GOOD BOOKS WORTH READING 

Desert Solitaire;

The Monkey Wrench Gang, Edward Abbey

The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams

 

Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 

 

Little Women, Louisa May Alcott

 

The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander

 

The House of the Spirits, Isabel Allende

 

In the Time of the Butterflies, Julia Alvarez

 

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou

 

The Social Animal, Elliot Aronson

 

Handmaid’s Tale;

Oryx and Crake, Margaret Atwood

 

The Fire Next Time

Go Tell It on the Mountain;

If Beale Street Could Talk, James Baldwin

 

Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe

 

Habits of the Heart, Robert Bellah, et.al. 

 

The Unsettling of America: Culture & Agriculture, Wendell Berry

 

If life is a bowl of cherries, what am I doing in the pits?, Erma Bombeck

 

Fahrenheit 451;

Illustrated Man, Ray Bradbury

 

Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë

 

Kindred, Octavia Butler

 

The Turning Point, Fritjof Capra

 

Silent Spring, Rachel Carson

 

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Michael Chabon

The Systems Approach, C. West Churchman

 

The Awakening, Kate Chopin

 

The Water Dancer;

Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates

 

Open City, Teju Cole

 

When They Call You a Terrorist, Patrisse Cullors

 

Last Man Standing: Mort Sahl and

the Birth of Modern Comedy, James Curtis

 

The March, E.L. Doctorow 

 

The Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoyevsky

 

Nickel and Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich

 

Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison 

 

Middlemarch, Mary Anne Evans (aka George Eliot)

 

The Weather Makers, Tim Flannery

 

The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank

 

Education for the Critical Consciousness, Paulo Freire

 

The Affluent Society, John Kenneth Galbraith 

 

Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow, Henry Louis Gates jr.

 

Lord of the Flies, William Golding

 

Emotional Intelligence, Daniel Goleman

 

Relentless: From Good to Great to Unstoppable, Tim Grover

 

The Last Black Unicorn, Tiffany Haddish

 

Sapiens: A brief history of humankind, Yuval Noah Harari

 

The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne

 

Catch-22, Joseph Heller

 

Frida: Biography of Frida Kahlo, Hayden Herrera

 

We Were the Lucky Ones, Georgia Hunter

 

Liars’ Club, Mary Karr

 

The Woman Warrior, Maxine Hong Kingston

 

The Trial;

The Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka

 

On the Road, Jack Kerouac 

 

Punished by Rewards, Alfie Kohn

 

The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, Thomas Kuhn

 

The Namesake, Jhumpa Lahiri

 

Diet for a Small Planet, Frances Moore Lappé

 

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson 

 

The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula Le Guin 

 

To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee

 

A Sand County Almanac, Aldo Leopold 

 

The Golden Notebook, Doris Lessing 

 

Arrowsmith;

Main Street, Sinclair Lewis

 

The Assistant, Bernard Malamud

 

One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Márquez

 

I Am Legend, Richard Matheson

 

Tales of the City, Armistead Maupin

 

The Medium is the Massage, Marshall McLuhan

 

Tropic of Capricorn

Tropic of Cancer, Henry Miller 

 

The American Way of Death, Jessica Mitford 

 

Song of Solomon;

Home;

Beloved, Toni Morrison

 

Under the Net, Iris Murdoch

 

A Beautiful Mind (biography of John Forbes Nash jr.), Sylvia Nasar

 

There, There, Tommy Orange

 

Merchants of Doubt, Naomi Oreskes

 

The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath

 

The Botany of Desire, Michael Pollan

 

Mumbo Jumbo, Ishmael Reed

Wide Sargasso Sea, Jean Rhys

 

Shantaram, Gregory David Roberts 

 

Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie 

 

Everything is Illuminated, Jonathan Safran Foer

 

The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger 

 

The Subversive Science: Essays Toward an Ecology of Man, Paul Shepard (Ed.)

 

Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot 

 

In Dubious Battle;

Grapes of Wrath;

The Winter of Our Discontent;

Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck

 

That’s Not What I Meant;

You Just Don’t Understand, Deborah Tannen 

 

A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America, Ronald Takaki 

 

The Hate You Give, Angie Thomas

 

Lives of a Cell, Lewis Thomas

 

Democracy in America, Alexis de Tocqueville 

 

Future Shock, Alvin Toffler

 

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain

 

Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, Anne Tyler

 

The Feast of the Goat, Mario Vargas Llosa

 

Around the World in 80 Days, Jules Verne

 

Burr, Gore Vidal 

 

Cat’s Cradle;

Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut

 

The Pawnbroker, Edward Lewis Wallant 

 

All The Kings Men, Robert Penn Warren 

 

The Red Record, Ida B. Wells

 

Race Matters, Cornel West 

 

House of Mirth, Edith Wharton

 

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, Isabel Wilkerson

 

The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit, Sloan Wilson 

 

The Book Thief, Markus Zusak

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This list of books includes fiction and non-fiction, classic and contemporary. I have read some of these and hope to read more in the future. This list is obviously far from exhaustive and was compiled based on good books I've read in years past, selected award-winning books, and recommendations from friends. 

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Dan@dankalb.net

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