Everyone who’s signed in on the 2016 Reading Challenge has been getting regular lists from me of books that cover the different categories.  One list will cover all the books in the category you can get from the Field Library, and the other list will cover the books in the category which are available at other libraries you can put on hold.  As I prepare more lists, I’ll post them here for easy review.


The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

1861: The Civil War Awakening  by Adam Goodheart

The King’s Speech: How One Man Saved the British Monarch  by Mark Logue (also biography)

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (also science)

Old Jews Telling Jokes  by Sam Hoffman

Zorgamazoo by Robert Paul Weston (J)

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

The Help  by Kathryn Stockett

English Majors  by Garrison Keillor

When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris  (also essays)

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling  (YA)

I Am America (and So Can You) by Stephen Colbert

Roots: The Saga of an American Family by Alex Haley

Peter and the Shadow Thieves by Dave Barry (also middle grade)

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (read by Sissy Spacek)

Rise and Shine  by Anna Quindlen

Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris (also essays)

Brimstone by Douglas Preston

Charlie Wilson’s War by George Crile

Home on the Prairie by Garrison Keillor

Lost Light by Michael Connelly

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix  by J. K. Rowling

The Bully Pulpit by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Yes Please by Amy Poehler

What I Know for Sure  by Oprah Winfrey

This I Believe by Jay Allison and Dan Gediman (also religion)

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson (read by Alfred Molina) (also middle grade)

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman  (also mid grade) (also horror?)

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James



The Hound of the Baskervilles (2014 version) by Arthur Conan Doyle

Mandela: an Audio History

Not My Father’s Son  by Alan Cumming

Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson

The Auschwitz Escape by Joel C. Rosenberg

The Second Machine Age by Erik Byrnjolfsson

Euphoria by Lily King

The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith

Furious Cool: Richard Pryor and the World that Made Him by David Henry (also biography)

The Girl with All the Gifts by M. R. Carey

The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher  by Hilary Mantel

Yellow Crocus by Laila Ibrahim

Those Who Wish Me Dead  by Michael Koryta

All Over Creation  by Ruth Ozeki

East of Eden by John Steinbeck (Richard Poe, reader)

David Sedaris Live at Carnegie Hall by David Sedaris

Last Car to Elysian Fields by James Lee Burke

My Life by Bill Clinton

The Darling by Russell Banks

Kiss Me While I Sleep by Linda Howard

Chasing the Devil: My Twenty Year Quest to Capture the Green River Killer  by David Reichert

The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan by Russell Shorto

An Unpardonable Crime by Andrew Taylor

The Last Battle by C. S. Lewis (narrated by Patrick Stewart)

Peter and the Starcatchers  by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson (also middle grade)

The Full Cupboard of Life by Alexander McCall Smith

Against All Enemies: Inside America’s War on Terror by Richard Clark

Buddha Boy by Kathe Koja

My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: The Tertiary Phase by Douglas Adams

A Slight Trick of the Mind by Mitch Cullin

Upstate by Kalisha Buckhanon

The World Is Flat:  A Brief History of the Twentieth Century  by Thomas Friedman

Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig (abridged) by Jonathan Eig (also biography)

The Serpent on the Crown by Elizabeth Peters (also historical novel before 1900)

Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne (read by Jim Dale)

The Tender Bar by J. R. Moehringer

A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon

Moby Dick by Herman Melville (read by William Hootkins) (also historical novel before 1900)

The Truth (with Jokes) by Al Franken

Finding God in Unexpected Places by Philip Yancey (also religion)

Restless by William Boyd

Echo Park by Michael Connelly

The Dead Yard by Adrian McGinty

If You Could See Me Now by Cecilia Ahern

The Stolen Child  by Keith Donohue

Narrow Dog to Carcassone by Terry Darlington

Teacher Man by Frank McCourt

The Thirteenth Tale  by Diane Setterfield

Telegraph Days by Larry McMurty

World War Z  by Max Brooks

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: The Quintessential Phase  by Douglas Adams

The Chopin Manuscript: A Serial Thriller by various authors

Tallgrass by Sandra Dallas

Tree of Smoke by Denis Johnson

Tin Roof Blowdown by James Lee Burke

Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill (also horror)

Natural Born Charmer by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Dune by Frank Herbert (read by Scott Brick and others)

The Race by Richard North Patterson

EInstein: HIs Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson (also biography)

Sweeney Todd and the String of Pearls by Yuri Rasovsky

I Am America (and So Can You) by Stephen Colbert (Peekskill)

20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill

Pontoon: a Novel of Lake Wobegon by Garrison Keillor

Hot, Flat and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution — and How It Can Help America by Thomas Friedman

Duma Key by Stephen King (also horror)

Voice of the Violin by Andrea Camilleri

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (read by Simon Vance) (also historical novel before 1900)

Armageddon in Retrospect by Kurt Vonnegut

The Count of Monte Cristo  by Alexander Dumas (read by John Lee)

The Curse of the Blue Tattoo : Being an Account of the Misadventures of Jacky Faber, Midshipman and Fine Lady by L. A. Meyer (also middle grade)

You Staying Young: The Owner’s Manual for Extending Your Warranty by Michael Roizen and Mehmet Oz

Mudbound by Hillary Jordan

Nelson Mandela’s Favorite African Folktales by Nelson Mandela (also middle grade)

Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley (also first book in series by person of color)

Darling Jim by Christian Moerk

Bellwether by Connie Willis (preloaded audiobook)

A Month of Summer  by Lisa Wingate

The National Parks: America’s Best Idea by Dayton Duncan

Anne Frank Remembered  by Miep Gies and Leslie Gold (also biography)

Tears in the Darkness: The Story of the Bataan Death March by Michael Norman and Elizabeth M Norman

Peace Locomotion  by Jacqueline Woodson

Church People: The Lutherans of Lake Wobegon by Garrison Keillor

The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams

Odd and the Forest Giants by Neil Gaiman

Nurtureshock: New Thinking about Children by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman (also science)

The Maltese Falcon: An Audio Dramatization by Dashiel Hammett

Life by Keith Richards

Here in Harlem: Poems in Many Voices by Walter Dean Myers

Nanny McPhee Returns by Emma Thompson

The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins (read by Roger Rees, etc)

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia (YA)

The Reversal by Michael Connelly

The Rock and the River by Kekla Magoon (YA)

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (also YA)

Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank

1861: The Civil War Awakening  by Adam Goodheart (Peekskill)

State of Wonder  by Ann Patchett

Feast Day of Fools by James Lee Burke

The Murder of the Century: The Gilded Age Crime that Scandalized a City and Started the Tabloid Wars by Paul Collins

New York to Dallas by J.D. Robb

The Nightmare Thief by Meg Gardiner

Astray by Emma Donoghue

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green  (YA)

The Seamstress:  A Memoir of Survival by Sara Tuvel Bernstein

Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History by Florence Williams

The End of the Affair by Graham Greene (read by Colin Firth)

The Boy in the Suitcase by Lene Kaaberbol

Society’s Child: an Autobiography by Janis Ian

The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny

The Witness by Nora Roberts

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (read by Claire Danes) (also dystopian)

Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel (also historical novel before 1900)



Stuck in the Middle with You: A Memoir of Parenting in Three Genders by Jennifer Finney Boylan

She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders by Jennifer Finney Boylan

The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff (also book to movie)

Crossdressers And Those Who Share Their Lives by Peggy J. Rudd

In the Blood by Lisa Unger

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kristin Cronn-Mills (YA)

Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonsky (J — sometimes YA)

Orlando: A Biography by Virginia Woolf

For Today I Am a Boy by Kim Fu



Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love and so Much More by Janet Mock

