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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. The Tesseract, Alex Garland
  137. The Beach, Alex Garland
  138. Strangers to Temptation, Scott Gould
  139. Swimming to Cambodia, Spalding Gray
  140. Monster in a Box, Spalding Gray
  141. Lord of the Flies, William Golding
  142. Autobiography of a Face, Lucy Grealy
  143. The Secret River, Kate Grenville
  144. The Idea of Perfection, Kate Grenville
  145. The Lieutenant, Kate Grenville
  146. Black Like Me, John Howard Griffin
  147. Follow Me: Stories, Paul Griner
  148. New Stories from the South: 2006, Allan Gurganus (ed.)
  149. Bound for Glory, Woody Guthrie
  150. A Real Good War, Sam Halpert
  151. Hunger, Knut Hamsun
  152. Airships, Barry Hannah
  153. Legends of the Fall, Jim Harrison
  154. The Beast God Forgot to Invent, Jim Harrison
  155. The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne
  156. Catch-22, Joseph Heller
  157. Green Hills of Africa, Ernest Hemingway
  158. The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway
  159. For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway
  160. A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway
  161. The Collected Stories of Amy Hempel, Amy Hempel
  162. Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert A. Heinlein
  163. Lost Horizon, James Hilton
  164. Smilla's Sense of Snow, Peter Hoeg
  165. The Iliad, Homer
  166. High Fidelity, Nick Hornby
  167. Fireman's Fair, Josephine Humphreys
  168. Nowhere Else on Earth, Josephine Humphreys
  169. Rich in Love, Josephine Humphreys
  170. Dreams of Sleep, Josephine Humphreys
  171. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
  172. A Prayer for Owen Meany, John Irving
  173. Last Night at Twisted River, John Irving
  174. Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro
  175. A Pale View of Hills, Kazuo Ishiguro
  176. The Lottery and other Stories, Shirley Jackson
  177. Jesus' Son, Denis Johnson
  178. Tree of Smoke, Denis Johnson
  179. Dubliners, James Joyce
  180. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, James Joyce
  181. Pu-239: a Novella and Stories, Ken Kalfus
  182. Love Me, Garrison Keillor
  183. The Book of Guys: Stories, Garrison Keillor
  184. Legs, William Kennedy
  185. Demon Box, Ken Kesey
  186. Sometimes a Great Notion, Ken Kesey
  187. Flowers for Algernon, Daniel Keyes
  188. Captains Courageous, Rudyard Kipling
  189. Redeployment, Phil Klay
  190. My Struggle, Book 1, Karl Ove Knausgaard
  191. A Separate Peace, John Knowles
  192. Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott
  193. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson
  194. Aaron's Rod, D. H. Lawrence
  195. Lady Chatterley's Lover, D. H. Lawrence
  196. Independent People, Halldor Laxness
  197. The Fish Can Sing, Halldor Laxness
  198. Disquiet, Julia Leigh
  199. A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L'Engle
  200. A Wind in the Door, Madeleine L'Engle
  201. Survival in Auschwitz, Primo Levi
  202. The Screwtape Letters, C. S. Lewis
  203. Main Street, Sinclair Lewis
  204. The Job, Sinclair Lewis
  205. Evangeline, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  206. The Falling Boy, David Long
  207. God's Grace, Bernard Malamud
  208. The Assistant, Bernard Malamud
  209. Pictures of Fidelman, Bernard Malamud
  210. The Tenants, Bernard Malamud
  211. The Magic Barrel: Stories, Bernard Malamud
  212. The Fixer, Bernard Malamud
  213. The Natural, Bernard Malamud
  214. The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher, Hilary Mantel
  215. Matterhorn, Karl Marlantes
  216. One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  217. Life of Pi, Yann Martel
  218. In Paradise, Peter Matthiessen
  219. In the Spirit of Crazy Horse, Peter Matthiessen
  220. The Orchard Keeper, Cormac McCarthy
  221. No Country for Old Men, Cormac McCarthy
  222. The Road, Cormac McCarthy
  223. Outer Dark, Cormac McCarthy
  224. The Crossing, Cormac McCarthy
  225. Blood Meridian, Cormac McCarthy
  226. All the Pretty Horses, Cormac McCarthy
