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If you are interested in stuff in this website, here are some interesting books. While these are mostly about the specific content of the website, I have also included another list of uncategorized recommended reading (In praise of older books) for those who find the digital age wearing.
Hard to Classify Stuff
Alaska & the North
Northwest & Sense of Place
Japan & Zen Buddhism
In Praise of Older Books
Carpenter, Edmund--Oh What a Blow That Phantom Gave Me!--a picture of a Mickey Mouse katchina figure is on the cover. Edmund Carpenter has written numerous other excellent books, but this is one I particularly like
Stump, Sarain--There is My People Sleeping--poems and line drawings on Native American themes
Anonymous--A Field Guide to Washington State Archaeology-- put out by the State Archaeologists office, lots of good information for anyone wanting to get involved
Deetz, James--An Invitation to Archaeology--An excellent introduction to the subject, suitable for high school age or older.
Stuart, George and Francis McManamon--Archaeology and You--another good introduction for someone considering a career or volunteering, put out by National Geographic
Holling, H.C.--The Book of the Indians--published in 1935, pretty rare, but an excellent kids book, covers all of N America, wonderful illustrations, good stories
Kirk, Ruth and Richard Daugherty--Exploring Washington Archaeology--a good starting point for Washington State
Lopez, Barry--Crow and Weasel--I enjoyed this, but for kids mainly I guess.
Murphy, Claire R.--The Prince and the Salmon People--an excellent retelling of a Tsimshian story in Boas’ 1910 Tsimshian Mythology, illustrations by Duane Pasco. Although a kids book, this could easily be used as a college text.
Berton, Pierre--The Klondyke Fever--One of the great mass adventures of the century, written by a fellow who grew up in the area not long afterwards.
Brower, Charles D.-- Fifty Years below Zero-- A great account of the Arctic coast of Alaska from the 1880s to the 1930s; don’t read it if you disapprove of whaling.
Crisler, Lois- Arctic Wild--an amazing account of a couple living in n. AK, filming the caribou migration who raised some wolf pups and lived with them.
Freuchen, Peter-- Book of the Eskimos-- Based on his experiences from 1906 on in Greenland, with Knud Rassmussen he founded a trading post at Thule in 1910.
-Arctic Adventure: My Life in the Frozen North-- memoirs of Greenland.
Houston, James--The White Dawn--This is fiction, a very realistic portrayal of early contacts between Inuit and the Euro-american whalers.
-Confessions of an Igloo Dweller--a nice memoir of the Canadian arctic before it changed into what it is today.
Marshall, Robert--Arctic Village--While studying tree growth in the arctic, Marshall spent a lot of time hanging out with Alaska Natives and old sourdoughs.
-Alaska Wilderness--This one is a lot about exploring the Brooks range, mostly by dogsled or on foot in the ‘30s.
Mowat, Farley--The People of the Deer--A great account of the Barrenland Inuit from the ‘40s.
-Never Cry Wolf--Although I am not convinced of the scientific accuracy of some of Mowat’s assertions about wolves, this is a must read if you like wolves.
Murie, Margaret--Two in the Far North--A memoir of Alaska before the war by someone who loves the wilderness.
Nelson, Richard K.-- Make Prayers to the Raven: A Koyukon View of the Northern Forest-- A detailed account of the relationship of the people with their land; important reading if you appreciate sustainability and having a sense of place.
Rasmussen, Knud--Across Arctic America--This is an incredible account of crossing arctic North America from Greenland to Alaska by Greenlanders; as one Canadian Inuit said to Rasmussen “You are the first white man we have seen who is also an Eskimo.”
Walden, Arthur T.--A Dog Puncher on the Yukon--a memoir by a fellow who hauled freight by dogsled for the Klondyke miners.
Andrews, Ralph W.--This Was Logging!--a collection of the photos of Darius Kinsey showing the big trees and the men who cut them down.
Blanchet, M. Wylie--The Curve of Time--trips by boat in Kwakiutl country in the ‘20s.
Brower, Kenneth--The Starship and the Canoe-- a cultural history of some boat hippies in British Columbia in the early 70s.
Burn, June--Living High--a couple of independent thinkers who would have been called hippies, but they did their thing in the ‘20s and ‘30s.
