“Pilgrim at Tinker Creek” by Annie Dillard

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek is one of those rare books that one can keep close to and profitably peruse for a lifetime.

Two FBI Profilers

Not as well-known but more authoritative are three books by two real-life FBI profilers, John Douglas and Robert Ressler.

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark

The character of Miss Brodie is a blend of bohemianism and fascism, and that latter label is not being applied in the fast and loose manner of our times. 

Friendship with God via Boethius and Augustine

In terms of literary quality, both books have generally been regarded as masterpieces, but for me it’s their underlying message that counts most. 

“In Search of Dracula” by Raymond T. McNally & Radu Florescu

The reading portion of this investigation was my favorite part, and the book that stands out is In Search of Dracula. McNally’s and Florescu’s book is a treasure trove of information.

While Time Remains by Yeonmi Park

But Yeonmi Park, the young author of While Time Remains, confronts us with the fact that the menace of totalitarianism, especially the leftist variety, is all around us, right here in America!

Proof of Heaven by Eben Alexander, M.D.

So while I recommend Proof of Heaven to readers who are intrigued by this topic, it would be wise to consider a wide range of near-death experiences rather than focus on this one alone.

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

Published in 1962, A Clockwork Orange might soon have been forgotten had it not been made into a celebrated and notorious Stanley Kubrick movie.

“Bend Sinister” by Vladimir Nabokov

Readers should not expect realism from this book. The Soviet and Nazi regimes served only as raw material for a work that is in large part fantastical.

“The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” by Jean-Dominique Bauby

Though it might all sound depressing, I found The Diving Bell to be inspiring. Many topics are explored, though two themes have struck me with special force.

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