  227. The Ballad of the Sad Cafe, Carson McCullers
  228. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Carson McCullers
  229. Charming Billy, Alice McDermott
  230. On Chesil Beach, Ian McEwan
  231. Lake Overturn, Vestal McIntyre
  232. Moby Dick, Herman Melville
  233. The Best American Short Stories, 2004, Lorrie Moore (ed.)
  234. Travelers Rest, Keith Lee Morris
  235. Call it What You Want, Keith Lee Morris
  236. The Dart League King, Keith Lee Morris
  237. The Greyhound God, Keith Lee Morris
  238. The Best Seats in the House and Other Stories, Keith Lee Morris
  239. The Best American Short Stories, 2003, Walter Mosley (ed.)
  240. Half a Life, V. S. Naipaul
  241. Black Elk Speaks, as told through John G. Neihardt
  242. Bone, Fae Myenne Ng
  243. The Refugees, Viet Thanh Nguyen
  244. The Sympathizer, Viet Thanh Nguyen
  245. Flannery O'Connor the Complete Stories, Flannery O'Connor
  246. Master and Commander, Patrick O'Brian
  247. Tomcat in Love, Tim O'Brien
  248. Northern Lights, Tim O'Brien
  249. Going After Cacciato, Tim O'Brien
  250. The Nuclear Age, Tim O'Brien
  251. In the Lake of the Woods, Tim O'Brien
  252. The Things They Carried, Tim O'Brien
  253. July, July, Tim O'Brien
  254. The English Patient, Michael Onadaatje
  255. Burmese Days, George Orwell
  256. Animal Farm, George Orwell
  257. Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell
  258. Fight Club, Chuck Palahniuk
  259. Choke, Chuck Palahniuk
  260. Bel Canto, Ann Patchett
  261. Truth and Beauty, Ann Patchett
  262. Refresh, Refresh, Benjamin Percy
  263. The Wilding, Benjamin Percy
  264. The Second Coming, Walker Percy
  265. The Moviegoer, Walker Percy
  266. Bad Haircut: Stories, Tom Perrotta
  267. Joe College, Tom Perrotta
  268. Little Children, Tom Perrotta
  269. The Abstinence Teacher, Tom Perrotta
  270. Election, Tom Perrotta
  271. The Leftovers, Tom Perrotta
  272. Knockemstiff, Donald Ray Pollock
  273. My Name is Asher Lev, Chaim Potok
  274. The Gift of Asher Lev, Chaim Potok
  275. The Chosen, Chaim Potok
  276. The Promise, Chaim Potok
  277. The Book of Lights, Chaim Potok
  278. Accordion Crimes, E. Annie Proulx
  279. The Shipping News, E. Annie Proulx
  280. That Old Ace in the Hole, E. Annie Proulx
  281. The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand
  282. Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand
  283. The Cove, Ron Rash
  284. Serena, Ron Rash
  285. One Foot in Eden, Ron Rash
  286. Saints at the River, Ron Rash
  287. The World Made Straight, Ron Rash
  288. Casualties: Stories, Ron Rash
  289. New Stories from the South: 2005, Shannon Ravenel (ed.)
  290. New Stories from the South: 2004, Shannon Ravenel (ed.)
  291. New Stories from the South: 2003, Shannon Ravenel (ed.)
  292. New Stories from the South: 2001, Shannon Ravenel (ed.)
  293. New Stories from the South: 1995, Shannon Ravenel (ed.)
  294. Rain Dragon, Jon Raymond
  295. Livability, Jon Raymond
  296. Cannibals in Love, Mike Roberts
  297. Red Hills and Cotton: An Upcountry Memory, Ben Robertson
  298. The Mathematician's Shiva, Stuart Rojstaczer
  299. American Pastoral, Philip Roth
  300. The Counterlife, Philip Roth
  301. St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves, Karen Russell
  302. Vampires in the Lemon Grove, Karen Russell
  303. I Am Sorry to Think I Have Raised a Timid Son, Kent Russell
  304. The Destiny Thief, Richard Russo
  305. That Old Cape Magic, Richard Russo
  306. Bridge of Sighs, Richard Russo
  307. Straight Man, Richard Russo
  308. Mohawk, Richard Russo
  309. The Whore's Child and Other Stories, Richard Russo
  310. Empire Falls, Richard Russo
  311. The Risk Pool, Richard Russo
  312. Nobody's Fool, Richard Russo
  313. Everybody's Fool, Richard Russo
  314. Elsewhere: A Memoir, Richard Russo
  315. Trajectory, Richard Russo
  316. Nine Stories, J. D. Salinger
  317. The Catcher in the Rye, J. D. Salinger
  318. Calypso, David Sedaris
  319. Theft by Finding, David Sedaris
  320. Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, David Sedaris