Carr, Emily--Klee Wyck--a memoir of visiting abandoned Haida villages to sketch and paint totem poles circa 1910.
Craven, Margaret--I Heard the Owl Call My Name--An account of living at Kingcome Inlet in the ‘20, fictionalized.
Chambliss, William--On the Take--An account of political and police corruption in Seattle in the 1970s. A must read for anyone who claims to know Seattle history.
Dobie, Frank--The Voice of the Coyote- Although this probably belongs in the category of Southwest folklore or natural history, it is a “must read” if you are interested in coyotes.
Gibson, John Frederic--A Small and Charming World--accounts of working for the Canadian dept. of social welfare visiting and living at various Indian reserves in British Columbia.
Grainger, M. Allerdale--Woodsmen of the West--a fictionalized account of working in the Knight Inlet area around the turn of the last century.
Iglaur, Edith--Fishing with John-- an account of trolling north of Vancouver Island, excellent writing
Leydet, Francois--The Coyote: Defiant Songdog of the West- another fine book on the coyote.
MacDonald, Betty--The Egg and I--later made into a series of movies, parts of this book are priceless. MacDonald is perhaps better known for her Mrs. Piggle- Wiggle books.
Maclean, Norman--A River Runs through It--a well known book on western Montana
Peterson, Harold--The Last of the Mountain Men--living in the Salmon wilderness in central Idaho, the ultimate do-it-yourselfer.
Reid, Bill with photos by Adelaide de Menil--Out of the Silence--if you like totem poles don’t miss this.
Stowe, Leland--Crusoe of Lonesome Lake--Another account of incredible achievements by an individual in the wilderness of northern British Columbia.
Beaty, Jeanne K.--Lookout Wife--a memoir
Hardy, Martha--Tatoosh--another memoir
Kresek, Ray--Fire Lookouts of the Northwest--a major compendium of lookouts
Snyder, Gary--Riprap & Cold Mountain Poems--Snyder worked on Sourdough Mt. Lookout and Crater Mt. in the early 50s and suggested to Jack Kerouac that he might enjoy a summer of solitude on Mt. Desolation.
Spring, Ira and Byron Fish--Lookouts: Firewatchers of the Cascades and Olympics--another compendium
Suiter, John--Poets on the Peaks--a nice history of Snyder, Kerouac, and Whalen and their time spent on fire lookouts in the ‘50s in western Washington.
Also see: http://www.firelookout.org/brochure.htm
Blythe, R. H.--Zen in English Literature and the Oriental Classics--I’m not sure if I’m remembering the title exactly, but if you are interested in Zen Buddhism, don’t miss this book
Chadwick, David--Thank You and OK! An American Zen Failure in Japan-- very amusing at times, a fascinating look into the world of the modern Zen Buddhist in Japan.
De Bary, Wm. T. et al.--Sources of Japanese Tradition--for the scholarly background stuff
Herrigel, Eugen--Zen in the Art of Archery--a cool book on Zen Buddhism and archery from some time ago.
Kerr, Alex--Lost Japan--Insightful, entertaining, at times depressing, highly recommended if you care about Japan.
Matthiessen, Peter--Nine-Headed Dragon River: Zen Journals 1969-1985
Miura, Isshu--The Zen Koan--more for the Zen afficianado I guess, but cool Zen aphorisms and koan.
Okakura, Kakuzo--The Book of Tea--about the tea ceremony and how it reflects Japanese values.
Reps, Paul--Zen Flesh, Zen Bones--another cool book on Zen koan
Statler, Oliver--Japanese Inn--a novel extending over three generations set in a Japanese inn.
-Japanese Pilgrimage--an account of the pilgrimage to the 88 temples in Shikoku
Allsop, Kenneth - Hard Travelin': The Hobo and his History (OP) --lots of detail, a history of sorts
*Anderson, Nels - The American Hobo --I have not read this one.
Anderson, Nels - Hobo: The Sociology of the Homeless Man, 1923 (OP) --the first scientific study of the American hobo, still worth reading.
Anderson, Nels (Dean Stiff) - The Milk and Honey Route, 1929 (OP) --this is one of the best books on hoboing ever written, very perceptive and amusing.
