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What I am currently reading (or re-reading).

My Favorites
  1. A Stranger in This World, Kevin Canty
  2. Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro
  3. Old School, Tobias Wolff
  4. Cancer Ward, Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn
  5. Facing the Music, Larry Brown
  6. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Hunter S. Thompson
  7. Post Office, Charles Bukowski
  8. The Chosen, Chaim Potok

List of everything I've ever read (that I can remember (this is a work in progress (not sure if it will ever be finished))).
Novels, novellas, short story collections, plays, poetry collections.


  1. Watership Down, Richard Adams
  2. The Outlander, Gil Adamson
  3. Indian Killer, Sherman Alexie
  4. The Evil B. B. Chow and Other Stories, Steve Almond
  5. My Life in Heavy Metal, Steve Almond
  6. Candyfreak: A Journey through the Chocolate Underbelly of America, Steve Almond
  7. Perhaps Women, Sherwood Anderson
  8. Nemesis, Isaac Asimov
  9. The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood
  10. Beware of God, Shalom Auslander
  11. Foreskin's Lament, Shalom Auslander
  12. Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Richard Bach
  13. A Permanent Member of the Family, Russell Banks
  14. Lost Memory of Skin, Russell Banks
  15. The Sweet Hereafter, Russell Banks
  16. Cloudsplitter, Russell Banks
  17. The Reserve, Russell Banks
  18. Continental Drift, Russell Banks
  19. Trailer Park, Russell Banks
  20. Rule of the Bone, Russell Banks
  21. Affliction, Russell Banks
  22. The Hermit's Story, Rick Bass
  23. Eon, Greg Bear
  24. The Doctor's House, Ann Beattie
  25. Henderson the Rain King, Saul Bellow
  26. More Die of Heartbreak, Saul Bellow
  27. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, Aimee Bender
  28. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, John Berendt
  29. Civil War Stories, Ambrose Bierce
  30. A Man for All Seasons, Robert Bolt
  31. The Wettest County in the World (also published as Lawless), Matt Bondurant
  32. Drop City, T. Coraghessan Boyle
  33. The Martian Chronicles, Ray Douglas Bradbury
  34. Fahrenheit 451, Ray Douglas Bradbury
  35. The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown
  36. A Miracle of Catfish, Larry Brown
  37. Big Bad Love, Larry Brown
  38. Billy Ray's Farm, Larry Brown
  39. Dirty Work, Larry Brown
  40. Facing the Music, Larry Brown
  41. Father and Son, Larry Brown
  42. Fay, Larry Brown
  43. Joe, Larry Brown
  44. At Home: A Short History of Private Life, Bill Bryson
  45. A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson
  46. Notes from a Small Island, Bill Bryson
  47. A Walk in the Woods, Bill Bryson
  48. The Road to Little Dribbling, Bill Bryson
  49. The Good Earth, Pearl S. Buck
  50. Factotum, Charles Bukowski
  51. Post Office, Charles Bukowski
  52. Ham on Rye, Charles Bukowski
  53. Women, Charles Bukowski
  54. The Captain, Charles Bukowski
  55. The Most Beautiful Woman in Town: Stories, Charles Bukowski
  56. A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess
  57. Naked Lunch, William S. Burroughs
  58. Junkie, William S. Burroughs
  59. Queer, William S. Burroughs
  60. Cities of the Red Night, William S. Burroughs
  61. Erewhon, Samuel Butler
  62. Tobacco Road, Erskine Caldwell
  63. The Stranger, Albert Camus
  64. The Underworld, Kevin Canty
  65. Where the Money Went: Stories, Kevin Canty
  66. Into the Great Wide Open, Kevin Canty
  67. Nine Below Zero, Kevin Canty
  68. Honeymoon, Kevin Canty
  69. Winslow in Love, Kevin Canty
  70. A Stranger in this World: Stories, Kevin Canty
  71. Apaches, Lorenzo Carcaterra
  72. Gangster, Lorenzo Carcaterra
  73. Sleepers, Lorenzo Carcaterra
  74. The Signal, Ron Carlson
  75. Madonna Red, James Carroll
  76. The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman, Angela Carter
  77. What We Talk about When We Talk about Love: Stories, Raymond Carver
  78. Where I'm Calling From, Raymond Carver
  79. Fires, Raymond Carver
  80. Spartina, John Casey
  81. Falconer, John Cheever
  82. The Complete Short Novels, Anton Chekhov
  83. Ward No. 6 and Other Stories, 1892-1895, Anton Chekhov
  84. The Alchemist, Paul Coelho
  85. Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad
  86. The Secret Sharer, Joseph Conrad
  87. The Red Badge of Courage, Stephen Crane
  88. The Complete Poems of Stephen Crane, Stephen Crane
  89. A Feast of Snakes, Harry Crews
  90. Florida Frenzy: Essays, Harry Crews
  91. The Mulching of America, Harry Crews
  92. The Sleepy Hollow Family Almanac, Kris D'Agostino
  93. The Farming of Bones, Edwidge Danticat
  94. White Noise, Don DeLillo
  95. Paris Trout, Pete Dexter
  96. Drown: Stories, Junot Diaz
  97. This is How You Lose Her, Junot Diaz
  98. City of God, E. L. Doctorow
  99. All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr
  100. The Shell Collector: Stories, Anthony Doerr
  101. Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  102. My Only Sunshine, Lou Dischler
