I heartily second Bassmon's call on Wolfe's "Electric Acid Koolaid Test". Fascinating stuff.
I will also recommend the "Illuminatus Trilogy" by Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson. This book will blow your mind! You may not ever look at history the same way again.
And +1 for The Things They Carried. Tim O'Brien!
'COSMOS' and 'TALES FROM FORGOTTEN ANCESTORS' By CARL SAGAN.
i am a book nerd...before moving in w/ my now-wife, my apartment had stacks of books all over the place. i've down-sized my library some since then, but this the bare bones; if i had to cut it down to one box of books, these are it:
bruce chatwin- the songlines (my "must have" travel book...my copy has more miles on it than my jeep does)
allan weisbecker's first 2 books, "cosmic banditos" (his best work, IMO) & "in search of captain zero"
douglas adams' "hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy" series...really, though, you can stick to the first 3 books.
robert a. heinlein- stranger in a strange land
jimmy buffett- "where is joe merchant?" & "tales from margaritaville"
"big wednesday" by dennis aaberg & john milius
willard bascom- "waves & beaches"
joseph heller- "catch-22"
larry niven & pohl anderson- "lucifer's hammer"
ernest hemingway- "the old man & the sea"
j.d. salinger- "the catcher in the rye" & "9 stories"
rachel carson- "the edge of the sea"
the norton complete works of william shakespeare
carl hiaasen- "tourist season"
christopher moore- "fluke"
dan duane- "caught inside"
I love a good book thread, I'll play. Some stuff I haven't mentioned in previous book threads, non-surf related and mostly non-fiction.
My fave Ed Abbey: Desert Solitaire, Beyond The Wall, Down The River
Jeremy Narby- The Cosmic Serpent and Terence Mckenna's Food of The Gods; both deal with plant psychedelics and pre-industrial cultures/issues in modern human culture.
I really enjoyed the Hagakure and The Book of Five Rings when I was training, still do.
William Cronon- Changes In The Land-fantastic interdisciplinary work(history/ecology/anthopology) on the differences in worldview and subsistence strategies b/t the colonists and native tribes of southern New England, and how each impacted local ecology...VERY specific, like, down to changes in tree/plant species.
Paul Stamets-Mycelium Running...will completely change how you view the Kingdom of Fungi.
This book on Yellowstone wolf pack behavior which I can't recall the title of right now.
Weisbecker's stuff although his last book was all over the place.
Never read Blood Meridian but The Road got to me.
Riding on the Edge: A Motorcycle Outlaw's Tale: I was part of that life years back. A good read for those that want to know what the 1% outlaw life was like before they became nothing more than criminal organizations.
Anything by Shelby Foote. His narratives on the Civil War are long but very colorful.
Kem Nun's stuff is good.
Atlas Shrugged and Anthem
Reading the Game of Thrones books right now. Pretty good stuff.