*Ashleigh, Charles - Rambling Kid -a fictionalized account of IWW organizing in the teens and ‘20s, based on real people.
Bailey, William - Bill Bailey Came Home -I have not read this one.
Beck, Frank - Hobohemia -I have not read this one.
Benson, Benjamin - Hoboes of America: Sensational Life Story and Epic of Life on the Road, 1942 (OP)-- I have not read this one.
Benson, Benjamin - 500,000 Miles without a Dollar- I have not read this one.
Black, Jack - You Can't Win, Amok Press-- another very cool account of hoboing and the “Johnson” family. Don’t miss this one if you like the literature of the picaresque.
Brissendon, Paul F. - The I.W.W.: A Study of American Syndicalism, New York, Russell and Russell, 1919 438 pp.--I have not read this one.
Brown, Charles, P. - Brownie the Boomer, (ed. H. Roger Grant), 1930, 1991 N. Illinois University Press-- an edited version of a self published account of hoboing and later working on the same freight trains in various parts of the US from the 1890s until the 19-teens, more details of working the trains than hoboing, but a good example of how the two occupations overlapped.
Bruns, Roger - The Damnedest Radical--an account of the life of Ben Reitman
Bruns, Roger - Knights of the Road: A Hobo History, 1980 (OP)--the best history of the American hobo.
Bull, William - Trampery--I have not read this one.
Chaplin, Ralph- Wobbly--the memoirs of the guy who wrote the words to Solidarity Forever, another account of labor organizing in the early part of the last century.
Conover, Ted - Rolling Nowhere--Conover’s first book, very good writing, a real greenhorn, some dumb decisions, but the best account of riding in the 70s.
Cotton, Eddy Joe- Hobo-- A poorly written book, this one is so bad that I include it to warn prospective readers; the real culprit is the editor who convinced Mr. Cotton (a pseudonym understandably) to write it.
d'Autremont, Hugh - Rails North, 1989 Vantage Press-a memoir of the ‘30s.
Davies, William - The Autobiography of a Super-Tramp, 1917 (OP)--another memoir, from the early 1900s, pretty good.
Davies, William - The Adventures of Johnny Walker, Tramp--I have not read this one.
Depastino, Todd - Citizen Hobo-- scholarly and thorough.
Douglas, William O. - Go East Young Man--a memoir of later supreme court justice, who grew up poor and never forgot what poverty means.
Edge, William - The Main Stem, 1927 (OP)--a memoir of the WWI years, probably hard to find, but worth finding and reading.
Eighner, Lars - Travels with Lizbeth--although not hoboing, an excellent account of hitching from Texas to CA and back with a dog; the chapter on dumpster diving is not to be missed.
Eisley, Loren - All the Strange Hours-- a memoir of the ‘30s by a later rather famous scientist and writer.
Etulain, Richard, ed. Jack London on the Road-- worth reading if you are at all interested in Jack London.
Feied, Frederick - No Pie in the Sky--another scholarly look at hoboing; a look at the writings of Kerouac, Dos Passos, and London.
Fox, Elmer - Tales of an American Hobo--another memoir from the ‘20s & ‘30s
Freed, Dolly - Possum Living --how to live with very little money, hard to find but fun reading.
Gracey, Everett L.- From a 13 Year Old Hobo to an Entrepreneur-- another memoir from the ‘30s
Graham, “Steamtrain” Maury and Robert Hemming- Tales of the Iron Road-- another memoir; this one I like because Steamtrain did the right thing just like Kris Kringle in Miracle on 34th St.; another hobo who liked to think for himself.
Grant, Richard- American Nomads--quite a collection of independent thinkers and scofflaws described, but only peripherally about hoboing. I really like his historical look at the origin of America’s individualism.
Grienbrier, J. J.- Railroadin, Etc.--This probably should be classified as naive art, a very unusual fictionalized account of poverty and rail riding in the south in the ‘30s; I can’t believe the person who wrote and illustrated this didn’t live these experiences.
Guthrie, Woody - Bound for Glory--Woody’s story, pretty good.
Haggard, Merle with Peggy Russell -Sing Me Back Home Times Books 1981, 287 pp.--another memoir with freighthopping involved.
