Books I've Read & Recommend (***Especially good )
Updated July 2014 Chronological Order (except updates to existing authors)
Existing authors last updated: Amy Tan added many years after being forgotten in my list

V.S. Naipaul
A Bend in the River***
Half a Life

Janet Fitch
Paint It Black***
White Oleander***

Kazuo Ishiguro (1989)
Remains of the Day ***
Never Let Me Go **
When we were Orphans

Kent Haruf (1999)
Plain Song***
The Tie that Binds***

Ethan Canin
America America***
Emporer of the Air*
Carry me across the Water**

Richard Feynman
Surely you're joking..***

Ward Just (1999)
A Dangerous Friend**

Ann Lamott (1999)
Travelling Mercies**

Robert Hellenga
Blues Lessons**
The Fall of a Sparrow***
Philosophy Made Simple**
The Italian Lover**

Richard Price
Lush Life**

Wally Lamb
This Much I Know Is True***

David Guterson
Snow Falling on Cedars***
East of the Mountains**

Doris Lessing
Love Again***

Dorothy L. Sayers
Bussmans Honeymoon***

Alice Adams
After the War**

Mary Gordon

Louis Erdich
Tales of Burning Love**

Ann Patchett
The Magicians Assistant***
Bel Canto (half read)
The Patron Saint of Liars**
State of Wonder***

Louis de Bernieres
Corelli's Mandolin***

Jane Hamilton
When Madeline Was Young ***
The Map of the World***
Then Short Life of a Prince
The Book of Ruth

Ursula Hegi
Stones from the River***

Jenette Winterson
Written on the Body
GUT Symmetries***

E. Annie Proulx
The Shipping News***
Accordion Crimes**
That Old Ace In The Hole***

Harper Lee
To Kill a Mockingbird***

Annie Dillard
An American Childhood***

Barbara Kingsolver
The Lacuna ***
Prodigal Summer**
Poisenwood Bible***
Animal Dreams***
Pigs in Heaven
Bean Trees

John Irving
Last Night in Twisted River **
Until I Find You***
A Widow for One Year ***
Ciderhouse Rules ***
Son of the Circus***
A Prayer for Owen Meany***
The Fourth Hand*
TheWorld According to Garp**

Anne Tyler
The Homesick Restaurant***
The Amateur Marriage**(good epic though)
The Ladder of Years**
Patchwork Planet
Morgans Passing
Accidental Tourist***
If Morning Ever Comes
Searching for Caleb
Clock Winder
Earthly Possessions
Saint Maybe
Breathing Lessons
Celestial Navigation***

PD James (mystery)
Skull Beneath the Skin**
All others also read.

Umberto Ecco
The Name of the Rose ***

John Gardner
Michelsons Ghost ***
Nickel Mountain ***
October Light**

Robertson Davies
Fifth Business***

Victor Hugo

Antoine St'Expery
The Little Prince***

Irving Stone
Depths of Glory : a biographical novel of Camille Pissarro***

James Michener
The Source***
Poland (terrible)

Somerset Maugham
Of Human Bondage

Tracy Kidder
Soul of a New Machine***
Old Friends 94
Mountains Beyond Mountains**

Amanda Filipacchi
Nude Men **

Milan Kundera
The Unbearable Lightness of Being***

Most Recent

Zia Haider Rahman
In The Light Of What We Know***

Robing Sloan
Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore***

Laurence Cosse
A Novel Bookstore***

Chad Harbach
The Art of Fielding***

Paul Harding

James Church
The man with the Baltic Stare***
Bamboo and Blood***
Hidden Moon***
A Corpse in the Koryo***

Sarah Blake
The Postmistress***

Helene Tursten
Detective Inspector Huss***

David Foster Wallace
The Pale King***

Joseph Kanon
Istanbul Passage***
Los Alamos***

Orhan Pamuk

Cathleen Schine
The Three Weissmanns of Westport***

Abraham Verghese
Cutting for Stone***

Ann Packer
The Dive From Clauson's Pier**

The Postmistreess
Sarah Blake***

Michael Chabon
The Yiddish Policeman's Union***

Robert Harris

Walter Mosley
The Right Mistake***

Amy Tan
The Joy Luck Club ***
The Hundred Secret Senses***

Marianne Wiggins
Shadow Catcher**

Johnathan Miles
American Airlines***

Clair Ni Aonghusa

Mischa Berlinski

G. B. Edwards
The Book of Ebenezer Le Page***

Peter Temple
identity theory***

Michael Ondaatje
Divisadero **
Anil's Ghost**

Don DeLillo
Falling Man***
(White Noise -Don't read)