Stone Butch Blues: a Novel by Leslie Feinberg

Nina Here Nor There: My Journey Beyond Gender by Nick Krieger

Becoming a Visible Man by Jamison Green

Hiding My Candy by Lady Chablis

Lizard Radio by Pat Schmatz (YA)

Sexual Metamorphosis: An Anthology of Transsexual Memoirs by Jonathan Ames

Rethinking Normal: A Memoir in Transition by Katie Rain Hill

Godspeed by Lynn Breedlove

The Last Time I Wore a Dress by Daphne Scholinski

How Beautiful the Ordinary: Twelve Stories of Identity by Michael Cart (YA)

One in Every Crowd: Stories  by Ivan E. Coyote (YA)

Just Add Hormones: An Insider’s Guide to the Transsexual Experience by Matt Kailey

Transgender Warriors: Making History From Joan of Arc to Dennis Rodman by Leslie Feinberg

Genderqueer: Voices from Beyond the Gender Binary by Joan Nestle

The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You by S. Bear Bergman (also essays) (YA)

Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey between Genders by Joy Ladin

A Queer and Pleasant Danger: a Memoir by Kate Bornstein (also religion)

Suits Me: The Double Life of Billy Tipton by Diane Wood Middlebrook

Transition: the Story of How I Became a Man by Chaz Bono

The First Man-Made Man: The Story of Two Sex Changes, One Love Affair and a Twentieth Century Medical Revolution  by Pagan Kennedy

Conundrum by Jan Morris

I’m Looking Through You: Growing Up Haunted by Jennifer Finney Boylan

Some Assembly Required: The Not-So-Secret Life of a Transgender Teen by Arin Andrews (YA)

The Testosterone Files: My Hormonal and Social Transformation from Female to Male by Max Wolf Valerio

She’s Not the Man I Married: My Life with a Transgender Husband by Helen Boyd

Tango: My Life Backward and in High Heels by Justin Vivian Bond

My Husband Betty: Love, Sex and Life with a Crossdresser by Helen Boyd

I Am My Own Wife by Doug Wright

Peninsula of Lies: A True Story of Mysterious Birth and Taboo Love by Edward Ball (also biography)

From Female to Male: The Life of Jack Bee Garland  by Louis Graydon Sullivan (also biography)

Mary Diana Dods A Gentleman and a Scholar by Betty T. Bennett

My Brother, My Sister: A Story of Transformation by Molly Haskell

Sex Changes: A Memoir of Marriage, Gender and Moving On by Christine Benevenuto

Dress Codes: Of Three Childhoods — My Mother’s, My Father’s and Mine by Noelle Howey

Second Serve: The Renee Richards Story by Renee Richards

No Way Renee: The Second Half of My Notorious Life by Renee Richards

Normal: Transsexual CEO’s, Crossdressing Cops, and Hermaphrodites with Attitude by Amy Bloom

Crossing: A Memoir by Dierdre N. McCloskey

“Mom, I Need to Be a Boy” by Just Evelyn

Last Letters from Hav by Jan Morris

Parrotfish by Ellen Witlinger (YA)

Trans Sister Radio by Chris Bohjalian

Invisible Monsters Remix  by Chuck Palahniuk

Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin (YA)

Jumpstart the World by Catherine Ryan Hyde (YA)

Freakboy by Kristin Elizabeth Clark (YA)

Annabel by Kathleen Winter

Trumpet by Jackie Kay



Sightseeing by Rattawut Lapcharoensap

The Road of Lost Innocence: The True Story of a Cambodian Heroine by Somaly Mam (also biography)

The Lost Eden (Noli Me Tangere) by Jose Rizal

Dusk by F. Sionlil Jose (also first book in series by person of color)

Novel Without a Name by Duong Thu Huong

The Gangster We Are All Looking For by Le The Diem Thouy

The Harmony Silk Factory  by Tash Aw

When the Rainbow Goddess Wept by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard

Beyond Illusions by Duong Thu Huong

When Heaven and Earth Changed Places: A Vietnamese Woman’s Journey from War to Peace  by  Le Ly Hayslip

From the Land of Green Ghosts: A Burmese Odyssey by Pascal Khoo Thwe

A Road with No End  by Mochtar Lubis

This Earth of Mankind by Pramoedya Ananta Toer

All That Is Gone by Pramoedya Ananta Toer

The Girl From the Coast by Pramoedya Ananta Toer

The Mute’s Soliloquy: A Memoir by Pramoedya Ananta Toer

House of Glass by Pramoedya Ananta Toer

Footsteps by Pramoedya Ananta Toer

Child of All Nations by Pramoedya Ananta Toer

The Fugitive: A Novel by Pramoedya Ananta Toer

And the Rain My Drink by Suyin Han

Paradise of the Blind by Thu Huong Duong

The Zenith by Thu Huong Duong

No Man’s Land  by Thu Huong Duong

Beyond Illusions  by Thu Huong Duong

Memories of a Pure Spring by Thu Huong Duong

On Becoming Filipino: Selected Writings of Carlos Bulosan by Carlos Bulosan

The Laughter of My Father by Carlos Bulosan

Footnote  to Youth: Tales of the Phillipines and Others by Jose Garcia Villa

The Anchored Angel: Selected Writings by Jose Garcia Villa



Breaking the Tongue by Vyvyane Loh

In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner

The Rice Mother by Rani Manicka

Evening Is the Whole Day by Preeta Samarasan

First They Killed My Father: a Daughter of Cambodia Remembers by Ung Luong

The Gift of Rain by Twan Eng Chan

The Garden of Evening Mists  by Tan Twan Eng

The SEA Is Ours edited by Jaymee Goh and Joyce Chng

Of Bees and Mist by Erick Setiawan

The Sympathizer  by Viet Thanh Nguyen



Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okarafor

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N. K. Jemisin

The Long Fall by Walter Mosley

The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin

The Three Body Problem by Liu Cixin

Fair Coin by E. C. Myers (YA)

The Grace of Kings  by Ken Liu

Antigoddess by Kendare Blake (YA)

Prophecy by Ellen Oh (YA)

The Vicious Deep by Zoraida Cordova (YA)



 Neveryon by Samuel R. Delany

Xenogenesis by Octavia Butler

Harlem Redux by Persia Walker

Death at Rainy Mountain  by Mardi Oakley Medawar

The Salaryman’s Wife by Sujata Massey

A Beautiful Place to Die by Malla Nunn

The Feng Shui Detective  by Nuri Vittachi

Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley

The Killing Moon by N. K. Jemisin

Fearless Jones by Walter Mosley

Dusk by F. Sionlil Jose (also book by Southeast Asian author)

Half World by Hiromi Goto (YA)

Predator by William F. Wu

The Sword Dancer by Jeannie Lin

Aunty Lee’s Delights by Ovidia Yu (also Southeast Asian author)

Inspector Singh Investigates: A Most Peculiar Malaysian Mystery by Shamini Flint (also Southeast Asian author)

Death at Rainy Mountain by Mardi Oakley Medawar

Summer of the Big Bachi by Naomi Hirahara

Bloody Waters by Carolina Garcia-Aguilera

A Beautiful Place to Die by Mala Nunn

When Death Comes Stealing by Valerie Wilson Wesley



Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay (also essays)

Spinster: A Life of One’s Own by Kate Bollick

Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches  by Audre Lord (also essays)

The Madwoman in the Attic: The Woman Writer and the 19th Century Literary Imagination by Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar

The Beauty Myth: How Images of Beauty Are Used Against Women by Naomi Wolf

The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan

The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler (also play)

Our Bodies, Ourselves: A New Edition for a New Era by the Boston Women’s Health Collective

Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture by Ariel Levy

Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America by Barbara Ehrenreich

When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from the 1960’s to the Present by Gail Collins

Sexual Politics by Kate Millett

Moving Beyond Words  by Gloria Steinem

Colonize This!  Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism by Daisy Hernandez and Bushra Rehman

