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Required Reading List for the Human Race:
Great Literature, Fascinating Books, Awesome Short Stories, and Fine Poetry

Selected by Zimmerman Skyrat, 101Bananas.com




People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading.
   —Logan Pearsall Smith



Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.
   —Groucho Marx



When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes.
   —Erasmus



A room without books is as a body without a soul.
   —Cicero



A good book contains more real wealth than a good bank.
   —Roy L. Smith



Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind.
   —James Russell Lowell



A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us.
   —Franz Kafka



Books are the ever burning lamp of accumulated wisdom.
   —Thomas Carlyle



A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.
   —Chinese proverb



Just the knowledge that a good book is awaiting one at the end of a long day makes that day happier.
   —Kathleen Norris



Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.
   —Henry David Thoreau



Books are the legacies that a great genius leaves to mankind, which are delivered down from generation to generation, as presents to the posterity of those who are yet unborn.
   —Joseph Addison



We shouldn’t teach great books; we should teach a love of reading.
   —B. F. Skinner



A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading it.
   —William Styron



For one who reads, there is no limit to the number of lives that may be lived.
   —Louis L’Amour



When you sell a man a book, you don’t sell him 12 ounces of paper and ink and glue—you sell him a whole new life.
   —Christopher Morley



All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened.
   —Ernest Hemingway



The test of literature is, I suppose, whether we ourselves live more intensely for the reading of it.
   —Elizabeth Drew



These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on the shelves.
   —Gilbert Highet



Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.
   —Richard Steele



Some books are undeservedly forgotten; none are undeservedly remembered.
   —W. H. Auden



To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme.
   —Herman Melville



My books are water; those of the great geniuses are wine—everybody drinks water.
   —Mark Twain



I cannot live without books.
   —Thomas Jefferson



All the glory of the world would be buried in oblivion, unless God had provided mortals with the remedy of books.
   —Bishop Richard De Bury

I must say that I find TV very educational. Whenever somebody turns it on, I go to the library and read a book.
   —John D. Barrow

There is no Frigate like a Book
To take us Lands away
Nor any Coursers like a Page
Of prancing Poetry—
This Traverse may the poorest take
Without oppress of Toll—
How frugal is the Chariot
That bears the Human soul.
   —Emily Dickinson

Many years ago I started a list of great books, short stories, and poetry that I was presumptous enough
to think everyone should read. I would occasionally give a xerox copy to someone I thought might be
interested. This list kept getting longer and longer each year, and now, decades later, here it is xeroxed
for the world on the Internet.

The relatively short fiction section is mostly personal favorites, as any list like this would be. The much
longer non-fiction section is full of really great, intellectually stimulating books on serious topics that will
expand and educate your mind; or, they are great adventure stories, biographies, history, etc., that stay with
you long after you finish them. Books and stories are not listed in any particular order, but are grouped very
roughly by type or subject matter. Some of the short stories and poetry are archived for reading right here in
the Library of 101Bananas.com—click on the active links to read them.





FICTION

1984 — George Orwell
BRAVE NEW WORLD — Aldous Huxley
STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND — Robert A. Heinlein
SIDDHARTHA — Hermann Hesse
STEPPENWOLF — Hermann Hesse
CRIME AND PUNISHMENT — Fyodor Dostoevsky
NOTES FROM UNDERGROUND — Fyodor Dostoevsky
THE TRIAL — Franz Kafka
THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA: STORIES AND REFLECTIONS — Franz Kafka
MOBY DICK — Herman Melville
HEART OF DARKNESS — Joseph Conrad
OF HUMAN BONDAGE — W. Somerset Maugham
THE RAZOR’S EDGE — W. Somerset Maugham
LOOK HOMEWARD, ANGEL — Thomas Wolfe
THE GREAT GATSBY — F. Scott Fitzgerald
ATLAS SHRUGGED — Ayn Rand
THE PROPHET — Kahlil Gibran
FROM HERE TO ETERNITY — James Jones
ON THE ROAD — Jack Kerouac
THE CATCHER IN THE RYE — J. D. Salinger
SLAUGHTERHOUSE 5 — Kurt Vonnegut
DEATH IN MIDSUMMER AND OTHER STORIES — Yukio Mishima
JOHNNY GOT HIS GUN — Dalton Trumbo
CATCH-22 — Joseph Heller
THE THINGS THEY CARRIED — Tim O’Brien
THE MINER’S PALE CHILDREN — W. S. Merwin
EVEN COWGIRLS GET THE BLUES — Tom Robbins
MY PETITION FOR MORE SPACE — John Hersey
EINSTEIN’S DREAMS — Alan Lightman
REPLAY — Ken Grimwood
WICKED: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE WICKED WITCH OF THE WEST — Gregory Maguire
LIFE OF PI — Yann Martel
LIVES OF THE MONSTER DOGS — Kirsten Bakis
IF ON A WINTER’S NIGHT A TRAVELER — Italo Calvino
IN WATERMELON SUGAR — Richard Brautigan
SOPHIE’S WORLD — Jostein Gaarder
THE ELEGANCE OF THE HEDGEHOG — Muriel Barbery
THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN — Garth Stein
THE 100-YEAR-OLD MAN WHO CLIMBED OUT THE WINDOW AND DISAPPEARED — Jonas Jonasson
THE ALCHEMIST — Paulo Coelho
JONATHAN LIVINGSTON SEAGULL — Richard Bach
ILLUSIONS — Richard Bach
THE SILVER SURFER (Marvel Comics 1968 18-issue series) — Stan Lee & John Buscema
THE WIZARD OF OZ — L. Frank Baum
ALICE IN WONDERLAND & THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS — Lewis Carroll
THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS — Kenneth Grahame
WINNIE THE POOH & THE HOUSE AT POOH CORNER — A. A. Milne
THE VELVETEEN RABBIT — Margery Williams
THE GIVING TREE — Shel Silverstein





