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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. Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Richard Bach
  11. A Permanent Member of the Family, Russell Banks
  12. Lost Memory of Skin, Russell Banks
  13. The Sweet Hereafter, Russell Banks
  14. Cloudsplitter, Russell Banks
  15. The Reserve, Russell Banks
  16. Continental Drift, Russell Banks
  17. Trailer Park, Russell Banks
  18. Rule of the Bone, Russell Banks
  19. Affliction, Russell Banks
  20. The Hermit's Story, Rick Bass
  21. Eon, Greg Bear
  22. The Doctor's House, Ann Beattie
  23. Henderson the Rain King, Saul Bellow
  24. More Die of Heartbreak, Saul Bellow
  25. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, Aimee Bender
  26. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, John Berendt
  27. Civil War Stories, Ambrose Bierce
  28. A Man for All Seasons, Robert Bolt
  29. The Wettest County in the World (also published as Lawless), Matt Bondurant
  30. Drop City, T. Coraghessan Boyle
  31. The Martian Chronicles, Ray Douglas Bradbury
  32. Fahrenheit 451, Ray Douglas Bradbury
  33. The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown
  34. A Miracle of Catfish, Larry Brown
  35. Big Bad Love, Larry Brown
  36. Billy Ray's Farm, Larry Brown
  37. Dirty Work, Larry Brown
  38. Facing the Music, Larry Brown
  39. Father and Son, Larry Brown
  40. Fay, Larry Brown
  41. Joe, Larry Brown
  42. At Home: A Short History of Private Life, Bill Bryson
  43. A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson
  44. Notes from a Small Island, Bill Bryson
  45. A Walk in the Woods, Bill Bryson
  46. The Road to Little Dribbling, Bill Bryson
  47. The Good Earth, Pearl S. Buck
  48. Factotum, Charles Bukowski
  49. Post Office, Charles Bukowski
  50. Ham on Rye, Charles Bukowski
  51. Women, Charles Bukowski
  52. The Captain, Charles Bukowski
  53. The Most Beautiful Woman in Town: Stories, Charles Bukowski
  54. A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess
  55. Naked Lunch, William S. Burroughs
  56. Junkie, William S. Burroughs
  57. Queer, William S. Burroughs
  58. Cities of the Red Night, William S. Burroughs
  59. Erewhon, Samuel Butler
  60. Tobacco Road, Erskine Caldwell
  61. The Stranger, Albert Camus
  62. The Underworld, Kevin Canty
  63. Where the Money Went: Stories, Kevin Canty
  64. Into the Great Wide Open, Kevin Canty
  65. Nine Below Zero, Kevin Canty
  66. Honeymoon, Kevin Canty
  67. Winslow in Love, Kevin Canty
  68. A Stranger in this World: Stories, Kevin Canty
  69. Apaches, Lorenzo Carcaterra
  70. Gangster, Lorenzo Carcaterra
  71. Sleepers, Lorenzo Carcaterra
  72. The Signal, Ron Carlson
  73. Madonna Red, James Carroll
  74. The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman, Angela Carter
  75. What We Talk about When We Talk about Love: Stories, Raymond Carver
  76. Where I'm Calling From, Raymond Carver
  77. Fires, Raymond Carver
  78. Spartina, John Casey
  79. Falconer, John Cheever
  80. The Complete Short Novels, Anton Chekhov
  81. Ward No. 6 and Other Stories, 1892-1895, Anton Chekhov
  82. The Alchemist, Paul Coelho
  83. Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad
  84. The Secret Sharer, Joseph Conrad
  85. The Red Badge of Courage, Stephen Crane
  86. The Complete Poems of Stephen Crane, Stephen Crane
  87. A Feast of Snakes, Harry Crews
  88. Florida Frenzy: Essays, Harry Crews
  89. The Mulching of America, Harry Crews
  90. The Sleepy Hollow Family Almanac, Kris D'Agostino
  91. The Farming of Bones, Edwidge Danticat
  92. White Noise, Don DeLillo
  93. Paris Trout, Pete Dexter
  94. Drown: Stories, Junot Diaz
  95. This is How You Lose Her, Junot Diaz
  96. City of God, E. L. Doctorow
  97. All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr
  98. The Shell Collector: Stories, Anthony Doerr
  99. Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  100. My Only Sunshine, Lou Dischler