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls by Mary Pipher

Communion: the Female Search for Love by bell hooks

I Am An Emotional Creature: The Secret Life of Girls Around the World  by Eve Einsler

Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Frontlines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture by Peggy Orenstein

Mysteries of the Middle Ages: The Rise of Feminism, Science and Art from the cults of Catholic Europe by Thomas Cahill



Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution by Mona Eltahawy

Household Workers Unite by Premilla Nadasen

Ain’t I a Woman?  Black Women and Feminism by bell hooks

A Cup of Water Under My Bed by Daisy Hernandez

Women, Race and Class by Angela Davis

Havana Real by Yoani Sanchez

Full Frontal Feminism: A Young Woman’s Guide to Why Feminism Matters by Jessica Valenti

The Purity Myth: How America’s Obsession with Virginity is Hurting Young Women by Jessica Valenti

Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women by Susan Faludi

A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf

Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism and the Future by Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards

A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecroft

How the Pro-Choice Movement Saved America: Freedom, Politics and the War on Sex by Cristina Page

Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions by Gloria Steinem

Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution by Sara Marcus

Fat Is a Feminist Issue by Susie Orbach

Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness and the Politics of Empowerment by Patricia Hill Collins

Zami: A New Spelling of My Name by Audre Lorde

Of Woman Born: Motherhood as Experience and Intuition  by Adrienne Cecile Rich

Learning to Drive: and Other Life Stories by Katha Pollitt

The Means of Reproduction: Sex, Power and the Future of the World by Michelle Goldberg

The Dialectic of Sex: The Case for Feminist Revolution by Shulamith Firestone

The Chalice and the Blade: Our History, Our Future by Riane Eisler

The Creation of Patriarchy by Gerda Lerner

Revolution from Within by Gloria Steinem

Big Girls Don’t Cry: The Election that Changed Everything for American Women by Rebecca Traister

America’s Women: 400 Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates and Heroines by Gail Collins

Against Our Will: Men, Women and Rape by Susan Brownmiller

The Girls Who Went Away: The Hidden History of Women who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades before Roe v. Wade by Ann Fessler

The Great Women Superheroes by Trina Robbins  (also YA)

When God Was a Woman by Merlin Stone




1984 by George Orwell

Animal Farm by George Orwell

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery

The Stranger by Albert Camus

A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams (also play)

Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller ( in Collected Plays) (also Play)

Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh

Hiroshima by John Hersey

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers

The Plague by Albert Camus

The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams (also Play)

The Pearl by John Steinbeck

All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

Cry the Beloved Country by Alan Paton

The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene

The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson

Native Son by Richard Wright



The Lord of the Rings (The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King)  by J.R. R. Tolkien

Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

Night by Elie Wiesel

East of Eden by John Steinbeck

On the Road by Jack Kerouac

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

The Crucible by Arthur Miller (also Play)

Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Three Stories by Truman Capote

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe (also first book in series by person of color)

Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

The Once and Future King by T. H. White

Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett (also Play)

A Separate Peace by John Knowles

Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith



To Kill a Mockingbird  by Harper Lee

The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Dune by Frank Herbert

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

The Godfather by Mario Puzo

Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut

The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein

Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard (also Play)

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

The Spy Who Came In from the Cold by John LeCarre

The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula LeGuin

Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin



The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Watership Down by Richard Adams

The Shining by Stephen King (also horror)

The World According to Garp by John Irving

Carrie by Stephen King (also horror)

All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Other Stories by Hunter S Thompson

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John LeCarre

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig

Ragtime by E. L. Doctrow (also historical novel before 1900)

Go Ask Alice by Anonymous (Beatrice Sparks)

All the President’s Men by Carl Bernstein

The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara (also historical novel before 1900)

Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon (also more than 500 pages)

If On a Winter’s Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

The Dispossessed by Ursula LeGuin

Rabbit Redux by John Updike

Ordinary People by Judith Guest (also main character mental illness)


The Handmaid’s Tale  by Margaret Atwood (also dystopian)

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Beloved by Toni Morrison

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

The Name of the Rose  by Umberto Eco (also more than 500 pages)

The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley (also more than 500 pages)

Love in the Time of Cholera  by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera

Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry (also more than 500 pages)

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Maus: A Survivor’s Tale by Art Spiegelman

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie (also more than 500 pages)

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Suskind

The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver

The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy

Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow

The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler

The Hotel New Hampshire by John Irving


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin (also more than 500 pages)

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier

Angela’s Ashes: A Memoir by Frank McCourt

The Secret History by Donna Tartt (also more than 500 pages)

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

Blindness by Jose Saramago

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson

The Wind-up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami (also more than 500 pages)

White Oleander by Janet Fitch

Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace (also more than 500 pages)

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje

Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond

The Reader by Bernard Schlink


The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

The Road by Cormac McCarthy  (also dystopian)

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides  (also transgender)

The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls

Atonement by Ian McEwan

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom




Challenger Deep by Neil Schusterman (YA)

Furiously Happy: A Funny Book about Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen

All the Bright Places  by Jennifer Niven

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chobsky (YA)

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson (YA)

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher  (YA)

I Never Promised You a Rose Garden by Hannah Greenberg

Sharp Objects  by Gillian Flynn

Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs

Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem and Other Things that Happened by Allie Brosch

Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susanah Cahalan

Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

Tender Is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

Ordinary People by Judith Guest

She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb

The Hours by Michael Cunningham

The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Euginedes

A Tale for the Time Being by Cynthia Ozeki

The Round House by Louise Erdrich

OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu (YA)

Wasted:  A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia by Marya Hornbacher

Lit: A Memoir by Mary Karr

Playlist for the Dead by Michelle Falkoff (YA)

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Ann Fowler



Placebo Junkies by J. C. Carleson (YA)

It’s Kind of A Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick

An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison

Made You Up by Francesca Zappia

The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Euginides

Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo and Me by Ellen Forney (also graphic novel)

After Birth by Elisa Albert

Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

A Gesture Life by Chang-Rae Lee

Nobody Is Ever Missing by Catherine Lacey

Willow Weep for Me: by Meri Nana-Ama Danquah

Trauma and Recovery by Judith Lewis Herman

Unholy Ghost: Writers on Depression

Just Checking: Scenes from the Life of an Obsessive Compulsive by Emily Colas

The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry

Forgive Me Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick

Stop Pretending by Sonia Sones

More than This by Patrick Ness

Dora: A Headcase by Lidia Yuknavitch

Zazen by Vanessa Veselka

The Cry of the Sloth: A Complete Account by Sam Savage



Against Interpretation, and Other Essays by Susan Sontag

Arguably: Selected Essays by Christopher Hitchens

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay (also feminist nonfiction)

The Best American Essays of the Century edited by Joyce Carol Oates

The Braindead Megaphone by George Saunders

Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays by Zadie Smith

Consider the Lobster, and Other Essays by David Foster Wallace

Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris

The Empathy Exams: Essays by Leslie Jameson

Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader by Anne Fadiman

Collected Essays by James Baldwin

Dave Barry’s Money Secrets: Like: Why Is There a Giant Eyeball on the Dollar?   By Dave Barry

The Empathy Exams: Essays by Leslie Jamison

The Folded Clock: A Diary by Heidi Julavits

Forty-One False Starts: Essays on Artists and Writers by Janet Malcolm

How Did You Get This Number: Essays by Sloane Crosley

How to Be Alone: Essays by Jonathan Franzen

I Feel Bad About My Neck, and Other Essays About Being a Woman by Nora Ephron

I’ll Mature When I’m Dead: Dave Barry’s Amazing Tales of Adulthood by Dave Barry

In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens: Womanist Prose by Alice Walker

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? And Other Concerns by Mindy Kaling

Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris

Live Right and Find Happiness (Though Beer is Much Faster): Life Lessons and Other Ravings from Dave Barry by Dave Barry