Julian Barnes
Love, etc.**

Mark Helprin
A Soldier of the Great War***
Winters Tale**

Johnathan Franzen
The Corrections***

S. Levitt & S. Dubner

Thomas L. Friedman
The World Is Flat***

Alicia Erian

Ian McEwan (2005)
Atonement **

Adeline Yen Mah
Falling Leaves***

Mark Haddon
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time**

Richard Russo
That Old Cape Magic **
Empire Falls***
Bridge of Sighs**

Connie Willis

Leif Enger
Peace Like a River**

Naguib Mahfouz
Palace Walk**

Haruki Murakami
Norwegian Wood***
Kafka on the Shore***
The Wind-up Bird Chronical***
after dark**
The Wild Sheep Chase*
South of the Border, West of the Sun*
Dance, Dance, Dance*

Barbara Tuchman
The Guns of August***

Iain Pears
The Dream of Scipio***

Neal Stephenson
Diamond Age**
Snow Crash***

Carol Shields
Unless: A Novel**
Larrys Party***
Stone Diaries**

David Liss
Coffee Trader**
A Conspiracy of Paper*

William Gibson
Spook Country**
Pattern Recognition***
All Tomorrows Parties**
Virtual Light**

John Grisham
The Painted House*

Mildred Walker
Winter Wheat*

Dava Sobel
Gallileo's Daughter***

Nick Hornby
About a boy***
High Fidelity**

Bernhard Schlink
The Reader**

Terry Kay
To dance with the white dog.***


Tom Robbins
Only Cowgirls get the Blues

Aldous Huxley
Brave New World**

Robert Heinlein
Time Enough for Love***
To Sail Beyond the Sunset
Stranger in a Strange Land***

James Schmitz
Witches of Karres*** sci fi

Ray Bradbury
Dandelion Wine***
Something Wicked This Way Comes

Ernest Hemingway
For Whom the Bell Tolls
A Farwell To Arms**

Joseph Conrad
Lord Jim ***

Tony Hillerman
(all his books)
Anthropological mysteries of Navajo's and Hopi's
Blessing Way***

Arthur Upfield
(all his books)
Anthropological mysteries of Aboriginies and whites and a half-cast policeman
The Bone is Pointed. ***

Robert B. Parker
(all of his mysteries are interesting reading)

Graham Greene
The Man Within*
The Heart of the Matter ***
Honourary Counsel **
Our Man in Havana***
The End of the Affair**
The Quiet American ***
The Third Man**
The Power and the Glory**

John Updike
The Terrorist ***
Rabbit at Rest***
Rabbit is Rich
Rabbit Run
Rogers Version
Beck is Back
The Coup
Villages : A Novel***men, * women

Arthur Koestler
Darkness at Noon

Elie Wiesel

John Fowles
Daniel Martin ***
Ebony Tower
The Collector

Harriet Doerr
Stones for Ibarra***
Consider this, Senora

Russell Hoban
The Lion of Boaz Jaquin
Riddely Walker***

Dorothy Gilman

Josephine Tey
Thief of Time***

Frank Herbert
Dune ***
And all others in the series

Pat Barker

John Steinbeck
( all his books) In order of importance:
East of Eden ***
Winter of our Discontent***
Sweet Thursday***
To a God Unknown***
The Grapes of Wrath
The Pearl
Cannery Row
Of Mice and Men
The Red Pony
Travels with Charlie
In Dubious Battle*

Michael Crighton
State of Fear***(social import rating), *(story prose rating)
Andromeda Strain***
Terminal Man
Rising Sun**
Jurassic Park
Air Frame**

Tom Wolfe
Bonfire of the Vanities
A Man in Full***

Robert James Waller

Bridges of Madison County**
Slow Waltz at Cedar Bend

James Redfield

Celestine Prophecy**
The Tenth Insight

Edwin Abbott

Dr. Hunter F Thompson
Fear and Loathing in Las Vagas
Fear and Loathing on the 1972 Campaign Trail**

Stephen Crane
The Red Badge of Courage

Oscar Wild
The Picture of Dorian Gray**

Carrie Fischer
Postcards from the Edge

Henry Miller
Book of Friends

Franz Kafka

May Sarton
Kinds of Love**

Ribald Stories**

The Republic (parable of the cave***)
The Apology

Feyodor Dostoyevsky
Crime and Punishment