Mike Cornelison

Letters from the Lunar Outpost

The Purpose Driven Life, Day Four

Made to Last Forever

Just as the nine months you spent in your mother’s womb were not an end in themselves but preparation for life, so this life is preparation for the next.

Day Four – Thinking about My Purpose

Point to Ponder: There is more to life than just here and now.

Verse to Remember: “This world is fading away, along with everything it craves. But if you do the will of God, you will live forever.” 1 John 2:17 (NLT)

Question to Consider: Since I was made to last forever, what is the one thing I should stop doing and the one thing I should start doing today?

I should stop wishing I could run headlong into oblivion and I should start living a life full of gratitude and faith.

The Purpose Driven Life, Day Three

What Drives Your Life?

The five most common driving forces in people’s lives:

• Guilt – running from regrets and hiding shame
• Resentment and anger – holding on to hurts
• Fear – a self-imposed prison
• Materialism – the desire to acquire
• The need for approval – trying to please everyone leads to failure

Without God, life has no purpose . . . The greatest tragedy is not death, but life without purpose.

Day Three – Thinking about My Purpose

Point to Ponder: Living on purpose is the path to peace.

Verse to Remember: “You, LORD, give perfect peace to those who keep their purpose firm and put their trust in you.” – Isaiah 26:3 (TEV)

Question to Consider: What would my family and friends say is the driving force of my life? What do I want it to be?

Drinking and getting drunk is what family and friends would say is my driving force, and they would have been right for most of my years up to this point. For what it’s worth, I have never been in denial about this.

I would like my driving force to be serving God’s purpose, whatever it may be.

The Purpose Driven Life, Day Two

You Are Not an Accident.

On day two, I found a passage that I can take a lot of solace in:

God decided *how* you would be born. Regardless of the circumstances of your birth or who your parents are, God had a plan in creating you. It doesn’t matter whether your parents were good, bad, or indifferent. God knew that those two individuals possessed *exactly* the right genetic makeup to create the custom “you” he hand in mind. They had the DNA God wanted to make you.

While there are illegitimate parents, there are no illegitimate children. Many children are unplanned by their parents, but they are not unplanned by God. God’s purpose took into account human error, and even sin.

Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life

Day Two – Thinking About My Purpose

Point to Ponder: I am not an accident.

Verse to Remember: “I am your Creator. You were in my care even before you were born.” – Isaiah 44:2 (CEV)

Question to Consider: I know that God uniquely created me. What areas of my personality, background, and physical appearance am I struggling to accept?

Tracking down your birth parents, only to find your biological mother says you were the product of a date rape was a tough pill to swallow. I feel quite grateful that I was probably the smartest kid in any given class during my years in school, but it makes me wonder why that blessing was combined with the curse of having a compulsion to destroy the gift I was given through alcohol and drug abuse. It’s as if I was hellbent on destroying the intelligence I was given.

The Purpose Driven Life, Day One

It All Starts with God

Day One – Thinking About My Purpose

Point to Ponder: It’s not about me.

Verse to Remember: “Everything got started in him and finds its purpose in him.” – Colossians 1:16b (Msg)

Question to Consider: In spite of all the advertising around me, how can I remind myself that life is really about living for God, not myself.

>> At the age of 50, compared to most of my peers of the same age group and socio-economic background, I find myself almost destitute in material possessions.  I do have a roof over my head, so I am thankful for that, but I don’t own a home, I don’t own a car and I don’t have any investments or savings. Despite all this, every day when I wake up, I remind myself to be thankful because God has granted me a gift far greater than anything I could ever purchase – another day to live and breathe and love.

Yes indeed, there is advertising all around me and the truth is, I am completely fascinated by it. I admire and respect the people who work in the field of advertising because the art and science of making people want so much that they do not need is the greatest driving force behind our Capitalist system – a system that has made ours the most prosperous time in human history.

