Arts & Culture Books

Good Books

Books I’ve read, books I’m reading

(F – Fiction; NF – Nonfiction; PL – Play; P – Poetry; SS – Short Story)

Currently Reading
Cox, Richard – House of the Rising Sun (F)

abu-Jamal, Mumia – All Things Censored (NF)
abu-Jamal, Mumia – Death Blossoms: Reflections from a Prisoner of Conscience (NF)
abu-Jamal, Mumia – Live from Death Row (NF)
Albee, Edward – The American Dream (PL)
Albee, Edward – The Zoo Story (PL)
Alighieri, Dante – The Divine Comedy (F)
Alinsky, Saul D. – Rules for Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals (NF)
Attaway, William – Blood on the Forge (F)
Boccaccio, Giovanni – The Decameron (F)
Bond, Julian & Lewis, Andrew – Gonna Sit at the Welcome Table (NF)
Borowski, Tadeusz – This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentleman (SS)
Boyle, TC – My Pain is Worse Than Your Pain (SS)
Card, Orson Scott – Ender’s Game (F)
Carr, Nicholas – The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains (NF)
Chaucer, Geoffrey, The Canterbury Tales (F)
Cheever, John – Reunion (SS)
Chomsky, Noam – Deterring Democracy (NF)
Chomsky, Noam – Latin America: From Colonization to Globalization (NF)
Chomsky, Noam – Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media (NF)
Chomsky, Noam – Necessary Illusions: Thought Control in Democratic Societies (NF)
Chomsky, Noam – On Power and Ideology (NF)
Chomsky, Noam – Rogue States: The Rule of Force in World Affairs (NF)
Chomsky, Noam – The Chomsky Reader (NF)
Clinton, Bill – My Life (NF)
Cockburn, Alexander & Jeffrey St. Clair – Whiteout: The CIA, Drugs, and the Press (NF)
Dalai Lama – Ethics for the New Millennium (NF)
Decker, Shawn – My Pet Virus: The True Story of a Rebel Without a Cure (NF)
DeLillo, Don – Baader-Meinhof (SS)
DeLillo, Don – Mao II (F)
DeLillo, Don – White Noise (F)
Dickey, James – Deliverance (F)
Downey, Peter – So You’re Going to be a Dad (NF)
Eliot, T.S. – Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats (P)
Eliot, T.S. – The Wasteland (P)
Endo, Shusaku – Silence (F)
Euripides – Bacchae (PL)
Euripides – Cyclops (PL)
Euripides – Medea (PL)
Fanon, Frantz – The Wretched of the Earth (NF)
Faulkner, William – Absalom. Absalom! (F)
Faulkner, William – Barn Burning (SS)
Faulkner, William – Delta Autumn (SS)
Faulkner, William – Go Down, Moses (SS)
Faulkner, William – Light in August (F)
Faulkner, William – Pantaloon in Black (SS)
Faulkner, William – The Bear (SS)
Faulkner, William – The Fire and the Hearth (SS)
Faulkner, William – The Old People (SS) Faulkner, William – Was (SS)
Fishman, J.E. – Primacy: A Thriller (F)
Flaubert, Gustave – Madame Bovary (F)
Forman, James – The Making of Black Revolutionaries (NF)
Gimarc, George – Punk Diary, 1970-1979: An Eye Witness Record of the Punk Decade (NF)
Golding, William – Lord of the Flies (F)
Goldman, Emma – Anarchism and Other Essays (NF) Green, Johnny & Garry Barker – A Riot of Our Own: Night and Day with The Clash (NF)
Greene, Ivery C. – The Disastrous Flood (NF)
Halberstam, David – Playing for Keeps (NF)
Hemingway, Ernest – A Way You’ll Never Be (SS)
Hemingway, Ernest – Big Two-Hearted River: Parts I and II (SS)
Henry, O. – The Last Leaf (SS)
Henry, O. – The Unabridged Fiction of O. Henry (F)
Hesse, Hermann – Siddhartha (F)
Hoffman, William – Lies (F)
Hoffman, William – Stones (SS)
Hoffman, William – Winter Wheat (SS)
Hoffman, William – Yancey’s War (F)
Hughes, Langston – The Collected Poems (P)
Hurston, Zora Neale – Spunk (SS)
Hurston, Zora Neale – Sweat (SS)
Huxley, Aldous – Brave New World (F)
Joyce, James – A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (F)
Joyce, James – Dubliners (F)
Joyce, James – Ulysses (F)
Kelley, William Melvin – A Different Drummer (F)
Kelley, William Melvin – dem (F)
Kerasote, Ted – Merle’s Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog (NF)
Kerouac, Jack – Dharma Bums (F)
Kerouac, Jack – On the Road (F)
Kesey, Ken – Abdul and Ebenezer (SS)
Kesey, Ken – Demon Box (NF)
Kesey, Ken – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (F)
Kesey, Ken – Sailor Song (F)
Kesey, Ken – Sometimes a Great Notion (F)
Kesey, Ken – The Day Superman Died (SS)
King, Jr., Martin – A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches (NF)
King, Jr., Martin Luther – Why We Can’t Wait (NF)
Kipling, Rudyard – The Man Who Would Be King and Other Stories (F)
Krakauer, Jon – Into the Wild (NF)
Krakauer, Jon – Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster (NF)
Krakauer, Jon – Under the Banner of Heaven (NF)
Kriegel, Mark – Pistol: The Life of Pete Maravich (NF)
Listi, Brad – Attention.Deficit.Disorder (F)