  103. Adultery and Other Choices, Andre Dubus
  104. Selected Stories, Andre Dubus
  105. Dancing After Hours: Stories, Andre Dubus
  106. The Cage Keeper and Other Stories, Andre Dubus
  107. So Much a Part of You, Polly Dugan
  108. The French Broad, Wilma Dykeman
  109. Walking Across Egypt, Clyde Edgerton
  110. A Visit from the Goon Squad, Jennifer Egan
  111. What is the What, Dave Eggers
  112. The Collected Stories of Deborah Eisenberg, Deborah Eisenberg
  113. Silas Marner, George Eliot
  114. Selected Poems, T. S. Eliot
  115. Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison
  116. Ask the Dust, John Fante
  117. April Morning, Howard Fast
  118. The Sound and the Fury, William Cuthbert Faulkner
  119. The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
  120. Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn
  121. Sharp Objects, Gillian Flynn
  122. The Ticking Is the Bomb, Nick Flynn
  123. Everything Is Illuminated, Jonathan Safran Foer
  124. Independence Day, Richard Ford
  125. The Sportswriter, Richard Ford
  126. Women with Men, Richard Ford
  127. Wildlife, Richard Ford
  128. Rock Springs, Richard Ford
  129. Canada, Richard Ford
  130. Palo Alto, James Franco
  131. Cold Mountain, Charles Frazier
  132. Nightwoods, Charles Frazier
  133. The O. Henry Prize Stories, 2003, Laura Furman (ed.)
  134. Food: A Love Story, Jim Gaffigan
  135. Bad Behavior, Mary Gaitskill
  136. Strangers to Temptation, Scott Gould
  137. Swimming to Cambodia, Spalding Gray
  138. Monster in a Box, Spalding Gray
  139. Lord of the Flies, William Golding
  140. Autobiography of a Face, Lucy Grealy
  141. The Secret River, Kate Grenville
  142. The Idea of Perfection, Kate Grenville
  143. The Lieutenant, Kate Grenville
  144. Black Like Me, John Howard Griffin
  145. Follow Me: Stories, Paul Griner
  146. New Stories from the South: 2006, Allan Gurganus (ed.)
  147. Bound for Glory, Woody Guthrie
  148. A Real Good War, Sam Halpert
  149. Hunger, Knut Hamsun
  150. Airships, Barry Hannah
  151. Legends of the Fall, Jim Harrison
  152. The Beast God Forgot to Invent, Jim Harrison
  153. The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne
  154. Catch-22, Joseph Heller
  155. Green Hills of Africa, Ernest Hemingway
  156. The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway
  157. For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway
  158. A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway
  159. The Collected Stories of Amy Hempel, Amy Hempel
  160. Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert A. Heinlein
  161. Lost Horizon, James Hilton
  162. Smilla's Sense of Snow, Peter Hoeg
  163. High Fidelity, Nick Hornby
  164. Fireman's Fair, Josephine Humphreys
  165. Nowhere Else on Earth, Josephine Humphreys
  166. Rich in Love, Josephine Humphreys
  167. Dreams of Sleep, Josephine Humphreys
  168. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
  169. A Prayer for Owen Meany, John Irving
  170. Last Night at Twisted River, John Irving
  171. Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro
  172. A Pale View of Hills, Kazuo Ishiguro
  173. The Lottery and other Stories, Shirley Jackson
  174. Jesus' Son, Denis Johnson
  175. Tree of Smoke, Denis Johnson
  176. Dubliners, James Joyce
  177. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, James Joyce
  178. Pu-239: a Novella and Stories, Ken Kalfus
  179. Love Me, Garrison Keillor
  180. The Book of Guys: Stories, Garrison Keillor
  181. Legs, William Kennedy
  182. Demon Box, Ken Kesey
  183. Sometimes a Great Notion, Ken Kesey
  184. Flowers for Algernon, Daniel Keyes
  185. Captains Courageous, Rudyard Kipling
  186. Redeployment, Phil Klay
  187. My Struggle, Book 1, Karl Ove Knausgaard
  188. A Separate Peace, John Knowles
  189. Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott
  190. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson
  191. Aaron's Rod, D. H. Lawrence
  192. Lady Chatterley's Lover, D. H. Lawrence
  193. Independent People, Halldor Laxness
  194. The Fish Can Sing, Halldor Laxness
  195. Disquiet, Julia Leigh
  196. A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L'Engle
  197. A Wind in the Door, Madeleine L'Engle
  198. Survival in Auschwitz, Primo Levi
  199. The Screwtape Letters, C. S. Lewis
  200. Main Street, Sinclair Lewis
  201. The Job, Sinclair Lewis
  202. Evangeline, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  203. The Falling Boy, David Long
  204. God's Grace, Bernard Malamud
  205. The Assistant, Bernard Malamud
  206. Pictures of Fidelman, Bernard Malamud
  207. The Tenants, Bernard Malamud
  208. The Magic Barrel: Stories, Bernard Malamud
  209. The Fixer, Bernard Malamud
  210. The Natural, Bernard Malamud
  211. The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher, Hilary Mantel
  212. Matterhorn, Karl Marlantes
  213. One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  214. Life of Pi, Yann Martel
  215. In Paradise, Peter Matthiessen
  216. In the Spirit of Crazy Horse, Peter Matthiessen
  217. The Orchard Keeper, Cormac McCarthy
  218. No Country for Old Men, Cormac McCarthy
  219. The Road, Cormac McCarthy
  220. Outer Dark, Cormac McCarthy
  221. The Crossing, Cormac McCarthy
  222. Blood Meridian, Cormac McCarthy
  223. All the Pretty Horses, Cormac McCarthy
  224. The Ballad of the Sad Cafe, Carson McCullers
  225. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Carson McCullers
  226. Charming Billy, Alice McDermott
  227. On Chesil Beach, Ian McEwan
  228. Lake Overturn, Vestal McIntyre
  229. Moby Dick, Herman Melville
  230. The Best American Short Stories, 2004, Lorrie Moore (ed.)
  231. Travelers Rest, Keith Lee Morris
  232. Call it What You Want, Keith Lee Morris
  233. The Dart League King, Keith Lee Morris
  234. The Greyhound God, Keith Lee Morris
  235. The Best Seats in the House and Other Stories, Keith Lee Morris
  236. The Best American Short Stories, 2003, Walter Mosley (ed.)
  237. Half a Life, V. S. Naipaul
  238. Black Elk Speaks, as told through John G. Neihardt
  239. Bone, Fae Myenne Ng
  240. The Refugees, Viet Thanh Nguyen
  241. The Sympathizer, Viet Thanh Nguyen
  242. Flannery O'Connor the Complete Stories, Flannery O'Connor
  243. Master and Commander, Patrick O'Brian
  244. Tomcat in Love, Tim O'Brien
  245. Northern Lights, Tim O'Brien
  246. Going After Cacciato, Tim O'Brien
  247. The Nuclear Age, Tim O'Brien
  248. In the Lake of the Woods, Tim O'Brien
  249. The Things They Carried, Tim O'Brien
  250. July, July, Tim O'Brien
  251. The English Patient, Michael Onadaatje
  252. Burmese Days, George Orwell
  253. Animal Farm, George Orwell
  254. Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell
  255. Fight Club, Chuck Palahniuk
  256. Choke, Chuck Palahniuk
  257. Bel Canto, Ann Patchett
  258. Truth and Beauty, Ann Patchett
  259. Refresh, Refresh, Benjamin Percy
  260. The Wilding, Benjamin Percy
  261. The Second Coming, Walker Percy
  262. The Moviegoer, Walker Percy
  263. Bad Haircut: Stories, Tom Perrotta
  264. Joe College, Tom Perrotta
  265. Little Children, Tom Perrotta
  266. The Abstinence Teacher, Tom Perrotta
  267. Election, Tom Perrotta
  268. The Leftovers, Tom Perrotta
  269. Knockemstiff, Donald Ray Pollock
  270. My Name is Asher Lev, Chaim Potok
  271. The Gift of Asher Lev, Chaim Potok
  272. The Chosen, Chaim Potok
  273. The Promise, Chaim Potok
  274. The Book of Lights, Chaim Potok
  275. Accordion Crimes, E. Annie Proulx
  276. The Shipping News, E. Annie Proulx
  277. That Old Ace in the Hole, E. Annie Proulx
  278. The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand
  279. Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand
  280. The Cove, Ron Rash
  281. Serena, Ron Rash
  282. One Foot in Eden, Ron Rash
  283. Saints at the River, Ron Rash
