Recommended Reading

Here is a list of texts that I find to have substantial value.  Obviously it’s nearly impossible to construct a list containing all the works I find valuable, so I picked and chose those I found most interesting and important. This is a list that, if you only had six months to read, I would recommend. I try and update it now and then.


The Stranger by Albert Camus (I prefer the Matthew Ward translation)

Kafka on the Shore, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, Norwegian Wood, & After Dark by Haruki Murakami

The Absent City by Ricardo Piglia

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa

Native Son by Richard Wright

Chicano by Richard Vaquez

White Noise by Don Delillo

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green


Howl and Other Poems by Allen Ginsberg

All-American Poem & Mayakovsky’s Revolver by Matthew Dickman

Flies by Michael Dickman

The City in Which I Love You by Li-Young Lee

Forgiveness Parade by Jeffery McDaniel

Nine Horses by Billy Collins

Donkey Gospel by Tony Hoagland

Yellowrocket by Todd Boss

American Fanatic by Dorothy Barresi


Existentialism is a Humanism by Jean-Paul Sartre

Atheism: The Case Against God by George H. Smith

Occupy the Economy: Challenging Capitalism by Richard Wolff, David Barsamian

Why Marx was Right & Literary Theory by Terry Eagleton

Critical Teaching and Everyday Life by Ira Shor

Nationalism, Marxism, and African-American Literature Between the Wars by Anthony Dawahare


Lyrical & Critical Essays by Albert Camus

Last updated 28 June 2013


1 Response to Recommended Reading

  1. Avid Reader says:

    I love that you added Chicano to this list! I am going to add a few of these onto my list of books to read…

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