Loitering by Charles D’Ambrosio

Magic Hours: Essays on Creators and Creation  by Tom Bissell

Meditations from a Movable Chair by Andre Dubus

Memories of a Catholic Girlhood by Mary McCarthy

Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

Naked by David Sedaris

Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin

Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Girl Tells You What She’s “Learned” by Lena Dunham

100 Essays I Don’t Have Time to Write by Sarah Ruhl

The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories by Marina Keegan

Otherwise Known as the Human Condition by Geoff Dyer

Paris to the Moon by Adam Gopnik

Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination by Toni Morrison

Selected Essays by Michel de Montaigne

Sex and the River Styx by Edward Hoagland

Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs: a Low Culture Manifesto by Chuck Klosterman

Shadow and Act by Ralph Ellison

Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde

The Size of Thoughts: Essays and Other Lumber by Nicholson Baker

The Souls of Black Folk by W. E. B. DuBois

A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again by David Foster Wallace

Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Man by Henry Louis Gates

Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed

Vermeer in Bosnia by Lawrence Weschler

The War Against Cliche by Martin Amis

When You Are Engulfed by Flames by David Sedaris

The White Album by Joan Didion

White Girls by Hilton Als

Why Not Me? By Mindy Kaling

The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Childhood Among Ghosts by Maxine Hong Kingston

Writing with Intent: Essays, Reviews, Personal Prose by Margaret Atwood


ESSAY COLLECTIONS IN Westchester Library System

Art and Ardor  by Cynthia Ozick

The Art of the Personal Essay: An Anthology from the Classical Era to the Present edited by Phillip Lopate

The Book of My Lives by Aleksander Hemon

The Boys of My Youth by Jo Ann Beard

A Collection of Essays  by George Orwell

The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf

Critical Mass: Four Decades of Essays, Reviews, Hand Grenades and Hurrahs by James Woolcott

Cultural Amnesia by Clive James

Dreaming of Hitler: Passions and Provocations by Daphne Merkin

Self Reliance and Other Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Essays After Eighty by Donald Hall

Essays in Idleness by Yoshida Kenko

The Essays of Elia by Charles Lamb

A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit

Findings: Essays on the Natural and Unnatural World by Kathleen Jamie

I Just Lately Started Buying Wings: Missives from the Other Side of Silence by Kim Dana Kupperman

I Was Told There’d be Cake by Sloane Crosley

Labyrinths: Selected Stories and Other Writings by Jorge Luis Borges

Living, Thinking, Looking: Essays by Siri Hustvedt

Lunch with a Bigot by Amitava Kumar

Madness, Rack & Honey: Collected Lectures by Mary Reufle

Meaty by Samantha Irby

Multiply/Divide:On the American Real and Surreal by Wendy S. Walters

The Next American Essay  edited by John D’Agata

No More Nice Girls by Ellen Willis

The Lost Origins of the Essay edited by John D’Agata

The Norton Book of Personal Essays edited by Joseph Epstein

Notes from No Man’s Land by Eula Biss

On Kissing, Tickling and Being Bored: Psychoanalytic Essays on the Unexamined Life by Adam Phillips

On Lies, Secrets and Silence: Selected Prose, 1966-1978 by Adrienne Rich

Passions of the Mind by A.S. Byatt

The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon by Sei Shonagon

A Place to Live: And Other Selected Essays by Natalia Ginzburg

Pulphead: Essays by John Jeremiah Sullivan

Sidewalks by Valeria Luiselli

Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion

The Solace of Open Spaces by Gretel Ehrlich

Teaching a Stone to Talk by Annie Dillard

Ten Years in the Tub by Nick Hornby

This Is Running for Your Life by Michelle Orange

Twenty Eight Artists and Two Saints by Joan Ross Acocella

The Wave in the Mind by Ursula K. LeGuin

We Need Silence to Find Out What We Think by Shirley Hazzard

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi

You Don’t Have to Like Me: Essays on Growing Up, Speaking Out and Finding Feminism by Alida Nugent



Saga by Brian K. Vaughan (now up to #5)

The Woods 1: The Arrow by James Tynion IV

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Amazing Fantastic Incredible: A Marvelous Memoir by Stan Lee

Roller GIrl by Victoria Jamieson

The Arab of the Future  by Riad Sattouf

Here by Richard McGuire

Cemetery Girl by Charlaine Harris

The Love Bunglers by Jaime Hernandez

Coffin Hill: Forests of the Night by Caitlin Kittredge

The Sworn Sword by George R. R. Martin

The Sculptor by Scott McCloud

Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley

Lena Finkle’s Magic Barrel  by Anya Ulinich

Robert Moses: Master Builder of New York City by Pierre Christin (also biography)

Andre the Giant: Life and Legend  by Box Brown (also biography)

Fatherland by Nina Bunjevac

Shoplifter by Michael Cho

Kill My Mother by Jules Feiffer

Boxers by Gene Luen Yang

Saints by Gene Luen Yang

Hyperbole and a Half:Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem and Other Things that Happened by Allie Brosh (also mental illness)




Escape from Riverdale: Afterlife with Archie by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa

Low by Rick Remender

Here Was a Man by Jason Aaron (Southern Bastards series)

Wayward 1: String Theory by Jim Zub

Wayward 2: Ties that Bind by Jim Zub

The Woods 2: The Swarm by James Tynion

Wytches 1 by Scott Snyder

Bitch Planet 1: Extraordinary Machine by Kelly Sue DeConnick

Lumberjanes 1 by Noelle Stevenson

Lumberjanes 2: Friendship to the Max by Noelle Stevenson

Lumberjanes 3: A Terrible Plan by Noelle Stevenson

Pretty Deadly 1: The Shrike by Kelly Sue DeConnick

Sex Criminals 1: One Weird Trick by Matt Fraction

Sex Criminals 2: Two Worlds, One Cop  by Matt Fraction

Watson and Holmes: A Study in Black by Brandon Perlow

Dr. Who: The Tenth Doctor: Revolutions of Terror by Nick Abadzis

Rat Queens, Sass and Sorcery 1: Sass and Sorcery by Kurtis J. Wiebe

Rat Queens, Sass and Sorcery 2: The Far-Reaching Tentacles of N’rygoth by Kurtis J. Wiebe

East of West 1: The Promise by Jonathan Hickman

East of West 2: We Are All One by Jonathan Hickman

East of West 3  by Jonathan Hickman

Black Science 1: How to Fall Forever by Rick Remender

Black Science 2: Welcome Nowhere by Rick Remender

Black Science 3: Vanishing Pattern by Rick Remender

Hark! A Vagrant! By Kate Beaton

Preacher by Garth Ennis (1-6)

The Wicked + the Divine, Vol. 1: the Faust Act by Kieron Gillon

Happy! By Grant Morrison

Box Office Poison by Alex Robinson


Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain

Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen: How One Girl Risked Her Marriage, Her Job and Her Sanity to Master the Art of Living by Julie Powell

Heat: An Amateur’s Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta Maker and Apprentice to a Dante-Quoting Butcher in Tuscany by Bill Buford

The Table Comes First: Family, France and the Meaning of Food by Adam Gopnik

Blood, Bones and Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef by Gabrielle Hamilton

Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table by Ruth Reichl

Climbing the Mango Tree: Memoir of a Childhood in India by Madhur Jaffrey

My Life in France  by Julia Child

The Art of Eating by M. F. K. Fisher

The Man Who Ate Everything by Jeffrey Steingarten

Born Round: The Secret History of a Full-Time Eater by Frank Bruni

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver

The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Food  by Jennifer B. Lee

The Apprentice: My Life in the Kitchen by Jacques Pepin

The Raw and the Cooked: Adventures of a Roving Gourmand by Jim Harrison

Yes, Chef: A Memoir by Marcus Samuelsson

Mostly True: A Memoir of Family, Food and Baseball by Molly O’Neill

The Telling Room: A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge and the World’s Greatest Piece of Cheese  by Michael Paterniti