But at this moment in time, I can’t afford any of what they’re selling.  In a world so completely fixated on worldly possessions, I am the monk who has abandoned everything.  I am an empty vessel, ready to receive my purpose from God. <<

Crab Spinwich Recipe

What’s a “spinwich” you ask? A “spinwich” is my term for a sandwich using spinach & egg white slices as a substitute for bread. I coined the word because for purists, it’s not bread if it’s not based on some form of flour and while the slices could be likened to a frittata, a frittata is primarily egg-based with all the fillings mixed right in.

Directions:

Use cheesecloth to drain all the spinach from a 27 oz. can, getting every drop you can into a separate bowl. The drained juice makes for a healthy, tasty drink, ensuring you’re` getting all those good nutrients as they’re listed on the can.

(You can tell from the photo that this recipe features some pretty thick slices of spinach – just call me Popeye because I can never get enough! If you prefer a ratio with a little more filling, cut the spinach and egg white in half by using a 13.5 oz. can of spinach with 80 grams of egg white.)

In a 6.5″ x 8.5″ pyrex baking dish, thoroughly mix the drained spinach with the egg whites and then press down into a single layer. Bake at 425-degrees for 30 minutes. With a metal spatula, first pry the edges away from the dish and then work the spatula underneath, scraping out the entire layer of spinach.

Cut this layer of spinach into two halves and toast in a toaster oven. You may even choose to toast your slices twice, with the main goal being to get the slices dry enough to hold together like a sandwich.

Mix crab and monterey jack in a container and microwave for 30 seconds. The monterey jack binds the crab into a unified filling and is mild enough to let the crab flavor shine through. (You can substitute shredded mozzarella or mayonnaise for a keto-friendly recipe as well.)

Layer sliced tomato on top of the filling, season to taste with salt and pepper and enjoy!

Living Garbage Free

Recently, I was taking an Uber to the airport when a car pulled right in front of us, causing my driver to slam on the brakes, skidding and missing the other car by inches. The driver of the other car whipped his head around and started yelling at us.

My driver just smiled and waved at the guy and he was friendly and sincere in doing so. I asked him, “How can you smile and wave at that guy? He almost ruined your car and sent us to the hospital!”

This is when my driver taught me what I now call, “The Law of the Garbage Truck”. He explained that many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger and full of disappointment. As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it and sometimes they’ll dump it on you.

He said, “Don’t take it personally. Just smile, wave, wish them well and move on! Don’t take their garbage and spread it to other people at work, on the streets or at home. The bottom line is that stress-free people do not let garbage trucks take over their day.”

Life’s too short to wake up in the morning with regrets, so love on the people who treat you right and pray for the ones who don’t. Life is ten percent what you make of it and ninety percent how you take it!

Have a garbage-free day.

~ Author unknown

The 8-Carb Burger

Here is my delicious, super keto-friendly recipe that I call my “8-Carb Burger”. The name says it all, there are only eight net carbs in the entire sandwich. By comparison, a Big Mac has 42 net grams of carbohydrates, a Whopper has a whopping 47 grams and my favorite, the Farmer Boys’ Farmer Burger, has 55!

It all starts with a couple Pyrex dishes. I got a nice deal on a set of three for only $15 at Amazon.

Over 100 years since it was invented in 1915, there’s still nothing that compares to Pyrex – it works equally well both in both microwaves and conventional ovens, the fact that it’s see-through allows you to view layered ingredients at a side angle, it’s easy to see just how clean your dish really is and everything comes clean with a little steel wool without any worries of scratching it.

(Can you tell I love my Pyrex?)

I start with the small 5.5″ x 7.5″ dish to make the buns.

  • 28g almond flour
  • 42g egg whites (or one medium-sized egg)
  • 14g melted butter
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • salt to taste

Mix it well and microwave it for 90 seconds. Note how the baking powder made the bread rise. Split that dish full of bread into two to make for a top and bottom bun and toast.

With the slightly larger 6.5″ x 8.5″ dish, I add a half-pound of ground beef, season it and then smooth it out to a flat, even layer. Split that layer of meat to make two quarter-pound patties – you can use one patty for now and one for later or use the two patties to make it a double. By using the slightly larger dish to mold the patties in the same shape as the buns, your patties should cook down to fit your buns perfectly.