NON-FICTION

UNDERSTANDING MEDIA: THE EXTENSIONS OF MAN — Marshall McLuhan
THE GUTENBERG GALAXY — Marshall McLuhan
FROM CLICHÉ TO ARCHETYPE — Marshall McLuhan
THE MECHANICAL BRIDE: FOLKLORE OF INDUSTRIAL MAN — Marshall McLuhan
UNDERSTANDING ME: LECTURES AND INTERVIEWS — Marshall McLuhan
THEY BECAME WHAT THEY BEHELD — Edmund Carpenter
FOUR ARGUMENTS FOR THE ELIMINATION OF TELEVISION — Jerry Mander
THE SOUND BITE SOCIETY: TELEVISION AND THE AMERICAN MIND — Jeffrey Scheuer
AMUSING OURSELVES TO DEATH: PUBLIC DISCOURSE IN THE AGE OF SHOW BUSINESS — Neil Postman
ON MORAL FICTION — John Gardner
ESCAPE FROM EVIL — Ernest Becker
THE DENIAL OF DEATH — Ernest Becker
THE BIRTH AND DEATH OF MEANING — Ernest Becker
THUS SPAKE ZARATHUSTRA — Friedrich Nietzsche
TWILIGHT OF THE IDOLS — Friedrich Nietzsche
BEYOND GOOD AND EVIL — Friedrich Nietzsche
PURITY OF HEART IS TO WILL ONE THING — Sören Kierkegaard
SPINOZA: AN INTRODUCTION TO HIS PHILOSOPHICAL THOUGHT — Stuart Hampshire
THE STOIC PHILOSOPHY OF SENECA: ESSAYS AND LETTERS — Moses Hadas (translator)
TRACTATUS LOGICO-PHILOSOPHICUS — Ludwig Wittgenstein
THINK: A COMPELLING INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY — Simon Blackburn
THE EXAMINED LIFE: PHILOSOPHICAL MEDITATIONS — Robert Nozick
TEN PHILOSOPHICAL MISTAKES: BASIC ERRORS IN MODERN THOUGHT — Mortimer J. Adler
PLATO AND A PLATYPUS WALK INTO A BAR...UNDERSTANDING PHILOSOPHY
           THROUGH JOKES — Thomas Cathcart & Daniel Klein
PHILOSOPHY: WHO NEEDS IT? — Ayn Rand
THE VIRTUE OF SELFISHNESS — Ayn Rand
MONEY AND THE MEANING OF LIFE — Jacob Needleman
THE MEANING OF LIFE: REFLECTIONS IN WORDS AND PICTURES ON WHY WE ARE HERE — David Friend
TAO TE CHING — Lao Tzu
BE HERE NOW — Ram Dass
THINK ON THESE THINGS — J. Krishnamurti
THE ENDING OF TIME — J. Krishnamurti & David Bohm
THE CLOUD OF UNKNOWING — unknown 14th century author
LIFE AGAINST DEATH: THE PSYCHOANALYTICAL MEANING OF HISTORY — Norman O. Brown
MY LIFE AMONG THE DEATHWORKS: ILLUSTRATIONS OF THE AESTHETICS OF AUTHORITY — Philip Rieff
CIVILIZATION AND ITS DISCONTENTS — Sigmund Freud
EROS AND CIVILIZATION — Herbert Marcuse
MAN AND HIS SYMBOLS — C. G. Jung
MEMORIES, DREAMS, REFLECTIONS — C. G. Jung
THE UNDISCOVERED SELF — C. G. Jung
MODERN MAN IN SEARCH OF A SOUL — C. G. Jung
MAN’S SEARCH FOR MEANING — Viktor E. Frankl
THE HERO WITH A THOUSAND FACES — Joseph Campbell
MYTHS TO LIVE BY — Joseph Campbell
THOU ART THAT: TRANSFORMING RELIGIOUS METAPHOR — Joseph Campbell
THE INNER REACHES OF OUTER SPACE: METAPHOR AS MYTH AND AS RELIGION — Joseph Campbell
THE MYTH OF THE GREAT SECRET: A SEARCH FOR SPIRITUAL MEANING, AN APPRECIATION
           OF JOSEPH CAMPBELL — Toby Johnson
THE USES OF ENCHANTMENT: THE MEANING AND IMPORTANCE OF FAIRY TALES — Bruno Bettelheim
SIX MYTHS OF OUR TIME: LITTLE ANGELS, LITTLE MONSTERS, BEAUTIFUL BEASTS, AND MORE — Marina Warner
FROM THE BEAST TO THE BLONDE: ON FAIRY TALES AND THEIR TELLERS — Marina Warner
THE WORLD IS MADE OF STORIES — David R. Loy
THE ORIGINS OF KNOWLEDGE AND IMAGINATION — Jacob Bronowski
