books by covers

A running list of people and their reads on those NYC subways (not endorsements, just obserations).

  • Mid 40s man, faded red polo, leather vans: A Field Guide to Getting Lost, Rebecca Solent
  • Late 20s man, gray flannel and floppy hair: A Beautiful Mind, Sylvia Nasar
  • Late 20s man, heather green pants, hipster glasses, smiling every few paragraphs and actually checking the appendix, The Ruin of Kasch, Roberto Calasso
  • Early 20s woman, Louis Vuitton print bag, ballet flats: Veronica Resucitada, Carlos Orlando Pardo
  • Mid 20s woman, wave bracelet, gray fingernail polish and silver toenail polish: Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson
  • Early 20s man, wrinkled navy oxford, blue nikes; Appetites, Anthony Bourdain
  • Late teens woman, glasses, pixie cut: The Vegetarian, Han Kang
  • Mid 40s man, coral polo and black felt shoes: Border War, Lou Dobbs
  • Early 70s woman, olive green sweatsuit, UP glasses: The Beach House, Mary Alice Monroe
  • Late 30s man, denim on denim, goatee: How Toddlers Thrive, Tovah P Klein
  • Mid 30s woman, black cardigan, black jeans, hoop earrings: Wall of Storms, Ken Liu
  • Early 40s woman, gray cap-sleeve professional dress, camo bag: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a ****, Mark Manson
  • Late 20s man, blonde ponytail, gray v-neck: The Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • Early 30s man, blue button down, navy tie, navy pants, diamond earring: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a ****, Mark Manson
  • Early 20s man, gingham shirt, brown oxfords: Hunger, Roxane Gray
  • Mid 50s man, pink oxford, gray pants: Homo Deus, Yuval Noah Harari
  • Mid 20s woman, black floral dress and tan cardigan: The Good Mother, Sue Miller
  • Mid 20s woman, slate blue pea coat and maroon jeans: Guns, Germs and Steel, Jared Diamond
  • Early 40s man, calico shirt and Peaky Blinders hair: Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking, Anya Von Bremzen
  • Mid 20s woman, light wash jean jacket, leggings, Cartier bracelet: The Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls
  • Early 40s woman, floral top and bootcut jeans: How We Die, Sherwin Nuland
  • Preteen girl, romper and jean jacket: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, J.K. Rowling
  • Mid 40s woman, khaki pants, royal blue blouse, chignon: Every Dark Corner, Karen Rose
  • Mid 60s man, open red button down, gray ponytail: My Mother was a Freedom Fighter, Aja Monet
  • Early 20s man, gray v-neck, wooden watch: Beloved, Toni Morrison
  • Early 40s man, Millenium Falcon tshirt: L’Incolore Tsukuru Tazaki et ses années de pèlerinage, Haruki Murakami
  • Mid 30s woman, pink and blue embroidered dress: Prisons We Choose to Live Inside, Doris Lessing
  • Late 20s woman, black lace dress and Coach sneakers: The Spy, Paulo Coelho
  • Late 40s woman, striped sneakers and navy pants: The Road, Cormac McCarthy
  • Mid 40s woman, gray pixie cut, red glasses and keds: An Unhurried Life, Alan Fadling
  • Mid 20s man, floral button down and light-wash jeans: Islam, the West, and the Challenges of Modernity, Tariq Ramadan
  • Late 30s man, terrific beard and gray v-neck: Vacationland, John Hogdman (which is curious, because this was in late August, and the book isn’t released until the end of October)
  • Early 50s woman, hean jacket and khakis: Don’t Limit God, Andrew Wommack
  • Mid 20s man, bead bracelet and cargo shorts: The Shifting Point, Peter Brook
  • Early 40s man, red white and blue gingham shirt, Yankees baseball cap: Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • Early 20s woman, sleeveless sweater dress, white oxford underneath: A Most Magical Girl, Karen Foxlee
  • Early 40s woman, red turtleneck, pendant earrings and ripped jean jacket: Roots of Yoga, James Mallinson
  • Mid 30s woman, round sunglasses, cropped jean jacket, paisley yoga pants: The Body Keeps Score, Bessel van der Kolk
  • Mid 30s man, olive green tshirt and black converse: Peter Camenzind, Herman Hesse
  • Late teens woman, floral dress, tights and moccasins: Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Mid 20s woman, orange midi skirt, floral blouse and pointy flats: Ready Player One,  Ernest Cline
