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  posted on 1/27/2008 at 04:58 PM
A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Hunter S. Thompson
Fear and Loathing on the Campain Trail - 1972 - Hunter S. Thompson
The Grateful Dead Reader - David Dodd
The Beatles - Bob Spitz
On The Road - Jack Kerouac
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test - Tom Wolfe
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
The Hobbit - JRR Tolkein
Brother to a Dragonfly - Will D. Campbell

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  posted on 1/27/2008 at 05:53 PM



A False Spring- Jordan
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest- Kesey
Manchild in the Promised Land- Brown
Slaughterhouse Five- Vonnegut
Next Years Champions- Perkins
Life It's Ownself- Jenkins
Ball Four- Bouton
Saturday's Children- Tippette
The Man Who Walked Through Time- Fletcher
Where Is Joe Merchant?- Buffett

 

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  posted on 1/27/2008 at 06:23 PM
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Manchild in the Promised Land- Brown


In my top five since I was about 14 years old.....

 

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  posted on 1/27/2008 at 06:30 PM
I still have my orignal paperback copy from when I was about 16..

It's hard to narrow down to ten..Honarable Mention:

The Firm- Grisham
See You at the Top- Ziglar
Confessions of a Secret Service Agent- Venker
A Good Walk Spoiled- Feinstein
You Gotta Play Hurt- Jenkins







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  posted on 1/27/2008 at 06:40 PM
The Catcher In The Rye - J.D. Salinger

Easily my favorite book ever.

 

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  posted on 1/27/2008 at 07:03 PM
I've never been at big reader but of the books I've read one of my favorites is The Alienist by Caleb Carr...historical ficiton at its best.

 

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  posted on 1/27/2008 at 07:10 PM
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I still have my orignal paperback copy from when I was about 16..
ditto here on Manchild in Promised Land - great book. Also love Richard Wright's work.

Too difficult for me to choose 10 favorite books as this constantly changes but some of my favorites have been mentioned. Like Manchild, Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Slaughterhouse 5, To Kill a Mockingbird, Catcher in the Rye, Hobbitt. I've always loved John Irving - Prayer for Owen Meany, CiderHouse Rules, Garp are some of my faves of his work. Ditto for Tom Robbins - Jitterbug Perfume, Still Life with Woodpecker, Even Cowgirls get the Blues are some faves there. Have enjoy Tom Wolfe's non-fiction like Kool-Aid (already mentioned), The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby, Pump House Gang. And these are just some of the 'older' ones - haven't even scratched on recent literature or classics.

 

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  posted on 1/27/2008 at 07:26 PM
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I still have my orignal paperback copy from when I was about 16..
ditto here on Manchild in Promised Land - great book. Also love Richard Wright's work.

Too difficult for me to choose 10 favorite books as this constantly changes but some of my favorites have been mentioned. Like Manchild, Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Slaughterhouse 5, To Kill a Mockingbird, Catcher in the Rye, Hobbitt. I've always loved John Irving - Prayer for Owen Meany, CiderHouse Rules, Garp are some of my faves of his work. Ditto for Tom Robbins - Jitterbug Perfume, Still Life with Woodpecker, Even Cowgirls get the Blues are some faves there. Have enjoy Tom Wolfe's non-fiction like Kool-Aid (already mentioned), The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby, Pump House Gang. And these are just some of the 'older' ones - haven't even scratched on recent literature or classics.



Manchild in the Promised Land should be mandatory reading at every High School in America..

 

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  posted on 1/27/2008 at 07:36 PM
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I've never been at big reader but of the books I've read one of my favorites is The Alienist by Caleb Carr...historical ficiton at its best.
Agree on this one Ed - excellent book.