(Being a bit OCD, I love it when my patties and my buns match perfectly!)

There you have it, The 8-Carb Burger, suitable for the strictest of low-carb diets.

A couple notes on carbs:

Tomatoes have 1 gram net carb for every 37 grams, otherwise, I would normally have more tomato on my burger. As it is, the tomatoes are the only ingredient adding to the egg white almond bread in this burger’s total of 8.7 net carbs. (Those 23 grams of tomato equal 0.6 net grams of carbs.)

Be careful with the mayonnaise you choose. Miracle Whip and other mayo substitutes proudly advertise that they’re lower in fat and lower in calories, but the trade off is that when they remove the fat, they dump in a bunch of
high-fructose corn syrup or cheap, refined sugar as a replacement. If you’re serious about a low-carb diet, avoid those low-fat and fat-free products and go with that delicious, zero carb, fat-laden mayonnaise!

Books I Have Known

About six years ago I started this list as a memory exercise more than anything, just trying to see how many I could remember of all the books I’d ever read. Now the list is more of a memory exercise in trying to remember what each of these books was about!

Abagnale, Frank
1980 – Catch Me If You Can

Abbey, Edward
1968 – Desert Solitaire

Adams, Scott
2013 – How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big

Alighieri, Dante
1320 – The Inferno

Amis, Martin
1984 – Money: A Suicide Note

Ansari, Aziz and Klinenberg, Eric
2015 – Modern Romance: An Investigation

Asher, Jay
2007 – Thirteen Reasons Why

Asimov, Isaac
1955 – The End of Eternity

Azerrad, Michael
1993 – Come As You Are: The Story of Nirvana

Backman, Fredrik
2012 – A Man Called Ove

Bible, The
circa 1st century AD – The New Testament

Bilton, Nick
2017 – American Kingpin

Blume, Judy
1970 – Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret
1974 – Blubber
1975 – Forever…

Booth, Stanley
1984 – Dance With the Devil: The Rolling Stones and Their Times

Bourdain, Anthony
2000 – Kitchen Confidential

Bradbury, Ray
1950 – The Martian Chronicles
1953 – Fahrenheit 451

Brooks, Terry
The Shannara Series
• 1977 – The Sword of Shannara
• 1982 – The Elfstones of Shannara
• 1985 – The Wishsong of Shannara

Brown, Dan
2003 – The Da Vinci Code

Brynjolfsson, Erik and McAfee, Andrew
2014 – The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies

Bryson, Bill
1990 – The Mother Tongue
2003 – A Short History of Nearly Everything

Bugliosi, Vincent and Gentry, Curt
1974 – Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders

Bukowski, Charles
1971 – Post Office
1973 – South of No North
1975 – Factotum
1978 – Women
1982 – Ham on Rye
1983 – Hot Water Music
1989 – Hollywood

Bulgakov, Mikhail
1940 – The Master and Margarita

Burroughs, Edgar Rice
The Barsoom Series (John Carter, Warlord of Mars)
• 1912 – A Princess of Mars
• 1913 – The Gods of Mars
• 1914 – The Warlord of Mars
• 1916 – Thuvia, Maid of Mars
• 1922 – The Chessmen of Mars

Byrne, Rhonda
2006 – The Secret

Cabane, Olivia Fox
2012 – The Charisma Myth

Capote, Truman
1958 – Breakfast at Tiffany’s
1966 – In Cold Blood

Carnegie, Dale
1936 – How to Win Friends and Influence People

Cather, Willa
1927 – Death Comes for the Archbishop

Chandler, Raymond
1939 – The Big Sleep
1940 – Farewell, My Lovely
1942 – The High Window

Chekhov, Anton
1894-1899 – Five Great Stories
1903 – The Cherry Orchard

Chrichton, Michael
1980 – Congo

Christie, Agatha
1936 – The A.B.C. Murders

Cialdini, Robert B
1984 – Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion

Clarke, Arthur C.
1953 – Childhood’s End

Cline, Ernest
2011 – Ready Player One

Clines, Peter
2014 – The Junkie Quatrain

Collins, Suzanne
2008 – The Hunger Games

Condon, Robert
1959 – The Manchurian Candidate

Conn, Peter
2013 – Great American Bestsellers: The Books That Shaped America

Conrad, Joseph
1899 – Heart of Darkness

Copeland, Stewart
2009 – Strange Things Happen: A Life with The Police, Polo, and Pygmies

Crouch, Blake
2016 – Dark Matter

Cullen, Dave
2009 – Columbine

Davis, Miles and Troupe, Quincy
1989 – Miles: The Autobiography

Davis, Stephen
1985 – Hammer of the Gods: The Led Zeppelin Saga

Dershowitz, Alan M.
2006 – Fundamental Cases: The Twentieth-Century Courtroom Battles that Changed Our Nation

Diamond, Jared
1997 – Guns, Germs and Steel

Dib, Allan
2016 – The 1-Page Marketing Plan

Dick, Philip K.
1953-1980 – The Selected Stories of Philip K. Dick, Vol. 1 & 2 (Blackstone Ed.)
1953 – Dr. Futurity
1955 – Eye in the Sky
1958 – In Milton Lumky Territory
1958 – Time Out of Joint
1959 – Confessions of a Crap Artist
1961 – The Man in the High Castle
1968 – A Maze of Death
1973 – A Scanner Darkly
1976 – Radio Free Albemuth
The Valis Trilogy
• 1978 – Valis
• 1980 – The Divine Invasion

Dickens, Charles
1843 – A Christmas Carol

Donaldson, Stephen R.
The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, The Unbeliever
• 1977 – Lord Foul’s Bane
• 1978 – The Illearth War
• 1979 – The Power that Preserves

Dostoyevsky, Fyodor
1846 – The Double (translated by Constance Garnett)
1864 – Notes from Underground (translated by Pevear and Volokhonsky)
1866 – Crime and Punishment (translated by Pevear and Volokhonsky)
1866 – The Gambler (translated by Constance Garnett)
1869 – The Idiot (translated by Pevear and Volokhonsky)
1872 – Demons (translated by Pevear and Volokhonsky)
1880 – The Brothers Karamazov (translated by Pevear and Volokhonsky)

Durant, Will and Ariel
1968 – The Lessons of History

Ellis, Bret Easton
1991 – American Psycho
2010 – Imperial Bedrooms
2019 – White

Fernandez-Armesto, Felipe
2004 – Ideas that Shaped Mankind

Fleming, Ian
1953 – Casino Royale
1954 – Live and Let Die
1955 – Moonraker
1956 – Diamonds Are Forever
1957 – From Russia with Love
1958 – Dr. No
1959 – Goldfinger
1960 – For Your Eyes Only
1961 – Thunderball

Flynn, Gillian
2006 – Sharp Objects
2009 – Dark Places
2012 – Gone Girl
2015 – The Grownup

Forsyth, Mark
2013 – The Elements of Eloquence

Frankl, Viktor E.
1946 – Man’s Search for Meaning

Frey, James
2003 – A Million Little Pieces
2005 – My Friend Leonard

Gaddis, John Lewis
2005 – The Cold War

Gaiman, Neil
1996 – Neverwhere
1998 – Smoke and Mirrors
2001 – American Gods
2005 – Anansi Boys
2007 – M is for Magic
2013 – The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Garland, Robert
2015 – Living History: Experiencing Great Events of the Ancient and Medieval Worlds

Gibson, William
1984 – Neuromancer

Gilder, George
1981 – Wealth and Poverty

Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von
1831 – Faust

Gogol, Nikolai
1842 – Dead Souls
1830-1842 – The Collected Tales of Nikolai Gogol (translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky)