THE BOOK: ON THE TABOO AGAINST KNOWING WHO YOU ARE — Alan Watts
THE HEART OF MAN: ITS GENIUS FOR GOOD AND EVIL — Erich Fromm
MAN FOR HIMSELF: AN INQUIRY INTO THE PSYCHOLOGY OF ETHICS — Erich Fromm
THE END OF THE MODERN AGE — Allen Wheelis
THE ILLUSIONLESS MAN: FANTASIES AND MEDITATIONS ON DISILLUSIONMENT — Allen Wheelis
LOVE AND JUSTICE: SELECTIONS FROM THE SHORTER WRITINGS — Reinhold Niebuhr
THE SEVEN STOREY MOUNTAIN — Thomas Merton
BALANCING HEAVEN AND EARTH: A MEMOIR OF VISIONS, DREAMS, AND REALIZATIONS — Robert A. Johnson
THE SECOND SIN — Thomas Szasz
THE MYTH OF MENTAL ILLNESS: FOUNDATIONS OF A THEORY OF PERSONAL CONDUCT — Thomas Szasz
THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED: A NEW PSYCHOLOGY OF LOVE, TRADITIONAL VALUES AND
           SPIRITUAL GROWTH — M. Scott Peck
PEOPLE OF THE LIE: THE HOPE FOR HEALING HUMAN EVIL — M. Scott Peck
WORLDWIDE LAWS OF LIFE: 200 ETERNAL SPIRITUAL PRINCIPLES — John Marks Templeton
WHERE SHALL WISDOM BE FOUND? — Harold Bloom
THE ABOLITION OF MAN — C. S. Lewis
WHAT’S WRONG WITH THE WORLD — G. K. Chesterton
ONE COSMOS UNDER GOD: THE UNIFICATION OF MATTER, LIFE, MIND AND SPIRIT — Robert W. Godwin
THE QUESTION OF GOD: C.S. LEWIS & SIGMUND FREUD DEBATE GOD, LOVE, SEX, AND THE
           MEANING OF LIFE — Armand M. Nicholi
THE MIND OF GOD — Paul Davies
GOD AND THE NEW PHYSICS — Paul Davies
PHYSICS AS METAPHOR — Roger S. Jones
FIRE IN THE MIND: SCIENCE, FAITH, AND THE SEARCH FOR ORDER — George Johnson
MERE CREATION: SCIENCE, FAITH & INTELLIGENT DESIGN — William A. Dembski
ORDER OUT OF CHAOS — Ilya Prigogine
CHANCE AND CHAOS — David Ruelle
A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME: FROM THE BIG BANG TO BLACK HOLES — Stephen W. Hawking
THE ANTHROPIC COSMOLOGICAL PRINCIPLE — John D. Barrow & Frank Tipler
WHOLENESS AND THE IMPLICATE ORDER — David Bohm
RARE EARTH: WHY COMPLEX LIFE IS UNCOMMON IN THE UNIVERSE — Peter D. Ward & Donald Brownlee
LIFE IS A MIRACLE: AN ESSAY AGAINST MODERN SUPERSTITION — Wendell Berry
DISTURBING THE UNIVERSE — Freeman Dyson
INFINITE IN ALL DIRECTIONS — Freeman Dyson
THE SUN, THE GENOME, AND THE INTERNET: TOOLS OF SCIENTIFIC REVOLUTIONS — Freeman Dyson
THE MIND PARADIGM: A UNIFIED MODEL OF MENTAL AND PHYSICAL REALITY — Keith Chandler
ANARCHIC HARMONY — William J. Murray
LOOKING FOR SPINOZA: JOY, SORROW, AND THE FEELING BRAIN — Antonio Damasio
SELF COMES TO MIND: CONSTRUCTING THE CONSCIOUS BRAIN — Antonio Damasio
YOUR BODY IS YOUR SUBCONSCIOUS MIND — Candace Pert
THE ENGINE OF REASON, THE SEAT OF THE SOUL: A PHILOSOPHICAL JOURNEY INTO THE BRAIN — Paul M. Churchland
THE MIND’S I: FANTASIES AND REFLECTIONS ON SELF AND SOUL — Douglas R. Hofstadter & Daniel C. Dennett
THE MAN WHO MISTOOK HIS WIFE FOR A HAT — Oliver Sacks
WHEN BREATH BECOMES AIR — Paul Kalanithi
I AM A STRANGE LOOP — Douglas Hofstadter
INVESTIGATIONS — Stuart Kauffman
THE BLANK SLATE: THE MODERN DENIAL OF HUMAN NATURE — Steven Pinker
FREEDOM EVOLVES — Daniel C. Dennett
QUANTUM ENIGMA: PHYSICS ENCOUNTERS CONSCIOUSNESS — Bruce Rosenblum & Fred Kuttner
BREAKING THE MIND BARRIER: THE ARTSCIENCE OF NEUROCOSMOLOGY — Todd Siler
