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Favorite books? Where do I begin?


Contemporary Fiction

  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon
    This is one I've been pushing at friends for the last few years.
  • My Year of Meats, by Ruth Ozeki (and All Over Creation was wonderful, too)
  • Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides
  • Maybe the Moon, by Armistead Maupin
  • The Bean Trees, by Barbara Kingsolver
  • The Time Traveler's Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger



  • Anything by Carl Hiaasen
  • The Brother Cadfael series by Ellis Peters, preferably read in order
  • Almost anything by Minette Walters
  • The Lord Peter Winsy/Harriet Vane books by Dorothy Sayers


Science Fiction and Fantasy

  • Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman
  • Stardust, by Nail Gaiman
  • Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson
  • Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card
  • Replay, by Ken Grimwood
  • The Speed of Dark, by Elizabeth Moon - especially good as a companion piece to The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.


  • Is Paris Burning?, by Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre
  • The Armada, by Garrett Mattingly
  • Lies My Teacher Told Me, by James Loewen
  • The Story of Mankind, by Hendrik Willem van Loon
  • Confederates in the Attic, by Tony Horwitz
  • The Cartoon History series, by Larry Gonick
  • 1066: The Year of the Conquest, by David Howarth
  • Lincoln: A Foreigner's Quest, by Jan Morris; I'm not a big biography fan, but this isn't your typical biography



  • Baghdad Without a Map, by Tony Horwitz
  • Nine Parts of Desire, by Geraldine Brooks
  • Holidays in Hell, by P.J. O'Rourke
  • Notes from a Small Island, by Bill Bryson
  • The Last Pink Bits, by Harry Ritchie
  • Shopping for Buddhas, by Jeff Greenwald
  • The Oysters of Locmariaquer, by Eleanor Clark


Other Non-Fiction

  • Bird by Bird, by Anne Lamott
  • Last Chance to See, by Douglas Adams and Mark Carwardine
  • Rare Encounters with Ordinary Birds, by Lyanda Lynn Haupt
  • Dakota, by Kathleen Norris
  • Anything by Sarah Vowell
  • The Perfectionist: Life and Death in Haute Cuisine, by Rudolph Chelminski


Children's Chapter Books

  • Charlotte's Web, by E.B. White
  • The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll
  • A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L'Engle
  • The Phantom Tollbooth, by Norton Juster
  • Dealing with Dragons, by Patricia C. Wrede
  • So You Want to be a Wizard, by Diane Duane
  • Donorboy, by Brendan Halpin


Picture Books

  • The Paper Bag Princess, written by Robert N. Munsch and illustrated by Michael Martchenko
  • The Big Orange Splot, by Daniel Pinkwater
  • The Mysteries of Harris Burdick, by Chris Van Allsburg
  • Zen Shorts, by Jon J Muth
  • Tuesday, by David Wiesner
  • Hondo and Fabian, written and illustrated by Peter McCarty