Here are the names of novels, short story collections, and other writing that I particularly admire and would like to share and recommend…




Things That Pass For Love’ – Allison Amend

‘The History of Vegas’ – Jodi Angel

‘You Only Get Letters From Jail’ – Jodi Angel

The Emerald Light in the Air‘ – Donald Antrim

‘Young Skins’ – Colin Barrett

‘The Law of Averages’ – Frederick Barthelme

‘Sixty Stories’ – Donald Barthelme

The Stories of Richard Bausch‘ – Richard Bausch

Distortions‘ – Ann Beattie

Where You’ll Find Me‘ – Ann Beattie

The Girl in the Flammable Skirt‘ – Aimee Bender

Isle of Youth‘ – Laura Van Den Berg

A Manual For Cleaning Women‘ Lucia Berlin

‘Train Shots’ – Vanessa Blakeslee

Driving the Heart and Other Stories‘ – Jason Brown

‘Why The Devil Chose New England For His Work’ – Jason Brown

‘Flying Leap’ – Judy Budnitz

South of No North‘ – Charles Bukowski

Hot Water Music‘ – Charles Bukowski

Beneath the Bonfire‘ – Nickolas Butler

A Stanger in This World‘ – Kevin Canty

Cathedral‘ – Raymond Carver

Elephant‘ – Raymond Carver

We’re in Trouble‘ – Christopher Coake

Man v. Nature‘ – Diane Cook

The Point‘ – Charles D’Ambrosio

‘Confessions of a Falling Woman’ – Debra Dean

Drown‘ – Junot Diaz

‘This is How You Lose Her’ – Junot Diaz

Johnny Too Bad‘ – John Dufresne

Emerald City‘ – Jennifer Egan

Ten Stories About Smoking‘ – Stuart Evers

Palo Alto‘ – James Franco

Poachers‘ – Tom Franklin

American Innovations‘ – Rivka Galchen

‘The Country Ahead of Us, the Country Behind’ – David Gutterson

‘Airships’ – Barry Hannah

Love and Other Wounds‘ – Jordan Harper

Bring Me Your Saddest Arizona’ – Ryan Harty

You Are Not a Stranger Here‘ – Adam Haslett

Volt‘ – Alan Heathcock

The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway‘ – Ernest Heminway

‘Slaves of New York‘ – Tama Jannowitz

‘Break any Woman Down’ – Dana Johnson

Jesus’ Son‘ – Denis Johnson

Corpus Christi‘ – Bret Anthony Johnston

The Pugilist at Rest‘ – Thom Jones

No One Belongs Here More Than You‘ – Miranda July

‘The Nimrod Flip-Out’ – Etgar Keret

Dead Boys‘ – Richard Lange

Sweet Nothing‘ -Richard Lange

Circumnavigation‘ – Steve Lattimore

‘Let The Old Dreams Die’ – John Ajvide Lindqvist

‘Venus Drive’ – Sam Lipsyte

Exhibitionism‘ – Toby Litt

‘Smoked Meat’ – Rowena Macdonald

Instruction Manual for Swallowing‘ – Adam Marek

‘This isn’t the sort of thing that happens to someone like you’ – Jon McGregor

To Skin A Cat‘ – Thomas McGuane

Well‘ – Mathew McIntosh

Open Secrets‘ – Alice Munro

‘A Book of Blues‘ – Courttia Newland

Complete Stories‘ – Flannery O’Connor

‘Kentucky Straight’ – Chris Offutt

Out of the Woods‘ – Chris Offutt

‘Coffee Elsewhere’ – ZZ Packer

Make Something Up‘ – Chuck Palahniuk

The Stories of Breece D’J Pancake‘ – Breece D’J Pancake

Who I Was Supposed To Be‘ – Susan Perabo

‘Refresh, Refresh’ – Benjamin Percy

Hall of Small Mammals‘ – Thomas Pierce

Knockemstiff‘ – Donald Ray Pollock

Naked Pueblo‘ – Mark Poirier

The Heaven of Animals‘ – David James Poissant

Music Through The Floor‘ – Eric Puchner

The Ice At The Bottom Of The World‘ – Mark Richard

My Date With Satan‘ – Stacey Richter

Tell Me Thirty Stories‘ – Mary Robison

‘In Persuasion Nation’ – George Saunders

‘Tenth of December’ – George Saunders

‘In-Flight Entertainment’ – Helen Simpson

Everything Here is the Best Thing Ever‘ – Justin Taylor

Communion Town‘ – Sam Thompson

Everything Ravaged Everything Burned‘ – Wells Tower

‘Godforsaken Idaho’ – Shawn Vestal

‘We Live In Water’ – Jess Walter

Battleborn‘ – Claire Vaye Watkins

This Is Not An Accident‘ – April Wilder

Once You Break a Knuckle‘ – D W Wilson

Dog Run Moon‘ – Callan Wink

Scission‘ – Tim Winton

Cul de Sac‘ – Scott Wrobel



Donnybrook‘ – Frank Bill

Post Office‘ – Charles Bukowski

Women‘ – Charles Bukowski

The Outsder‘ – Albert Camus

Other Voices, Other Rooms‘ – Truman Capote

Heart of Darkness‘ – Joseph Conrad

A Feast of Snakes‘ – Harry Crews

‘The Furnished Room’ – Laura Del-Rivo

‘Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep‘ – Philip K Dick

Ubik‘ – Philip K Dick

‘I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive’ – Steve Earle

American Psycho‘ – Bret Easton Ellis

Ask The Dust‘ – John Fante

Chump Change‘ – Dan Fante

Mooch‘ – Dan Fante

‘Point Doom’ – Dan Fante

A Million Little Pieces‘ – James Frey

My Friend Leonard‘ – James Frey

Hunger‘ – Knut Hamsun

‘Then Came The Evening’ – Brian Hart

Catch-22‘ – Joseph Heller

Nobody Move‘ – Denis Johnson

The Trial‘ – Franz Kafka

The Average American Male‘ – Chad Kultgen

Sarah‘ – J T Leroy

Let The Right One In‘ – John Ajvide Lindqvist

Handling The Undead‘ – John Ajvide Lindqvist

Tough Guys Don’t Dance‘ – Norman Mailer

If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things’ – Jon McGregor

Sunshine State‘ – James Miller

The Devil All The Time‘ – Donald Ray Pollock

Hating Olivia‘ – Mark SaFranko

‘Car Camping’ – Mark Sundeen

Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas‘ – Hunter S Thompson

The Motel Life‘ – Willy Vlautin

Northline‘ – Willy Vlautin

The Pawnbroker‘ – Edward Lewis Wallant

‘Adrift in Soho’ – Colin Wilson



Things I Like About America‘ – Poe Ballantine

Moonshine, Monster Catfish and Other Southern Comforts‘ – Burkhard Bilger




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