Reading List

These are some authors and books which Becca and Laurie and I have loved and learned from. We hope you’ll love them and learn from them, too. If you have books you’d like to recommend we read, we’d love to hear from you! (The links will take you to official and unofficial websites for the various writers....)


Adult Books

Bach, Richard: Illusions, The Bridge Across Forever (and others)

Bensen, E.F.: the Mapp and Lucia novels

Castaneda, Carlos: The Teachings of Don Juan (and the rest of the Don Juan series)

d’Antin van Rooten, Luis: Mots D’Heures: Gousses, Rames

de Bono, Edward: Lateral Thinking (and others)

Dillard, Annie: Pilgrim at Tinker Creek (a Laurie pick)

Doty, Mark: poetry (a Laurie pick)

Fforde, Jasper: The Eyre Affair (and others featuring Thursday Next, but not the Nursery Crimes series, which suck)

Gurdjieff, Georges: Meetings with Remarkable Men

Hall, Steven: The Raw Shark Texts

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

Hoff, Benjamin: The Tao of Pooh

Hubbell, Sue: nature writing (a Laurie pick)

James, M.R.: ghost stories (a Laurie pick)

Jensen, Liz: The Ninth Life of Louis Drax

Lamott, Anne: essays (a Laurie pick)

Least Heat Moon, William: Blue Highways, Prairy Earth (and others)

Leyner, Mark: Et Tu, Babe

Lopez, Barry: nature writing (a Laurie pick)

Maupin, Armistead: the Tales of the City series

Noon, Jeff: Vurt

Nabokov, Vladimir: Pale Fire

Oliver, Mary: poetry (a Laurie pick)

Onions, Oliver: ghost stories (a Laurie pick)

Pessl, Marisha: Special Topics in Calamity Physics

Pirsig, Robert: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Reps, Paul: Zen Flesh, Zen Bones

Rhinehart, Luke: The Book of est and The Dice Man

• Roberts, Jane: Seth Speaks, The Education of Oversoul Seven (and other Seth and Oversoul Seven books)

Shea, Robert and Wilson, Robert Anton: The Illuminatus Trilogy (and others)

Stoppard, Tom: Rosenkrantz and Guildenstern are Dead and The Real Inspector Hound

Theroux, Paul: Riding the Iron Horse, The Old Patagonia Express (and others)

Updike, John: Rabbit Run (and others)

Vonnegut, Kurt: Player Piano, God Bless You Mr. Rosewater (and others)

Waugh, Evelyn: anything and everything!

Wharton, William: Birdy, Scumbler (and others)

Wodehouse, P.G.: anything and everything!



Block, Lawrence: the Bernie Rhodenbarr and Matt Scudder series

Christie, Agatha: Tommy & Tuppence, Harley Quinn, Hercules Poirot....

Conan Doyle, Sir Arthur: the Sherlock Holmes books and stories

Estleman, Loren: the Amos Walker series

James, P.D.: the Inspector Dalgleish series (a Laurie pick)

McBain, Ed: the 87th Precinct police procedurals

Parker, Robert B.: the Spenser and Jesse Stone series

Queen, Ellery: the Ellery Queen and Drury Lane series

Roberts, Les: the Milan Jacovich series

Sayers, Dorothy L.: the Peter Wimsey series (a Laurie pick)

Stout, Rex: the Nero Wolfe books and How Like a God


Children’s Books

Dahl, Roald: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (and others)

Juster, Norton: The Phantom Tollbooth

Lewis, C.S.: The Chronicles of Narnia and The Space Trilogy

Lowry, Lois: The Giver

L’Engle, Madeleine: A Swiftly Tilting Planet (and others)

Pinkwater, Daniel: Borgel, Alan Mendelssohn Boy From Mars (and others)

Raskin, Ellen: The Westing Game (and others)

Sachar, Louis: Sideways Stories from Wayside School, Holes (and others)


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