Good Books

Recommended without reservation

~ 105 Greatest Living Writers Present the Worlds Best edited by Whit Burnett
~ 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke
~ 2061: Odyssey Three by Arthur C. Clarke
~ 666 by Jay Anson
~ 99 Novels: The Best in English since 1939, A Personal Choice by Anthony Burgess


A Book of Common Prayer by Joan Didion
A Child's Garden of Verses for the Revolution by William Eastlake
~ A Couple of Comedians by Don Carpenter
A Drink Called Paradise by Terese Svoboda
~ A Fabulous Opera by Tropic of Ideas
~ A Good and Happy Child by Justin Evans
~ Across a Hundred Mountains by Reyna Grande
~ Adrift on the Nile by Naguib Mahfouz
All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren
Alphabetical Africa by Walter Abish
Andrew Stancek
Angels by Denis Johnson
~ Arjun & the Good Snake... by Rick Harsch
Arthur Rimbaud by Enid Starkie
~ Asylum Piece and Other Stories by Anna Kavan
~ Ava by Carole Maso


~ Babies with Down Syndrome: A New Parent's Guide by Karen Stray-Gundersen
~ Battleborn by Claire Vaye Watkins
~ Black Light: A Novel by Galway Kinnell
~ Blue Genes: A Memoir of Loss and Survival by Christopher Lukas


~ Child of God by Cormac McCarthy
Columbine by Dave Cullen 
Confession by Leo Tolstoy
~ Consider the Lobster by David Foster Wallace


~ Damnation Alley by Roger Zelazny
~ Days Between Stations by Steve Erickson
~ Deliverance by James Dickey
Destination: Void by Frank Herbert
Digging Deeper: A Memoir of the Seventies by Peter Weissman
Dog Soldiers by Robert Stone
~ Drawers and Booths by Ara 13
Drinks Before Dinner: A Play by E.L. Doctorow


~ Escapement (short story) by J. G. Ballard
~ Even Cowgirls Get the Blues by Tom Robbins
~ Every Love Story is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace by D.T. Max


Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston & James D. Houston
~ Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
~ Fierce: Stories and a Novella by Hannah Holborn
Fires: Essays, Poems, Stories by Raymond Carver
~ First Love and Other Sorrows by Harold Brodkey 
~ Final Exits: The Illustrated Encyclopedia of How We Die by Michael Largo
~ Future Sex by Emily Witt


~ Genoa: A Telling of Wonders by Paul Metcalf
~ Ghost Rider: Travels Along the Healing Road by Neil Peart
~ Green Integer Press


~ Hammer of the Gods: The Led Zeppelin Saga by Stephen Davis
~ Hard Rain Falling by Don Carpenter
~ Heavy Daughter Blues: Poems & Stories 1968-1986 by Wanda Coleman
~ Hell House by Richard Matheson


~ Ice by Anna Kavan
~ I Left My Grandfather's House by Denton Welch
~ Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
~ Imperial
by William T. Vollmann
~ Imperial Bedrooms
by Bret Easton Ellis
~ Islandia by Austin Tappan Wright
~ It Happened in Boston? by Russell H. Greenan


~ Jack by A. M. Homes
~ Jesus' Son: Stories by Denis Johnson
Joseph McElroy
~ JR by William Gaddis
Jhamak Kumari Ghimire

~ Kamikaze L'amour by Richard Kadrey


~ Last Vanities by Fleur Jaeggy
~ Leaving Las Vegas by John O'Brien
~ Less Than Zero
by Bret Easton Ellis
~ Life at Happy Knoll by John P. Marquand
~ Lightning on the Sun
by Robert Bingham
~ Lilith by J. R. Salamanca
~ Literary Outlaw: The Life and Times of William S. Burroughs by Ted Morgan
Lourdes by Émile Zola 
~ Love Junkie: A Memoir by Rachel Resnick
~ Love You to Pieces: Creative Writers on Raising a Child with Special Needs
edited by Suzanne Kamata
~ Lunar Park by Bret Easton Ellis


Mailer: His Life and Times by Peter Manso 
~ Malcolm Lowry's Volcano: Myth, Symbol, Meaning by David Markson
~ Masks of the Illuminati by Robert Anton Wilson 
~ Metrophage by Richard Kadrey
~ Monster: Living Off The Big Screen by John Gregory Dunne
~ My Country and My People by Lin Yutang

Nakamura Reality by Alex Austin
~ Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
~ Night by Elie Wiesel


~ Off the Wall: Death in Yosemite by Michael P. Ghiglieri and Charles R. Farabee
~ Offending the Audience by Peter Handke
On Being Blue: A Philosophical Inquiry by William H. Gass
~ One of the Children is Crying by Coleman Dowell 
~ Orange County Noir edited by Greg Phillips
~ Over The Edge: Death in Grand Canyon by Thomas M. Myers