  101. Adultery and Other Choices, Andre Dubus
  102. Selected Stories, Andre Dubus
  103. Dancing After Hours: Stories, Andre Dubus
  104. The Cage Keeper and Other Stories, Andre Dubus
  105. So Much a Part of You, Polly Dugan
  106. The French Broad, Wilma Dykeman
  107. Walking Across Egypt, Clyde Edgerton
  108. A Visit from the Goon Squad, Jennifer Egan
  109. What is the What, Dave Eggers
  110. The Collected Stories of Deborah Eisenberg, Deborah Eisenberg
  111. Silas Marner, George Eliot
  112. Selected Poems, T. S. Eliot
  113. Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison
  114. Ask the Dust, John Fante
  115. April Morning, Howard Fast
  116. The Sound and the Fury, William Cuthbert Faulkner
  117. The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
  118. Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn
  119. Sharp Objects, Gillian Flynn
  120. The Ticking Is the Bomb, Nick Flynn
  121. Everything Is Illuminated, Jonathan Safran Foer
  122. Independence Day, Richard Ford
  123. The Sportswriter, Richard Ford
  124. Women with Men, Richard Ford
  125. Wildlife, Richard Ford
  126. Rock Springs, Richard Ford
  127. Canada, Richard Ford
  128. Palo Alto, James Franco
  129. Cold Mountain, Charles Frazier
  130. Nightwoods, Charles Frazier
  131. The O. Henry Prize Stories, 2003, Laura Furman (ed.)
  132. Food: A Love Story, Jim Gaffigan
  133. Bad Behavior, Mary Gaitskill
  134. Strangers to Temptation, Scott Gould
  135. Swimming to Cambodia, Spalding Gray
  136. Monster in a Box, Spalding Gray
  137. Lord of the Flies, William Golding
  138. Autobiography of a Face, Lucy Grealy
  139. The Secret River, Kate Grenville
  140. The Idea of Perfection, Kate Grenville
  141. The Lieutenant, Kate Grenville
  142. Black Like Me, John Howard Griffin
  143. Follow Me: Stories, Paul Griner
  144. New Stories from the South: 2006, Allan Gurganus (ed.)
  145. Bound for Glory, Woody Guthrie
  146. A Real Good War, Sam Halpert
  147. Hunger, Knut Hamsun
  148. Airships, Barry Hannah
  149. Legends of the Fall, Jim Harrison
  150. The Beast God Forgot to Invent, Jim Harrison
  151. The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne
  152. Catch-22, Joseph Heller
  153. Green Hills of Africa, Ernest Hemingway
  154. The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway
  155. For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway
  156. A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway
  157. The Collected Stories of Amy Hempel, Amy Hempel
  158. Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert A. Heinlein
  159. Lost Horizon, James Hilton
  160. Smilla's Sense of Snow, Peter Hoeg
  161. High Fidelity, Nick Hornby
  162. Fireman's Fair, Josephine Humphreys
  163. Nowhere Else on Earth, Josephine Humphreys
  164. Rich in Love, Josephine Humphreys
  165. Dreams of Sleep, Josephine Humphreys
  166. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
  167. A Prayer for Owen Meany, John Irving
  168. Last Night at Twisted River, John Irving
  169. Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro
  170. A Pale View of Hills, Kazuo Ishiguro
  171. The Lottery and other Stories, Shirley Jackson
  172. Jesus' Son, Denis Johnson
  173. Tree of Smoke, Denis Johnson
  174. Dubliners, James Joyce
  175. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, James Joyce
  176. Pu-239: a Novella and Stories, Ken Kalfus
  177. Love Me, Garrison Keillor
  178. The Book of Guys: Stories, Garrison Keillor
  179. Legs, William Kennedy
  180. Demon Box, Ken Kesey
  181. Sometimes a Great Notion, Ken Kesey
  182. Flowers for Algernon, Daniel Keyes
  183. The Soul of a New Machine, Tracy Kidder
  184. Captains Courageous, Rudyard Kipling
  185. Redeployment, Phil Klay
  186. My Struggle, Book 1, Karl Ove Knausgaard