Delancey’s: A Man, A Woman, A Restaurant, a Marriage by Molly Wizenberg

Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking: A Memoir of Food and Longing by Anya von Bremzen

Anything that Moves: Renegade Chefs, Fearless Eaters and the Making of a New American Food Culture by Dana Goodyear

Miriam’s Kitchen: A Memoir by Elizabeth Ehrlich

The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food and Love by Kristin Kimball

An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace by Tamar Adler

Beaten, Seared and Sauced: On Becoming a Chef at the Culinary Institute of America by Jonathan Dixon

Comfort Me with Apples by Ruth Reichl

The Nasty Bits: Collected Varietal Cuts, Usable Trim, Scraps and Bones by Anthony Bourdain

My Berlin Kitchen: A Love Story with Recipes by Luisa Weiss

Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook by Anthony Bourdain

The Making of a Chef: Mastering Heat at the Culinary Institute of America by Michael Ruhlman

The Tummy Trilogy: American Fried; Alice, Let’s Eat; Third Helpings by Calvin Trillin

Spoon Fed: How Seven Cooks Saved My Life by Kim Severson

Love, Loss and What We Ate by Padma Lakshmi

My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes that Saved My Life by Ruth Reichl


Stir: My Broken Brain and the Meals that Brought Me Home by Jessica Fechtor

Audrey at Home: Memories of My Mother’s Kitchen with Recipes, Photographs and Personal Stories by Luca Dotti

Life From Scratch: A Memoir of Food, Family and Forgiveness by Sasha Martin

Day of Honey: A Memoir of Food, Love and War by Annia Ciezadlo

Toast: The Story of a Boy’s Hunger by Nigel Slater

An Omelette and a Glass of Wine by Elizabeth David

A Pig in Provence: Good Food and Simple Pleasures in the South of France by Georgeanne Brennan

Shark’s Fin and Sichuan Pepper: A Sweet-Sour Memoir of Eating in China by Fuschia Dunlop

The Devil in the Kitchen: Sex, Pain, Madness and the Making of a Great Chef by Marco Pierre White

The Feast Nearby: How I Lost My Job, Buried a Marriage, and Found My Way by Keeping Chickens, Foraging, Preserving, Bartering and Eating Locally (all on $40 a Week) by Robin Mather

A Tiger in the Kitchen: A Memoir of Food and Family by Cheryl Lu-Lien Tang

Untangling My Chopsticks: a Culinary Sojourn in Kyoto by Victoria Abbott Riccardi

Home Cooking by Laurie Colwin

Honey From a Weed: Fasting and Feasting in Tuscany, Catalonia, the Cyclades and Apulia by Patience Gray

The Unprejudiced Palate: Classic Thoughts on Food and the Good Life  by Angelo Pellegrini

Trail of Crumbs: Hunger, Love and the Search for Home by Kim Sunee

The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry: Love, Laughter and Tears at the World’s Most Famous Cooking School by Kathleen Flinn

Four Kitchens: My Life Behind the Burner in New York, Hanoi, Tel Aviv and Paris by Lauren Shockey

A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg

I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti: A Memoir of Good Food and Bad Boyfriends  by Giulia Melucci

The Sweet Life in Paris: Delicious Adventures in the World’s Most Glorious — and Perpexing — City by David Lebovitz

52 Loaves by William Alexander

Blue Trout and Black Truffles: The Peregrinations of an Epicure by Joseph Wechsberg

Living in a Foreign Language: A Memoir of Food, Wine and Love in Italy by Michael Tucker

As They Were  by M. F. K. Fisher

My Kitchen Wars by Betty Fussell

Save the Deli: In Search of Perfect Pastrami, Crusty Rye and the Heart of Jewish Delicatessen by David Sax

The Year of Eating Dangerously: A Global Adventure in Search of Culinary Extremes by Tom Parker Bowles

Fresh Off the Boat: A Memoir by Eddie Huang

Garlic and Sapphires by Ruth Reichl

Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good by Kathleen Flinn

Life, On the Line by Grant Achatz

Lunch in Paris: A Love Story with Recipes by Elizabeth Bard

Poor Man’s Feast: A Love Story of Comfort, Desire and the Art of Simple Cooking by Elissa Altman

Never Eat Your Heart Out by Judith Moore

Voracious: A Hungry Reader Cooks Her Way Through Great Books by Cara Nicoletti

Cooking for Mr. Latte: A Food Lover’s Courtship with Recipes by Amanda Hesser

A Cook’s Tour: Global Adventures in Extreme Cuisines by Anthony Bourdain

Mastering the Art of French Eating: Lessons in Food and Love from a Year in Paris by Ann Mah

Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley

The Language of Baklava by Diana Abu-Jabr

The Lost Ravioli Recipes of Hoboken: A Search for Food and Family by Laura Schenone

Not Becoming My Mother: And Other Things She Taught Me Along the Way by Ruth Reichl

Clementine in the Kitchen by Samuel B. Chamberlain

The Farmette Cookbook: Recipes and Adventures from My Life on an Irish Farm by Imen McDonnell

Three Many Cooks: One Mom, Two Daughters: Their Shared Stories of Food, Family and Faith by Pam Anderson

Between Meals: An Appetite for Paris by A. J. Liebling

Peace Meals: A War Reporter’s Journey, with Friends, Feasts and Candy-Wrapped Kalashnikovs by Anna Badkhan

Talking with My Mouth Full: My Life as a Professional Eater by Gail Simmons



A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Finding Nouf by Zoe Ferraris

Girls of Riyadh by Rajaa Alsanea (also YA)

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

Rooftops of Tehran by Mahbod Seraji

Mountolive  by Lawrence Durrell

Prisoner of Tehran by Marina Nemat

The Bastard of Istanbul by Elif Shafak

The Dog by Joseph O’Neill

Henna House by Nomi Eve

City of Secrets by Stewart O’Nan

Consequence: A Memoir by Eric Fair

Too Bad to Die by Francine Mathews

The Museum of Innocence by Orhan Pamuk

Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi

Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return by Marjane Satrapi

Haveli by Suzanne Fisher Staples (YA)

The Pearl that Broke Its Shell by Nadia Hashimi

Finding Nouf by Zoe Ferraris (YA)

Inside the Kingdom: Kings, Clerics, Modernists, Terrorists, and the Struggle for Saudi Arabia by Robert Lacey

Prophets and Princes: Saudi Arabia from Muhammad to the Present by Mark Weston

A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers

A Tale of Love and Darkness by Amos Oz

To the End of the Land by David Grossman

My Michael by Amos Oz

The Liberated Bride by Abraham B. Yehoshua

Panther in the Basement by Amos Oz

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant (also historical before 1900)

Friendly Fire by Abraham B. Yehoshua

Mr. Mani by Abraham B. Yehoshua

Let It Be Morning by Sayed Qashu

The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew and the Heart of the Middle East by Sandy Tolan

Palestine: Peace not Apartheid by Jimmy Carter

Son of Hamas: A Gripping Account of Terror, Betrayal, Political Intrigue and Unthinkable Choices  by Mosab Hassan Yousef

