Joerg Haeske’s Ten Favorite Books

Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac

Joerg Haeske, author of Anywhere Road: Retracing Jack Kerouac, shares his top ten list, in no particular order: Jack Kerouac: The Dharma Bums (a tough one to choose between that and On The Road, but it shows him at his best and what is probably the best time of his life - I often wonder what could have happened to him had he stayed closer to Gary Snyder and his more moderate … [Read more...]

Linda Lenhoff’s Top Ten Books

Independence Day by Richard Ford

Linda Lenhoff (@LindaLatte) is a reader and novelist. She tells us she can't bring herself to order the books, so here they are in an unordered list, with her thoughts on some of them. Independence Day by Richard Ford and Goodbye Without Leaving by Laurie Colwin. These two might fight for first place, but I can’t imagine them not getting along perfectly well. The Giant's … [Read more...]

Anna MacDonald’s Ten Favorite Books

Snow Geese by William Fiennes

1. The Snow Geese: A Story of Home by William Fiennes 2. The Rings of Saturn by W. G. Sebald 3. Rodinsky's Room by Rachel Lichtenstein and Iain Sinclair 4. Lights Out for the Territory: 9 Excursions in the Secret History of London by Iain Sinclair 5. 'Street Haunting: A London Adventure' by Virginia Woolf 6. The Complete Cosmicomics by Italo Calvino 7. … [Read more...]

Chad Hall’s Top 10 Books

Big Sur by Jack Kerouac

Big Sur by Jack Kerouac Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster Love is a Dog From Hell by Charles Bukowski Hip: The History by John Leland Swann's Way by Marcel Proust How Fiction Works by James Wood Hitch-22: A Memoir by Christopher Hitchens The Journals of John … [Read more...]

David Gitin’s Ten Favorite Books

The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf

The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf Awakening Osiris by Normandi Ellis Book of the Hopi by Frank Waters Flash of the Spirit by Robert Farris Thompson The New American Poetry, 1945-1960, Donald Allen (ed.) The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation by W.Y.Evans-Wentz Dark Pools of Light by Richard Grossinger Centering by M.C. Richards The Masks of God by Joseph … [Read more...]

Gloria Avner’s Ten Favorite Books

The Seat of the Soul by Gary Zukav

The Seat of the Soul by Gary Zukav A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith My Name Is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok The Crack in the Cosmic Egg by Joseph Chilton Pearce The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon Jane Eyre by Chalotte Bronte Light in August by William Faulkner The Theater and its Double by Antonin Artaud The Power of Myth by … [Read more...]

Kimberly Richardson’s Ten Favorite Books

Justine by Lawrence Durrell

In no particular order: A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens On The Road by Jack Kerouac Atonement by Ian McEwan Dune by Frank Herbert The World According to Garp by John Irving Swann's Way by Marcel Proust Justine by Lawrence Durrell Imajica by Clive Barker You Can't Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe The Secret History by Donna Tartt You can … [Read more...]

Michowel’s Favorite Ten Books

otr-kerouac

1. On the Road by Jack Kerouac 2. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson 3. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger 4. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe 5. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse 6. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess 7. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway 8. Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller 9. Brave New World by Aldous … [Read more...]

Jean-Marie S.’s Ten Favorite Books

The Sun Also Rises

1. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway 2. On the Road by Jack Kerouac 3. Vanity of Duluoz by Jack Kerouac 4. Ask the Dust by John Fante 5. The Basketball Diaries by Jim Carroll 6. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger 7. The Basketball Diaries by Thomas Mc Guane 8. Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs 9. Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis 10. The … [Read more...]

Strangely B. Stranger’s Ten Favorite Books

The Electric Kool Aid Acid Test

1. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe 2. Four Letters of Love by Niall Williams 3. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole(My license plate reads "Dr Nut"!) 4. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter Thompson 5. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand 6. The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac 7. In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash by Jean Shepherd(especially … [Read more...]

Tariq Bedgood’s Top Ten Favorite Books

tristessa

1. Tristessa by Jack Kerouac 2. The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles 3. Beasts by Joyce Carol Oates 4. Desolation Angels by Kerouac 5. Howl by Allen Ginsberg 6. The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith 7. Lonesome Traveler by Jack Kerouac 8. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath 9. Ring of Bone by Lew Welch 10. Junky by William S. Burroughs You can … [Read more...]

Mark Winchester’s Ten Favorite Books

Under the Volcano

1. Under the Volcano by Malcom Lowry 2. The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles 3. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse 4. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig 5. Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco 6. Leaving Las Vegas by John O'Brien 7. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson 8. The Razor's Edge by Somerset Maughham 9. Cosmos by Carl … [Read more...]

Denise Raphael’s Top Ten Beat Books List

scratching the beat surface

(in no particular order) Scratching the Beat Surface: Essays on New Vision from Blake to Kerouac by Michael McClure Desolation Angels by Jack Kerouac Points in Time by Paul Bowles Gasoline by Gregory Corso Pieces of a Song: Selected Poems by Diane di Prima Our Thang: Selected Poems, Selected Drawings by Ted Joans & Laura Corsiglia Teducation by Ted … [Read more...]

Gary A.’s Ten Favorite Books

steppenwolf

1. Steppenwolf by Herman Hesse 2. The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac 3. A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway 4. Ask the Dust by John Fante 5. Sixty-Seven Poems For Downtrodden Saints by Jack Micheline 6. The Winter of Our Discontent by John Steinbeck 7. The Subterraneans by Jack Kerouac 8. White Trash by Jeff Foley 9. Cities of the Red Night by William S. … [Read more...]