Haggard, Merle with Tom Carter - My House of Memories Cliff Street Books 1999 --ditto as per above
Hallet, Richard M. - This Rolling World-- this guy knocked around quite a bit, hopped some freights, another memoir.
Harlow, Alvin F. - Old Bowery Days, New York, Appleton 1931 564 pp.-- I have not read this one.
Harper, Douglas - Good Company--a sociological study of hoboing, very good photos and fieldwork, but I still don’t understand how Douglas didn’t get it that his partner was an alcoholic.
Hinkle, Ray- Polk County Vagabond-- another ‘30s memoir
Hobos from Hell- There’s Something about a Train-- a ‘zine edited by Lee, a few different numbers out there, very good accounts of riding freights, including Mexico and other countries.
Hoffman, Victor F. - The American Tramp, 1870-1900, Chicago, MA thesis, University of Chicago, 1953 --I have not read this one.
Hofvendahl, Russ - A Land So Fair and Bright--a great memoir of a trip in 1938 through western Canada and around the US, well written, makes the ‘30s come alive.
Holm, Monty and Dennis Clay--Once a Hobo--a very moving memoir of a boy leaving home at the age of 13. He later became famous (to hobos) for being a hobo who came to own his own railroad.
Irwin, Godfrey - The American Tramp and Underworld Slang--I have not read this one.
Jacobson, G.D.-Four on a Flatcar--a nice memoir of riding in the late 40s, a period not well documented.
Kemp, Harry - Tramping on Life --a memoir from the 20s
Kerouac, Jack - The Dharma Bums--This is one of my favorites, having been inspired to work on Mt. Desolation myself after reading it.
Kerr, James - Backdoor Guests-- I have not read this one.
Kreiger, Michael - Tramp-- I have not read this one.
Kromer, Tom - Waiting for Nothing-- accounts from the ‘30s, a bit depressing; the author later committed suicide.
Leen, Daniel - The Freighthopper's Manual for North America: Hoboing in the 21st Century, 1992, Ecodesigns Northwest Publishers-- out of date and out of print; when I wrote this the yard bulls practically helped you into your boxcar.
Littlejohn, Duffy - Hopping Freight Trains in America, 1993, Sand River Press- -very good safety advice; some bad advice on yard bulls, would be a much better book if it were edited down to about half its length.
Lonesome Whistle-- some nice writing about riding in the 70s, Littlejohn is willing to expose his own goof-ups which makes the stories believable.
Livingston, Leon Ray (A-No.1) - From Coast to Coast with Jack London-- Livingston likely never rode with London, but amusing stories nonetheless.
- How I Won My Wife, 1919
- The Ways of the Hobo--probably the most interesting of his books, a bit baroque but an interesting look at the turn of the last century.
- The Curse of Tramp Life
- Here and There with A-No. 1
- The Snare of the Road
- The Life and Adventures of A-No. 1
- Hobo Camp Fire Tales
- The Adventures of a Female Tramp
- The Mother of the Hobos
London, Jack - The Road-- one of the best accounts of riding in the 1890s, as London put it, “it all spelled adventure”…
-John Barleycorn-- a memoir of London’s drinking and other adventures.
Lovald, Keith Arthur - From Hobohemia to Skid Row: The Changing Community of the Homeless Man, unpublished PhD thesis Univ of Minnesota, 1963--I have not read this one.
Love, Edmund - Subways are for Sleeping--a great description of homeless people in NYC; real independent thinkers with gumption
Maharidge, Dale - Journey to Nowhere-- travels in the 70s, concentrating on the “rust belt”
Mathers, Michael - Riding the Rails, 1974 -- a superb photo essay with tapes of the old “fruit tramps” and other hobos talking
Mayhew, Henry - London Labor and the London Poor: A Cyclopedia of the Conditions and Earnings of Those that Will Work, Those that Can Not Work, and Those That Will Not Work, New York, Harper and Brothers, 1851. Vol. 1 535 pp., Vol 2 480 pp.-- for the scholarly type.
