These books leave you feeling reckless with urgency and the mad desire to assume an eccentric and peripatetic existence as a wandering dervish.
  1. Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis
    I've read this book more times than any other, and it gets me every time. Few characters fill me with the fullness of life and the lust for new experiences like the energetic, playful, thoughtful, libidinous Zorba. I found this book at random in a small town book exchange, shuffled amid a hundred paperback romances, while I was on the adventure of a lifetime (about which I may list one day), and it set the tone for my journey and subsequent existence as a man.
  2. Cannery Row by John Steinbeck
    Tied for first with East of Eden as my favorite Steinbeck, this book is so delightfully whimsical and populated with such memorable characters that I can't help but feel the urge to skip town on a coastal walkabout and join a family of tramps and bindlestiffs.
  3. Charlie the Tramp by Russell Hoban
    The best children's book I have ever read, and the one that affected me more as a child than any other. The words and illustrations strike a perfect balance of funny, sweet, and philosophical.
  4. Trunk Calls by Bill Taylor
    I am almost positive this book is only published in Zambia and Zimbabwe. It is one of my most cherished possessions because of that, and in it's own right, one of my all-time favorite books. The stories read as if you were hearing them around a campfire on the savannah, and they make me want to abandon my American life more than just about anything. I have to read this book in small doses. It is that potent.
  5. A River Runs Through It by Norman Maclean
    In my mind the purest example of writing at it's finest. Maclean strikes chords in me I didn't know existed. All three stories in this book evoke feelings for nature, adventure, and companionship that make me reassess the world and my role in it. I am haunted by his waters.
  6. The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac
    "Two ebullient young men search for Truth the Zen way from poetry jam sessions to solitude in the High Sierra with lots of wine." Makes me want to be a hobo in '50s Beat San Francisco.
    Suggested by   @andersun
  7. Travels with Charley in Search of America by John Steinbeck
    Drive around the country in a camper/truck with your dog. See out beautiful country. Read about his love of Montana, and fall in love before you even get there.
    Suggested by   @Dr_KMK
  8. Tracks by Robyn Davison. A true story about her 1,700 mile journey across Australia.
    Suggested by   @sunnyusa73