Books and Authors I Have Loved

Beginning with childhood books and moving north:

The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Birds of America, Pearson and Burroughs et al, first pub. 1917

Rolf in the Woods, Ernest Thompson Seton

Two Little Savages, Ernest Thompson Seton

Biography of A Grizzly, Ernest Thompson Seton

The Lion’s Paw, Robb White

The Sea Wolf, Jack London

Brave Men, Ernie Pyle

Two Years Before the Mast, Richard Henry Dana

The Parkman Reader, Samuel Elliot Morrison

The Big Sky, A. B. Guthrie Jr.

Year of Decision, Bernard DeVoto

Course of Empire, Bernard DeVoto

Across the Wide Missouri, Bernard DeVoto

Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain

Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain

No Man Knows My History. The Life of Joseph Smith, Fawn M. Brodie

From Here to Eternity, James Jones

The Naked and the Dead, Norman Mailer

The Egyptian, Mika Waltari

The Cruel Sea, Nicholas Monserrat (read this 2 dozen times at least)

Something of Value, Robert Ruark

Seven Pillars of Wisdom, T.E. Lawrence

Just about everything Ballantine Books published by World War II fighter pilots. 

Fate is the Hunter, Ernest K. Gann

Tales of the South Pacific, James Michener (I liked several of his early works).

Life Histories of North American Birds of Prey, Vols. I and II, Arthur Cleveland Bent

De Arte Venandi com Avibus, (The Art of Hunting with Birds), Charles II of Hohenzollern.

Everything by Jim Harrison, especially Dalva and Farmer

Most of Elmore Leonard

Much of Pat Conroy

Presumed Innocent, Scott Turow

In the Woods, Tana French

Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (The trilogy), Steig Larson

Refuge, Terry Tempest Williams

This House of Sky, Ivan Doig

Dancing at the Rascal Fair, Ivan Doig (and the sequels)

The Things They Carried, Tim O’Brien

The Road, and everything else by Cormac McCarthy

Most of Tom McGuane’s books and short stories.

Basin and Range, John McPhee

Coming Into the Country, John McPhee

Sagebrush Ocean:  A Natural History of The Great Basin, Stephen Trimble

Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak

West with the Night, Beryl Markham

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbury


Am I the only person who really didn’t care for The DaVinci Code?