Book List

“I’m not saying that you have to be a reader to save your soul in the modern world. I’m saying it helps.” -Walter Mosley

I read a lot. I carry at least two books on me at all times. I’m a big fan of memoirs and place-based books that dig deep into the soul of a place. I’ve savored each sentence and paragraph in each and every one of these books. Here’s a list of books I’ve read and recommend.

Memoir
The Liars’ Club, Mary Karr
The Glass Castle, Jeanette Walls
West With the Night, Beryl Markham
The Names of the Stars, Pete Fromm
Love with a Chance of Drowning, Torre DeRoche
Barbarian Days, William Finnegan
Wild, Cheryl Strayed
Wind, Sand and Stars, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
H is for Hawk, Helen MacDonald

Place-Based
The Map of Enough, Molly Caro May
Unruly Places, Alastair Bonnett

Essays
Dear Mr. You, Mary-Louise Parker
Metal Cowboy, Joe Kurmaskie
Riding Outside the Lines, Joe Kurmaskie
My Planet, Mary Roach
I Remember Nothing, Nora Ephron
I Feel Bad About My Neck, Nora Ephron
This is the Story of a Happy Marriage, Ann Patchett

West & Wildlife
Mozart’s Starling, Lyanda Lynn Haupt
Indian Creek Chronicles, Pete Fromm
Decade of the Wolf, Doug Smith
Bear Attacks, Stephen Herrerro
Arctic Dreams, Barry Lopez

Travel & Adventure
The Emerald Mile, Kevin Fedarko
The Wild Places, Robert MacFarlane
All Over the Place, Geraldine DeRuiter
Moods of Future Joys + Thunder and Sunshine, Alastair Humphreys
Tracks, Robyn Davidson
In a Sunburned Country, Bill Bryson
In Patagonia, Bruce Chatwin
A Walk Across America, Peter Jenkins
Miles from Nowhere, Barbara Savage
Dove, Robin Lee Graham
Getting Stoned with Savages, J. Maarten Troost

Personal Development
Anything You Want, Derek Sivers
Tools of Titans, Tim Ferriss

Writing
On Writing, Stephen King
The Art of Memoir, Mary Karr
Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott

Poetry
What Matters Most is How Well You Walk Through Fire, Charles Bukowski
Collected Poems, Adrienne Rich
Donkey Gospel, Tony Hoagland

Non-Fiction
Stiff, Mary Roach
Cocaine, Dominic Streatfeild
The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben
Between Earth and Sky, Nalini Nadkarni
Braiding Sweetgrass, Robin Wall Kimmerer

Fiction
Mink River, Brian Doyle
Out of Africa, Isak Dinesen
Postcards from the Edge, Carrie Fisher
The Alchemist, Paul Coelho
East of Eden, John Steinbeck