MODERN READS I RECOMMEND

DISCOVER SOMETHING NEW

Below you will find my suggestions from my personal library that I consider very good or great reads from mainstream publishers and independent publishers.

 

I'll add more to the list when time allows, so check back often.



NOVELS


HERMIT: A NOVELLA

by Joel Dennstadt

 

ONE SECOND AFTER

by William R. Forstchen

 

THE ROAD

by Cormac McCarthy

 

THE STAND

by Stephen King

 

DUE FOR DISCARD

by Sharon St. George

 

A GIFT OF GHOSTS

by Sarah Wynde

 

CRASH

by Michael Robertson

 

ASHES

by Kathryn Lasky

 

IN COLD BLOOD

(non fiction)

by Truman Capote

 

WORLD WAR Z

by Max Brooks

 

THE SHELL SEEKERS

by Rosamunde Pilcher

 

CARRIE

by Stephen King


BIOGRAPHIES


CAPOTE

by Gerald Clarke

 

JOHN ADAMS

by David McCullough

 

JOHN QUINCY ADAMS

by Harlow Giles Unger

 

THE ROMANOVS

by Lindsay Hughs


HISTORY


1776

by David McCullough

 

THE BLACK DEATH

by Sean Martin

 

A CRACK AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD

by Simon Winchester

 

DEAD WAKE

by Erik Larson

 

THE GREAT DELUGE

by Douglas Brinkley

(Best ever book about Hurricane Katrina!)

 

THE GREAT INFLUENZA

by John M. Barry

 

ISAAC'S STORM

by Erik Larson

 

A PEOPLE'S HISTORY

OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION- HOW COMMON PEOPLE SHAPED THE FIGHT FOR INDEPENDENCE

by Ray Rafael

 

IN PURSUIT OF LIBERTY -

COMING OF AGE IN THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION

by Emmy E. Werner

 

UNITED WE CAME -

A PERSONAL ACCOUNT FROM GROUND ZERO

by Mary Stephens, R.N.

Red Cross Volunteer

(About the search, rescue, and aftermath of the terrorist act at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.)


ANTHOLOGIES


WHEN DOLLS TALK

by Joel Dennstadt

 

THE COMPLETE STORIES OF TRUMAN CAPOTE

by Truman Capote

 

BIRD PEOPLE & OTHER STORIES

by Chantelle Atkins

 

20 JOBS: A MEMOIR

by Gladys H. Ashenfelter

 

Four by James Herriot:

  • ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL
  • ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL
  • ALL THINGS WISE AND WONDERFUL
  • THE LORD GOD MADE THEM ALL

CAT STORIES

by James Herriot

 

 



TRUE CRIME


IN COLD BLOOD

by Truman Capote

 

A VENOM IN THE BLOOD

by Eric van Hoffmann

(warning: graphic!)


ENTERTAINERS


AVA GARDNER

"LOVE IS NOTHING"

by Lee Server

 

BIX: MAN AND LEGEND

by Phillip R. Evans

and Richard Sudhalter

(first bio of Bix Beiderbecke)

 

LOUISE BROOKS -

A BIOGRAPHY

by Barry Paris

 

PIAF

by Monique Lange

 

POPS - PAUL WHITEMAN,

KING OF JAZZ

by Thomas A. Delong

(1983 - hard to find)

 

THEY CALLED HIM AL - THE MUSICAL LIFE OF AL BOWLLY

by Ray Pallet


AUTOBIOGRAPHY


DISPATCHES FROM THE EDGE - A Memoir of War, Disasters and Survival

by Anderson Cooper

 

LULU IN HOLLYWOOD

by Louise Brooks


POETRY


THE ROAD NOT TAKEN

by Robert Frost