Favorite Books

This is not yet the list of my favorite books... it is a list of my favorite books which were in the same room as my computer.  This list will be updated to include the rest of my favorite books.  I have a separate list of Books that Changed Me, e.g. books which had a profound impact in my life.

Essays, Letters, Biographies

Composing a Life by Mary Catherine Bateson tells the stories of five women in our modern world.

Circle of Quiet by Madeleine L'Engle is the first in her Crosswick series which is part journal and part story-telling. 

The Closing of the American Mind, by Allan Bloom

Walden by Henry David Thoreau.

Science, Engineering, Math

Godel, Escher, Bach by Douglas Hofstadter

Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs - Harold Abelson, Gerald Sussman, Julie Sussman

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, by Oliver Sacks

Small is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered by E. F. Schumacher. Harper and Row, 1973

General Fiction

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand: Lousy philosophy, but a good novel

The Cardinal of the Kremlin, by Tom Clancy

The Brothers Karamazov - Fyodor Dostoevsky

Foucault's Pendulum - Umberto Eco

The Joy Luck Club, by Amy Tan

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez


The Strategy of Satan: How to Detect and Defeat Him - Warren Wiersbe

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Watership Down by Richard Adams

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

Rendevouz with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke

The Andromeda Strain, by Micheal Crichton

The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

 The Earthsea Trilogy by Ursula K. Le Guin

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle

A Canticle for Leibowitz, by Walter M. Miller, Jr.

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Once and Future King by T. H. White