Laurence Gonzales’s Best Reads of 2016

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My name is Laurence Gonzales.  I was born in St. Louis, grew up in Houston and San Antonio, and live today in Evanston.  I am the author of numerous books including Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why and it’s sequel, Surviving Survival: The Art and Science of Resilience.  This past year I was appointed a Miller Scholar at the Santa Fe Institute, and my book Flight 232: A Story of Disaster and Survival was adapted by the House Theatre of Chicago into a play that ran for a two months at the Chopin Theatre.



1)  Annals of the Former World by John McPhee (1998)

It’s hard to believe that this book about geology is a page-turner, but it is.

sacks2)  Uncle Tungsten by Oliver Sacks (2001)

The first autobiography by this mad and wonderful scientist.

3)  On the Move by Oliver Sacks (2015)

The second autobiography by this mad and wonderful scientist.

4)  Hold Still by Sally Mann (2015)

An autobiography by America’s greatest living photographer.

5)  Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History by S.C. Gwynne (2010)

An essential document for understanding our nation.

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