Golding, William
1954 – Lord of the Flies

Gottlieb, Anthony
2000 – The Dream of Reason

Greene, Robert
2001 – Art of Seduction: An Indispensible Primer on the Ultimate Form of Power

Guelzo, Allen C. and Gallagher, Gary W. and Allitt, Patrick N.
2003 – History of the United States, 2nd. Edition

Haddon, Mark
2003 – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Harari, Yuval Noah
2011 – Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Harvey, Hannah B.
2013 – The Art of Storytelling: From Parents to Professionals

Hawkins, Paula
2015 – The Girl on the Train
2017 – Into the Water

Hedges, Chris
2016 – Unspeakable

Heilemann, John and Halperin, Mark
2010 – Game Change

Heinlein, Robert A.
1942 – The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag
1956 – Double Star
1961 – Stranger in a Strange Land
1963 – Orphans of the Sky
1966 – The Moon is a Harsh Mistress

Hemingway, Ernest
1929 – A Farewell to Arms
1952 – The Old Man and the Sea
1970 – Islands in the Stream
1923-1957 – The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway

Henderson, David
1981 – ‘Scuse Me While I Kiss the Sky: The Life of Jimi Hendrix

Herriot, James
1972 – All Creatures Great and Small

Hesse, Hermann
1922 – Siddhartha

Hill, Joe
2007 – Heart-Shapped Box
2010 – Horns

Hitchens, Christopher
2011 – Arguably: Essays

Hopkins, Jerry and Sugerman, Danny
1980 – No One Here Gets Out Alive

Huxley, Aldous
1932 – Brave New World

James, E.L.
2011 – Fifty Shades of Grey

Jennings, Ken
2012 – Because I Said So

Saint John of the Cross
circa 1585 – Dark Night of the Soul

Johnson, Paul
1999 – Modern Times: The World from the Twenties to the Nineties

Kafka, Franz
1915 – The Metamorphosis and Other Stories (trans. by Stanley Appelbaum)

Kaku, Michio
2004 – Einstein’s Cosmos: How Albert Einstein’s Vision Transformed Our Understanding of Space and Time

Kerouac, Jack
1957 – On the Road
1962 – Big Sur

Keyes, Daniel
1966 – Flowers for Algernon

Kidder, David S and Oppenheim, Noah D
2007 – The Intellectual Devotional – American History

King, Stephen
1975 – ‘Salem’s Lot
1977 – The Shining
1979 – The Dead Zone
The Dark Tower Series
• 1982 – The Gunslinger
• 1987 – The Drawing of the Three
• 1991 – The Waste Lands
1984 – Thinner
1993 – Nightmares & Dreamscapes
1996 – Desperation
1996 – The Regulators
1999 – The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon
1999 – Hearts in Atlantis
2001 – Black House
2005 – The Colorado Kid
2006 – Cell
2008 – Just After Sunset
2009 – Ur
2011 – 11-22-63
2013 – Doctor Sleep
2014 – Mr. Mercedes
2018 – The Outsider

Knight, Molly
2015 – The Best Team Money Can Buy

Knight, Phil
2016 – Shoe Dog

Koestler, Arthur
1940 – Darkness at Noon

Koontz, Dean
1984 – The Servants of Twilight
1987 – Watchers
1990 – The Bad Place
1993 – Mr. Murder
1995 – Intensity
1998 – Seize the Night
2003 – Odd Thomas
2010 – What the Night Knows
2011 – 77 Shadow Street
2015 – Ashley Bell

Krakauer, John
1996 – Into the Wild
2003 – Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith
2011 – Three Cups of Deceit