  187. A Separate Peace, John Knowles
  188. Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott
  189. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson
  190. Aaron's Rod, D. H. Lawrence
  191. Lady Chatterley's Lover, D. H. Lawrence
  192. Independent People, Halldor Laxness
  193. The Fish Can Sing, Halldor Laxness
  194. Disquiet, Julia Leigh
  195. A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L'Engle
  196. A Wind in the Door, Madeleine L'Engle
  197. Survival in Auschwitz, Primo Levi
  198. The Screwtape Letters, C. S. Lewis
  199. Main Street, Sinclair Lewis
  200. The Job, Sinclair Lewis
  201. Evangeline, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  202. The Falling Boy, David Long
  203. God's Grace, Bernard Malamud
  204. The Assistant, Bernard Malamud
  205. Pictures of Fidelman, Bernard Malamud
  206. The Tenants, Bernard Malamud
  207. The Magic Barrel: Stories, Bernard Malamud
  208. The Fixer, Bernard Malamud
  209. The Natural, Bernard Malamud
  210. The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher, Hilary Mantel
  211. Matterhorn, Karl Marlantes
  212. One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  213. Life of Pi, Yann Martel
  214. In Paradise, Peter Matthiessen
  215. The Orchard Keeper, Cormac McCarthy
  216. No Country for Old Men, Cormac McCarthy
  217. The Road, Cormac McCarthy
  218. Outer Dark, Cormac McCarthy
  219. The Crossing, Cormac McCarthy
  220. Blood Meridian, Cormac McCarthy
  221. All the Pretty Horses, Cormac McCarthy
  222. The Ballad of the Sad Cafe, Carson McCullers
  223. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Carson McCullers
  224. Charming Billy, Alice McDermott
  225. On Chesil Beach, Ian McEwan
  226. Lake Overturn, Vestal McIntyre
  227. Moby Dick, Herman Melville
  228. The Best American Short Stories, 2004, Lorrie Moore (ed.)
  229. Travelers Rest, Keith Lee Morris
  230. Call it What You Want, Keith Lee Morris
  231. The Dart League King, Keith Lee Morris
  232. The Greyhound God, Keith Lee Morris
  233. The Best Seats in the House and Other Stories, Keith Lee Morris
  234. The Best American Short Stories, 2003, Walter Mosley (ed.)
  235. Half a Life, V. S. Naipaul
  236. Black Elk Speaks, as told through John G. Neihardt
  237. Bone, Fae Myenne Ng
  238. The Refugees, Viet Thanh Nguyen
  239. The Sympathizer, Viet Thanh Nguyen
  240. Flannery O'Connor the Complete Stories, Flannery O'Connor
  241. Master and Commander, Patrick O'Brian
  242. Tomcat in Love, Tim O'Brien
  243. Northern Lights, Tim O'Brien
  244. Going After Cacciato, Tim O'Brien
  245. The Nuclear Age, Tim O'Brien
  246. In the Lake of the Woods, Tim O'Brien
  247. The Things They Carried, Tim O'Brien
  248. July, July, Tim O'Brien
  249. The English Patient, Michael Onadaatje
  250. Burmese Days, George Orwell
  251. Animal Farm, George Orwell
  252. Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell
  253. Fight Club, Chuck Palahniuk
  254. Choke, Chuck Palahniuk
  255. Bel Canto, Ann Patchett
  256. Truth and Beauty, Ann Patchett
  257. Refresh, Refresh, Benjamin Percy
  258. The Wilding, Benjamin Percy
  259. The Second Coming, Walker Percy
  260. The Moviegoer, Walker Percy
  261. Bad Haircut: Stories, Tom Perrotta
  262. Joe College, Tom Perrotta
  263. Little Children, Tom Perrotta
  264. The Abstinence Teacher, Tom Perrotta
  265. Election, Tom Perrotta
  266. The Leftovers, Tom Perrotta
  267. Knockemstiff, Donald Ray Pollock
  268. My Name is Asher Lev, Chaim Potok
  269. The Gift of Asher Lev, Chaim Potok
  270. The Chosen, Chaim Potok
  271. The Promise, Chaim Potok
  272. The Book of Lights, Chaim Potok
  273. Accordion Crimes, E. Annie Proulx
  274. The Shipping News, E. Annie Proulx
  275. That Old Ace in the Hole, E. Annie Proulx
