Recent Finds

Life of Pi, by Yann Martel

Loving Che, by Ana Menendez

The Center of Everything, by Laura Moriarty

The Bottoms, by Joe Lansdale

Don’t Think of an Elephant! by George Lakoff

Of Love and Other Demons, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The Floating World, by Cynthia Gralla

The Stones of Summer, by Dow Mossman

The Dark Tower series, I-VII, by Stephen King

The Anxiety of Everyday Objects, by Aurelie Sheehan

Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon

The Rum Diary, by Hunter S. Thompson

Practical Demonkeeping, by Christopher Moore

The entire Harry Potter series

The Confessions of Max Tivoli, by Andrew Sean Greer

Eats, Shoots & Leaves, by Lynne Truss

Living to Tell the Tale, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Hello to the Cannibals, by Richard Bausch

Plainsong, by Kent Haruf

Surfing on the Internet, by J.C. Herz

Jim Morrison’s Adventures in the Afterlife, by Mick Farren

K-Love’s All-Time Favorite Books (in no particular order)

  1. In the Country of Last Things and Timbuktu, basically anything Paul Auster writes. The first is a dystopian survival story; the second, a narrative told by a hyper-intelligent dog who’s just lost his master. Mr. Vertigo is good, too. PA is where it’s at.
  2. Weetzie Bat, by Francesca Lia Block. Young adult book with an adult sensibility. Beautiful, lyrical language, full of images that get embedded in your head and refuse to leave.
  3. Lolita, simultaneously one of the saddest and most hilarious books in existence.
  4. The Idiot, Feodor Dostoevsky. Contains all sorts of insights into damn near everything. Lots of stuff about how social constructs prevent people from communicating on an authentic level. Try it, you’ll like it.
  5. Demian, Hermann Hesse. Read it for the wonderful characters and the way it turns traditional values upside down.
  6. Eyes in the Fishbowl, Zilpha Keatley Snyder. A young adult book written in the 60s, with neat illustrations and a mind-expanding topic that has nothing to do with drugs (honest!). Eerie and cool.
  7. A Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Chronicle of a city—unflinching and with a great eye for beauty.
  8. Childhood’s End, Arthur C. Clarke. Mind-blowing sci-fi. It’s expansive and fascinating, both historically and futuristically.
  9. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley. Can’t resist reading this again every few years, just to see how much the real world has grown to resemble the world in the book. (Cold shudder)
  10. Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut Jr. The choppy, non-linear presentation of this novel makes about as much sense as war. Brilliant.