100 Favorite Books of All Time (2021 Edition)


Today I achieve the age of four-dozen years and as is my recent tradition, I post my updated list of favorite books of all time.

Do you have a favorite book you think I would like to read? Let me know in the comments!

Title Author
1939: Lost World of Fair Gelernter, David
A Clearing In The Distance: Frederick Law Olmsted and America in the 19th Century Rybczynski, Witold
A history of Boston in 50 artifacts Bagley, Joseph M.
A Midwife’s Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812 Ulrich, Laurel Thatcher
A People’s History of the United States: 1492 to Present Zinn, Howard
A Prayer for Owen Meany Irving, John
Alice’s adventure in Wonderland and Through the Looking-glass Carroll, Lewis
Amphigorey Gorey, Edward
Ball Four Bouton, Jim
Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference Garrow, David
Between the World and Me Coates, Ta-Nehisi
Book of Ages : The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin Lepore, Jill
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West Brown, Dee
Caste : The Origins of Our Discontents Wilkerson, Isabel
Charlotte’s Web White, E.B.
Code Name Verity Wein, Elizabeth
Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War Horwitz, Tony
Dead Certainties: (Unwarranted Speculations) Schama, Simon
Doomsday Book Willis, Connie
Fast Food Nation Schlosser, Eric
Five Points: The Nineteenth-Century New York City Neighborhood That Invented Tap Dance, Stole Elections and Became the World’s Most Notorious Slum Anbinder, Tyler
Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic Bechdel, Alison
Gregor the Overlander series Collins, Suzanne
Holy spokes : the search for urban spirituality on two wheels Everett, Laura
Hotel New Hampshire Irving, John
How Buildings Learn: What Happens After They’re Built Brand, Stewart
How the Beatles destroyed rock ‘n’ roll : an alternative history of American popular music Wald, Elijah.
How the Irish Became White Ignatiev, Noel
In Small Things Forgotten: An Archaeology of Early American Life Deetz, James
In Watermelon Sugar Brautigan, Richard
Irish America: Coming Into Clover Dezell, Maureen
Iron and Silk Salzman, Mark
Jazz Morrison, Toni
Johnny Tremain Forbes, Esther
Keeping Score Park, Linda Sue
Ladies and Gentlemen, the Bronx Is Burning: 1977, Baseball, Politics, and the Battle for the Soul of a City Mahler, Jonathan
Les Miserables Hugo, Victor
Let the Great World Spin McCann, Colum
Life of Pi Martel, Yann
Lincoln’s Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness Shenk, Joshua Wolf
Living Buddha, Living Christ Hanh, Thich Nhat
Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World Kidder, Tracy
Mrs. Dalloway Woolf, Virginia
Nickel and Dimed On (Not) Getting By in America Ehrenreich, Barbara
Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond Hill, Marc Lamont
Persepolis series Satrapi, Marjane
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek Dillard, Annie
Reign of Error : The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools Ravitch, Diane
Round Ireland with a Fridge Hawks, Tony
Seeing Things Heaney, Seamus
Shoeless Joe Kinsella, W. P.
Song of Solomon Morrison, Toni
Sophie’s Choice Styron, William
Stalemate Meras, Icchokas
Storming Heaven: LSD and the American Dream Stevens, Jay
Tales of the City series Maupin, Armistead
Talking to Girls about Duran Duran : One Young Man’s Quest for True Love and a Cooler Haircut Sheffield, Rob
Tattoos on the heart : the power of boundless compassion Boyle, Greg
The 99% Invisible City : A Field Guide to the Hidden World of Everyday Design Mars, Roman
The Appalachian Trail Reader Emblidge, David
The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation series Anderson, M. T.
The Baroque Cycle Stephenson, Neal
The Catcher in the Rye Salinger, J.D.
The Color Purple WALKER, ALICE
The Complete Works of Sherlock Holmes Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan
The Culture of Fear: Why Americans Are Afraid of the Wrong Things Glassner, Barry
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Haddon, Mark
The day I swapped my dad for two goldfish Gaiman, Neil
The Devil in the White City : Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America Larson, Erik
The Diary of a Young Girl Frank, Anne
The End of Elsewhere: Travels Among the Tourists Grescoe, Taras
The Grapes of Wrath Steinbeck, John
The Life You Save May Be Your Own: An American Pilgrimage Elie, Paul
The Lord of the Rings series Tolkien, J. R. R.
The New History in an Old Museum: Creating the Past at Colonial Williamsburg Handler, Richard
The New Jim Crow : Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness Alexander, Michelle
The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals Pollan, Michael
The Once and Future King White, T. H.
The Portable Door Holt, Tom
The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York Caro, Robert A.
The Radicalism of the American Revolution Wood, Gordon S.
The Right Stuff Wolfe, Tom
The Silent Traveller series Yee, Chiang
The Time Traveler’s Wife Niffenegger, Audrey
The Warmth of Other Suns : The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration Wilkerson, Isabel
The Way We Never Were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap Coontz, Stephanie
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Baum, L. Frank
The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible Jacobs, A. J.
Their Eyes Were Watching God Hurston, Zora Neale
This is an uprising : how nonviolent revolt is shaping the twenty-first century Engler, Mark
Thursday Next series Fforde, Jasper
Time and Again Finney, Jack
To Kill a Mockingbird Lee, Harper
To Say Nothing of the Dog Willis, Connie
To the Lighthouse Woolf, Virginia
Under the Net Murdoch, Iris
Watership Down Adams, Richard
We Can’t Eat Prestige: The Women Who Organized Harvard Hoerr, John
Winnie The Pooh Milne, A A
You Gotta Have Wa Whiting, Robert