  276. The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand
  277. Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand
  278. The Cove, Ron Rash
  279. Serena, Ron Rash
  280. One Foot in Eden, Ron Rash
  281. Saints at the River, Ron Rash
  282. The World Made Straight, Ron Rash
  283. Casualties: Stories, Ron Rash
  284. New Stories from the South: 2005, Shannon Ravenel (ed.)
  285. New Stories from the South: 2004, Shannon Ravenel (ed.)
  286. New Stories from the South: 2003, Shannon Ravenel (ed.)
  287. New Stories from the South: 2001, Shannon Ravenel (ed.)
  288. New Stories from the South: 1995, Shannon Ravenel (ed.)
  289. Rain Dragon, Jon Raymond
  290. Livability, Jon Raymond
  291. Cannibals in Love, Mike Roberts
  292. Red Hills and Cotton: An Upcountry Memory, Ben Robertson
  293. The Mathematician's Shiva, Stuart Rojstaczer
  294. American Pastoral, Philip Roth
  295. The Counterlife, Philip Roth
  296. St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves, Karen Russell
  297. Vampires in the Lemon Grove, Karen Russell
  298. I Am Sorry to Think I Have Raised a Timid Son, Kent Russell
  299. The Destiny Thief, Richard Russo
  300. That Old Cape Magic, Richard Russo
  301. Bridge of Sighs, Richard Russo
  302. Straight Man, Richard Russo
  303. Mohawk, Richard Russo
  304. The Whore's Child and Other Stories, Richard Russo
  305. Empire Falls, Richard Russo
  306. The Risk Pool, Richard Russo
  307. Nobody's Fool, Richard Russo
  308. Everybody's Fool, Richard Russo
  309. Elsewhere: A Memoir, Richard Russo
  310. Trajectory, Richard Russo
  311. Nine Stories, J. D. Salinger
  312. The Catcher in the Rye, J. D. Salinger
  313. Theft by Finding, David Sedaris
  314. Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, David Sedaris
  315. Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk, David Sedaris
  316. Holidays on Ice, David Sedaris
  317. When You Are Engulged in Flames, David Sedaris
  318. Me Talk Pretty One Day, David Sedaris
  319. Barrel Fever, David Sedaris
  320. Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, David Sedaris
  321. Naked, David Sedaris
  322. The Killer Angels, Michael Shaara
  323. To the Last Man, Jeff Shaara
  324. The Last Full Measure, Jeff Shaara
  325. Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare
  326. Henry V, William Shakespeare
  327. Hamlet, William Shakespeare
  328. Othello, William Shakespeare
  329. King Lear, William Shakespeare
  330. Macbeth, William Shakespeare
  331. The Taming of the Shrew, William Shakespeare
  332. Much Ado About Nothing, William Shakespeare
  333. As You Like It, William Shakespeare
  334. Like You'd Understand, Anyway, Jim Shepard
  335. You Think That's Bad, Jim Shepard
  336. Love and Hydrogen: New and Selected Stories, Jim Shepard
  337. Project X, Jim Shepard
  338. Larry's PartyCarol Shields
  339. Unless, Carol Shields
  340. Stray Decorum, George Singleton
  341. The Baptism of Billy Bean: A Novel, Roger Alan Skipper
  342. Gorky Park, Martin Cruz Smith
  343. Cancer Ward, Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn
  344. The First Circle, Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn
  345. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn
  346. "We Never Make Mistakes": Two Short Novels, Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn
    • An Incident at Krechetovka Station,
    • Matryona's House,
  347. Dear John, Nicholas Sparks
  348. The Big Rock Candy Mountain, Wallace Stegner
  349. Angle of Repose, Wallace Stegner
  350. Working Days, the Journals of `The Grapes of Wrath', 1938-1941, John Steinbeck
  351. Travels with Charley, John Steinbeck
  352. The Long Valley, John Steinbeck
  353. Cannery Row, John Steinbeck
  354. The Moon is Down, John Steinbeck
  355. To a God Unknown, John Steinbeck