 

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  posted on 1/27/2008 at 07:58 PM

1- Lord Of The Rings trilogy- J.R.R. Toliken
2- The Hobbit- J.R.R.Toliken
3- Sherlock Holmes (all)-Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
4- Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas-Hunter S. Thompson
5- Fear & Loathing On The Campaign Trial, 1972- Hunter S. Thompson
6- Ball Four- Jim Bouton
7- Men at Work: The Craft of Baseball-George Will
8- Skydog-Randy Poe
9- Collected Works- Edgar Allan Poe
10- Too Many To Narrow It Down

 

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  posted on 1/27/2008 at 08:19 PM
To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper Lee
Snow Falling On Cedars - David Guterson
Into The Wild - John Krakauer
Slaughterhouse Five - Kurt Vonnegut
Robert Kennedy and His Times - Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.
Ishmael - Daniel Quinn
East of the Mountains - David Guterson
Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest - Ken Kesey
Into the Heart Of Borneo - Redmond O'Hanlon

I also agree on Manchild In the Promised Land and The Alienist.

Those that like historical fiction would also like "Booth" by David Robertson.


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  posted on 1/27/2008 at 08:41 PM
1. The Age of Strict Construction by Peter Zavodnyik. My brother just wrote this book. Its about the growth of federal power from 1789-1861. Got to give a brother some love.
2. Angel and Demons by Dan Brown
3. The Boys of Summer by Roger Kahn
4. Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach
5. Downtown by Peter Hamill
6. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
7. Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Linbergh
8. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
9. Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
10. Red Storm Rising by Tom Clancy

 

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  posted on 1/27/2008 at 08:44 PM
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5. Downtown by Peter Hamill
Pete Hamill is another favorite of mine - love his NYC stories!

 

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The Practice of the Presence of God

by Brother Lawrence

http://www.amazon.com/Practice-Presence-God-Brother-Lawrence/dp/1590302508/ ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1201485746&sr=8-1

 

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  posted on 1/27/2008 at 09:19 PM
1) The Bible
2) Manchild in The Promised Land - Claude Brown
3) The Orangeburg Massacre
4) The Soul of Black Folks - Dubois
5) Black Lies, White Lies - Tony Brown
6) Huey - Hilliard
7) Her Name...Titanic -----???
8) Midnight Riders - Freeman
9) The Kon-Tiki Expedtion - Heyerdahl
10) Black Boy - Richard Wright

 

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  posted on 1/27/2008 at 10:15 PM
Cool topic - I'll do two lists - canonized works and books just read for entertainment/diversion.

"serious stuff"

1. Go Down, Moses - William Faulkner
2. Michael Armstrong - Frances Trollope
3. Pierre - Herman Melville
4. Jennie Gerhardt - Theodore Dreiser
5. McTeague - Frank Norris
6. I had a Hawthorne novel here, but I changed my mind. IMO, with Nate you got the most bang for your buck with the short stories - put together a handful of them, say - My Kinsman, Major Molineux, Young Goodman Brown, The Minister's Black Veil, Dr. Heidegger's Experiment, and Earth's Holocaust - and you'll have more food for thought than you'd find in any of his novels. Your mileage may vary.
7. Roderick Hudson - Henry James. Some say this was an "immature" work. I say, it was innocent, honest and pure in a way that that his later, heavier work was not.
8. Need a Vonnegut novel - Sirens of Titan is probably my favorite, with Slaughterhouse-5 as a runner-up. I'm also a big fan of the 80's novels - Deadeye Dick, Gallapagos, and Bluebeard.
9. Tess of the D'Urbervilles. - Yes, I've got a "fallen woman" novel here already - Jennie Gerhardt - but Tess was just so damned good.
10. Gaaa, Hemingway. Do I have to? I guess. Okay, I'll pick "The Nick Adams Stories."

I cannot read Jane Austen or the Bronte sisters, in case you were wondering. I don't find Charles Dickens all that interesting either. I've read a couple of the major French novels, but never any of the Russians, curiously. I'll have to remedy that some day.

Okay - fun stuff. This will be impossible, so, I'll do "series" and authors.

