Fall 2005
  • Contemporary World History - Fall 2005
  • Social Issues in a Changing World (Sociology) - Fall 2005
  • General Psychology - Fall 2005
  • Logic (Philosophy) - Fall 2005
  • Ancient and Medieval World - Fall 2005
  • Introduction to Sociology - Summer 2005
  • Macroeconomics - Summer 2005
  • Interpersonal Communication (Speech) - Summer 2005
  • Studio Performance Techniques - Summer 2004
  • Performance Practices I - Summer 2004
  • Artist and Industry Seminar III - Summer 2004
  • Guitar Techniques III - Summer 2004
  • Introduction to Music History - Summer 2004
  • Music Ensemble (Jazz Ensemble and Fusion Ensemble) - Summer 2004
  • Music Economics - Summer 2004
  • Applied Music III - Guitar - Summer 2004
  • Improvisation Techniques I - Spring 2004
  • Music Interpretation I - Spring 2004
  • Aural Skills II (ear training) - Spring 2004
  • Jazz/Pop Harmony I - Spring 2004
  •  Artist and Industry Seminar II - Spring 2004
  • Contemporary Music Literature II - Spring 2004
  • Guitar Techniques II - Spring 2004
  • Site Reading Development II - Spring 2004
  • Applied Music II - Guitar - Spring 2004
  • Applied Music I - Guitar - Fall 2003
  • Percussion Techniques (i.e. drums for non-majors) - Fall 2003
  • Site Reading Development I - Fall 2003
  • Artist and Industry Seminar I - Fall 2003
  • Music Fundamentals (Music Theory/Harmony) - Fall 2003
  • Aural Skills (ear training) - Fall 2003
  • Applied Music Theory I - Fall 2003
  • Classical Guitar Technique - Fall 2003
  • Contemporary Music Literature I - Fall 2003

Reading List (since 2009).

  • Isaac Newton by James Gleick
  • Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind - Yuval Noah Harari
  • $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America - Kathryn J. Edin and H. Luke Shaefer
  • The Complacent Class: The Self-Defeating Quest for the American Dream - Tyler Cowen
  • Emergency: This Book Will Save Your Life - Neil Strauss
  • Loner: A Novel - Teddy Wayne
  • The Prize - Dale Russakoff
  • Hillbilly Elegy - J.D. Vance
  • You Have the Right to Remain Innocent - James Duane
  • The Devil's Defender - John Henry Browne
  • Riverman - Robert Keppel
  • The Stranger Beside Me - Ann Rule
  • Stand-Off - Andrew Smith
  • Winger - Andrew Smith
  • Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage - Haruki Murakami
  • 1Q84 - Haruki Murakami
  • What I Talk About When I Talk About Running - Haruki Murakami
  • Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future - Ashlee Vance
  • One Click: Jeff Bezos and the Rise of Amazon.com - Richard Brandt
  • I Remember Nothing: And Other Reflections - Nora Ephron
  • Heartburn - Nora Ephron
  • On the Move: A Life - Oliver Sacks
  • The End of College: Creating the Future of Learning and the University of Everywhere - Kevin Carey
  • The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well Is the Key to Success - Megan McArdle
  • Real Influence: Persuade Without Pushing and Gain Without Giving In - Mark Goulston and John Ullman
  • Pitch Perfect: How to Say It Right the First Time, Every Time - Bill McGowan
  • The First 20 Minutes: Surprising Science Reveals How We Can Exercise Better, Train Smarter, Live Longer - Gretchen Reynolds
  • The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business - Charles Duhigg
  • You Can Be a Stock Market Genius: Uncover the Secret Hiding Places of Stock Market Profits - Joel Greenblatt
  • Flash Boys: A Wallstreet Revolt - Michael Lewis
  • The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine - Michael Lewis
  • My Struggle: Book 2 - Karl Ove Knausgaard
  • The Curmudgeon's Guide to Getting Ahead: Dos and Don'ts of Right Behavior, Tough Thinking, Clear Writing, and Living a Good Life - Charles Murray
  • The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun - Gretchen Rubin
  • The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future - Chris Guillebeau
  • The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph - Ryan Holiday
  • Beyond the Hole in the Wall: Discover the Power of Self-Organized Learning - Sugata Mitra
  • Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future - Peter Thiel, Blake Masters
  • The Art of Non-Conformity: Set Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want, and Change the World - Chris Guillebeau
  • The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age - Reid Hoffman, Ben Casnocha, Chris Yeh
  • Trust Me, I'm Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator - Ryan Holiday
  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail - Cheryl Strayed
  • The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who've Lived the Longest - Dan Buettner
  • The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement - David Brooks
  • Think Like a Freak: The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain - Levitt/Dubner
  • Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead - Sheryl Sandberg
  • Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking - Malcolm Gladwell
  • The Honest Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone--Especially Ourselves - Dan Ariely
  • The Big Tiny: A Built-It-Myself Memoir - Dee Williams
  • David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants - Malcolm Gladwell
  • The Start-up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career - Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha
  • A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy - William B. Irvine
  • What's Math Got to Do with It?: How Parents and Teachers Can Help Children Learn to Love Their Least Favorite Subject - Jo Boaler
  • The Second Machine Age - Erik Brynjolfsson/Andrew McAfee
  • Patrimony - Philip Roth
  • Minimalism: Living a Meaningful Life - Millburn/Nicodemus
  • Extreme Productivity - Robert C. Pozen
  • My Struggle (Book One) - Karl Ove Knausgaard
  • Life - Keith Richards
  • Antifragile - Nassim Taleb
  • Superfreakonomics - Levitt/Dubner
  • The Shining - Stephen King
  • The Smartest Kids in the World - Amanda Ripley
  • How Children Succeed - Paul Tough
  • The Fourth Hand - John Irving
  • Average Is Over: Powering America Beyond the Age of the Great Stagnation - Tyler Cowen
  • Race Against the Machine - Erik Brynjolfsson/Andrew McAfee
  • The Calculus Lifesaver - Adrian Banner
  • The Great Stagnation - Tyler Cowen
  • Create Your Own Economy - Tyler Cowen
  • An Economist Gets Lunch - Tyler Cowen
  • So Good They Can't Ignore You - Cal Newport
  • Moonwalking with Einstein - Joshua Foer
  • The Talent Code - Daniel Coyle
  • The Virgins: A Novel - Pamela Erens
  • Early Retirement Extreme - Jacob Lund Fisker
  • What the Dog Saw - Malcolm Gladwell
  • Outliers - Malcolm Gladwell
  • Snow Falling on Cedars - David Gutterson
  • How to Solve It - G. Polya
  • My Life in France - Julia Child
  • Solo Faces - James Salter
  • Son of the Circus - John Irving
  • Care of Wooden Floors - Will Wiles
  • House of Sand and Fog - Andre Dubus III
  • The Sign of the Four - Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles - Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Study in Scarlet - Arthur Conan Doyle
  • On Writing - Stephen King
  • Nickel and Dimed - Barbara Ehrenreich
  • Lost in the Meritocracy: The Undereducation of an Overachiever - Walter Kirn
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Mark Hadden
  • In One Person - John Irving
  • The Imaginary Girlfriend - John Irving
  • Ragtime - E.L. Doctorow
  • Into the Wild - John Krakauer
  • The Power and the Glory - Graham Greene
  • Paris to the Moon - Adam Gopnik
  • Through the Children's Gate - Adam Gopnik
  • The Monk and the Riddle: The Art of Creating a Life While Making a Living - Randy Komisar
  • Not Buying It: My Year Without Shopping - Judith Levine
  • The 100 Thing Challenge: How I Got Rid of Almost Everything, Remade My Life, and Regained My Soul - Dave Bruno
  • The Only Investment Guide You'll Ever Need - Andrew Tobias
  • No Country for Old Men - Cormac McCarthy
  • How To Become a Straight-A Student - Cal Newport
  • Child of God - Cormac McCarthy
  • Slaughterhouse-Five - Kurt Vonnegut
