Here is a round-up of some of my favorite eccentric picks.
Now, looking at this list, you might ask, "Well, just how eccentric is a book like American Gods? It's a gigantically popular, best-selling book." By "eccentric," I mean that these books aren't for everyone. They suit my idiosyncratic tastes. Not everyone likes books that are fantasy-set-in-the-real-world. But I love it!
People often ask me to describe the books I recommend. I don't like to do that, because weirdly I often find that when someone describes a book to me, I want to read it less. The best books often sound terrible. So I like to say, "Take it from me, this is a great book."
1. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
2. Revenge of the Lawn by Richard Brautigan
3. Orlando: A Biography by Virginia Woolf
4. A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction by Christopher Alexander
5. Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art by Scott McCloud
6. J. M. Barrie and the Lost Boys: the Real Story Behind Peter Pan by Andrew Birkin
7. Crowds and Power by Elias Canetti
8. Truth and Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett
9. The Golden Bough: a Study in Magic and Religion by James Frazer
10. Memoirs of Hadrian by Marguerite Yourcenar
11. The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis
12. Flaubert’s Parrot by Julian Barnes
13. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein
14. Forty-one False Starts: Essays on Artists and Writers by Janet Malcolm
15. The Official Preppy Handbook edited by Lisa Birnbach
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