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Joerg Haeske’s Ten Favorite Books

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

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

1. The Snow Geese: A Story of Home by William Fiennes2. The Rings of Saturn by W. G. Sebald3. Rodinsky's Room by Rachel Lichtenstein and Iain Sinclair4. Lights Out for the Territory: 9 Excursions in the Secret History of London by Iain Sinclair5. 'Street Haunting: A London Adventure' by Virginia Woolf6. The Complete Cosmicomics by Italo Calvino7. … [Read more...]

Chad Hall’s Top 10 Books

Big Sur by Jack KerouacCrime and Punishment by Fyodor DostoyevskyThe Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki MurakamiThe New York Trilogy by Paul AusterLove is a Dog From Hell by Charles BukowskiHip: The History by John LelandSwann's Way by Marcel ProustHow Fiction Works by James WoodHitch-22: A Memoir by Christopher HitchensThe Journals of John … [Read more...]

David Gitin’s Ten Favorite Books

The Story of Ferdinand by Munro LeafAwakening Osiris by Normandi EllisBook of the Hopi by Frank WatersFlash of the Spirit by Robert Farris ThompsonThe New American Poetry, 1945-1960, Donald Allen (ed.)The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation by W.Y.Evans-WentzDark Pools of Light by Richard GrossingerCentering by M.C. RichardsThe Masks of God by Joseph … [Read more...]

Gloria Avner’s Ten Favorite Books

The Seat of the Soul by Gary ZukavA Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty SmithMy Name Is Asher Lev by Chaim PotokThe Crack in the Cosmic Egg by Joseph Chilton PearceThe Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael ChabonJane Eyre by Chalotte BronteLight in August by William FaulknerThe Theater and its Double by Antonin ArtaudThe Power of Myth by … [Read more...]

Kimberly Richardson’s Ten Favorite Books

In no particular order:A Tale of Two Cities by Charles DickensOn The Road by Jack KerouacAtonement by Ian McEwanDune by Frank HerbertThe World According to Garp by John IrvingSwann's Way by Marcel ProustJustine by Lawrence DurrellImajica by Clive BarkerYou Can't Go Home Again by Thomas WolfeThe Secret History by Donna TarttYou can … [Read more...]

Ricker Winsor’s Ten Favorite Books

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor DostoyevskyWar and Peace by Leo TolstoyOne Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia MarquezThe Grapes of Wrath by John SteinbeckThe Man Who Was Not With It by Herbert GoldA Fan’s Notes by Fred ExleyIndependent People by Halldor LaxnessOn The Road by Jack KerouacGreat Expectations by Charles DickensThe Magic Mountain by Thomas … [Read more...]

Michowel’s Favorite Ten Books

1. On the Road by Jack Kerouac2. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson3. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger4. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe5. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse6. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess7. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway8. Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller9. Brave New World by Aldous … [Read more...]

Jean-Marie S.’s Ten Favorite Books

1. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway2. On the Road by Jack Kerouac3. Vanity of Duluoz by Jack Kerouac4. Ask the Dust by John Fante5. The Basketball Diaries by Jim Carroll6. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger7. The Basketball Diaries by Thomas Mc Guane8. Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs9. Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis10. The … [Read more...]