What to Read this Winter

December 15, 2018  • Institute Staff

Aspen Words will welcome authors at the height of their careers to discuss their work at the 22nd annual Winter Words series in Aspen. Even if you can’t make it to Aspen, here are seven titles to add to your reading list.

The Push: A Climber’s Search for the Path

by Tommy Caldwell
From the top of the sport-climbing circuit, to becoming a hostage in Kyrgyzstan, to the first free-climb of the Dawn Wall on Yosemite’s El Capitan, this memoir tackles startling and ambitious athletic feats.

Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right

by Jane Mayer
The investigative journalist traces the influx of special interest money in politics and the rise of an American oligarchy, while shining a light on democracy’s darkest corners.


The Underground Railroad

by Colson Whitehead
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award, this novel follows a slave who escapes a Georgia cotton plantation by following a literal underground rail system.


You Think It, I’ll Say It

by Curtis Sittenfeld
Best-selling novelist Sittenfeld, a smart, funny observer of human relationships, takes on the short story in her new collection.


Everything Happens for A Reason: And Other Lies I’ve Loved

by Kate Bowler
This memoir—about a divinity professor’s search for answers as she battles a fatal cancer—is heartbreaking yet also manages to be funny, provocative, and inspiring.


Why Religion? A Personal Story

by Elaine Pagels
Why is religion still around in the 21st century? The Princeton scholar and Institute trustee looks to her own life for answers.


The News from The End of The World

By Emily Jeanne Miller
Set on Cape Cod during the off-season, this engrossing novel examines a family on the brink of catastrophe.