  • The Accidental Tourist - Anne Tyler
  • White Noise - Don DeLillo
  • Mao II -  Don DeLillo
  • Libra - Don DeLillo
  • In the Lake of the Woods - Tim O'Brien
  • Nemesis - Philip Roth
  • The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains - Nicholas Carr
  • The Dumbest Generation - Mark Bauerlein
  • Poke the Box - Seth Godin
  • Getting Things Done - David Allen
  • How to Win Friends and Influence People - Dale Carnegie
  • Sabbath's Theater - Philip Roth
  • Anything You Want - Derek Sivers
  • Do the Work - Steven Pressfield
  • Cities of the Plain - Cormac McCarthy
  • Forgive for Good - Fred Luskin
  • The Humbling - Philip Roth
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving
  • Until I Find You - John Irving
  • Panic - Andrew Redleaf and Richard Vigilante
  • The World According to Garp - John Irving
  • The Hotel New Hampshire - John Irving
  • A Random Walk Down Wallstreet - Burton Malkiel
  • Fooled by Randomness - Nassim Taleb
  • Your Money or Your Life - Dominguez/Robin
  • Intern - Sandeep Jauhar
  • The Checklist Manifesto - Atul Gawande
  • Complications - Atul Gawande
  • Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance - Atul Gawande
  • Dreams from My Father - Barack Obama
  • The Upside of Irrationality - Dan Ariely
  • Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada's Quest to Change Harlem and America - Paul Tough
  • The Philosophical Baby - Allison Gopnik
  • The Millionaire Next Door - Stanley/Danko
  • The New Frugality - Chris Ferrell
  • A Widow for One Year - John Irving
  • The Road - Cormac McCarthy
  • The Crazed - Ha Jin
  • Out Stealing Horses - Per Petterson
  • Indignation - Philip Roth
  • The Dying Animal - Philip Roth
  • The War of Art - Steven Pressfield
  • On the Road - Jack Kerouac
  • The Dharma Bums - Jack Kerouac
  • Big Sur - Jack Kerouac
  • Linchpin - Seth Godin
  • All the Pretty Horses - Cormac McCarthy
  • The Crossing - Cormac McCarthy
  • Blood Meridian - Cormac McCarthy
  • Freedom - Jonathan Franzen
  • The Rector of Justin - Louis Auchincloss
  • The Headmaster's Dilemma - Louis Auchincloss
  • The Structure of Scientific Revolutions - Thomas Kuhn
  • Paper Daughter - M. Elaine Mar
  • My Year of Meats - Ruth Ozecki
  • The Prince and the Pauper - Mark Twain
  • Puddn'head Wilson - Mark Twain
  • Exit Ghost - Philip Roth
  • Rabbit at Rest - John Updike
  • Rabbit is Rich - John Updike
  • Rabbit Redux - John Updike
  • Rabbit Run - John Updike
  • Prep - Curtis Sittenfeld
  • The Human Stain - Philip Roth
  • American Pastoral - Philip Roth
  • I Married a Communist - Philip Roth
  • On Writing Well - William Zinsser
  • The Art of Fiction - John Gardner
  • Medicine River - Thomas King
  • The Corrections - Jonathan Franzen
  • The Shock Doctrine - Naomi Klein
  • We Were the Mulvaneys - Joyce Carol Oats
  • In Cold Blood - Truman Capote
  • The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger
  • She's Come Undone - Wally Lamb
  • The Ecstatic - Victor Lavalle
  • The Sun Also Rises - Ernest Hemingway
  • The Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway
  • The Life of Pi - Yann Martel
  • Red Azalea - Anchee Min
  • Invisible Man - Ralph Ellison
  • China Men - Maxine Hong Kingston
  • The Woman Warrior - Maxine Hong Kingston
  • Being There - Jerzy Kosinski
  • Haroun and the Sea of Stories - Salman Rushdie
  • The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
  • Peace Breaks Out - John Knowles
  • A Separate Peace - John Knowles
  • Revolutionary Road - Richard Yates
  • A Good School - Richard Yates
  • Old School - Tobias Wolfe
  • This Boy's Life - Tobias Wolfe
  • The Duke of Deception - Geoffrey Wolfe
  • A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
  • The World is Flat - Thomas L. Friedman
  • Freakonomics - Levitt/Dubner
  • It's Your Ship (Management Techniques) - D. Michael Abrashoff
  • The Hiawatha - David Treuer
  • A Boy's Own Story - Edmund White
  • Waiting - Ha Jin
  • The Stranger - Albert Camus
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