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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 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 Kerouac

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 Leaf

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 Zukav

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

Justine by Lawrence Durrell

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

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

otr-kerouac

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

The Sun Also Rises

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...]

Strangely B. Stranger’s Ten Favorite Books

The Electric Kool Aid Acid Test

1. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe2. Four Letters of Love by Niall Williams3. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole(My license plate reads "Dr Nut"!)4. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter Thompson5. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand6. The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac7. 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 Kerouac2. The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles3. Beasts by Joyce Carol Oates4. Desolation Angels by Kerouac5. Howl by Allen Ginsberg6. The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith7. Lonesome Traveler by Jack Kerouac8. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath9. Ring of Bone by Lew Welch10. Junky by William S. BurroughsYou can … [Read more...]

Mark Winchester’s Ten Favorite Books

Under the Volcano

1. Under the Volcano by Malcom Lowry2. The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles3. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse4. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig5. Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco6. Leaving Las Vegas by John O'Brien7. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson8. The Razor's Edge by Somerset Maughham9. 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 McClureDesolation Angels by Jack KerouacPoints in Time by Paul BowlesGasoline by Gregory CorsoPieces of a Song: Selected Poems by Diane di PrimaOur Thang: Selected Poems, Selected Drawings by Ted Joans & Laura CorsigliaTeducation by Ted … [Read more...]

Gary A.’s Ten Favorite Books

steppenwolf

1. Steppenwolf by Herman Hesse2. The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac3. A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway4. Ask the Dust by John Fante5. Sixty-Seven Poems For Downtrodden Saints by Jack Micheline6. The Winter of Our Discontent by John Steinbeck7. The Subterraneans by Jack Kerouac8. White Trash by Jeff Foley9. 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 Kerouac2. Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler3. Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh4. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson5. Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs6. The Informers by Bret Easton-Ellis7. Books of Blood, Vols. 1-3 by Clive Barker8. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess9. 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 Hugo2. On the Road by Jack Kerouac3. Wise Blood by Flannery O'Connor4. A Passage to India by E. M. Forster5. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad6. The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac7. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville8. The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles9. The Razor's Edge by W. Somerset Maugham10. Women in Love by D. H. … [Read more...]

Ten Favorite Books List Contributed by Leah

Desolation Angels

1. Desolation Angels by Jack Kerouac2. Big Sur by Jack Kerouac3. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway4. A Defense Of Poetry by Gabriel Gudding5. The Complete Poems by Anne Sexton6. Hamlet by William Shakespeare7. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald8. Off the Road: My Years with Cassady, Kerouac, and Ginsberg by Carolyn Cassady9. 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 Brautigan2. Big Sur – Jack Kerouac3. Desert Solitaire – Edward Abbey4. Ulysses – James Joyce5. The Narrow Road to the Deep North – Matsuo Basho6. The Great Shark Hunt – Hunter S. Thompson7. Pilgrims of the Wild – Grey Owl8. Minor Characters: A Beat Memoir – Joyce Johnson9. Dr. Sax – Jack Kerouac10. A Modest … [Read more...]

Top Ten Books List Contributed by Ryan

On the Road

1. On the Road by Jack Kerouac2. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe3. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger4. The Rum Diary by Hunter S. Thompson5. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey6. The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe7. Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller8. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson9. … [Read more...]

Ten Favorite Books List Contributed by Marti

Sylvia Plath - The Bell Jar

1. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath2. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck3. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides4. Mrs Dalloway by Virgina Woolf5. Animal Farm by George Orwell6. Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams by Sylvia Plath7. Media Control By Noam Chomsky8. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress By Dai Sijie9. The Graduate by Charles Webb10. Me … [Read more...]

Lila’s Top Ten Books

Realm of Algebrae

1. Realm of Algebra by Isaac Asimov, 19612. 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, 1969-19714. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig, 19745. 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 Irwin2. Film as Subversive Art by Amos Vogel3. Franz Kafka by Max Brod4. The Air-Conditioned Nightmare by Henry Miller5. Demian by Herman Hesse6. Do What Thou Wilt: A Life of Aleister Crowley by Lawrence Sutin7. The Happy Birthday of Death by Gregory Corso8. Malina by Ingeborg Bachmann9. 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 best2. Still Life with Woodpecker by Tom Robbins Zany and great3. The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran One of those life books you can always refer back to4. On the Road by Jack Kerouac The first to open my eyes to a whole new world5. 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 Hesse2. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald3. Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller4. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger5. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey6. On the Road by Jack Kerouac7. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole8. Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man by Fannie Flagg9. 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 Salinger2. American Gods by Neil Gaiman3. On the Road by Jack Kerouac4. The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac5. The Story of B by Daniel Quinn6. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand7. Underworld: A Novel by Don Delillo8. Girlfriend in a Coma by Douglas Coupland9. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky10. The … [Read more...]