CATCHING THE BIG FISH: MEDITATION, CONSCIOUSNESS, AND CREATIVITY — David Lynch
THE SEVEN MYSTERIES OF LIFE: AN EXPLORATION IN SCIENCE AND PHILOSOPHY — Guy Murchie
THE WAR OF DESIRE AND TECHNOLOGY AT THE CLOSE OF THE MECHANICAL AGE — Allucquère Rosanne Stone
THE EMPEROR’S NEW MIND: CONCERNING COMPUTERS, MINDS, AND THE LAWS OF PHYSICS — Roger Penrose
THE PATTERN ON THE STONE: THE SIMPLE IDEAS THAT MAKE COMPUTERS WORK — W. Daniel Hillis
THE SOUL OF A NEW MACHINE — Tracy Kidder
HACKERS: HEROES OF THE COMPUTER REVOLUTION — Steven Levy
DEALERS OF LIGHTNING: XEROX PARC AND THE DAWN OF THE COMPUTER AGE — Michael A. Hiltzik
FIRE IN THE VALLEY: THE MAKING OF THE PERSONAL COMPUTER — Paul Freiberger & Michael Swaine
ACCIDENTAL EMPIRES: HOW THE BOYS OF SILICON VALLEY MAKE THEIR MILLIONS, BATTLE FOREIGN
           COMPETITION, AND STILL CAN’T GET A DATE — Robert X. Cringely
WHERE WIZARDS STAY UP LATE: THE ORIGINS OF THE INTERNET — Katie Hafner & Matthew Lyon
NERDS 2.0.1: A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE INTERNET — Stephen Segaller
WEAVING THE WEB: THE ORIGINAL DESIGN AND ULTIMATE DESTINY OF THE WORLD WIDE WEB
           BY ITS INVENTOR — Tim Berners-Lee
INTERNET DREAMS: ARCHETYPES, MYTHS, AND METAPHORS — Mark Stefik
ALONE TOGETHER: WHY WE EXPECT MORE FROM TECHNOLOGY AND LESS FROM EACH OTHER — Sherry Turkle
YOU ARE NOT A GADGET: A MANIFESTO — Jaron Lanier
SILICON SNAKE OIL: SECOND THOUGHTS ON THE INFORMATION HIGHWAY — Clifford Stoll
HIGH TECH HERETIC: WHY COMPUTERS DON’T BELONG IN THE CLASSROOM AND OTHER REFLECTIONS BY
           A COMPUTER CONTRARIAN — Clifford Stoll
THE CUCKOO’S EGG: TRACKING A SPY THROUGH THE MAZE OF COMPUTER ESPIONAGE — Clifford Stoll
TAKEDOWN: THE PURSUIT AND CAPTURE OF KEVIN MITNICK, AMERICA’S MOST WANTED
           COMPUTER OUTLAW — Tsutomu Shimomura
MASTERS OF DECEPTION: THE GANG THAT RULED CYBERSPACE — Michelle Slatalla & Joshua Quittner
THINK A SECOND TIME — Dennis Prager
HAPPINESS IS A SERIOUS PROBLEM: A HUMAN NATURE REPAIR MANUAL — Dennis Prager
HOW COULD YOU DO THAT?!: THE ABDICATION OF CHARACTER, COURAGE, AND CONSCIENCE — Laura Schlessinger
CHARACTER IS DESTINY: THE VALUE OF PERSONAL ETHICS IN EVERYDAY LIFE — Russell W. Gough
THE FORCE OF CHARACTER AND THE LASTING LIFE — James Hillman
ON CHARACTER — James Q. Wilson
THE MORAL SENSE — James Q. Wilson
AFTER VIRTUE — Alasdair MacIntyre
IDEAS HAVE CONSEQUENCES — Richard M. Weaver
HOW PROUST CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE — Alain de Botton
LIVING WITHOUT A GOAL — James Ogilvy
FADED MOSAIC: THE EMERGENCE OF POST-CULTURAL AMERICA — Christopher Clausen
OUR CULTURE, WHAT’S LEFT OF IT: THE MANDARINS AND THE MASSES — Theodore Dalrymple
EVE’S BITE — Ian Wishart
ON LOOKING INTO THE ABYSS: UNTIMELY THOUGHTS ON CULTURE AND SOCIETY — Gertrude Himmelfarb
THE AGE OF CONSENT: THE RISE OF RELATIVISM AND THE CORRUPTION OF POPULAR CULTURE — Robert H. Knight
STARING INTO CHAOS: EXPLORATIONS IN THE DECLINE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION — B. G. Brander
