King of the World, David Remnick  
Birthday gift from Eric Kuhn.  Survey of the life of boxer Muhammad Ali focusing on his two fights with Sonny Liston.  A good reference for the political climate of the 1960s set in the context of a remarkable athlete's career.  It was interesting to learn detailed accounts of the Liston fights. Ali was a hero of my father, who told me his own versions of these stories when I was a young child and had no context.  I read this book while staying in Ypsilanti, Michigan to record music. I finished it in November of 2017.

Woody Guthrie, A Life; Joe Klein
Gift from Ben Sherwyn.  A biography of musician Woody Guthrie.  My favorite parts were learning about Woody's choices from the public library and a time he made a contraption to save his ship from submarine attack while serving as a Merchant Marine during World War II. I read this book while living in San Francisco.  I can't remember when exactly.  Probably around 2004.    

Bob Dylan, Anthony Scaduto
Gift from Todd Prager.  A biography of musician Bob Dylan. Todd and I liked to joke about Bob's relationship with his gruff talking manager Albert Grossman. I read this book while living in Santa Cruz during my second year of college there. It was sometime around 1998. 

Children's Literature

The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
Frog and Toad, Arnold Lobel
The Lorax, Dr. Seuss
The Bear who Wanted to be a Bear, Jörg Steiner
Rabbit Island, Jörg Steiner

Middle Eastern / Eastern Religion

Bhagavad Gita, Hindu Scripture (translated by Stephen Mitchell) 
Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu (translated by David Hinton)
The Conference of the Birds, Farid ud-Din Attar

Film / Culture

Fifth Avenue, 5am,  Sam Wasson
The Game, Neil Strauss

Historical Fiction

Buddha, Karen Armstrong
Persian Boy, Mary Renault
Hawaii, James Michener

Martial Arts

The Book of Five Rings, Myamoto Musashi (translated by Thomas Cleary)
The Art of War, Sun Tzu


Naked, David Sedaris

Music Journalism, Criticism, + History

Hadley, Lee, Lightcap, Sam Sweet
Provided by Sleepy Todd while staying with him in Bend, Oregon.  Read before bed each night.  The story of the band Acetone that got lost in time.  Also a poetic accounting of Los Angeles, Orange County and being a troubled musician with your friends in the 1990s.  I finished reading this book late at night in early March of 2018.  

The Invisible Republic, Greil Marcus
33 1/3 Paul's Boutique, Dan LeRoy
33 1/3 In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, Kim Cooper


Tampa, Alissa Nutting  
Closely Watched Trains, Bohumil Hrabal
USA Trilogy (The 42nd Parallel / 1919 / The Big Money), John Dos Passos
Another Roadside Attraction, Tom Robbins
The Education of Little Tree, Forrest Carter
The Master and Margarita, Mikhail Bulgakov
The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien
The Tetherballs of Bougainville, Mark Leyner
Tongue of Fire, Ernest Frankel
Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe
Band of Brothers, Ernest Frankel
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, Dave Eggers
Franny and Zooey, J.D. Salinger
The Man Who Fell in Love with the Moon, Tom Spoonbauer
Don Quixote, Miguel de Cervantes
The Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, Tom Wolfe
Dharma Bums, Jack Keroac
On the Road, Jack Kerouac
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Ken Kesey
The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemmingway


A Sand County Almanac, Aldo Leopold


The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man in the Moon Marigolds, Paul Zindel
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Tom Stoppard

Philosophy of Music

Chronicles: Volume 1, Bob Dylan
The Tao of Wu, The RZA


Haiku Master Buson, Yosa Buson

Healing / Self Improvement

Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill
Health, Healing and Beyond, T.K.V. Desikachar
Comfortable with Uncertainty, Pema Chodrin
Healing Myths, Healing Magic, Dr. Donald Epstein

Short Stories

Hummingbird, Jude Angelini
Hyena, Jude Angelini
River Teeth, Stories and Writings, David James Duncan
Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction, JD Salinger