Here are some of the books and authors I enjoy reading. Click on the title or author's name to purchase their books from Amazon. Click on the other links for more information about the author or book.
Nevil Shute - Inspirational and every book a real "page turner". Four of my favorites are On The Beach, Round The Bend, No Highway and A Town Like Alice. (search Shute) (author website)

Richard Bach - All of his books. (His early books are especially interesting to those who love flying and airplanes.) Johnathan Livingston Seagull and the books which follow are oriented more to a general audiance. Also, There's No Such Place As Far Away, a great book for young children (which adults might enjoy, as well). (search Bach)

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. - From Cat's Cradle to Slaughterhouse-Five to Galapagos, Vonnegut is the funniest madman I've ever read. (search Vonnegut) (author website)

The Pillars Of The Earth - Ken Follett - England between 1120 and 1170. Rich characters, intricate and astounding story and wonderful "personal-view" history. (search Follett) (author website)

Das Energi - Paul Williams (not the singer) - A small, deceptively simple book with mostly small sentences on mostly blank pages, but filled with "neat" thoughts and some pretty heavy conclusions. (search Das Energi) (author website)

Ayn Rand - An incredible intellect in both her fiction and non-fiction Objectivist philosophy. My favorite of her fiction is The Fountainhead, which I've read a number of times. (search Rand) (author website)

Paul Auster - Quirky short fiction. All of his fiction is great, but I especially enjoyed his last two books, The Book of Illusions and Oracle Night. Three of his books, Lulu On The Bridge, Smoke and Blue in the Face have been made into movies. Lulu On The Bridge was especially enjoyable. (search Auster) (author website)

Michael Crichton - Interesting and intelligent ideas in fun to read "page turners". If you've only seen the movies, you don't know Michael Crichton, which is especially true of Jurassic Park. (search Crichton) (author website)

The Princess Bride - William Goldman - Fun, touching and hysterically funny. A great read for young and old alike. From the man who wrote Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. (search Goldman)

Girl With A Pearl Earring - Tracy Chevalier - Sweet, enjoyable fiction and a bit of education about art and the great Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer. It is wonderful to read with one or more Vermeer art books by your side (which you can borrow from your public library), so you can see the paintings that are described as they are being painted. Makes you feel like you are actually in the room with Vermeer and his subject. (search Chevalier) - (search Vermeer) (author website)

Muse Asylum - David Czuchlewski - Off-beat short fiction that is interesting, fun and enjoyable reading. I also enjoyed his later book, Empire of Light. (search Czuchlewski)

How Proust Can Change Your Life - Alain de Botton - A very funny short book of intelligent insight about both Proust, but, more importantly, about life in general. If you don't mind thinking just a bit while your having fun, read it. (search de Botton) (search Proust) (author website)

Joseph Kanon - Wonderfully readable, fun and interesting murder mysteries set in historic locations and times such as Berlin at the beginning of the Allied occupation following World War Two and Los Alamos during the building of the atom bomb. (search Kanon) (author website)

Alexander Hamilton - Willard Sterne Randall - Reads like the best fiction. A big book that reads quickly and ends too soon. Insight, education and enjoyment. Might be read before The Real Lincoln by Thomas J. DiLorenzo (below), which, you might say, is almost its sequel. (search Randall) (search Hamilton) (author website)

The Real Lincoln - Thomas J. DiLorenzo - Non-fiction that pulls away the curtain from the "great emancipator", just as Dorothy did from the Wizard of Oz, revealing a scheming, ambitious tyrant unlike the popular portrait taught in schools. History, they say, is written by the winners, and no case of this could be more true than the myth surrounding Lincoln and the background and rationale of the American Civil War, which, it turns out, really was the war of Northern aggression. For those northerners who instigated and prosecuted the war between the states, even the ending of slavery was a cynical part of their plan to seize control of the country and its government for their own mercenary purposes. Read this book along with Alexander Hamilton by Willard Sterne Randall (above), which is really the backstory to the Civil War, and you will understand American history and modern America as never before. (search DiLorenzo) - (search Lincoln)

The Orchid Thief - Susan Orlean - Fascinating and absorbing. I'm sure it reads well, but I don't know, because I listened to it as an audio book on CD, which was a wonderful experience. (search Orlean) (author website)

Seek My Face - John Updike - Wonderful fiction about marvelous "almost real" people who made art and made Art what it was in the 20th Century. It may read a bit "dense", but I don't know, because I listened to it as an unabridged audio book on CD, which was wonderfully read by the actress Kathryn Walker. (search Updike) (publisher website)

The Genius Within: Discovering the Intelligence of Every Living Thing - Frank T. Vertosick, Jr. - Non-fiction that should be read by anyone interested in biology, computers or just marvelous ideas. A bit of it was over my head, but, for the most part, Dr. Vertosick's writing and explanations are thoroughly interesting and lucid. (search Vertosick)

The Life and Death of Planet Earth - Peter D. Ward and Donald Brownlee - Everything you probably never though of about the planet you call home and, if you did, were afraid to ask. Non-fiction science that takes a bit of work to get through, but is well worth the effort. (search Ward) - (search Brownlee) (publisher website)

Seabiscuit: An American Legend - Laura Hillenbrand - This book probably won't change your life, but it was interesting and enjoyable throughout. Actually, the twists and turns of the story itself, not to mention the unlikely coming together of the three most unlikely characters imaginable make this true story pretty amazing. I listened to this as an unabridged audio book on CD, which was nicely read by Richard M. Davidson (but which, unfortunately, doesn't seem to be available in the unabridged version at Amazon.) (search Hillenbrand) (search Seabiscuit) (Seabiscuit website)




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