  284. The World Made Straight, Ron Rash
  285. Casualties: Stories, Ron Rash
  286. New Stories from the South: 2005, Shannon Ravenel (ed.)
  287. New Stories from the South: 2004, Shannon Ravenel (ed.)
  288. New Stories from the South: 2003, Shannon Ravenel (ed.)
  289. New Stories from the South: 2001, Shannon Ravenel (ed.)
  290. New Stories from the South: 1995, Shannon Ravenel (ed.)
  291. Rain Dragon, Jon Raymond
  292. Livability, Jon Raymond
  293. Cannibals in Love, Mike Roberts
  294. Red Hills and Cotton: An Upcountry Memory, Ben Robertson
  295. The Mathematician's Shiva, Stuart Rojstaczer
  296. American Pastoral, Philip Roth
  297. The Counterlife, Philip Roth
  298. St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves, Karen Russell
  299. Vampires in the Lemon Grove, Karen Russell
  300. I Am Sorry to Think I Have Raised a Timid Son, Kent Russell
  301. The Destiny Thief, Richard Russo
  302. That Old Cape Magic, Richard Russo
  303. Bridge of Sighs, Richard Russo
  304. Straight Man, Richard Russo
  305. Mohawk, Richard Russo
  306. The Whore's Child and Other Stories, Richard Russo
  307. Empire Falls, Richard Russo
  308. The Risk Pool, Richard Russo
  309. Nobody's Fool, Richard Russo
  310. Everybody's Fool, Richard Russo
  311. Elsewhere: A Memoir, Richard Russo
  312. Trajectory, Richard Russo
  313. Nine Stories, J. D. Salinger
  314. The Catcher in the Rye, J. D. Salinger
  315. Calypso, David Sedaris
  316. Theft by Finding, David Sedaris
  317. Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, David Sedaris
  318. Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk, David Sedaris
  319. Holidays on Ice, David Sedaris
  320. When You Are Engulged in Flames, David Sedaris
  321. Me Talk Pretty One Day, David Sedaris
  322. Barrel Fever, David Sedaris
  323. Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, David Sedaris
  324. Naked, David Sedaris
  325. The Killer Angels, Michael Shaara
  326. To the Last Man, Jeff Shaara
  327. The Last Full Measure, Jeff Shaara
  328. Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare
  329. Henry V, William Shakespeare
  330. Hamlet, William Shakespeare
  331. Othello, William Shakespeare
  332. King Lear, William Shakespeare
  333. Macbeth, William Shakespeare
  334. The Taming of the Shrew, William Shakespeare
  335. Much Ado About Nothing, William Shakespeare
  336. As You Like It, William Shakespeare
  337. Like You'd Understand, Anyway, Jim Shepard
  338. You Think That's Bad, Jim Shepard
  339. Love and Hydrogen: New and Selected Stories, Jim Shepard
  340. Project X, Jim Shepard
  341. Larry's PartyCarol Shields
  342. Unless, Carol Shields
  343. Stray Decorum, George Singleton
  344. The Baptism of Billy Bean: A Novel, Roger Alan Skipper
  345. Gorky Park, Martin Cruz Smith
  346. Cancer Ward, Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn
  347. The First Circle, Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn
  348. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn
  349. "We Never Make Mistakes": Two Short Novels, Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn
    • An Incident at Krechetovka Station,
    • Matryona's House,
  350. Dear John, Nicholas Sparks
  351. The Big Rock Candy Mountain, Wallace Stegner
  352. Angle of Repose, Wallace Stegner
  353. Working Days, the Journals of `The Grapes of Wrath', 1938-1941, John Steinbeck
  354. Travels with Charley, John Steinbeck
  355. The Long Valley, John Steinbeck
  356. Cannery Row, John Steinbeck
  357. The Moon is Down, John Steinbeck
  358. To a God Unknown, John Steinbeck
  359. The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck
  360. Dog Soldiers, Robert Stone
  361. The Door, Magda Szabo
  362. The Mosquito Coast, Paul Theroux
  363. Generation of Swine, Hunter S. Thompson
  364. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Hunter S. Thompson
  365. The Hobbit, J. R. R. Tolkien
