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More Russian hackers? Aliens? Someone who just wants to ruin my fun? Guh.

Starting a list of my favorite books/authors. Making it public because I am in that kind of mood. If an author is on this list it means I love them and probably have read every word they've published so if I don't mention all their titles I probably disapproved of the unmentioned ones on some (potentially minute) level.



Fiction
Geek Love Katherine Dunn
Man Who Fell In Love with the Moon & City of the Shy Hunters Tom Spanbauer
Confederacy of Dunces John Kennedy Toole
Platform Michel Houellebecq
Special Topics in Calamity Physics Marisha Pessl
Look at Me & The Keep Jennifer Egan
Geoff Nicholson (especially Still Life with Volkswagons and Footsucker)
Alice Walker (especially Temple of My Familiar)
Middlesex Jeffrey Eugenides
This Much I Know is True Wally Lamb
Bill Fitzhugh (though the stuff pre-Radio Activity is the best IMO)
Survivor & Choke Chuck Palahniuk 1
Vox Nicholson Baker
Kurt Vonnegut 2
Samuel Shem (especially House of God, but all fantastically funny)
Iona Moon Melanie Rae Thon
Fifth Sacred Thing Starhawk
Edward Abbey
Something Happened Joseph Heller
Good Omens Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett3
Walter Mosley (especially RL's Dream, Man in the Basement, all the Socrates Fortlow titles, & 47)
Paul Beatty (especially Slumberland, but they're all amazing)
A. Lee Martinez
Perfect Skin Nick Earls
Jesse Kellerman
Ken Kesey
Flesh UGH CAN'T REMEMBER AND NEITHER CAN GOOGLE David Galef (PHEW)
Now You See Him Eli Gottlieb
Set This House In Order: A Romance of Souls Matt Ruff
Ruth Ozeki
Tom Robbins (especially Even Cowgirls Get the Blues)
Ciderhouse Rules John Irving
Cutting for Stone Abraham Varghese

Summer Reading/Guilty Pleasure
Anne Rice's Mayfair Witches series
Robert Tannenbaum4

Mystery
The Bangkok books by John Burdett
Dr. Siri Paiboun series by Colin Cotterill

YA Fiction
The Giver Lois Lowry
Walk Two Moons Sharon Creech
Paul Zindel (especially I Never Loved Your Mind
Robert Cormier
Lois Duncan
Chris Crutcher (!)
Whirligig Paul Fleischman

Children's
The Great Brain books by John D. Fitzgerald
Encyclopedia Brown books by William Sobel
Taking Care of Terrific Lois Lowry
Lizard Music D. Manus Pinkwater

Non-fiction
Farm City Novella Carpenter
My Own Country Abraham Varghese
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down Anne Fadiman
My Family and Other Animals Gerald Durrell
Love Is a Mixtape: Love and Loss One Song at a Time Rob Sheffield
Chuck Klosterman
Sex Life with Cannibals & Getting Stoned with Savages J. Maarten Troost
Down and Out in Paris and London George Orwell5
Prisoners of Ritual: An Odyssey into Female Genital Circumcision in Africa Hanny Lightfoot-Klein
Healthcare Meltdown Robert LeBow

Books/Authors I hate who deserve mention
Toni Morrison
Dave Eggers (with one STARTLING exception: What Is the What: The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng)
Cunt by Inga Musico (because it is factually inaccurate and should have been so. much. better.)
Charlaine Harris (Don't live up to my expectations of your vision? Feel my wrath!)

1(Though, in general, I think he's a bit overrated)
2 (I read EVERYTHING he ever wrote or talked about and had to have a nearly 20 year moratorium to recover. SO FREAKING DEPRESSING BUT SO FREAKING TRUE AND MEANINGFUL TOO)
3 (all Gaiman really, except American Gods and Sandman *Yes, I know I am a cretin*)
4 Up to around 2005 his Marlene Chiampi/Butch Carp stuff was tight.
5 (This is where Dishwasher Pete came by his schtick methinks).
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