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“But Tom got into a book, crawled and grovelled between the covers,
tunnelled like a mole among the thoughts,
and came up with the book all over his face and hands.”
~ John Steinbeck, East of Eden
 

Bookshelf of Jon Andreas
(favorite books by genre)

Non-Fiction

• Richard Rohr, Falling Upward (Christian maturity)

• Freya Mathews, For Love of Matter (panpsychism)

Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek (celebration of nature)

• Alan Watts, Tao: The Watercourse Way (spirituality)

• Sean B. Carroll, Endless Forms Most Beautiful (evolution)

• everything by John Michael Greer (history and future of culture)

• everything by David Abram (ecophilosophy)

• everything by Elain Aron (highly sensitive people)

• everything by John Holt (authentic education)

• Joseph Campbell, The Hero with a Thousand Faces (mythology and religion)

 

Fiction

everything by Deborah Harkness (vampires and witches)

• Michael D. O'Brien, Island of the World (Bosnian man's life)

• Amor Towles, A Gentleman in Moscow (aristocrat confined to hotel after the Russian revolution)

• Martin Zusak, The Book Thief (German girl during WWII)

• Anthony Doerr, All the Light We Cannot See (WWII masterpiece)

• Laurie Frankel, This Is How It Always Is (raising a transgender child)

• Ursula K. LeGuin, Tehanu (child with special powers)

• Anita Diamant, The Red Tent (biblical story of Joseph's sister)

• C S Lewis, That Hideous Strength (parable of modern culture)

• Isaac Asimov & Robert Silverberg, Nightfall (science fiction)

• everything by Barbara Kingsolver (celebration of nature)

• Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre and Villette

• everything by Chaim Potok (mid-twentieth century Jewish life)

• Carl Sagan, Contact (science fiction)

• Philip Pullman, "His Dark Materials" trilogy (modern Europe in a parallel universe)

• Robert M Pirsig, Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (father & son motorcycle trip with philsophical musings)

 

Kids' Books

• Nancy Turner Steveson, Georgia Rules

• Kathryn Erskine, Mockingbird

• Lois Lowry, The Giver

• Katherine Paterson, Bridge to Terabithia

• Everything by Roald Dahl

• Gary Paulsen, Hatchet

• Jerry Spinelli, Maniac Magee

• J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter books

• Barbara Robinson, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

• Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

• Richard Chase, ed., Grandfather Tales

• Everything by Shel Silverstein

 

Comics

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