Book reviews

A list of books that have personally resonated with me in no particular order

  1. Foucault’s Pendulum by Umberto Eco
  2. A Short History of Decay by Emil Cioran
  3. Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
  4. My Struggle I-V(I) by Karl Ove Knausgaard
  5. The Nightmare Factory by Thomas Ligotti
  6. The Faith Healers by James Randi
  7. The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster
  8. The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh
  9. A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James
  10. Hyperion (I-II) by Dan Simmons
  11. Ever Since Darwin by Stephen Jay Gould
  12. In the Spirit of Crazy Horse by Peter Matthiessen
  13. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  14. East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  15. Libra by Don DeLillo
  16. Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
  17. Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
  18. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Robert Maturin
  19. The U.S.A. Trilogy by John Dos Passos
  20. Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville
  21. Battleborn by Claire Vaye Watkins
  22. The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen
  23. The Story of Philosophy by Will Durant
  24. The Terror by Dan Simmons
  25. The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America by Daniel Boorstin
  26. Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion
  27. Pastoralia and/or Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
  28. Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
  29. White Noise by Don DeLillo
  30. The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut
  31. Death with Interruptions by Jose Saramago
  32. The Doctor is Sick by Anthony Burgess
  33. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
  34. The earlier and generally more unmentionable works by Cormac McCarthy
  35. Knots by R.D. Laing
  36. The Prosthetic Impulse by Marquard Smith
  37. On Food and Cooking by Harold McGee
  38. The Demon-Haunted World by Carl Sagan
  39. Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo
  40. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
  41. The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
  42. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  43. Exquisite Corpse by Poppy Z. Brite
  44. The Science of Good and Evil by Michael Shermer
  45. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
  46. The Philosophy of Disenchantment and The Anatomy of Negation by Edgar Saltus
  47. The Denial of Death by Ernest Becker
  48. Crime and Punishment and/or The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky (the latter being preferred if the former has been read before)
  49. Labyrinths and/or The Aleph and Other Stories by Jorge Luis Borges (whichever you find first at your next used bookstore)
  50. Love-Lies-Bleeding by Don DeLillo

 

 


Reviews alphabetically 

Acceptance by Jeff VanderMeer

Anatomies by Hugh Aldersey-Williams

Battleborn by Claire Vaye Watkins

Caesar and Christ by Will Durant

China in Ten Words by Yu Hua

Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville

Fallen Leaves by Will Durant

Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

Lost in the Funhouse by John Barth

Kindred by Octavia Butler

Mortality by Christopher Hitchens

Reflections on War and Death by Sigmund Freud

Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward

Secret Ingredients edited by David Remnick

Sixty Stories by Donald Barthelme

The Age of Faith by Will Durant

The Age of Louis XIV by Will and Ariel Durant

The Age of Napoleon by Will and Ariel Durant

The Age of Reason Begins by Will and Ariel Durant

The Birth of Tragedy by Friedrich Nietzsche

The Broom of the System by David Foster Wallace

The Confidence Game by Maria Konnikova

The Denial of Death by Ernest Becker

The Ego Tunnel by Thomas Metzinger

The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan

The Martian by Andy Weir

The Moral Arc by Michael Shermer

The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind by Julian Jaynes

The Reformation by Will Durant

The Renaissance by Will Durant

The Sense of Style by Steven Pinker

The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen

The Story of Philosophy by Will Durant

Wild Seed by Octavia Butler