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Adventures of Unemployed Man by Erich Origen
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Just Kids by Patti Smith
When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops? by George Carlin
Last Words by George Carlin
Deer Hunting With Jesus by Joe Bageant
Dhalgren by Samuel Delany
Big Man by Clarence Clemons
House of Night series by P.C. Cast
Mudbound by Hillary Jordan



Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Jane Eyre by Charlottle Bronte
House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Lamb by Christopher Moore
The Eight by Katherine Neville
The Cornish Trilogy by Robertson Davies
Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver
Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis De Bernieres
Anything by Christopher Moore
Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin
The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett


Random Family by Adrian Nicole LeBlanc
Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
Talking to Girls About Duran Duran by Robert Sheffield
Anything by Laurie Notaro
Take the Cannoli by Sarah Vowell
Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
Hypocrite in a Poufy White Dress by Susan Jane Gilman
Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs

Books for Ages 0-7

Starlight Sailor by James Mayhew
Mole Music by David McPhail
Free to Be You and Me by Marlo Thomas
Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson
Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel
Arm in Arm by Remy Charlip
Blueberry Girl by Neil Gaiman
Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road? by Jon Agee
On the Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman
A Pig Parade is a Terrible Idea by Michael Ian Black
The Purple Kangaroo by Michael Ian Black

Books for Ages 8-12

Dormia by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski
Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
The OZ books by L. Frank Baum
D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths by Ingri Parin D’Aulaires
Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
The Neddiad by Daniel Pinkwater
Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster

Books for Young Adults

DreamDark series by Laini Taylor
Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly
Dangerous Angels by Francesca Lia Block
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
City of the Beasts by Isabel Allende
Feeling Sorry for Celia by Jaclyn Moriarty
His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Catching Fire by Kristin Cashore
Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins




Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Lullaby by Chuck Palahniuk
Sandman Slim by Richard Kadrey
Whiskey Rebels by David Liss
White Oleander by Janet Fitch
Timequake by Kurt Vonnegut
Celestial Harmonies by Peter Esterhazy
Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
The House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III
Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht
Imaginary Life by David Malouf
Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Trilogy by Stieg Larsson
Kamchatka by Marcelo Figueras


Ballad of the Whiskey Robber by Julian Rubinstein
Maus by Art Spiegelman
It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time by Moira Hodgson
Fools Rush In by Bill Carter
Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt
Chalked Up by Jennifer Sey
Wasted by Marya Hornbacher
The Monsters: Mary Shelly & the Curse of Frankenstein by Dorothy Hoobler
Hot Zone by Richard Preston

Kids' Picture Books

Dotty by Erica Perl
When I Grow Up by Al Yankovic (yes, that Weird Al Yankovic)
Odd Egg by Emily Gravett
Wolves by Emily Gravett
Augustine by Melanie Watt
Lyle, Lyle Crocodile by Bernard Waber
Ira Sleeps Over by Bernard Waber
There’s No Such Thing as a Dragon by Jack Kent
Oliva by Ian Falconer
It’s a Book by Lane Smith
Diary of a Wombat by Jackie French
I Must Have Bobo! by Eileen Rosenthal
Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

Books for Ages 8-12

Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos by R. L. LaFevers
Finally by Wendy Mass
Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan
From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg
Anything by E. L. Konigsburg
The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
The Witches by Roald Dahl
Abarat by Clive Barker
Dormia by Jake Halpern & Peter Kujawinski

Books for Young Adults 14+

Brutal by Michael Harmon
A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl by Tanya Lee Stone
Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson
The Day I Killed James by Catherine Ryan Hyde
The Agency by Y. S. Lee
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
Deadline by Chris Crutcher
I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson
My Most Excellent Year by Steve Kluger




Bleak House by Charles Dickens
Travels With My Aunt by Graham Greene
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
Vagabond by Colette
Cheri and Last of Cheri by Colette
Middlemarch by George Elliot
Adam Bede by George Eliot
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone by Tennessee Williams
A Long and Happy Life by Reynolds Price
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Any Jeeves novels by P.G. Woodehouse
The first2/3 of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury
The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin
Miss Marple Mysteries by Agatha Christie
Painted Bird by Jerzy Kosinski


Life on Earth by David Attenborough
Faith by Sharon Salzberg
Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain
Becoming a Man by Paul Monette
Space and Sight by Marius Von Senden
Holy the Firm by Annie Dillard

Poetry Authors

Emily Dickinson
Edna St. Vincent Millay
Gerard Manley Hopkins
Williams Shakespeare
Wallace Stevens
Sharon Olds

Young Adult Book

Forever by Judy Blume




The Well at the World’s End by William Morris
A Dreamer’s Tale by Lord Dunsany
Titus Groan by Mervyn Peake
Midnight Sun by Karl Edward Wagner
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Phantastes by George MacDonald
Tales of E. T. A. Hoffman
The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison
Parzival by Wolfram von Eschenbach
The Chronicles of Amber by Roger Zelazny


The Boer War by Thomas Pakenham
A History of the Crusades by Steven Runciman
The Storm of Steel by Ernst Junger
On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in History by Thomas Carlyle
The Thirty Years War by Geoffrey Parker

Adventure Fiction

The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope
Kim by Rudyard Kipling
Captain Blood by Rafael Sabatini
The Lady of the Lake by Walter Scott
Green Mansions by W. H. Hudson

Sci-fi/Lost World

A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
A Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne
The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham




Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
The Redwall series by Brian Jacques
Rabbit Run by John Updike
1984 by George Orwell
Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
Rabbit Redux by John Updike
The Stranger by Albert Camus
White Teeth by Zadie Smith
Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts


Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee
Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
God is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens
Walden by Henry David Thoreau
Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi

Books for Ages 8-12

The Witches by Roald Dahl
The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More by Roald Dahl
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl
George’s Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl
Watership Down by Richard Adams
The BFG by Roald Dahl
Giraffe and the Pelly and Me by Roald Dahl
Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl




The Heat of the Day by Elizabeth Bowen
Sula by Toni Morrison
The Clown by Heinrich Boll
If Not Now, When? by Primo Levi


Actual Air by David Berman
For All We Know by Ciaran Carson
In the Absent Everyday by Tsering Wangno Dhompa


Wonderful Life by Stephen Jay Gould
Snowball Earth by Gabrielle Walker
West of Jesus by Steven Kolter

Kids' Books

Letting Swift River Go by Jane Yolen
Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney




Life in the Rainbow by Richard Horan
Goose Music by Richard Horan
Princess Bride by William Goldman
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck


Story of My Life by Helen Keller
Motorcycle Diaries by Che Guevara
Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
Seeds by Richard Horan
Dirty Life by Kristin Kimball
Deeply Rooted by Lisa Hamilton
War by Sebastian Junger
Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore

Children’s Picture Books

Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet Ahlberg
The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Don Wood
City Dog, Country Frog by Mo Willems
Captain Raptor books by Kevin O’Malley

Kids 8-12

Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera
Babe by Dick King-Smith
DreamDark by Laini Taylor



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