Kubica, Mary
2014 – The Good Girl
2015 – Pretty Baby
2016 – Don’t You Cry

Kyle, Chris
2012 – American Sniper

L’Amour, Louis
1953 – Hondo

Lao Tzu
circa 500 BC – Tao Te Ching

Larson, Erik
2003 – The Devil in the White City

Larsson, Stieg
2005 – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Lehane, Dennis
Kenzie and Gennaro Series
• 1994 – A Drink Before the War
• 1996 – Darkness, Take My Hand
• 1997 – Sacred
• 1998 – Gone, Baby, Gone
• 1999 – Prayers for Rain
• 2010 – Moonlight Mile
2001 – Mystic River
2003 – Shutter Island
2006 – Coronado: Stories
Coughlin Series
• 2008 – The Given Day
• 2012 – Live by Night
• 2015 – World Gone By
2014 – The Drop
2017 – Since We Fell

L’Engle, Madeleine
1962 – A Wrinkle in Time

Lewis, C.S.
1942 – The Screwtape Letters
1950 – The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
1952 – Mere Christianity

Lewis, Dan
2013 – Now I Know: The Revealing Stories Behind the World’s Most Interesting Facts
2014 – Now I Know More: The Revealing Stories Behind Even More of the World’s Most Interesting Facts

London, Jack
1903 – The Call of the Wild
1906 – White Fang
1913 – John Barleycorn
Best of Jack London Short Stories

Lovecraft, H.P.
1917 – Dagon
1931 – At the Mountains of Madness
1931 – The Shadow Over Innsmouth

Lowndes, Leil
1999 – How to Talk to Anyone: 92 Little Tricks for Big Success in Relationships

Lowry, Malcolm
1947 – Under the Volcano

Machiavelli, Niccolò
1532 – The Prince

Manson, Mark
2016 – The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck

Marquez, Gabriel Garcia
1967 – One Hundred Years of Solitude

Martel, Yann
2001 – Life of Pi

Max, Tucker
2006 – I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell
2010 – Assholes Finish First
2012 – Hilarity Ensues
2012 – Sloppy Seconds: The Tucker Max Leftovers
2015 – Mate: Become the Man Women Want

McCarthy, Cormac
1985 – Blood Meridian or the Evening Redness in the West
1992 – All the Pretty Horses
2005 – No Country for Old Men

McCourt, Frank
1996 – Angela’s Ashes

McCullough, David
2005 – 1776

McWhorter, John
2008 – Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold History of English
2013 – Language A to Z

Melville, Herman
1851 – Moby Dick

Miller, Henry
1934 – Tropic of Cancer
1936 – Black Spring
1939 – Tropic of Capricorn

Mitchell, Stephen
2004 – Gilgamesh: A New English Version

Mitnick, Kevin
2011 – Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker

Morrison, Toni
1977 – Song of Solomon

Mosley, Walter
2004 – The Man in My Basement
2005 – Cinnamon Kiss
2006 – Fortunate Son
2012-2013 – Crosstown to Oblivion (Sextet)

Mullen, Thomas
2006 – The Last Town on Earth
2011 – The Revisionists
The Darktown Series
• 2016 – Darktown
• 2017 – Lightning Men

Musashi, Miyamoto
1645 – The Book of Five Rings

Nabokov, Vladimir
1934 – Despair
1955 – Lolita

Nevin, David
1997 – 1812

Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm
1532 – The Prince

O’Hara, John
1934 – Appointment in Samarra

O’Neill, Bill
2017 – The Fun Knowledge Encyclopedia

Orwell, George
1933 – Down and Out in Paris and London
1945 – Animal Farm
1949 – 1984

Palahniuk, Chuck
2009 – Pygmy

Pirsig, Robert M.
1974 – Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values

Plath, Sylvia
1963 – The Bell Jar

Quick, Matthew
2008 – The Silver Linings Playbook

Rand, Ayn
1938 – Anthem
1964 – The Virtue of Selfishness

Rice, Anne (as A.N. Roquelaure)
1983 – The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty
1984 – Beauty’s Punishment
1985 – Beauty’s Release

Rimbaud, Arthur
1873 – A Season in Hell and The Drunken Boat (translated by Louise Varese)

Robbins, Anthony
1988 – Personal Power
2000 – Get the Edge

Roberts, J.M.
1994 – The History of the World

Ronson, Jon
2004 – The Men Who Stare at Goats
2011 – The Psychopath Test
2012 – Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries
2017 – The Butterfly Effect

