A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us. —Franz Kafka

10 Notable Authors

The Sheltering Sky  by Paul Bowles (1949)

The Fall  by Albert Camus (1956)

The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis  by Lydia Davis (2009)

Alexandria Quartet  by Lawrence Durrell (1940)

Mindfulness in Plain English  by Bhante Henepola Gunaratana (1992)

Solaris  by Stanislaw Lem (1961)

The Razor’s Edge  by W. Somerset Maugham (1944)

Atlas Shrugged  by Ayn Rand (1957)

Only Don’t Know: Selected Teaching Letters of Zen Master Seung Sahn  by Seung Sahn (1982)

Integral Spirituality: A Startling New Role for Religion in the Modern and Postmodern World  by Ken Wilber (2006)


Honorable Mention

The New York Trilogy   by Paul Auster  (1987)

The Anthologist  by Nicholson Baker  (2009)

Griffin & Sabine: An Extraordinary Correspondence   by Nick Bantock  (1991)

Herzog   by Saul Bellow  (1964)

Kitchen Confidential  by Anthony Bourdain  (2000)

World War Z   by Max Brooks  (2006)

Origin  by Dan Brown  (2017)

Possession  by A. S. Byatt  (1990)

A Walk in the Woods  by Bill Bryson  (2015)

Quiet  by Susan Cain  (2012)

Shōgun  by James Clavell  (1975)

Ready Player One  by Ernst Cline  (2011)

The Lincoln Lawyer  by Michael Connelly  (2005)

The Hours  by Michael Cunningham  (1998)

The Second Sex  by Simone de Beauvoir  (1949)

The Little Prince  by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry  (1943)

The Cocktail Party  by T.S. Eliot  (1949)

Duck, Death and the Tulip  by Wolf Erlbruch (2007)

Light in August  by William Faulkner  (1932)

The Forever War  by Dexter Filkins  (2008)

Madame Bovary  by Gustave Flaubert  (1856)

The Great Gatsby  by F. Scott Fitzgerald  (1925)

Gone Girl: A Novel  by Gillian Flynn  (2012)

438 Days: An Extraordinary True Story of Survival at Sea  by Jonathan Franklin  (2015)

The Corrections  by Jonathan Franzen (2001)

The End of the Affair  by Graham Greene  (1951)

Catch 22  by Joseph Heller  (1961)

The Old Man and the Sea  by Ernest Hemingway  (1952)

The Red Book  by Carl Jung  (1914-1917)

The Metamorphosis  by Franz Kaufka  (1915)

The Stand  by Stephen King  (1978)

The Unbearable Lightness of Being  by Milan Kundera  (1984)

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold  by John LeCarre  (1963)

To Kill a Mockingbird  by Harper Lee  (1960)

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo  by Stieg Larsson  (2011)

The Executioner’s Song  by Norman Mailer  (1979)

A Year in Provenance  by Peter Mayle  (1991)

All the Pretty Horses  by Cormac McCarthy  (1992)

Tropic of Cancer  by Henry Miller  (1934)

Lolita  by Vladomir Nabokov  (1955)

The Time Traveler’s Wife  by Audrey Niffenegger  (2009)

The English Patient  by Michael Ondaatje  (1992)

Beautiful and Pointless  by David Orr  (2011)

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance  by Robert Pirsig  (1974)

The Echo Maker  by Richard Powers  (2006)

The Skill of Happiness  by Matthieu Ricard  (1997)

Mating  by Norman Rush  (1991)

642 Things to Write About  by San Francisco Writers’ Grotto  (2012)

Nausea  by Jean-Paul Sartre  (1938)

When You Are Engulfed In Flames  by David Sedaris  (2008)

Frankenstein  by Mary Shelley  (1818)

Buddhism: A Beginners Guide Book for True Self Discovery and Living a Balanced and Peaceful Life: Learn to Live in the Now and Find Peace from Within  by Sam Siv  (2015)

Zen Mind, Beginners Mind  by Shunryu Suzuki  (1970)

The Power of a Positive No  by William Ury  (2007)

Essential Spirituality  by Roger Walsh  (1999)

Opening the Hand of Thought  by Kosho Uchiyama  (2004)

All the King’s Men  by Robert Penn Warren  (1946)

The Cartel  by Don Winslow  (2009)

Beautiful Ruins  by Jess Walter  (2012)

Why Buddhism is True  by Robert Wright  (2017)