  • Late 30s woman, triangle earrings, pink palazzo paints, platform sandals: You Too Can Have A Body Like Mine, Alexandra Kleeman
  • Mid 20s woman, gingham dress: In a Dark, Dark Wood, Ruth Ware
  • Mid 20s woman, army jacket, leggings and nikes: Proof of Heaven, Eben Alexander
  • Mid 40s man, green rain racket, saddle shoes: Dead or Alive, Tom Clancy
  • Early 20s woman, flannel shirt, Yankees hat, beaded bracelets: Striking Thoughts, Bruce Lee
  • Early 30s woman, wide leg jeans and cowboy boots, topknot: Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, Elena Ferrante
  • Late teens boy, denim shirt buttoned all the way: Dark Money, Jane Mayer
  • Mid 20s woman, tshirt dress, brown booties: I am Malala, Malala Yousafzai
  • Mid 30s woman, coral floral dress, navy flats and carrying dry cleaning: All the Missing Girls, Megan Miranda
  • Mid 50s man, white oxford, nikes, clear frame glasses: A Strangeness in My Mind, Orhan Pamuk
  • Late 20s woman, kaleidescope bomber jacket, gold loafers: Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Mid 40s man, gingham shirt, thick glasses, camo converse: Draft No. 4: On the Writing Process, John McPhee
  • Early 30s man, chambray and white striped oxford, dark denim: Enormous Changes at the Last Minute, Grace Paley
  • Late 20s woman, mustard pencil skirt, blue oxford, white loafers: Shoe Dog, Phil Knight
  • Mid 20s man, gray henley, while keds, Supreme baseball cap: Fooled by Randomness, Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  • Late 20s woman, floral top, gray denim: Your Money or Your Life, Vicki Robin
  • Late 50s woman, black trousers, black cardigan set, pearls: The Whaler, Ines Thorn
  • Mid 60s man, Irish cap, Rebel’s Alliance tee, heavy boots: The Generals, Thomas E. Ricks
  • Mid 20s woman, oversized blue button down, olive jeans, snake ring: Blue Guitar, John Banville
  • Early 40s man, black denim jacket and jeans: The Dark Hour, Sidney Fitzpatrick
  • Early 20s woman, adidas sweats, Mickey Mouse watch: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Diaz and Rodrigo Corral
  • Late 20s woman, white blouse, black patent leather loafers: La Verità Sul Caso Harry Quebert, Joel Dicker
  • Mid 60s man, olive pants, olive short sleeve button down: The Girl Who Played with Fire, Stieg Larsson
  • Early 20s man, gray tshirt, dad jeans, sneakers: Advice to War Presidents, Angelo Codevilla
  • Mid 20s woman, black and white tshirt dress, combat boots, black tights: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, JK Rowling
  • Late teens girl, black jeans, ruffle blue top: The Coldest Winter Ever, Sister Souljah
  • Mid 30s woman, sleeveless chevron top, black trousers, bird cage tattoo: Street Gang, Michael Davis
  • Early 40s woman, herringbone blouse, copper cuffs and choker: The Skeleton in the Grass, Robert Barnard
  • Late 20s man, gray denim pants, gray button down, black combat boots: Black Swan Green, David C. Mitchell
  • Late 30s man, brown boots, corduroy pants: The Next 100 Years, George Friedman
  • Late 20s man, blue polo, khaki pants, canvas keds: A History of the world in 12 Maps, Jerry Brotton
  • Mid 20s woman, Yankees cap, cutout leggings: Sick in the Head, Judd Apatow
  • Late 20s woman, navy tank top, acid wash jeans, converse: Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand
  • Early 40s man, blue shirt, black jeans, black keds: Tales of Ordinary Madness, Charles Bukowski
  • Early 20s woman, breton striped tee, black jeans, scrunchie: Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut
  • Late 40s woman, baby blue scrubs: Always Always, Harriet Lane
  • Mid 50s woman, blue and white button down, black pants, sandals: The Transmigration of Bodies, Yuri Herrera
  • Mid 40s woman, navy dress, red lip: Lies She Told, Cate Holahan
  • Late 70s woman, blue polo, gray trousers, brown bomber jacket: In the Land of Milk and Honey, Jane Jensen
  • Early 30s man, red beanie, adidas sneakers, tortoise shell glasses: The Island at the Center of the World, Russell Shorto
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