McGuckin, Henry E.- Memoirs of a Wobbly--a well written account of what it was like to be a wobbly organizer. This and related works are available from the Charles H. Kerr Publishing Co. in Chicago
McLean, Gordon-Riding on Top--another ‘30s memoir, quite good, available from Trafford Publishing in Victoria
McMurry, Donald - Coxey's Army, University of Washington 1929 --an interesting historical look at Coxey’s Army and Jack London’s experiences on the road
Metzger, Wendell -Hobo Story, 1994, Softspin Press--a fictionalized account of a trip around the US in 1940
Milburn, George - The Hobo's Hornbook: A Repertory for a Gutter Jongleur, 1930, Ives Washburn -- a collection of hobo songs from the 19th century and later.
Minehan, Thomas - Boy and Girl Tramps of America -- a significant sociological look at young hobos in the ‘30s
Minehan, Thomas - Lonesome Road: The Way of Life of a Hobo, 1941, Row Peterson & Co. 1941, Evanston -- a juvenile, more of a collector’s item for the serious student of hoboing
Monkkonen, Eric H. (ed.) - Walking to Work: Tramps in America 1790-1935, 1984, University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln-- scholarly stuff, no first hand accounts of hoboing
Mullin, Glen - Adventures of a Scholar-Tramp --I have not read this one.
Nelson, Eugene - Break Their Haughty Power--A biographical novel about the life of Joe Murphy, one of the important IWW organizers during the 1915-1940 era. More about the IWW, but also tells what it was like to ride the freights in those days.
Orwell, George - Down and Out in Paris and London --highly recommended, not about hoboing but a great classic about the downtrodden
Payne, Roger - The Hobo Philosopher or The Philosophy of the Natural Life-- I have not read this one.
Peele, John - From North Carolina to Southern California Without a Ticket-- I have not read this one.
Peery, Nelson - Black Fire: The Making of an American Revolutionary --a first hand account of a black hobo in the ‘30s and later experiences during WWII.
Phillips, Rudy - A Hobo Lives Again
- Hobo King Rambling Rudy --These are the same story, one told in 1st person, and one told in the 3rd person; a great scam to double your sales Rudy!
Reitman, Ben (as told to) - Boxcar Bertha (orig. pub. as Sister of the Road in 1937)-- Some researchers suspect that Bertha was a literary invention of Dr. Reitman; whether or not, a pretty good story.
Ribton-Turner, C. J. - A History of Vagrants and Vagrancy and Beggars and Begging, London, Chapman and Hall, 1887 --largely European in scope.
Rice, Clyde- Night Freight-- a fictionalized account of a trip on the old coast route of northern CA based on the author’s experiences in the ‘30s.
Richards, Stan and Associates - Hobo Signs -- I have not read this one.
Schmidt, Jaqueline K.- Done & Been: Steel Rail Chronicles of American Hobos-- a collection of oral histories and recent experiences.
Schockman, Carl - We Turned Hobo-- I have not read this one.
Sevareid, Eric - Not So Wild a Dream-- a memoir from the ‘30s, Sevareid was a well known journalist in later years.
Shaw, Clifford - The Jack Roller: A Delinquent Boy's Own Story --a sociological case history
Sinclair, Andrew - The Hallelujah Bum, London, Faber and Faber 1963-- I have not read this one.
Spradley, James - You Owe Yourself a Drunk -- a study of Seattle "home guard"
Stevens, Irving - Fishbones: Hoboing in the 1930s -- another memoir, a good one
Sutherland, Edwin and Harvey Locke - Twenty Thousand Homeless Men -- I have not read this one.
Thomas, Will - Tramp --a fictionalized account of riding in the ‘30s
Tully, Jim - Beggars of Life -- one of the older accounts, amusing if you like the picaresque
Uys, Errol L.- Riding the Rails: Teenagers on the Move during the Great Depression-- Inspired by Minehan’s Boy and Girl Tramps of America, this book features numerous oral histories and in depth interviews made in the ‘90s
Vaughn, J.B.- The Wandering Years--a Canadian memoir of the “dirty ‘30s”
Whitey, Guitar- Ridin’ Free--a memoir covering the period from the ‘30s through the ‘80s
Wilcox, Finn and Steve Johnson - Here Among the Sacrificed-- an account of riding down the west coast in the 1970s, a small press edition and hard to find.