London, Jack – Call of the Wild (F)
Lydon, Johnny – Rotten: No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs (NF)
Marx, Karl – Selected Writings in Sociology and Social Philosophy (NF)
Maugham, W. Somerset – The Razor’s Edge (F)
Max, D.T. – The Unfinished (NF)
McCarthy, Cormac – Cities of the Plain (F)
McCarthy, Cormac – Outer Dark (F)
Mehta, Gita – A River Sutra (F)
Melville, Herman – Bartleby, the Scrivener (SS)
Morrison, Toni – Beloved (F)
Nader, Ralph – Crashing the Party (NF)
O. Henry – Confessions of a Humorist (SS)
O’Connor, Flannery – A Good Man is Hard to Find (SS)
O’Neill, Eugene – Anna Christie (PL)
O’Neill, Eugene – Beyond the Horizon (PL)
O’Neill, Eugene – Bound East for Cardiff (PL)
O’Neill, Eugene – Fog (PL)
O’Neill, Eugene – Long Day’s Journey Into Night (PL)
O’Neill, Eugene – The Emperor Jones (PL)
O’Neill, Eugene – The Hairy Ape (PL)
O’Neill, Eugene – The Iceman Cometh (PL)
Olear, Greg – Fathermucker (F)
Olear, Greg – Totally Killer (F)
Orwell – Homage to Catalonia (NF)
Orwell, George – 1984 (F)
Paine, Thomas – Common Sense (NF)
Paine, Thomas – Rights of Man (NF)
Parenti, Michael – Against Empire
Portis, Charles – True Grit (F)
Pynchon, Thomas – Gravity’s Rainbow (F)
Read, Piers Paul – Alive (NF)
Roth, Philip – The Breast (F)
Rushdie, Salman – The Moor’s Last Sight (F)
Said, Edward – Orientalism (NF)
Salih, Tayeb – Season of Migration to the North (F)
Sartre, Jean-Paul – Dirty Hands (PL)
Sartre, Jean-Paul – No Exit (PL)
Sartre, Jean-Paul – The Flies (PL)
Sartre, Jean-Paul – The Respectful Prostitute (PL)
Shakespeare, William – The Tempest (PL)
Sinclair, Upton – The Jungle (F)
Singer, P.W. – Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Centure (NF)
Sophocles – Ajax (PL)
Sophocles – Antigone (PL)
Sophocles – Electra (PL)
Sophocles – Oedipus at Colonus (PL)
Sophocles – Oedipus the King (PL)
Sophocles – Philoctetes (PL)
Sophocles – Trachinian Women (PL)
Steinbeck, John – Of Mice and Men (F)
Steinbeck, John – The Grapes of Wrath (F)
Steinbeck, John – Tortilla Flat (F)
Stevenson, Robert Louis – Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (SS) Stevenson, Robert Louis – The Body Snatcher (SS)
Taylor, Nick – The Disagreement (F)
Thomas, Bruce – Bruce Lee: Fighting Spirit (NF)
Thoreau, Henry David – Civil Disobedience (NF)
Thoreau, Henry David – Walden; or, Life in the Woods (NF)
Thwaites, Thomas – The Toaster Project: Or a Heroic Attempt to Build a Simple Electric Appliance from Scratch (NF)
Twain, Mark – Life on the Mississippi (NF)
Updike, John – Rabbit, Run (F)
Vaughan, Stephanie – Dog Heaven (SS)
wa Thiong’o, Ngugi – The Wizard of the Crow (F)
Wallace, David Foster – A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again (NF) Wallace, David Foster – Big Red Son (NF)
Wallace, David Foster – Brief Interviews with Hideous Moon (F)
Wallace, David Foster – Certainly the End of Something or Other, One Would Sort of Have to Think (NF)
Wallace, David Foster – Consider the Lobster (NF)
Wallace, David Foster – How Tracy Austin Broke My Heart (NF)
Wallace, David Foster – Infinite Jest (F)
Wallace, David Foster – Some Remarks on Kafka’s Funniness from Which Probably Not Enough Has Been Removed (NF)
Wallace, David Foster – Up, Simba (NF)
Walter, Jess – Financial Lives of the Poets (F)
Walter, Jess – The Zero (F)
Watt, Alan – The 90 Day Novel: Unlock the Story Within (NF)
Wells, H.G. – The Invisible Man (F)
Wells, H.G. – War of the Worlds (F)
West, Cornel – The Cornel West Reader (NF)
Whitman, Walt – Leaves of Grass (P)
Woolf, Virginia – Mrs. Dalloway (F)
Woolf, Virginia – The Complete Shorter Fiction of Virginia Woolf (F)
Wright, Richard – Black Boy (NF)
Wright, Richard – Native Son (F)
Yeats, William Butler – Purgatory (PL)
Zinn, Howard – A People’s History of the United States: 1492 – Present (NF)
Zinn, Howard – Declarations of Independence: The Civil War to the Present (NF)
Zinn, Howard – The New Abolitionists (NF)
Zinn, Howard – The Zinn Readers: Writings on Disobedience and Democracy (NF)

By Jeffrey Pillow

Jeffrey Pillow is an American short story writer, memoirist, and poet. He is the author of The Lady Next Door. His writing has been published in Urge Magazine, The Nervous Breakdown, 16 Blocks, USA Today, Sports Illustrated,, New York Times, Washington Post, and Richmond Times-Dispatch.

He grew up in the small town of Phenix, Virginia, population: 200, and now lives in Charlottesville with his wife, two kids, and a dog named Mozzarella Cheese. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia where he was a Rainey Scholar. This is his blog.