The Kill Artist by Daniel Silva

The Covenant by Naomi Ragen

The Mandelbaum Gate by Muriel Spark

Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson

Mornings in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa

The Reluctant Fundamentalist  by Mohsin Hamid

The Samaritan’s Secret by Matt Rees

A Grave in Gaza by Matt Rees

The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak

Midaq Alley by Naguib Mahfouz

The Blood of Flowers by Anita Amirrezvani

The Saffron Kitchen by Yasmin Crowther

The Arabian Nights

The Cairo Trilogy by Naguib Mahfouz

The Blind Owl by Sadegh Hedayat

Mother of the Believers by Kamran Pasha

The Mullah’s Storm by Tom Young

The Septembers of Shiraz by Dalia Sofer

Murder in Jerusalem by Batya Gur

Murder on a Kibbutz  by Batya Gur

The Oracle of Stamboul by Michael David Lukas

Tablet and Pen: Literary Landscapes in the Middle East by Reza Aslan

Sweet Dates in Basra by Jessica Jiji

Cities of Salt  by Abd al Rahman Munif

The Yacoubian Building by Alaa al Aswany

The Secret Life of Saeed: the Pessoptomist  by Emile Habiby

The Rock: A Tale of Seventh Century Jerusalem by Kanaan Makiya

I Was Born There, I Was Born Here by Murid Barghuthi

Children of the Jacaranda Tree by Sahar Delijani

The Map of Love by Ahdaf Soueif

A Map of Home by Randa Jarrar

A Woman in the Crossfire: Diaries of the Syrian Revolution by Samar Yazbek

The Girl Who Fell to Earth by Sophia Al-Maria

The Architect’s Apprentice by Elif Shafak

Honor by Elif Shafak

Black Milk: On Writing, Motherhood and the Harem Within by Elif Shafak

The Gaze by Elif Shafak

The Saint of Incipient Insanities by Elif Shafak

Under the Persimmon Tree by Suzanne Fisher Staples (YA)

Zahra’s Paradise by Amir and Ismail Khalil (also graphic novel)

A Girl Made of Dust by Nathalie Abi-Ezzi

The WIsh Maker by Ali Sethi

Arabesques by Anton Shammas

An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alamaddine

The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf by Mohja Kahf

Secret Son by Laila Lalami

Love in a Headscarf by Shelna Zahra Janmohammed

The Blue Between Sky and Water by Susan Abulhawa

Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind by Suzanne Fisher Staples (YA)

Beneath My Mother’s Feet by Amjed Qamar (YA)

In the Land of Invisible Women: A Female Doctor’s Journey in the Saudi Kingdom by Qanta Ahmed

Inside the Kingdom: My Life in Saudi Arabia by Carmen bin Laden

Wolves of the Crescent Moon by Yusuf Muhaymid

Eight Months on Ghazzah Street by Hilary Mantel

The Southern Gates of Arabia: A Journey in the Hadhramaut by Freya Stark

Arabian Sands by Wilfred Thesiger

The Siege of Mecca: The Forgotten Uprising in Islam’s Holiest Shrine and the Birth of Al Qaeda by Yaroslav Trofimov

Standing Alone in Mecca: An American Woman’s Struggle for the Soul of Islam by Asra Nomani

The Ruins of Us: A Novel by Keija Parsinnen

A Season in Mecca: Narrative of a Pilgrimage by Abdellah Hammoudi

Road to Mecca by Muhammad Assad

Grandfather’s Tale by Ulfat Idilbi

Just Like a River by Muhammad Kamil al-Khatib

The Calligrapher’s Secret by Rafik Schami

The Proof of the Honey by Salwa al Neimi

Black Box by Amos Oz

A Pigeon and a Boy by Meir Shalev

The Lover by Abraham B. Yehoshua

Exit Wounds by Rutu Modan

Someone to Run WIth by David Grossman


 A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban

The Music of Dolphins by Karen Hesse

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage

I, Funny series by James Patterson

Middle School series by James Patterson

Because of Mr. Terupt series by Rob Buyea

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass

Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan

Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Matilda by Roald Dahl

Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick

The Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry

Among the Hidden (The Shadow Children series)  by Margaret Peterson Haddix

The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin

The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas

Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo

Rain, Reign by Ann Martin

The Underneath by Kathi Appelt

My One Hundred Adventures by Polly Horvath

Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos

Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse

Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper

Rules by Cynthia Lord

Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt

When You Reach Me by Rebecca SteadManiac Magee by Jerry Spinelli

A Week in the Woods by Andrew Clements


Animal Farm by George Orwell

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery

The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

I Remain in Darkness by Annie Erneaux

The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

Utopia by Thomas More

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis  Stevenson

Oedipus Rex by Sophocles (note: in book with two other plays)

Common Sense by Thomas Paine

Waiting for Godot  by Samuel Beckett (also play)

Frederick Douglass’ Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx

The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

The Queen of Spades by Aleksander Pushkin (note: in book with other plays)

On Liberty by John Stuart Mill (note: in book with other books)

Utilitarianism by John Stuart Mill (note: in book with other books)

A Month in the Country by Ivan Turgenev (note: in book with other plays)

The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad (in book with other book)

Gratitude by Oliver Sacks

Forest of Memory by Mary Robinette Kowal

The Little Book of Etiquette by Rufus Cavendish

Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination by J. K. Rowling

As a Man Thinketh by James Allen

The Elements of Style by William Strunk and E. B. White

Growing Vegetables in Straw Bales by Craig LeHoullier

Before You Fly Off, Vol  by Kahlil Koromantee

Jeffrey Gitomer’s Very Little but Very Powerful Book on Closing by Jeffrey Gitomer

Mind Sandwiches by Gene Tashoff

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams Bianco

Who Moved My Cheese? An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life by Spencer Johnson

Trevor by James Lecesne  (YA)

The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman (YA)


The Communist Manifesto  by Karl Marx

Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin Abbott

The Overcoat by Nicolai Gogol

The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Gilman

Notes from the Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

The Pearl by John Steinbeck

Tao te Ching by Laozi

The Death of Ivan Ilych by Leo Tolstoy

The Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Goethe

In Praise of Folly by Desiderius Erasmus

Daisy Miller by Henry James

The Man Who Would be King by Rudyard Kipling

The Doors of Perception by Aldous Huxley (note: in book with other essays)

Self Reliance  by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Four Quartets by T. S. Eliot

84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

On Bullshit by Harry G. Frankfurt

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J. K. Rowling

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

Ten Days in a Mad House by Nellie Bly

We Should All Be Feminists  by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche (also feminist)

How to Live on 24 Hours a Day  by Arnold Bennett




Democracy in America by Alexis De Tocqueville

All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren

Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin

The Years of Lyndon Johnson: Master of the Senate by Robert A Caro

The Nine: Inside the World of the Supreme Court  by Jeffrey Toobin

This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral (Plus Plenty of Valet Parking!)  by Mark Liebovich

The Federalist: A Commentary on the Constitution of the United States by James Madison, Alexander Hamilton and John Jay

The Souls of Black Folk by W. E. B. DuBois

The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X

The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail — but Some Don’t by Nate Silver

Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America by Rick Perlstein

The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York by Robert A. Caro

The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism by Naomi Klein

Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power by Rachel Maddow

Twilight of Elites: Life After Meritocracy by Christopher Hayes

Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right by Jane Mayer

All the President’s Men by Carl Bernstein

The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism by Andrew Bacevich

Sons and Brothers: The Last Days of Jack and Bobby Kennedy by Richard D. Mahoney

Adios America! The Left’s Plan to Turn Our Country into a Third World Hellhole by Ann Coulter

Lincoln: A Novel  by Gore Vidal

The Manchurian Candidate by Richard Condon

Freedom by Jonathan Franzen

The Jungle by Upton Sinclair

Burr by Gore Vidal

Fatherland by Robert Harris

The Trial by Franz Kafka

Seven Days in May by Fletcher Knebel

Watergate by Thomas Mallon

The Prince by Niccolo Macchiavelli

Reaping the Whirlwind: The Taliban Movement in Afghanistan by Michael Griffin

The Assassin’s Gate: America in Iraq  by George Packer

A Rage for Order: The Middle East in Turmoil from Tahrir Square to ISIS  by Robert Forsyth Worth