Rosenberg, Joel C.
2010 – The Twelfth Imam

Rowell, Rainbow
2011 – Attachments

Rule, Anne
1998 – Bitter Harvest

Safire, William
1980 – On Language

Sagan, Carl
1994 – Pale Blue Dot

Salinger, J.D.
1951 – The Catcher in the Rye
1961 – Franny and Zooey

Sebold, Alice
2002 – The Lovely Bones

Sendak, Maurice
1963 – Where the Wild Things Are

Setterfield, Dianne
2006 – The Thirteenth Tale
2013 – Bellman & Black

Scalzi, John
2016 – The Dispatcher

Sincero, Jen
2013 – You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

Sinclair, Upton
1906 – The Jungle

Slim, Iceberg
1967 – Pimp: The Story of My Life

Sloan, Robin
2012 – Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

Sowell, Thomas
2005 – Black Rednecks and White Liberals

Standiford, Les
2015 – Water to the Angels: William Mulholland, His Monumental Aqueduct, and the Rise of Los Angeles

Stearns, Peter N.
2007 – A Brief History of the World

Stedman, M.L.
2012 – The Light Between Oceans

Steinbeck, John
1937 – Of Mice and Men
1939 – The Grapes of Wrath
1952 – East of Eden

Stein, Garth
2008 – The Art of Racing in the Rain

Stern, Howard
1993 – Private Parts
1995 – Miss America

Stoker, Bram
1897 – Dracula

Stoler, Mark A.
2012 – The Skeptic’s Guide to American History

Straub, Peter
1979 – Ghost Story
1990 – Houses Without Doors
1999 – Mr. X
2007 – 5 Stories
2010 – A Dark Matter

Strauss, Neil
2005 – The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists
2015 – The Truth: An Uncomfortable Book About Relationships

Sullivan, Jay
2017 – Simply Said: Communicating Better at Work and Beyond

Sun Tzu
circa 512 BC – The Art of War

Susann, Jacqueline
1966 – Valley of the Dolls

Swarup, Vikas
2005 – Q & A

Tanner, Stephen
2002 – Afghanistan: A Military History from Alexander the Great to the Fall of the Taliban

Tartt, Donna
1992 – The Secret History
2002 – The Little Friend

Tolkien, J.R.R.
1937 – The Hobbit
The Lord of the Rings
• 1954 – The Fellowship of the Ring
• 1954 – The Two Towers
• 1955 – The Return of the King

Tolstoy, Leo
1863 – The Cossacks
1899 – Resurrection
1886-1909 – The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Other Stories

Toole, John Kennedy
1963 – A Confederacy of Dunces

Tur, Katy
2017 – Unbelievable

Various Authors / Anthologies
2002 – Classic Russian Short Stories (Audio Connoisseur)
2013 – The Mystery Box
2010 – Stories: All-New Tales

Voltaire
1759 – Candide

Vonnegut, Kurt
1959 – The Sirens of Titan
1963 – Cat’s Cradle
1968 – Welcome to the Monkey House
1969 – Slaughterhouse-Five, or The Children’s Crusade: A Duty Dance with Death
1973 – Breakfast of Champions, or Goodbye Blue Monday
1982 – Deadeye Dick

Warren, Robert Penn
1946 – All the King’s Men

Weir, Andy
2011 – The Martian
2017 – Artemis

White, E.B.
1952 – Charlotte’s Web

White, T.H.
1958 – The Once and Future King

Wilder, Thornton
1927 – The Bridge of San Luis Rey

Williams, Tad
2012 – The Dirty Streets of Heaven

Winchester, Simon
1999 – The Professor and the Madman
2004 – The Meaning of Everything
2015 – Pacific

Wodehouse, P. G.
1919 – My Man Jeeves

Wooten, Victor
2008 – The Music Lesson: A Spiritual Search for Growth Through Music

Zafon, Carlos Ruiz
2001 – The Shadow of the Wind

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