Williams and Maharidge - The Last Great American Hobo--a photo essay about one old hobo turned home guard in Sacramento
Willard, Josiah Flynt - My Life -- one of the more interesting accounts of hoboing, and probably the earliest detailed description. Willard traveled in Europe and Russia as well, hard to find but very worth finding.
Willard, Josiah Flynt - Tramping with Tramps -- specifically about hoboing in America, also very hard to find and worth reading.
Willeford, Charles Ray - I Was Looking for a Street-- a memoir from the ‘30s
Williams, Cliff - One More Train to Ride-- A fine collection of short biographies and oral histories of late 1990s riders, with some verses thrown in.
Wise, Ken C.- Depression Bums-- a memoir from the ‘30s, a couple of Boy Scouts hopping freights; this one reminded me of my own experiences too much.
Witten, George - Outlaw Trails --I have not read this one.
Wormser, Richard - Hoboes: Wandering in America-- a historical overview for younger people, but good information.
Wren, Daniel A.- White Collar Hobo: The Travels of Whiting Williams--”a prosperous, educated, turn-of-the-century Ohio businessman…adopted the guise of a blue collar worker in order to learn first hand about labor conditions”; too bad George Bush and his ilk don’t try this sometime, an excellent historical source.
Wyckoff, Walter H. - A Day with a Tramp and Other Days, 1901 --I have not read this one.
These are some books that I have found interesting and educational, although some are a bit hard to find these days. While there are many more books I like as much, these are mostly ones that are no longer candidates for the best seller list. It is an eclectic list; I am not assuming everyone will enjoy all of these, but they all have a particular uniqueness that appeals to someone like myself who is curious about the world around him. I realize of course, the irony of attempting to encourage reading books by posting them on a website; when you get bored with digital gaming, know that there is another kind of virtual world out there. First I will mention some of my favorite authors: for travel adventure, Roy Chapman Andrews and Sven Hedin, for escapism, Jack London, Saul Bellow, Mark Twain, Alan Furst, Rex Stout, Raymond Chandler, Kurt Vonnegut, and Dashiel Hammet. For education and general curiosity, John McPhee, Oliver Sacks, Colin Turnbull, Ernest Thompson Seton, George Orwell, Studs Terkel, Eric Sloane, and Timothy Ferris. For books more specifically related to a sense of place, particularly regarding the Pacific Northwest, and other things found on this website, I have additional books listed.
Adams, Richard--The Plague Dogs--More well known for Watership Down, this is my favorite of Adam’s works.
Agee, James and Walker Evans--Let Us Now Praise Famous Men-- This is not light reading; an account of three sharecropper families in the depression south with photos by Walker Evans.
Alpert, Richard (Baba Ram Dass)--Be Here Now/Journey/From Bindu to Ojas/&c.--an interesting approach to self knowledge by the man who hung with Tim Leary
Berne, Eric--Games People Play--Now in the realm of pop psychology, this book was thought provoking when it came out.
Blackmore, R.D.--Lorna Doone--the prose is a bit ancient, but one of my favorite novels, set during the English civil war
Capek, Carol--The War with the Newts--by the man who coined the word “robot”, a brilliant take on human folly, very applicable to today’s world
Childers, Erskine--The Riddle of the Sands-- a mystery adventure ca 1900 involving sailboats and Brits
Corbett, Jim--Man Eaters of Kumaon-- back when white hunters who shot tigers were heroes
David-Neel, Alexandra--My Journey to Lhasa--quite an impressive trip into Lhasa by a woman during the early part of the last century
Feynman, Richard--“Surely You’re Joking Mr. Feynman”--I didn’t understand all the math, but I like the man’s elan.
Fleming, Peter--News from Tartary --Ian’s older brother, an account of traveling the old silk road route in the late 30s from China to India
Fletcher, Colin--The Man from the Cave--a “detective story” about a desert campsite that reveals a lot about western history. Fletcher also has written extensively about hiking.
Hasek, Jaroslav--The Good Soldier Schweik--one of the best anti war novels, set in WWI
Hayakawa, S.I.-- Language in Thought and Action-- a worthwhile guide to semantics, which is useful for understanding what today is termed “spin”.