And Then All Hell Broke Loose: Two Decades in the Middle East by Richard Engel

The English and Their History by Robert Tombs

WInter Is Coming: Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must be Stopped by G. K. Kasparov

North Korea Undercover: Inside the World’s Most Secret State by John Sweeney

Nineteen eighty-four by George Orwell

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

The Master and Margarita by Mikkhail Bulgakov

Saturday by Ian McEwan

The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obrecht

The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga

The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst

The Ghost by Robert Harris



The Butler: A Witness to History by Will Haygood

Wallace by Marshall Fraidy

The Rascal King: The Life and Times of Michael Curley by Jack Beatty

Boss: Richard J. Daley of Chicago by Mike Royko

Huey Long by T. Harry Williams

The Twilight of the Presidency by George Reedy

Rules for Radicals by Saul Alinsky

The Selling of the President, 1968 by Joe McGinness

Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail 1972 by Hunter S. Thompson

Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media by Noam Chomsky

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

Wag the Dog by Larry Beinhart

Advise and Consent by Allen Drury

Democracy by Henry Adams

A Dangerous Friend by Ward Just

Shelley’s Heart by Charles McCarry

The Last Hurrah by Edwin O’Connor


Dial M for Murdoch: News Corporation and the Corruption of Britain by Tom Watson

The Path to Power by Margaret Thatcher

A State of Blood: The Inside Story of Idi Amin by Henry Kyemba

Children of Paradise: The Struggle for the Soul of Iran by Laura Secor

Angela Merkel: Europe’s Most Influential Leader  by Mads Qvortrup

Eamon de Valera: A Will to Power by Ronan Fanning





Mark Twain: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

                        A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

                        The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

                        Pudd’nhead Wilson

                        Life on the Mississippi

                        Innocents Abroad

Jane Austen:   Pride and Prejudice

                        Sense and Sensibility

                        Mansfield Park           


Charlotte Bronte:         Jane Eyre

Emily Bronte:              Wuthering Heights

Charles Dickens:        The Pickwick Papers

                                    David Copperfield

                                    Great Expectations

                                    Oliver Twist

                                    Our Mutual Friend

                                    Nicholas Nickleby

                                    A Christmas Carol                 

                                    A Tale of Two Cities

                                    The Old Curiosity Shop

Herman Melville           Moby Dick

Thomas Hardy            The Return of the Native

                                    Tess of the D’Urbervilles

                                    Jude the Obscure

                                    The Mayor of Casterbridge

                                    Far from the Madding Crowd

Oscar Wilde                The Picture of Dorian Gray

Mary Shelley                Frankenstein

Bram Stoker                Dracula

Wilkie Collins              Armadale

                        The Dead Alive

                        The Moonstone

Fyodor Dostoevsky     Crime and Punishment

                                    The Brothers Karamazov

                                    The Idiot

Arthur Conan Doyle    The Complete Sherlock Holmes

                                    The White Company; Sir Nigel

                                    Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes                       

                                    The Hound of the Baskervilles


Leo Tolstoy                 War and Peace

                                    Anna Karenina


Victor Hugo                 Les Miserables

                                    The Hunchback of Notre Dame

                                    The Last Day of a Condemned Man


Modern Classics


Patrick O’Brian            The Letter of Marque

                                    The Far Side of the World

                                    The Surgeon’s Mate

                                    The Wine-Dark Sea

                                    The Unknown Shore

                                    The Commodore

                                    Men of War

                                    The Yellow Admiral

The Hundred Days

Blue at the Mizzen


Caleb Carr                  The Alienist

The Italian Secretary


Robert Graves                        I, Claudius

Claudius the God and his Wife, Messalina


Stephen Saylor           Wrath of the Furies

                                    The Seven Wonders

                                    The Triumph of Caesar

                                    Roma: The Novel of Ancient Rome

Robert Harris              Imperium: A Novel of Ancient Rome

                                    Conspirata: A Novel of Ancient Rome


Lindsey Davis             Nemesis



Colleen McCullough    Caesar: Let the Dice Fly

                                    Antony and Cleopatra


John Maddox Roberts SPQR I: The King’s Gambit

                                    SPQR VII: The Tribune’s Curse


Mary Renault               The Persian Boy

                                    The King Must Die


Wilbur Smith               River God

                                    Desert God

Golden Lion (audiobook)


Paul Doherty               The Assassins of Isis


Chinua Achebe           Things Fall Apart


Andre Brink                 Philida: A Novel


Kunal Basu                 Yellow Emperor’s Cure


Conn Iggulden             Conqueror: A Novel of Kublai Khan

                                    Emperor: The Death of Kings

                                    Emperor: The Field of Swords

                                    Emperor: The Gods of War

                                    Genghis: The Birth of Empire

                                    Genghis: The Bones of the Hills

                                    Wars of the Roses: Stormbird


Anchee Min                 Empress Orchid

                                    The Last Empress


Lisa See                      Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

                                    Peony in Love


Amy Tan                      The Valley of Amazement


Bernard Cornwell        Sharpe’s Eagle

                                    Sharpe’s Honour

                                    Sharpe’s Fortress

                                    Stonehenge, 2000 B. C.

                                    Sharpe’s Trafalgar     

                                    Sharpe’s Prey

                                    Sharpe’s Havoc

                                    Sharpe’s Escape

                                    The Last Kingdom

                                    Sharpe’s Fury

                                    The Pale Horseman

                                    Sword Song: The Battle for London


                                    The Burning Land

                                    Death of Kings

                                    1356: A Novel

                                    The Pagan Lord

                                    The Empty Throne

                                    Warriors of the Storm: A Novel


  1. S. Forester Lieutenant Hornblower

Mr. Midshipman Hornblower


Historical Fiction before 1900 published in 2016


The Moon in the Palace by Weina Dai Randel

Free Men by Katy Simpson Smith

Goddess of Fire by Bharti Kirchner

A Friend of Mr. Lincoln by Stephen Harrigan

The Queen of the Night  by Alexander Chee

The Last Confession of Thomas Hawkins by Antonia Hodgson

Margaret the First  by Danielle Dutton

Treachery at Lancaster Gate by Anne Perry

At the Edge of the Orchard by Tracy Chevalier

The North Water  by Ian McGuire

Mrs. Houdini  by Victoria Kelly

Scarpia by Piers Paul Reid

SIsi by Alison Pataki

Nelly Dean by Alison Case

Three Sisters, Three Queens by Philippa Gregory

To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey

The Bones of Paradise by Jonis Agee

The Devil’s Cold Dish by Eleanor Kuhns

Drinking Gourd by Barbara Hambly

The Great Revolt by Paul Doherty

The Risen  by David Anthony Durham

Katherine of Aragon, the True Queen by Alison Weir

The Night Wanderer by Alys Clare

The Gilded Years by Karin Tanabe

The Empress of Bright Moon by Weina Dai Randel


1984 by George Orwell

The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi (on audio )

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?  by Philip K. Dick

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess (also YA)

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Article 5  by Kristin Simmons (also YA)

We by Yevgeny Zamyatin

Uglies by Scott Westerfield (also YA)

Pretties by Scott Westerfield (also YA)

Specials by Scott Westerfield (also YA)

The Year of the Flood  by Margaret Atwood

Maddadam by Margaret Atwood

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (also YA)

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (also YA)

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (also YA)

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (also YA)

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

Unwind by Neal Shusterman (also YA)

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta

The Children of Men by P. D. James

Fatherland by Robert Harris

The Gone-Away World by Nick Harkaway

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks

Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

Authority by Jeff VanderMeer

Acceptance by Jeff VanderMeer

The Passage by Justin Cronin

The Twelve by Justin Cronin

The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin

Delirium by Lauren Oliver (also YA)

Battle Royale by Koushun Takami (also YA)

The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau (also YA)

Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway

Divergent by Veronica Roth (also YA)


