Non-Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction

  • The Power of Myth - Joseph Campbell

  • Education of a Wandering Man - Louis L'Amour

  • The Boys in the Boat - Daniel James Brown

  • Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy - Eric Metaxas

  • Hero With a Thousand Faces - Joseph Campbell

  • The Inner Reaches of Outer Space - Joseph Campbell

  • Thou Art That: Transforming Religious Metaphor - Joseph Campbell

  • A First-Rate Madness: Uncovering the Links Between Leadership and Mental Illness – Nassir Ghaemi

  • The Meaning of Truth - William James

  • Tao Te Ching – Lao Tsu

  • What Is Tao? - Allen Watts

  • Virtue & Happiness -Epictetus

  • A Confession - Leo Tolstoy

  • Varieties of Religious Experience - William James

  • The Meaning of Truth - William James

  • Discipline and Punish - Michel Foucault

  • Sailing Alone Around the World - Joshua Slocum

  • New York in the Fifties – Dan Wakefield

  • Self-Reliance - Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • Orthodoxy - G.K. Chesterton

 

Fiction

  • The Lord of the Rings (full series) – J.R.R. Tolkien

  • Moby Dick – Herman Melville

  • Silence - Shusaku Endo

  • The Sun Also Rises - Ernest Hemingway

  • Speak, Memory – Vladimir Nabokov

  • Pale Fire – Vladimir Nabokov

  • Into the Wild – Jon Krakauer

  • Portrait of An Artist As A Young Man - Joyce

  • Old School - Tobias Wolff

  • The Sound and the Fury - William Faulkner

  • To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – Betty Smith

  • All the Pretty Horses - Cormac McCarthy

  • The House of Mirth - Edith Wharton

  • Slaughterhouse Five - Kurt Vonnegut

  • Catch-22 - Joseph Heller

  • All the King’s Men - Robert Penn Warren

  • The Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway

  • So Long, See You Tomorrow - William Maxwell

  • Special Topics in Calamity Physics - Marisha Pessl

  • A Separate Peace - John Knowles

  • The Things They Carried - Tim O’Brien

  • Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen

  • Emma - Jane Austen

  • Sense & Sensibility - Jane Austen

  • Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte

  • East of Eden - John Steinbeck

  • Little Women - Louisa May Alcott

  • The Great Divorce - C.S. Lewis

  • The Art of Fielding - Chad Harbach

  • The Secret History - Donna Tartt

  • The Emperor’s Children - Claire Messud

  • Let the Great World Spin - Collum McCann

  • The River Why - David James Duncan

 

Poetry

  • The City in Which I Love You (entire collection) - Li-Young Lee

  • The Grace of Necessity (entire collection) - Sam Green

  • "Love Poem" - Tim Seibles

  • "The Bells" - Anne Sexton

  • "The Waking" - Theodore Roethke

  • "To The Muse" - James Wright

  • "Ulysses" - Alfred Lord Tennyson

  • "The Soul Selects Her Own Society" - Emily Dickinson

  • "The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock" - T.S. Eliot

  • "Ode To The Book" - Pablo Neruda

  • "A Story About The Body" - Robert Hass

  • Jack Gilbert

    • Refusing Heaven (entire collection)

    • “Poetry is a Kind of Lying”

    • “The Forgotten Dialect of the Heart”

  • William Stafford

    • "Practice"

    • "A Ritual to Read to Each Other"

    • “The Sky”

  • Naomi Nye

    • “Shoulders”

    • “Kindness”

    • 19 Varieties of Gazelle (entire collection)

  • Adrienne Rich

    • “The Power Which Holds It Hostage”

    • “What Kind of Times Are These”

  • W.B. Yeats

    • "The Fish"

    • "The Magi"

    • "Sailing to Byzantium"

    • "The Choice"

    • "Her Anxiety"

    • "Lullaby"

    • "The Circus Animals Desertion"

    • "Where My Books Go"

 

Essays, Articles, Commentaries

  • What Life Means to Me - Jack London

  • The Superstition of School - G.K. Chesterton

  • Claiming an Education - Adrienne Rich

  • Arts of the Possible - Adrienne Rich

 

Writing & Philosophy

  • On Writing – Stephen King

  • Bird by Bird - Anne Lammot

  • Madness, Rack, and Honey - Mary Ruefle

  • The Elements of Style – William Strunk, E.B. White

  • Free Verse - D.H. Lawrence

  • Blood, Bread, and Poetry - Adrienne Rich

  • Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry - Jane Hirshfield

  • Proofs & Theories - Louise Gluck

  • The Poetics of Space - Gaston Bachelard

  • Which ‘Aesthetics’ Do You Mean? Ten Definitions - Leonard Koren

  • The Writing Life - Annie Dillard

 

Methodologies, Reference, & Research

  • The Origin and Evolution of New Businesses - Amar Bhide

  • Mind Performance Hacks: Tips for Overclocking Your Brain – Ron Hale-Evans

  • The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business – Charles Duhigg

  • Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die – Chip & Dan Heath

  • Where I Lived, and What I Lived For - Henry David Thoreau

  • Hours in a Library - Virginia Woolf

  • The Decay of Essay Writing - Virginia Woolf

  • The Modern Essay – Virginia Woolf

  • The Mediocre American - John W. Dodds

  • When I was a Child I Read Books - Marilynne Robinson