  366. The Lord of the Rings, J. R. R. Tolkien
  367. The Silmarillion, J. R. R. Tolkien
  368. Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned, Wells Tower
  369. Dragonfish, Vu Tran
  370. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain
  371. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain
  372. Pudd'nhead Wilson, Mark Twain
  373. Annihilation, Jeff VanderMeer
  374. Authority, Jeff VanderMeer
  375. Acceptance, Jeff VanderMeer
  376. Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea, Jules Verne
  377. Cat's Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut
  378. Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut
  379. God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, Kurt Vonnegut
  380. Night Rider, Robert Penn Warren
  381. The War of the Worlds, H. G. Wells
  382. The First Men in the Moon, H. G. Wells
  383. The Robber Bridegroom, Eudora Welty
  384. The Ponder Heart, Eudora Welty
  385. The Bridge of San Luis Rey, Thornton Wilder
  386. Right Ho, Jeves, P. G. Wodehouse
  387. A Man in Full, Tom Wolfe
  388. The Bonfire of the Vanities, Tom Wolfe
  389. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, Tom Wolfe
  390. From Bauhaus to Our House, Tom Wolfe
  391. The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby, Tom Wolfe
  392. In Pharaoh's Army, Tobias Wolff
  393. The Barracks Thief, Tobias Wolff
  394. Old School, Tobias Wolff
  395. The Night in Question: Stories, Tobias Wolff
  396. In the Garden of the North American Martyrs: Stories, Tobias Wolff
  397. The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon, Richard Zimler
  398. The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, Paul Zindel

Non-Fiction (very incomplete list)
  1. The Elephant Whisperer, Lawrence Anthony
  2. Ogallala Blue, William Ashworth
  3. Eccentric Orbits: The Iridium Story, John Bloom
  4. The Shallows, Nicholas Carr
  5. The Secret Knowledge of Water, Craig Childs
  6. Almost Midnight, Michael W. Cuneo
  7. Cherokee Place Names, John Currahee
  8. Daily Rituals, Mason Currey
  9. The Big Thirst, Charles Fishman
  10. Better, Atul Gawande
  11. Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, Doris Kearns Goodwin
  12. The Island of Lost Maps, Miles Harvey
  13. A Year in the Maine Woods, Bernd Heinrich
  14. King Leopold's Ghost, Adam Hochschild
  15. Odd Type Writers, Celia Blue Johnson
  16. The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments, George Johnson
  17. The Soul of a New Machine, Tracy Kidder
  18. Mountains Beyond Mountains, Tracy Kidder
  19. Cod, Mark Kurlansky
  20. Salt, Mark Kurlansky
  21. Scale Invariance, Annick Lesne & Michel Lagües
  22. The Girl with Seven Names, Hyeonseo Lee
  23. Freakonomics, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
  24. Lord of Publishing: A Memoir, Sterling Lord
  25. The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Alone, 1932-1940, William Manchester
  26. 1491, Charles C. Mann
  27. 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created, Charles C. Mann
  28. Born to Run, Christopher McDougall
  29. The Control of Nature, John McPhee
  30. The Pine Barrens, John McPhee
  31. Deep Work, Cal Newport
  32. Hamlet's Blackberry, William Powers
  33. A Deadly Wandering, Matt Richtel
  34. The Pine Barrens of New Jersey, Karen F. Riley
  35. Cherokee Voices: Early Accounts of Cherokee Life in the East, Vicki Rozema
  36. The Intellectual Life, A. G. Sertillanges
  37. The Monster of Florence, Douglas Preston and Mario Spezi
  38. Still Waters: The Secret World of Lakes, Curt Stager
  39. The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable, Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  40. Hillbilly Elegy, J. D. Vance
  41. How Old is the Universe?, David A. Weintraub
  42. Outposts, Simon Winchester
  43. The Professor and the Madman, Simon Winchester
  44. On Writing Well, William Zinsser