The In Parentheses Book List


These titles are not arranged in any sort of hierarchy or order of excellence. They are merely listed as if collected into a box or onto a shelf.

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ANARCHY by Ericco Malatesta

THE WRETCHED OF THE EARTH by Frantz Fanon

THE YOUNGEST SCIENCE: NOTES OF A MEDICINE-WATCHER by Lewis Thomas

Funk & Wagnalls ATLAS OF THE BODY

PEDAGOGY OF THE OPPRESSED by Paulo Freire

COSMOPOLITANISM by Kwame Anthony Appiah

THE GANGS OF NEW YORK by Herbert Asbury

EINSTEIN’S SPACE & VAN GOGH’S SKY: PHYSICAL REALITY AND BEYOND by Lawrence Leshan and Henry Margenau

A PEOPLE’S HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES by Howard Zinn

GUNS, GERMS AND STEEL by Jared Diamond

INSIDE THE COMPANY: CIA DIARY by Phillip Agee

BORN FI’ DEAD: A JOURNEY THROUGH THE JAMAICAN POSSE UNDERWORLD by Laurie Gunst

LETTERS TO A YOUNG DOCTOR by Richard Selzer

ON PHOTOGRAPHY by Susan Sontag

THE SHOCK DOCTRINE by Naomi Klein

THEY CAME BEFORE COLUMBUS by Ivan Van Sertima

THE ELECTRIC KOOL-AID ACID TEST by Tom Wolfe

GALAPAGOS by Kurt Vonnegut

THE ART OF LOVING by Erich Fromm

CHAKA by Thomas Mofolo

THE PRINCE by Niccolò Machiavelli

MOBY DICK by Herman Melville

BLOOD MERIDIAN by Cormac McCarthy

SHORT TREATISE ON THE JOYS OF MORPHINISM by Hans Fallada

THE COLLECTED POEM OF W.B. YEATS

THE CANTOS by Ezra Pound

THE GREAT GATSBY by F. Scott Fitzgerald

LIGHT IN AUGUST by William Faulkner

L’´ETRANGER by Albert Camus

THE RHETORIC OF FICTION by William C. Booth

WHITE NOISE by Don DeLillo

CONSIDER THE LOBSTER by David Foster Wallace

AUSTERLITZ  by W.G. Sebald

THE DEATH OF VIRGIL by Hermann Broch

COLLECTED POEMS OF DYLAN THOMAS

THE WHITE HOTEL by D.M. Thomas

ORDERS TO KILL by William Pepper

WHAT IS THE WHAT by David Eggers

THE POVERTY OF NATIONS by Michael Manley

BEING AND NOTHINGNESS by Jean-Paul Sartre

NATIVE SON by Richard Wright

BONFIRE OF THE VANITIES by Tom Wolfe

THE CRYING OF LOT 49 by Thomas Pynchon

ORIENTALISM by Edward Said

THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MALCOLM X by Alex Haley

THE SOUND AND THE FURY by William Faulkner

JOURNEY INTO AMERICA: THE CHALLENGE OF ISLAM by Akbar Ahmed

THE GAY SCIENCE by Friedrich Nietzsche

STEAL THIS BOOK by Abbie Hoffman

CLOTEL by William Wells Brown

GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN by James Baldwin

THE GOD OF SMALL THINGS by Arundhati Roy

LA PESTE by Albert Camus

MALCOLM X: A LIFE REINVENTED by Manning Marable

100 YEARS OF SOLITUDE by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

SURVIVOR by Chuck Palahniuk

THE HANDMAID’S TALE by Margaret Atwood

INVISIBLE MAN by Ralph Ellison

ATLAS SHRUGGED by Ayn Rand

OUR KIND OF PEOPLE by Lawrence Graham

CLOUD ATLAS by David Mitchell

THE UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF BEING by Milan Kundera

MRS. BRIDGE by Evan S. Connell

THE THINGS THEY CARRIED by Tim O’Brien

THE LOVE SONG OF J. ALFRED PRUFROCK AND OTHER POEMS by TS Eliot

PROOF by David Auburn

THE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak

AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY by Tracy Letts

GOAT IN THE SNOW by Emily Pettit

THIS CAN’T BE LIFE by Dana Ward

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5 thoughts on “The In Parentheses Book List

  1. I recognize some of these books and see some others that I am unfamiliar with but will certainly read! Some other great books you guys could include are The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy, 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.

  2. Yeah, make sure you take a look at some of these. But thanks! for sharing some suggestions. I’ll be sure to check them out. I’ve heard amazing things about Arundhati Roy.

  3. Great list Mike. Love the Tom Wolfe shoutout. My suggestion are as follows: Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison, Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand, Our Kind of People, Lawrence Graham (I don’t espouse the beliefs, but it is an interesting take on “black elites”), Malcom X, A Life Reinvented, Manning Marable (it is a good analog to the Autobiography). I have many more but a brother has to work.

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