Horner, John--Digging Dinosaurs--pretty much what the title indicates. Made me want to head out to Montana and lend a hand.
Huff, Darrell--How to Lie with Statistics--to help build your shockproof bullshit detector
Jung, Carl-- Man and His Symbols-- Written by Jung and some of his former students, a good introduction to the ideas of Jung.
Kohl, Herbert--36 Children --about teaching 36 kids in Harlem in a 60s grade school
Leighton, Ralph--Tuva or Bust-- an amusing account of Richard Feynman’s attempts to visit Tuva during the cold war
London, Jack--The Iron Heel-- An interesting futuristic account of class war. Also, Before Adam is one of the earlier (and astoundingly accurate considering when it was written) “cave man” novels.
McPhee, John--The Control of Nature--about human attempts to control nature. Should be read by anyone who thinks global warming is not going to be a problem. McPhee has written a score or more of excellent non fiction works, some on science, some on people, and some that are harder to classify. When you can make a subject like Oranges interesting, you are a good writer.
Macintyre, Ben--The Man Who Would Be King--the man who was the real life basis of Kipling’s story
Maillart, Ella--Forbidden Journey-- an account of the same trip (above) made by Fleming’s travel partner
Manry, Robert--Tinkerbelle--an account of sailing across the Atlantic in a 13 ½’ sailboat
Mauldin, Bill--A Sort of Saga--a memoir of growing up in the SW. Mauldin later was a cartoonist for Stars & Stripes during WWII.
Neale, Tom--An Island to Myself-- a Kiwi decides to live on a desert island
Newby, Eric--The Great Grain Race--an account of a trip around the world on one of the last square rigged ships hauling grain from Australia to England, in 1939. Newby has written a number of excellent travel books.
Nichols, John--The Milagro Beanfield War--an amusing novel satirizing rural hippies in NM in the 60s; don’t bother with the sequels.
Norman, Marc--Bike Riding in Los Angeles--a rather obscure paperback about riding bicycles in the LA area.
Quammen, David--The Song of the Dodo--if you are concerned with the present mass extinction, read this. A lot about island biogeography, Wallace and Darwin.
Sacks, Oliver--The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat-- Sacks has written a number of interesting books on science and neurology, I think my favorite is his memoir, Uncle Tungsten.
Salzman, Mark--Lost in Place--an amusing memoir of growing up in New England. Salzman has also written on teaching English in China (Iron and Silk) and a novel (the Laughing Sutra)
Seton, Ernest Thompson--Two Little Savages-- perhaps a kid’s book, but I still enjoy his profuse illustrations. He wrote and illustrated many books on wild animals, and was buddies with people like Roger Tory Peterson.
Sinclair, Upton--World’s End --this is the first of a series of “spy thrillers” featuring the same character, following the history of Europe and the US as Fascism developed during the last century
Siringo, Charles--Riata and Spurs--an impressive story of the old west by a man who later advised the first filmmakers making westerns
Sloane, Eric--A Museum of Early American Tools-- Sloane has written and lavishly illustrated a number of books on american folk architecture.
Slocum, Joshua--Sailing Alone around the World--from the late 1800s, a great account of perhaps the first solo circumnavagation
Steffans, Lincoln--The Autobiography of Lincoln Steffans--required reading for all politicians and CEOs who would claim to have hearts.
Thesiger, Wilifred--Arabian Sands--an account of crossing the “empty quarter” with two Beduin in the late 40s. Thesiger has written a number of other accounts of his travels.
Turnbull, Colin--The Forest People-- Turnbull has written a number of very insightful books on Africa, this one is my favorite, an account of living with the Bambuti pygmies.
Voltaire, Francois--Candide--well known, but still a brilliant commentary on what makes humans tick; like the War with the Newts, it is still quite apropos today.
Wolfe, Tom--The Electric Kool-Aid, Acid Test--a cultural history of Ken Kesey and LSD in 60s CA
Yardley, Herbert--The Chinese Black Star Chamber--the man who cracked codes during WWI and was told “gentlemen don’t read other people’s mail”
Yoors, Jan--The Gypsies--an incredible account of a young Belgian boy who “ran away with the Gypsies” in the 30s for a year or so. Yoors also wrote an account of working with the underground during the war.
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