WE HAVE MET THE ENEMY: SELF-CONTROL IN AN AGE OF EXCESS — Daniel Akst
THE DREAM AND THE NIGHTMARE: THE SIXTIES’ LEGACY TO THE UNDERCLASS — Myron Magnet
THE FLIGHT FROM TRUTH: THE REIGN OF DECEIT IN THE AGE OF INFORMATION — Jean-François Revel
VOLTAIRE’S BASTARDS: THE DICTATORSHIP OF REASON IN THE WEST — John Ralston Saul
THE SERVILE MIND: HOW DEMOCRACY ERODES THE MORAL LIFE — Kenneth Minogue
EICHMANN IN JERUSALEM: A REPORT ON THE BANALITY OF EVIL — Hannah Arendt
BATTLE FOR THE MIND: A PHYSIOLOGY OF CONVERSION AND BRAIN-WASHING — William Sargant
MIND PROGRAMMING: FROM PERSUASION AND BRAINWASHING TO SELF-HELP AND
           PRACTICAL METAPHYSICS — Eldon Taylor
THE REDISCOVERY OF MEANING AND OTHER ESSAYS — Owen Barfield
THE REENCHANTMENT OF THE WORLD — Morris Berman
COMING TO OUR SENSES: BODY AND SPIRIT IN THE HIDDEN HISTORY OF THE WEST — Morris Berman
THE SPELL OF THE SENSUOUS: PERCEPTION AND LANGUAGE IN A MORE-THAN-HUMAN WORLD — David Abram
ALL CONSUMING IMAGES: THE POLITICS OF STYLE IN CONTEMPORARY CULTURE — Stuart Ewen
THE TOOTHPASTE OF IMMORTALITY: SELF-CONSTRUCTION IN THE CONSUMER AGE — Elemér Hankiss
EMPIRE OF ILLUSION: THE END OF LITERACY AND THE TRIUMPH OF SPECTACLE — Chris Hedges
THE TIME FALLING BODIES TAKE TO LIGHT: MYTHOLOGY, SEXUALITY, AND THE
           ORIGINS OF CULTURE — William Irwin Thompson
TALK DIRTY TO ME: AN INTIMATE PHILOSOPHY OF SEX — Sallie Tisdale
VAMPS AND TRAMPS — Camille Paglia
WHY MEN RULE: A THEORY OF MALE DOMINANCE — Steven Goldberg
THE MYTH OF MALE POWER — Warren Farrell
MEN AND MARRIAGE — George Gilder
DEAR BROTHERS AND SISTERS: GENDER AND ITS RESPONSIBILITY — Elder George
YOU JUST DON’T UNDERSTAND: WOMEN AND MEN IN CONVERSATION — Deborah Tannen
THE RANTINGS OF A SINGLE MALE: LOSING PATIENCE WITH FEMINISM, POLITICAL CORRECTNESS,
           AND BASICALLY EVERYTHING — Thomas Ellis
ESSAYS OF EMERSON — Ralph Waldo Emerson
WALDEN AND SELECTED ESSAYS & JOURNALS — Henry David Thoreau
WHEN ELEPHANTS WEEP: THE EMOTIONAL LIVES OF ANIMALS — Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson & Susan McCarthy
BEYOND WORDS: WHAT ANIMALS THINK AND FEEL — Carl Safina
THE IMMENSE JOURNEY — Loren Eiseley
THE FIRMAMENT OF TIME — Loren Eiseley
THE UNEXPECTED UNIVERSE — Loren Eiseley
THE INVISIBLE PYRAMID — Loren Eiseley
THE NIGHT COUNTRY — Loren Eiseley
THE STAR THROWER — Loren Eiseley
ALL THE STRANGE HOURS: THE EXCAVATION OF A LIFE — Loren Eiseley
COMPLETE WRITINGS OF WILLIAM BLAKE — William Blake
SPARKS OF FIRE: BLAKE IN A NEW AGE — James Bogan & Fred Goss (editors)
THE UNHOLY BIBLE: BLAKE, JUNG, AND THE COLLECTIVE UNCONSCIOUS — June Singer
THE LAW — Frederic Bastiat
COMMON SENSE — Thomas Paine
THE GREAT DEBATE: EDMUND BURKE, THOMAS PAINE, AND THE BIRTH OF RIGHT AND LEFT — Yuval Levin
OUR ENEMY, THE STATE — Albert Jay Nock
ECONOMICS IN ONE LESSON — Henry Hazlitt
FREE TO CHOOSE: A PERSONAL STATEMENT — Milton and Rose Friedman
NATIONAL SUICIDE: HOW WASHINGTON IS DESTROYING THE AMERICAN DREAM FROM A TO Z — Martin L. Gross
MELTDOWN: A FREE-MARKET LOOK AT WHY THE STOCK MARKET COLLAPSED, THE ECONOMY TANKED,