Favorite Books List Contributed by Anetra

on the road

1. On the Road by Jack Kerouac 2. Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler 3. Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh 4. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson 5. Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs 6. The Informers by Bret Easton-Ellis 7. Books of Blood, Vols. 1-3 by Clive Barker 8. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess 9. Howl and Other Poems by Allen … [Read more...]

J. Glassnow’s Top Ten Books List

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

1. The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo 2. On the Road by Jack Kerouac 3. Wise Blood by Flannery O'Connor 4. A Passage to India by E. M. Forster 5. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad 6. The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac 7. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville 8. The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles 9. The Razor's Edge by W. Somerset Maugham 10. Women in Love by D. H. … [Read more...]

Ten Favorite Books List Contributed by Leah

Desolation Angels

1. Desolation Angels by Jack Kerouac 2. Big Sur by Jack Kerouac 3. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway 4. A Defense Of Poetry by Gabriel Gudding 5. The Complete Poems by Anne Sexton 6. Hamlet by William Shakespeare 7. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald 8. Off the Road: My Years with Cassady, Kerouac, and Ginsberg by Carolyn Cassady 9. The Plays … [Read more...]

Ten Favorite Books List Contributed by Josechu C.

Artificial Paradises by Charles Baudelaire

1. Artificial Paradises by Charles Baudelaire. In perfect style the author praises the marvelous effects that wine and hash have on him. 2. Stomping the Goyim by Michael Disend. How to be gay, jew and a dealer in the Lower East Side in the 60s. 3. Novel with Cocaine by Ageyev The addiction to sex an cocaine of a young Russian in St Petersburg before and during the … [Read more...]

Bruce Hodder’s Ten Favourite Books

In Watermelon Sugar

1. In Watermelon Sugar – Richard Brautigan 2. Big Sur – Jack Kerouac 3. Desert Solitaire – Edward Abbey 4. Ulysses – James Joyce 5. The Narrow Road to the Deep North – Matsuo Basho 6. The Great Shark Hunt – Hunter S. Thompson 7. Pilgrims of the Wild – Grey Owl 8. Minor Characters: A Beat Memoir – Joyce Johnson 9. Dr. Sax – Jack Kerouac 10. A Modest … [Read more...]

Top Ten Books List Contributed by Ryan

On the Road

1. On the Road by Jack Kerouac 2. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe 3. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger 4. The Rum Diary by Hunter S. Thompson 5. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey 6. The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe 7. Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller 8. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson 9. … [Read more...]

Ten Favorite Books List Contributed by Marti

Sylvia Plath - The Bell Jar

1. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath 2. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck 3. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides 4. Mrs Dalloway by Virgina Woolf 5. Animal Farm by George Orwell 6. Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams by Sylvia Plath 7. Media Control By Noam Chomsky 8. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress By Dai Sijie 9. The Graduate by Charles Webb 10. Me … [Read more...]

Lila’s Top Ten Books

Realm of Algebrae

1. Realm of Algebra by Isaac Asimov, 1961 2. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville, 1851(forget about symbolism and metaphors, just enjoy the descriptive language and let yourself react to the story and the imagery) 3. The Illuminatus! Trilogy by Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson, 1969-1971 4. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig, 1974 5. Lila: An Inquiry … [Read more...]

Mark A.’s Top Ten Books List

jerusalem bible

1. The Book Of JOB in the OT, La Bible de Jerusalem preferably There was once a man in the land of Uz & the final word was with Yahweh. 2. A Season in Hell by Arthur Rimbaud Emotion, Images, Hallucinations, a soul in torture on the spiritual path to.... 3. Tristessa by Jack KerouacNothing like junky romance in the fellaheen streets. 4. Junky by William S. … [Read more...]

Ten Favorite Books List Contributed by Michael

The Arabian Nightmare by Robert Irwin

1. The Arabian Nightmare by Robert Irwin 2. Film as Subversive Art by Amos Vogel 3. Franz Kafka by Max Brod 4. The Air-Conditioned Nightmare by Henry Miller 5. Demian by Herman Hesse 6. Do What Thou Wilt: A Life of Aleister Crowley by Lawrence Sutin 7. The Happy Birthday of Death by Gregory Corso 8. Malina by Ingeborg Bachmann 9. As Serious As Your Life: … [Read more...]

Ten Favorite Books List Contributed by Little

Complete Fiction Bruno Schulz

1. The Complete Fiction by Bruno Schulz As close to a dream as writing can get. 2. Cages by Dave McKean The safety of illusions, the golden cage of lost hopes. McKean is the Stanley Kubrick of his medium. 3. Dr. Sax by Jack Kerouac Kerouac´s highest high. 4. Beneath the Wheel by Hermann Hesse Moved me in many ways. Still does, always will. 5. Woodcutters by … [Read more...]

Christina C.’s Ten Favorite Books

desolation angels

1. Desolation Angels by Jack Kerouac Ahhhh Ti Jean...in my eyes you're best 2. Still Life with Woodpecker by Tom Robbins Zany and great 3. The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran One of those life books you can always refer back to 4. On the Road by Jack Kerouac The first to open my eyes to a whole new world 5. The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac It just keeps you … [Read more...]

Poet A.D. Winans’ Top Ten Books List

steppenwolf

1. Steppenwolf by Herman Hesse 2. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald 3. Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller 4. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger 5. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey 6. On the Road by Jack Kerouac 7. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole 8. Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man by Fannie Flagg 9. All My Friends Are … [Read more...]

Ian Regnier’s List of 10 Favorite Books

Catcher in the Rye

1. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger 2. American Gods by Neil Gaiman 3. On the Road by Jack Kerouac 4. The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac 5. The Story of B by Daniel Quinn 6. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand 7. Underworld: A Novel by Don Delillo 8. Girlfriend in a Coma by Douglas Coupland 9. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky 10. The … [Read more...]