  356. The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck
  357. Dog Soldiers, Robert Stone
  358. The Door, Magda Szabo
  359. The Mosquito Coast, Paul Theroux
  360. Generation of Swine, Hunter S. Thompson
  361. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Hunter S. Thompson
  362. The Hobbit, J. R. R. Tolkien
  363. The Lord of the Rings, J. R. R. Tolkien
  364. The Silmarillion, J. R. R. Tolkien
  365. Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned, Wells Tower
  366. Dragonfish, Vu Tran
  367. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain
  368. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain
  369. Pudd'nhead Wilson, Mark Twain
  370. Annihilation, Jeff VanderMeer
  371. Authority, Jeff VanderMeer
  372. Acceptance, Jeff VanderMeer
  373. Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea, Jules Verne
  374. Cat's Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut
  375. Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut
  376. God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, Kurt Vonnegut
  377. Night Rider, Robert Penn Warren
  378. The War of the Worlds, H. G. Wells
  379. The First Men in the Moon, H. G. Wells
  380. The Robber Bridegroom, Eudora Welty
  381. The Ponder Heart, Eudora Welty
  382. The Bridge of San Luis Rey, Thornton Wilder
  383. Right Ho, Jeves, P. G. Wodehouse
  384. A Man in Full, Tom Wolfe
  385. The Bonfire of the Vanities, Tom Wolfe
  386. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, Tom Wolfe
  387. From Bauhaus to Our House, Tom Wolfe
  388. The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby, Tom Wolfe
  389. In Pharaoh's Army, Tobias Wolff
  390. The Barracks Thief, Tobias Wolff
  391. Old School, Tobias Wolff
  392. The Night in Question: Stories, Tobias Wolff
  393. In the Garden of the North American Martyrs: Stories, Tobias Wolff
  394. The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon, Richard Zimler
  395. 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 Secret Knowledge of Water, Craig Childs
  5. Almost Midnight, Michael W. Cuneo
  6. Cherokee Place Names, John Currahee
  7. Daily Rituals, Mason Currey
  8. The Big Thirst, Charles Fishman
  9. Better, Atul Gawande
  10. Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, Doris Kearns Goodwin
  11. The Island of Lost Maps, Miles Harvey
  12. A Year in the Maine Woods, Bernd Heinrich
  13. King Leopold's Ghost, Adam Hochschild
  14. Odd Type Writers, Celia Blue Johnson
  15. Cod, Mark Kurlansky
  16. Salt, Mark Kurlansky
  17. Scale Invariance, Annick Lesne & Michel Lagües
  18. The Girl with Seven Names, Hyeonseo Lee
  19. Freakonomics, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
  20. Lord of Publishing: A Memoir, Sterling Lord
  21. The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Alone, 1932-1940, William Manchester
  22. 1491, Charles C. Mann
  23. 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created, Charles C. Mann
  24. Born to Run, Christopher McDougall
  25. The Control of Nature, John McPhee
  26. The Pine Barrens, John McPhee
  27. Deep Work, Cal Newport
  28. Hamlet's Blackberry, William Powers
  29. A Deadly Wandering, Matt Richtel
  30. The Pine Barrens of New Jersey, Karen F. Riley
  31. Cherokee Voices: Early Accounts of Cherokee Life in the East, Vicki Rozema
  32. The Intellectual Life, A. G. Sertillanges
  33. The Monster of Florence, Douglas Preston and Mario Spezi
  34. Still Waters: The Secret World of Lakes, Curt Stager
  35. The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable, Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  36. Hillbilly Elegy, J. D. Vance
  37. How Old is the Universe?, David A. Weintraub
  38. Outposts, Simon Winchester
  39. The Professor and the Madman, Simon Winchester
  40. On Writing Well, William Zinsser