           AND GOVERNMENT BAILOUTS WILL MAKE THINGS WORSE — Thomas E. Woods Jr.
THE FATAL CONCEIT: THE ERRORS OF SOCIALISM — Friedrich Hayek
THE ROAD TO SERFDOM — Friedrich Hayek
THE NEW ROAD TO SERFDOM: A LETTER OF WARNING TO AMERICA — Daniel Hannan
LIBERTY AND TYRANNY: A CONSERVATIVE MANIFESTO — Mark R. Levin
WITNESS — Whittaker Chambers
THE FUTURE OF FREEDOM: ILLIBERAL DEMOCRACY AT HOME & ABROAD — Fareed Zakaria
THE CLOSING OF THE AMERICAN MIND — Allan Bloom
THE BURDEN OF BAD IDEAS: HOW MODERN INTELLECTUALS MISSHAPE OUR SOCIETY — Heather MacDonald
INTELLECTUAL MORONS: HOW IDEOLOGY MAKES SMART PEOPLE FALL FOR STUPID IDEAS — Daniel J. Flynn
10 BOOKS THAT SCREWED UP THE WORLD — Benjamin Wiker
IN DEFENSE OF ELITISM — William A. Henry
RIGHTS TALK: THE IMPOVERISHMENT OF POLITICAL DISCOURSE — Mary Ann Glendon
RIGHTS AND DUTIES: REFLECTIONS ON OUR CONSERVATIVE CONSTITUTION — Russell Kirk
NO LIBERTY FOR LICENSE: THE FORGOTTEN LOGIC OF THE FIRST AMENDMENT — David Lowenthal
THE WORDS WE LIVE BY: YOUR ANNOTATED GUIDE TO THE CONSTITUTION — Linda R. Monk
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE U.S. CONSTITUTION AND THE BILL OF RIGHTS — John Coleman
THE POLITICALLY INCORRECT GUIDE TO THE CONSTITUTION — Kevin R.C. Gutzman
SCALIA DISSENTS: WRITINGS OF THE SUPREME COURT’S WITTIEST, MOST OUTSPOKEN JUSTICE — Kevin A. Ring (editor)
A CONFLICT OF VISIONS: IDEOLOGICAL ORGINS OF POLITICAL STRUGGLES — Thomas Sowell
THE VISION OF THE ANOINTED: SELF-CONGRATULATION AS A BASIS FOR SOCIAL POLICY — Thomas Sowell
THE QUEST FOR COSMIC JUSTICE — Thomas Sowell
BLACK REDNECKS AND WHITE LIBERALS — Thomas Sowell
IS REALITY OPTIONAL? — Thomas Sowell
CONTROVERSIAL ESSAYS — Thomas Sowell
EVER WONDER WHY? — Thomas Sowell
RONALD REAGAN: HOW AN ORDINARY MAN BECAME AN EXTRAORDINARY LEADER — Dinesh D’Souza
HOW RONALD REAGAN CHANGED MY LIFE — Peter Robinson
REAGAN’S WAR: THE EPIC STORY OF HIS FORTY-YEAR STRUGGLE AND FINAL TRIUMPH
           OVER COMMUNISM — Peter Schweizer
THE LESSONS OF HISTORY — Will & Ariel Durant
BURY MY HEART AT WOUNDED KNEE: AN INDIAN HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN WEST — Dee Brown
EMPIRE OF THE SUMMER MOON: QUANAH PARKER AND THE RISE AND FALL OF THE COMANCHES — S.C. Gwynne
THE JOURNEY OF CRAZY HORSE: A LAKOTA HISTORY — Joseph M. Marshall III
FOUNDING BROTHERS: THE REVOLUTIONARY GENERATION — Joseph J. Ellis
AMERICAN CREATION: TRIUMPHS AND TRAGEDIES AT THE FOUNDING OF THE REPUBLIC — Joseph J. Ellis
WHY I LEFT ORTHODOX MEDICINE: HEALING FOR THE 21ST CENTURY — Derrick Lonsdale
IN DEFENSE OF FOOD: AN EATER’S MANIFESTO — Michael Pollan
IN A DARK WOOD: THE FIGHT OVER FORESTS AND THE RISING TYRANNY OF ECOLOGY — Alston Chase
THE POLITICALLY INCORRECT GUIDE TO GLOBAL WARMING AND ENVIRONMENTALISM — Christopher C. Horner
GLOBAL WARMING AND OTHER ECO-MYTHS: HOW THE ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENT USES FALSE SCIENCE
           TO SCARE US TO DEATH — Ronald Bailey (editor)
LOST IN THE COSMOS: THE LAST SELF-HELP BOOK — Walker Percy
SIGNPOSTS IN A STRANGE LAND — Walker Percy
