Great Books that are Worth Reading

The Interior Circuit by Francesco Goldman

Suspended Sentences by Patrick Modiano

Modiano’s Suspended Sentences captures each narrator’s confusion, solitariness, and memory in three subtle mysteries. Although little actually happens in each novella, this collection of three novellas is worth reading. I found myself drawn so close to these characters that a strange power haunted my own sense of being. I understand why Patrick Modiano won the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Interior Circuit by Francisco Goldman

Interior Circuit by Francisco Goldman is an extraordinary memoir. I particularly loved the way he weaved the loss of his wife throughout the book that made his loss even more poignant. Goldman’s insight into Mexico’s politics was riveting. I now understand how difficult it is for the country to get its act together when one of the parties, the Right, is so corrupt.

Cover by Peter Mendelsund

How Peter Mendelsund, with little design experience, was hired by Knopf is one of the most amazing success stories I’ve ever read. Mendelsung’s Cover is more than a book about design; it’s a meditation on the creative process and the love of books by a genius designer. A book worth owning.

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

I thought Angelina Jolie did a good job making Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand into a movie, but, as they say, the book is better. An extraordinary story that tests the limits of human suffering, endurance and courage. Unbroken grips you from the beginning to the end.

Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell

Homage to Catalonia is one of George Orwell’s most important work. Nothing, of course, can compare to the impact of Nineteen Eighty-Four, but without Orwell’s experiences in the Spanish Civil War, there is probably no Nineteen Eighty-Four. This is how Orwell became, in my view, the most important writer of the 20th century. Homage to Catalonia remains a necessary book worth reading.

A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf

A brilliant essay brimming with intellect as it explores women and writing and sexism in her generation. Every lover of literature and books would benefit from reading A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf.

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The Berlin Stories by Christopher Isherwood

Isherwood’s insightful and poignant Berlin Stories gives us a peak into German attitudes as Hitler and the Nazi party come to power. A great book worth reading about a crucial time in history.

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates blew me away. A profound and powerful polemic on the black experience, past and present. Definitely worth a read.

Chronicles: Volume One by Bob Dylan

By turns revealing, poetical, passionate and witty, Chronicles : Volume One is a mesmerizing window on Bob Dylan’s influences.” I’m reading this now, and it really gets behind the facade. A real joy and insightful into Dylan’s inner thoughts.

NonZero by Robert Wright

Nonzero and zero game theories are two crucial concepts that everyone, particularly those in government, should always consider. Loved NonZero by Robert Wright for making those two concepts clear in my mind.

The Life of Galileo by Bertolt Brecht

The creative German writer, Bertolt Brecht, who fought fascism and the lies of Hitler’s Germany’s exposes the Catholic Church’s lies in an entertaining, educational, and intelligent play about Galileo.

Fascism A Warning by Madeleine Albright

A Fascist, observes Madeleine Albright, “is someone who claims to speak for a whole nation or group, is utterly unconcerned with the rights of others, and is willing to use violence and whatever other means are necessary to achieve the goals he or she might have.”

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Joseph Raffetto

Joseph Raffetto earned a B.A. in Comparative Literature from San Diego State University. He can be found online @noovella on Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads. His books are available on all online booksellers.

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