Logan’s Run by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson

Neuromancer by William Gibson

The Running Man by Richard Bachman (Stephen King)

The Time Machine  by H. G. Wells

Futureland by Walter Mosley

The Drowned World  by J. G. Ballard

Oryx and Crake  by Margaret Atwood

The Iron Heel by Jack London

The Chrysalids by John Wyndham (also YA)

How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff (also YA)

Make Room! Make Room! By Harry Harrison

Nova Express by William Burroughs

V for Vendetta by Alan Moore (also YA, also graphic novel)

Into the Forest by Jean Hegland

Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver (also YA)

Requiem by Lauren Oliver (also YA)



The Witches: Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff  

The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins  

Noah’s Wife by Lindsay Starck  

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle   

The Power of I Am: Two Words That Will Change Your Life Today by Joel Osteen  

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho  

Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl   

The Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton  

Love Wins: A Book about Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived by Rob Bell  

The Celestine Prophecy: An Adventure by James Redfield

Conversations with God: An Uncommon Dialogue by Neale Donald Walsch 

A Simple Path by Mother Theresa   

Heaven Is For Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of his Trip to Heaven and Back by Todd Burpo   

The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion  by Jonathan Haidt  

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch  

The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale  

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood  

The Shack by William P. Young   

The World Without Us by Alan Weisman   

The Cider House Rules by John Irving  

Night of the Animals  by Bill Broun    

Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus  by Chester Brown  

The Autobiography of Malcolm X  by Malcolm X    

As a Man Thinketh by James Allen   

Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

The Chosen by Chaim Potok   

Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin    

Life of Pi by Yann Martel   

The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene  

Peace Like a River by Leif Enger   

Crime and Punishment  by Fyodor Dostoevsky   

Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather   

Be Near Me by Andrew O’Hagan    

Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya   

ELmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis    

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle  

Doomsday Book by Connie Willis   

Eifelheim by Michael Flynn   

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy   

The Dude and the Zen Master by Jeff Bridges   

The Brothers Karamazov  by Fyodor Dostoevsky   

The Poisonwood Bible  by Barbara Kingsolver    

Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh  

Childhood’s End   by Arthur C. Clarke    

Canada by Richard Ford    


Slade House by David Mitchell

Frankenstein, or, the Modern Prometheus by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

The Stopped Heart by Julie Myerson

Quiet Neighbors by Catriona McPherson

The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

Fellside by M. R. Carey

Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt

The Doll-Master and Other Tales of Terror by Joyce Carol Oates

The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley

The Fireman by Joe Hill

The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin

The Cellar by Minette Walters

Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Dracula by Bram Stoker

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill

Horns by Joe Hill

House of Leaves by Mark Z Danielewski

Tales by H. P. Lovecraft

The Dunwich Horror by H. P. Lovecraft

The October Country by Ray Bradbury

The Shining by Stephen King

The Turn of the Screw by William James

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Green Tea and Other Ghost Stories by Joseph Sheridan LeFanu

Traveler’s Rest by Keith Morris

The Stopped Heart by Julie Myerson

Carter & Lovecraft  by Jonathan Howard

The Dead House  by Dawn Kurtagich

Carrie by Stephen King

The Boy Who Drew Monsters by Keith Donohue

Some Quiet Place by Kelsey Sutton (also YA)

World War Z: an Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks

White is for WItching by Helen Oyeyemi

Child of God by Cormac McCarthy

Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin

The Ruins by Scott Smith


Bits and Pieces by Jonathan Maberry (also YA)

Within These Walls  by Ania Ahlborn

The Books of Blood by Clive Barker

Carrion Comfort by Dan Simmons

The Exorcist by Peter Blatty

Haunted: A Novel of Stories by Chuck Palahniuk

It by Stephen King

John Dies at the End by David Wong

Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist

Little Star  by John Ajvide Lindqvist

The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris

Songs of a Dead Dreamer and Grimscribe by Thomas Ligotti

Twilight by Gay Williams

The Devil in Silver by Victor LaValle

The Woman in the Dunes by Kobo Abe

Ghost Story by Peter Straub

Don’t Look Now by Daphne DuMaurier

Every House Is Haunted by Ian Rogers

The Damnation Game by Clive Barker

Enter, Night by Michael Rowe

Piercing by Ryu Murakami

Hell House by Richard Matheson

The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson

The Painted Bird by Jerzy Kosinski

The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks

The Ritual by Adam Neville

Incarnate by Ramsay Campbell

The Woman in Black by Susan Hill

The Wolfen by Whitley Streiber


The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix  by J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (also YA)

Skippy Dies by Paul Murray

A Clash of Kings by George R. R. MartinThe Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix  by J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (also YA)

Skippy Dies by Paul Murray

A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin

11/22/63 by Stephen King

Cress by Marissa Meyer (also YA)

The House of Hades by Rick Riordan (also YA)

Under the Dome. Part One.  by Stephen King

Wildwood by Colin Meloy  (also YA)

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

The Map of Time by Felix Palma

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Tree of Smoke by Denis Johnson

Native Son by Richard Wright

Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Middlemarch by George Eliot

Underworld by Don Delillo

Moby Dick by Herman Melville

Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace

1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth

And Ladies of the Club by Helen Hoover Santmyer

Possession by A. S. Byatt

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon

The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon

Voyager by Diana Gabaldon

Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York by Robert Caro

The Years of Lyndon Johnson: The Path to Power by Robert Caro

The Years of Lyndon Johnson: Means of Ascent by Robert Caro

The Years of Lyndon Johnson: Master of the Senate by Robert Caro

The Years of Lyndon Johnson: The Passage of Power by Robert Caro

East of Eden by John Steinbeck

The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood

Don Quixote de la Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

A House for Mr. Biswas by V. S. Naipaul

2666 by Roberto Bolano

Ulysses by James Joyce

Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak

Moby DIck by Herman Melville

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

The Time In Between by Maria Duenas

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas

Habibi by Craig Thompson (also graphic novel)

Blankets by Craig Thompson (also graphic novel)

Gone by Michael Grant

The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

Ashley Bell by Dean Koontz

Edge of Eternity by Ken Follett

Winter of the World by Ken Follett

Fall of Giants by Ken Follett

World Without End by Ken Follett

The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett


On the Move: A Life  by Oliver Sacks

The Invention of Nature: Alexander Humboldt’s New World by Andrew Wulf

Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs: the Astounding Interconnectedness of the Universe by Lisa Randall

H Is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald

Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science – and the World by Rachel Swaby

Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words by Randall Munroe

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleven

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande

Thinking, Fast  and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly

Isaac’s Storm: A Man A Time and the Deadliest Hurricane in History  by Erik Larson

Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War by Mary Roach

Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future or Neurodiversityby Steve Silberman

Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics by Richard H. Thaler

The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature by Matt Ridley

The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations that Transform the World by David Deutsch

Drive: the Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink

Missing Microbes: How the Overuse of Antibiotics Is Fueling Our Modern Plagues by Martin J. Blaser

A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson

The Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science by Nathalie Angiers

My Beloved Brontosaurus: On the Road with Old Bones, New Science and Our Favorite Dinosaurs by Brian Switek

Coming of Age in Samoa by Margaret Mead

Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet by Bill McKibben

Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared Diamond

The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance by Laurie Garrett

The Poisoner’s Handbook by Deborah Blum

Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes by Maria Konnikova

Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? By Frans B. M. Waal

The Genius of Birds by Jennifer Ackerman

I Contain Multitudes:The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life by Ed Yong

Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void by Mary Roach

Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters by Matt Ridley

The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s Eye View of the World by Michael Pollan

Where the Wild Things Were:Life, Death and Ecological Wreckage in a Land of Vanishing Predators by William Stolzenburg

The Species Seekers: Heroes, Fools and the Mad Pursuit of Life on Earth by Richard Conniff