GENERATION OF SWINE: TALES OF SHAME AND DEGRADATION IN THE ’80S — Hunter S. Thompson
ANOTHER WAY OF TELLING — John Berger & Jean Mohr
ONLY A PROMISE OF HAPPINESS: THE PLACE OF BEAUTY IN A WORLD OF ART — Alexander Nehamas
THE SHOCK OF THE NEW: THE HUNDRED-YEAR HISTORY OF MODERN ART — Robert Hughes
AMERICAN VISIONS: THE EPIC HISTORY OF ART IN AMERICA — Robert Hughes
WHY CATS PAINT: A THEORY OF FELINE AESTHETICS — Heather Busch & Burton Silver
THE GREAT MOVIES — Roger Ebert
THE GREAT MOVIES II — Roger Ebert
I LOST IT AT THE MOVIES — Pauline Kael
THROUGH A SCREEN DARKLY: LOOKING CLOSER AT BEAUTY, TRUTH AND EVIL IN THE MOVIES — Jeffrey Overstreet
REELING THROUGH LIFE: HOW I LEARNED TO LIVE, LOVE, AND DIE AT THE MOVIES — Tara Ison
BREAK, BLOW, BURN: CAMILLE PAGLIA READS 43 OF THE WORLD’S BEST POEMS — Camille Paglia
THE FORCE OF POETRY — Christopher Ricks
MAUS: A SURVIVOR’S TALE — Art Spiegelman
SUN AND STEEL — Yukio Mishima
RUNNING AND BEING — George Sheehan
FATE IS THE HUNTER — Ernest K. Gann
BAND OF BROTHERS: E COMPANY, 506TH REGIMENT, 101ST AIRBORNE FROM NORMANDY TO
           HITLER’S EAGLE’S NEST — Stephen E. Ambrose
THE FALL OF FORTRESSES: A PERSONAL ACOUNT OF THE MOST DARING AND DEADLY AMERICAN
           AIR BATTLES OF WWII — Elmer Bendiner
ABOUT FACE: THE ODYSSEY OF AN AMERICAN WARRIOR — Col. David H. Hackworth
WE WERE SOLDIERS ONCE...AND YOUNG — Lt. Gen. Harold G. Moore & Joseph L. Galloway
THE SPIRIT OF ST. LOUIS — Charles Lindbergh
WEST WITH THE NIGHT — Beryl Markham
THE RIGHT STUFF — Tom Wolfe
THE DREAM OF SPACEFLIGHT: ESSAYS ON THE NEAR EDGE OF INFINITY — Wyn Wachhorst
OF A FIRE ON THE MOON — Norman Mailer
ROCKET BOYS — Homer H. Hickam, Jr.
FOR ALL MANKIND — Harry Hurt
THE LAST MAN ON THE MOON — Eugene Cernan
THE WAY OF THE EXPLORER: AN APOLLO ASTRONAUT’S JOURNEY THROUGH THE MATERIAL
           AND MYSTICAL WORLDS — Edgar Mitchell
THE ROYAL ROAD TO ROMANCE — Richard Halliburton
THE GLORIOUS ADVENTURE — Richard Halliburton
NEW WORLDS TO CONQUER — Richard Halliburton
THE FLYING CARPET — Richard Halliburton
SEVEN LEAGUE BOOTS — Richard Halliburton
DANGER IS MY BUSINESS — John D. Craig
INTO THIN AIR: A PERSONAL ACCOUNT OF THE MT. EVEREST DISASTER — Jon Krakauer
EDUCATION OF A WANDERING MAN — Louis L’Amour
BLUE HIGHWAYS: A JOURNEY INTO AMERICA — William Least Heat-Moon
OUT OF AFRICA — Isak Dinesen
THE FISH THAT ATE THE WHALE: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF AMERICA’S BANANA KING — Rich Cohen
SURELY YOU’RE JOKING, MR. FEYNMAN!: ADVENTURES OF A CURIOUS CHARACTER — Richard P. Feynman
CHRONICLES, VOLUME ONE — Bob Dylan
STUDIO A: THE BOB DYLAN READER — Benjamin Hedin (editor)
WANTED MAN: IN SEARCH OF BOB DYLAN — John Bauldie (editor)
NOTES FROM A BOTTLE FOUND ON THE BEACH AT CARMEL — Evan S. Connell
POINTS FOR A COMPASS ROSE — Evan S. Connell
GIFT FROM THE SEA — Anne Morrow Lindbergh
HOT FOR WORDS: ANSWERS TO ALL YOUR BURNING QUESTIONS ABOUT WORDS AND THEIR MEANINGS — Marina Orlova
NOT QUITE WHAT I WAS PLANNING: SIX-WORD MEMOIRS BY WRITERS FAMOUS AND OBSCURE — Rachel Fershleiser (editor)