  321. Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk, David Sedaris
  322. Holidays on Ice, David Sedaris
  323. When You Are Engulged in Flames, David Sedaris
  324. Me Talk Pretty One Day, David Sedaris
  325. Barrel Fever, David Sedaris
  326. Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, David Sedaris
  327. Naked, David Sedaris
  328. The Killer Angels, Michael Shaara
  329. To the Last Man, Jeff Shaara
  330. The Last Full Measure, Jeff Shaara
  331. Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare
  332. Henry V, William Shakespeare
  333. Hamlet, William Shakespeare
  334. Othello, William Shakespeare
  335. King Lear, William Shakespeare
  336. Macbeth, William Shakespeare
  337. The Taming of the Shrew, William Shakespeare
  338. Much Ado About Nothing, William Shakespeare
  339. As You Like It, William Shakespeare
  340. Like You'd Understand, Anyway, Jim Shepard
  341. You Think That's Bad, Jim Shepard
  342. Love and Hydrogen: New and Selected Stories, Jim Shepard
  343. Project X, Jim Shepard
  344. Larry's PartyCarol Shields
  345. Unless, Carol Shields
  346. Stray Decorum, George Singleton
  347. The Baptism of Billy Bean: A Novel, Roger Alan Skipper
  348. Gorky Park, Martin Cruz Smith
  349. Cancer Ward, Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn
  350. The First Circle, Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn
  351. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn
  352. "We Never Make Mistakes": Two Short Novels, Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn
    • An Incident at Krechetovka Station,
    • Matryona's House,
  353. Dear John, Nicholas Sparks
  354. The Big Rock Candy Mountain, Wallace Stegner
  355. Angle of Repose, Wallace Stegner
  356. Working Days, the Journals of `The Grapes of Wrath', 1938-1941, John Steinbeck
  357. Travels with Charley, John Steinbeck
  358. The Long Valley, John Steinbeck
  359. Cannery Row, John Steinbeck
  360. The Moon is Down, John Steinbeck
  361. To a God Unknown, John Steinbeck
  362. The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck
  363. Dog Soldiers, Robert Stone
  364. Bear and His Daughter, Robert Stone
  365. The Door, Magda Szabo
  366. The Mosquito Coast, Paul Theroux
  367. Generation of Swine, Hunter S. Thompson
  368. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Hunter S. Thompson
  369. The Hobbit, J. R. R. Tolkien
  370. The Lord of the Rings, J. R. R. Tolkien
  371. The Silmarillion, J. R. R. Tolkien
  372. Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned, Wells Tower
  373. Dragonfish, Vu Tran
  374. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain
  375. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain
  376. Pudd'nhead Wilson, Mark Twain
  377. Beowulf, Unknown
  378. Annihilation, Jeff VanderMeer
  379. Authority, Jeff VanderMeer
  380. Acceptance, Jeff VanderMeer
  381. Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea, Jules Verne
  382. Cat's Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut
  383. Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut
  384. God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, Kurt Vonnegut
  385. Night Rider, Robert Penn Warren
  386. The War of the Worlds, H. G. Wells
  387. The First Men in the Moon, H. G. Wells
  388. The Robber Bridegroom, Eudora Welty
  389. The Ponder Heart, Eudora Welty
  390. The Bridge of San Luis Rey, Thornton Wilder
  391. Right Ho, Jeves, P. G. Wodehouse
  392. A Man in Full, Tom Wolfe
  393. The Bonfire of the Vanities, Tom Wolfe
  394. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, Tom Wolfe
  395. From Bauhaus to Our House, Tom Wolfe
  396. The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby, Tom Wolfe
  397. In Pharaoh's Army, Tobias Wolff
  398. The Barracks Thief, Tobias Wolff
  399. Old School, Tobias Wolff
  400. The Night in Question: Stories, Tobias Wolff
  401. In the Garden of the North American Martyrs: Stories, Tobias Wolff
  402. The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon, Richard Zimler
  403. 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