My Go-To Book Recommendations

As I think of them
  1. COMEDY: Anything by Simon Rich. My favorite is Spoiled Brats, the most recent collection.
  2. COMEDY/TRAVEL: The Wonder Trail by Steve Hely. Funny, interesting exploration of South America with fantastic tangents.
  3. SHORT STORIES: Birds of America by Lorrie Moore. Lovely, funny, expert.
  4. SHORT STORIES: Tenth of December by George Saunders. His most recent collection and my favorite of his. The title story and "Escape from Spiderhead" are my favorites.
  5. ESSAYS: Pulphead by John Jeremiah Sullivan. Literary showoff who is showing off for a good reason.
  6. NON-FICTION SCIENCE: Seven Experiments That Could Change the World by Rupert Sheldrake. A scientist proposes that science get over its taboo of the supernatural with specific controlled experiments about mysterious phenomena.
  7. LITERARY NOVEL: Sabbath's Theater by Philip Roth. My favorite of his. Very dark, filthy, moving.
  8. CURRENT NOVEL: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch. Just started but so far so good.
  9. AUDIOBOOK: Based on a True Story: A Memoir by Norm MacDonald. SO FUNNY.
  10. QUICK BOOK TO BROWSE: Daily Rituals by Mason Curry. 1-2 page summaries of the daily habits of major creative people in history. I love that stuff.
  11. RECENT BOOK FOR LITTLE KIDS: Press Here by Herve Tullet. So beautiful for ages 1-2.
  12. CLASSIC BOOK FOR LITTLE KIDS: Caps for Sale. Favorite from childhood, holds up.
  13. MEMOIR: Born Standing Up by Steve Martin.
  14. BLOW-YOUR-MIND-CONTEMPORARY-NONFICTION: Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari. Jesus – what a fascinating, clear-eyed, meta-eye-opening take on humanity's past, present, and future.