1. - Lord of the Rings, J. R. R. Tolkien
2. - A Song of Ice and Fire, George R. R. Martin
3. - Rainbow Six - Tom Clancy, followed closely by the Debt of Honor/Executive Orders combo.
4. - Anything with Lucas Davenport, by John Sandford
5. - Anything with Jack Reacher, by Lee Child
6. - Anything with Alex Cross or Lindsay Boxer, by James Patterson
6. - Getting to be a big fan of "Oliver Stone," by David Baldacci
7. - The Dark Tower, by Stephen King
8. - Memory, Sorrow and Thorn, by Tad Williams - I'm just about done with the last book of Otherland - we'll see if Renie, !Xabbu and Orlando can usurp Seoman, Mistress Rachel and Amerasau Ship-born.
9. - Terry Brooks. I started reading all of the Shannara books, and got bored with those. Then I started the "Knight of the Word" books and found those quite interesting and very different . . . I liked them a lot. NOW - the "Knight of the Word" story is leading to the earliest days of Shannara, the Elcrys, the Elfstones, etc. It'll be interesting to see how everything ties in.
10. Hmm. Last one. Well, as I grudgingly included Hemingway in my first list, I'll grudgingly include Robert Jordan in this one (may he RIP). After 11 installments, he passed away about a year or so before the 12th and final volume could be completed. I've got a lot invested in The Wheel of Time. I hope the pinch-hitter the publisher brought in will be able to conclude the story. We'll see, I guess. Sheesh, I sure hope George R. R. Martin's health is sound. What was it, 5 years between installments 3 and 4? And we've got two more to go? Stay healthy, George!

 

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  posted on 1/28/2008 at 12:52 AM
Limiting micelf to one book per author (otherwise it would be all thompson and vonnegut)


1. Fear and loathing in Las Vegas - Dr. Hunter S Thompson
2. Breakfast of Champions Kurt Vonnegut
3. Traveling the Equator Mark Twain
4. The Hobbit JRR Tolkien
5. Siddhartha - Herman Hesse
6 Winters Tales - Jonathan Winters
7, Lake Wobegon Days Garrison Keiller
8 The Tenth Man - Gramme Green
9 A brief history of Time - Steven Hawking
10.The Sun Also Rises Ernest Hemingway

 

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  posted on 1/28/2008 at 05:19 AM
The Bible
The LOTR Trilogy
The Hobbit
Walking the Bible
Audobon Book of Birds
" " Mushrooms
" " Trees
" " Fish
" " Wildflowers

 

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  posted on 1/28/2008 at 06:33 AM
1. Knut Hamsun: "Hunger"
2. Knut Hamsun: "Mysteries"
3. Knut Mansun: "Pan"
4. Knut Hamsun: "Victoria"
5. Knut Hamsun: "Wayfarers"
6. Knut Hamsun: "August"
7. Knut Hamsun: "The Road Leads On"
8. ?
9. ?
10. ?

 

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  posted on 1/28/2008 at 07:25 AM
I'd better look into this "Knut Hamsun."

 

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  posted on 1/28/2008 at 08:19 AM

A fun list....

In no particular order, but these come to mind:

Catch 22-Heller (brilliant!)
Cat's Cradle- Vonnegut
Nausea- Sarte
Crime and Punishment- Dostoyevksy
Immense Journey- Eisley
A Sand County Almanac- Leopold
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle maintenance- Pirsig
The Fountainhead- Rand (also brilliant!)
Steppenwolffe- Hesse
Cold Mountain- blanking on the author......wow.

I am currently reading Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy...very descriptive and violent. A great writer.

 

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  posted on 1/28/2008 at 09:01 AM
Id have to give it a lot more thought to some up with 10, but definitely on the list would be


Confederacy of Dunces
To Kill a Mockingbird

 

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  posted on 1/28/2008 at 10:07 AM
1. The Curse of Lono - Hunter S Thompson
2. Dune - Frank Herbert
3. All 3 Chronicles of Thomas Covenant - Stephen Donaldson
4. A Book of Five Rings - Miyamoto Musashi
5. The Eagle has Landed - Jack Higgins
6. Chronicles of the Lensmen - E.E. "Doc" Smith
7. Harry Potter - Rowling
8. Siddhartha - Herman Hesse
9. The Godfather - Mario Puzo
10. Red Harvest - Dashiell Hammett

 

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