SHORT STORIES

THE LIBRARY OF BABEL — Jorge Luis Borges  [Read It]
THE DOOR — E. B. White  [Read It]
THE OTHER SIDE OF THE HEDGE — E. M. Forster  [Read It]
THE DIAMOND AS BIG AS THE RITZ — F. Scott Fitzgerald  [Read It]
THE HEAT DEATH OF THE UNIVERSE — Pamela Zoline  [Read It]
JOHNNY PANIC AND THE BIBLE OF DREAMS — Sylvia Plath  [Read It]
THE LOTTERY — Shirley Jackson  [Read It]
A HUNGER ARTIST — Franz Kafka  [Read It]
GIMPEL THE FOOL — Isaac Bashevis Singer  [Read It]
WHEN SKEPTICS DIE — Yael Goldstein  [Read It]
THE MINISTER’S BLACK VEIL — Nathaniel Hawthorne  [Read It]
BARTLEBY THE SCRIVENER — Herman Melville  [Read It]
THE LIGHTNING-ROD MAN — Herman Melville  [Read It]
THE SECRET SHARER — Joseph Conrad
YOUTH — Joseph Conrad
A GOOD MAN IS HARD TO FIND — Flannery O’Connor  [Read It]
THE PRIEST OF SHIGA TEMPLE AND HIS LOVE — Yukio Mishima  [Read It]
SWADDLING CLOTHES — Yukio Mishima  [Read It]
THE LONELINESS OF THE LONG-DISTANCE RUNNER — Alan Sillitoe
THE GIRLS IN THEIR SUMMER DRESSES — Irwin Shaw  [Read It]
COMPLEMENTS — Émile Zola  [Read It]
THE SECRET ROOM — Alain Robbe-Grillet  [Read It]
A DOG IN DÜRER’S ETCHING "THE KNIGHT, DEATH AND THE DEVIL" — Marco Denevi  [Read It]
A SHOWER OF GOLD — Donald Barthleme  [Read It]
BAD LUCK — Alan.E..Mayer  [Read It]
DETRITUS — Randall Reid
THE BABYSITTER — Robert Coover
A VARIETY OF RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE — Joan Brady  [Read It]
TO SEE — Edward Bryant  [Read It]
THE PURPOSE OF THE MOON — Tom Robbins  [Read It]
THE TELL-TALE HEART — Edgar Allan Poe  [Read It]
THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES — A. Conan Doyle
THE NINE MILE WALK — Harry Kemelman  [Read It]
AUGUST HEAT — William Fryer Harvey  [Read It]
OF MISSING.PERSONS — Jack.Finney  [Read It]
ROLLER BALL MURDER — William Harrison
A SUBWAY.NAMED.MOBIUS — A. J..Deutsch
KALEIDOSCOPE — Ray.Bradbury
A SOUND.OF.THUNDER — Ray.Bradbury
THE.PEDESTRIAN — Ray.Bradbury
THE NINE.BILLION.NAMES.OF.GOD — Arthur.C..Clarke
THE.STAR — Arthur.C..Clarke
FRAGMENTS.OF A HOLOGRAM.ROSE — William.Gibson
"REPENT,.HARLEQUIN!".SAID.THE.TICKTOCMAN — Harlan.Ellison
THE.PARDONER’S.TALE — Robert.Silverberg
SHALL.THE DUST.PRAISE.THEE? — Damon.Knight
LEDERER’S LEGACY — James Aitken  [Read It]
THE VIEWS OF JONNIE McKEAN — James Shields
CLEAR ACRYLIC ENAMEL — Rodney Morales





POETRY

Bob Dylan
William Blake
Stephen Crane
Emily Dickinson
Robinson Jeffers
Robert Frost
William Butler Yeats
e. e. cummings
Wallace Stevens
Walt Whitman