1. "The Grapes of Wrath" by John Steinbeck. By the final page, I was trembling.
2. "Selected Stories" by Andre Dubus. When I read these gems, my late father is back on earth.
3. "The Stories of Breece D'J Pancake" by Breece D'J Pancake. A dark and poetic collection.
4. "A People's History of the United States" by Howard Zinn. This work of history reads like a Russian novel and allows its subjects not to be generals and presidents but real men and women.
5. "Selected Stories" by Alice Munro. Her characters are more alive than some living human beings!
A BOOK I FREQUENTLY RETURN TO: "The Sun Also Rises" by Ernest Hemingway. Honest, wounded, naked, yet ironic.
A BOOK YOU HOPE TO HAVE PARENTS READ THEIR CHILDREN: "Night Cars" by Teddy Jam and Eric Beddows. Written in the voice of a dream, one you have while drifting off in a safe, warm place.