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Pronto
Elmore Leonard

Pronto

Just Kids
Patti Smith

Just Kids

No Country for Old Men
Cormac McCarthy

No Country for Old Men

On the Road
Jack Kerouac

On the Road

The Big Sleep
Raymond Chandler

The Big Sleep

1984
George Orwell

1984
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1984 - George Orwell

Eric Blair's - George Orwell was his pen name - last and most famous novel, is so much more than a dystopian horror story, it is first and foremost the story of Winston Smith, a man who's desire for human interaction dooms him.

While most focus on Orwell's description of the ultimate totalitarian state, Winston's humanity is the strength of the work.

If you haven't read it in years, or never read it, please do yourself a favor and pick up a copy.


Make Trouble
John Waters

Make Trouble

Cryptonomicon
Neal Stephenson

Cryptonomicon

The Alienist
Caleb Carr

The Alienist

Slouching Toward Nirvana
Charles Bukowski

Slouching Toward Nirvana

The Myth of Sisyphus
Albert Camus

The Myth of Sisyphus

The Fall of the House of Usher & Other Tales
Edgar Allan Poe

The Fall of the House of Usher & Other Tales

Churchill & Orwell
Thomas E. Ricks

Churchill & Orwell
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Churchill & Orwell - Thomas E. Ricks

This book is a duel biography of two men who took stands against the two scourges of the Mid-Twentieth Century. Mr. Ricks tells the stories of how each man moved towards their fear and hatred of Fascism and Stalinism respectively.

The two subjects are covered in an equal manner, each man given both praise and, when deserved, derision.

Well worth the read in these days of political upheaval.

The Great God Pan
Arthur Machen

The Great God Pan

Still Life with Woodpecker
Tom Robbins

Still Life with Woodpecker

Slaughterhouse Five
Kurt Vonnegut

Slaughterhouse Five

White Noise
Don Delillo

White Noise

The Blessing Way
Tony Hillerman

The Blessing Way

God, War, and Providence
James Warren

God, War, and Providence
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God, War, and Providence - James Warren

What happened in New England, between the "First Thanksgiving" and the start of the American Revolution? Brown University Alumnus James A. Warren, fills in that gap with this well researched book. He lays out the problems that Roger Williams and the English settlers who left either the Plymouth or Massachusetts Bay colonies had with those whom they separated from. From desires for religious freedom to the need for more land, the towns that sprang up around the Narragansett Bay were constantly feuding with the Colonies to the north and east.

The Providence dwellers were not the only ones who had trouble dealing with the Puritans, as the native Narragansett tribe had more trouble with the English settlers, especially regarding land sales and respect. Mr. Warren lays out the ways that the Mass Bay settlers would push the natives until the bloody uprising known as "King Philip's War" broke out, nearly causing the complete annihlation of the tribe.

The Devil's Dictionary
Ambrose Bierce

The Devil's Dictionary

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass
Lewis Carroll

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass

Helter Skelter
Vincent Bugliosi

Helter Skelter

Wicked
Gregory Maguire

Wicked

The World Broke in Two
Bill Goldstein

The World Broke in Two

Wasteland
W. Scott Poole

Wasteland

The Bughouse
Daniel Swift

The Bughouse
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The Bughouse - Daniel Swift

Poet, Traitor, Fascist, Victim, Friend, Teacher, and Poet. These are some of the views that the people who visited Ezra Pound while he was in St Elizabeths Hospital in Washington D.C. after World War Two. Daniel Swift presents the stories of those people who came to visit "Uncle Ez" while he was institutionalized, using their own accounts (letters, diaries, and poetry) to paint all the conflicting stories as equally as possible. The book is short and yet filled with wonderful stories and critiques of one of the most divisive American writers of his era.


The Tsar of Love and Techno
Anthony Marra

The Tsar of Love and Techno

Where the Sidewalk Ends
Shel Silverstein

Where the Sidewalk Ends

A Wild Sheep Chase
Haruki Murakami

A Wild Sheep Chase

 

 

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