~ Penguins Make Great Pets
~ Place Last Seen by Charlotte McGuinn Freeman
~ Planes: And How They Work by Clint Twist
~ Play It As It Lays by Joan Didion
Porius by John Cowper Powys
~ Portraits From Life by Ford Madox Ford
~ Prima Belladonna (short story) by J. G. Ballard


~ Radio Waves: Life and Revolution on the FM Dial by Jim Ladd
Raja Rao: Summary Intro to His Writings
~ Relentless: The Memoir by Yngwie J. Malmsteen
~ Roaming Kyrgzstan: Beyond the Tourist Track by Jessica Jacobson
~ Routines by Lawrence Ferlinghetti
~ Rubicon Beach by Steve Erickson


~ Sadika's Way by Hina Haq
~ Safety of Objects by A.M. Homes
~ 'Salem's Lot by Stephen King
~ Ship Rock: A Place by Joseph McElroy
~ Shock Treatment by Karen Finley
Smiles on Washington Square: A Love Story of Sorts by Raymond Federman 
Some Girls: My Life in a Harem by Jillian Lauren
~ Snapping the String by Robert Paul Blumenstein
~ So Far Gone: A Novel by Paul Cody
~ Southern Sierras of California
by Charles Francis Saunders
~ Southern Sierras of California: A Second Look by Charles Francis Saunders
~ Stephen Wright
Steve Erickson
~ Steps by Jerzy Kosinski
~ Swan And Shadow 
(a concrete poem) by John Hollander
~ Swan Song by Robert McCammon


~ Telling Stories by Joan Didion
~ The Accident by David Plante
~ The Adept by Michael McClure
~ The Age of Wire and String by Ben Marcus
The American Way of Death by Jessica Mitford
~ The Apes of God by Wyndham Lewis
~ The Body by William Sansom
~ The Body Artist by Don Delillo
The Book of Fantasy edited by Jorge Luis Borges, Silvina Ocampo, Adolfo Bioy Casares
~ The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald
~ The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder
The Broom of the System by David Foster Wallace
~ The Climb: Tragic Ambitions on Everest by Anatoli Boukreev and G. Weston DeWalt
The Concentration City (short story) by J.G. Ballard
~ The Demon in the Freezer by Richard Preston
~ The Descent by Jeff Long
~ The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean Dominique-Bauby
~ The Dragon in the Sea by Frank Herbert
~ The Dune Encyclopedia edited by Dr. Willis E. McNelly, ideas by Frank Herbert
~ The End of My Life by Vance Bourjaily
The Fan Man by William Kotzwinkle
~ The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
~ The Hucksters by Frederic Wakeman
~ The Island of the Dead by Lya Luft
The It-Doesn't-Matter Suit by Sylvia Plath
The Joy of Sex by Alex Comfort
~ The Lake of Dead Languages by Carol Goodman
The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum by Heinrich Böll
~ The Mad Patagonian by Javier Pedro Zabalas
~ The Magic Christian by Terry Southern
The Magus by John Fowles
The Mephisto Club by Tess Gerritsen
The Mistress's Daughter: A Memoir by A.M. Homes 
The Night Letter by Paul Spike
The Opera of Trees by Joseph Brinson
The Orangery by Gilbert Sorrentino
~ The Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
~ The Red Album of Asbury Park Remixed by Alex Austin
~ The Rifles by William T. Vollmann
~ The Road by Cormac McCarthy
~ The Royal Family by William T. Vollmann
~ The Same River Twice by Ted Mooney
~ The Sea Came In At Midnight by Steve Erickson
The Secret Teachings of All Ages by Manly P. Hall
~ The Suspect by L. R. Wright
~ The Things That Always Were by Solla Carrock
~ The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
The Usual Mistakes by Erin Flanagan
The Voice in the Closet by Raymond Federman
~ The Wicked Little Book of Quotes edited by Helen Exley
~ The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
~ Things You Should Know: A Collection of Stories by A. M. Homes
Tours of the Black Clock by Steve Erickson
~ Train Dreams by Denis Johnson


~ Ulysses by James Joyce (Some Second Thoughts)
~ Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry
~ Up Above the World by Paul Bowles


~ Vanishing by Kirby Wilkins


~ Walter the Farting Dog by William Kotzwinkle
~ Water and Power by William L. Karl
~ William Gaddis
~ Wittgenstein's Mistress by David Markson
Wonderland Avenue: Tales of Glamour and Excess by Danny Sugerman


Yiddish with George and Laura by Ellis Weiner 


~ The Mad Patagonian by Javier Pedro Zabala