The People's History of the United States, Howard Zinn (Historical Fiction)
A long time ago my friend Olive saw this book on my bedside table and suggested I'd never read it due to mysterious reasons. He was right for a long time. For some strange reason when I left home in August of 2015 I took it with me. I dragged it around all the way until the winter of 2017 when I was in Mexico and I started reading it. I must have seemed like an idiot in the small coastal village where I was living going to little bars with sand floors and reading it by lantern light. I'm a slow reader anyway, and that was a hard living time in life.  It's a book about American History. I finally finished it Oakland in late April of 2018.

Hadley, Lee, Lightcap, Sam Sweet  (Music Journalism, Criticism, + History)
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.  

King of the World, David Remnick (Biography)  
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.

Tampa, Alissa Nutting  (Novel)
Hummingbird, Jude Angelini  (Short Stories)
Bhagavad Gita, Hindu Scripture (translated by Stephen Mitchell) (Middle Eastern / Eastern Religion)

The Game, Neil Strauss  (Film / Culture)
Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction, JD Salinger  (Short Stories)A Sand County Almanac, Aldo Leopold (Nature)
River Teeth, Stories and Writings, David James Duncan  (Short Stories)

Closely Watched Trains, Bohumil Hrabal  (Novel)
The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man in the Moon Marigolds, Paul Zindel  (Play)
Hyena, Jude Angelini  (Short Stories)
Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill  (Healing / Self Improvement)
Healing Myths, Healing Magic, Dr. Donald Epstein  (Healing / Self Improvement)

Fifth Avenue, 5am,  Sam Wasson  (Film / Culture)
USA Trilogy (The 42nd Parallel / 1919 / The Big Money), John Dos Passos  (Novel)
The Tao of Wu, The RZA  (Philosophy of Music)
Franny and Zooey, J.D. Salinger  (Novel)
Hawaii, James Michener (Historical Fiction)

Another Roadside Attraction, Tom Robbins  (Novel)
The Education of Little Tree, Forrest Carter  (Novel)
The Master and Margarita, Mikhail Bulgakov  (Novel)
Comfortable with Uncertainty, Pema Chodrin  (Healing / Self Improvement)
Health, Healing and Beyond, T.K.V. Desikachar  (Healing / Self Improvement)
The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien  (Novel)
Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson  (Children's Literature)
33 1/3 Paul's Boutique, Dan LeRoy  (Music Journalism, Criticism, + History)

33 1/3 In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, Kim Cooper  (Music Journalism, Criticism, + History)
The Art of War, Sun Tzu  (Martial Arts)
The Book of Five Rings, Myamoto Musashi (translated by Thomas Cleary)  (Martial Arts)
Haiku Master Buson, Yosa Buson  (Poetry)

Buddha, Karen Armstrong (Historical Fiction)
Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu (translated by David Hinton)
Band of Brothers, Ernest Frankel  (Novel)
Tongue of Fire, Ernest Frankel  (Novel)
Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe  (Novel)

The Man Who Fell in Love with the Moon, Tom Spoonbauer  (Novel)
Persian Boy, Mary Renault (Historical Fiction)

Woody Guthrie, A Life; Joe Klein (Biography)
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.    

Naked, David Sedaris (Memoir)
The Invisible Republic, Greil Marcus  (Music Journalism, Criticism, + History)
The Conference of the Birds, Farid ud-Din Attar  (Middle Eastern / Eastern Religion)
Chronicles: Volume 1, Bob Dylan  (Philosophy of Music)
The Tetherballs of Bougainville, Mark Leyner  (Novel)
The Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoyevsky  (Novel)
Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain  (Novel)
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald  (Novel)

Don Quixote, Miguel de Cervantes  (Novel)
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, Dave Eggers  (Novel)

Bob Dylan, Anthony Scaduto  (Biography)

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. 

Tristessa, Jack Kerouac (Novella)
On the Road, Jack Kerouac  (Novel)
Dharma Bums, Jack Keroac  (Novel)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Ken Kesey  (Novel)
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, Tom Wolfe  (Novel)

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Tom Stoppard  (Play)
The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemmingway  (Novel)

The Bear who Wanted to be a Bear, Jörg Steiner  (Children's Literature)
Rabbit Island, Jörg Steiner  (Children's Literature)
The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame  (Children's Literature)

The Lorax, Dr. Seuss  (Children's Literature)
Frog and Toad, Arnold Lobel  (Children's Literature)