Books I Want My Kids to Read Someday

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Dear kids,

Did you ever wonder what the best thing in the world is? Well, pay attention, because I know the answer: it’s reading.

Reading is the best thing.

You may have already discovered this for yourself, with all the great fiction you’re enjoying. But here’s a little secret, something I hope you learn sooner than later: nonfiction is more fun than you think it is.

When I was in school, nonfiction was textbooks. And the encyclopedia, and the dictionary. (Oh, and of course, the Bible.) What nobody told me is that there’s another kind of nonfiction out there. The kind that’s actually fun to read.

Modern nonfiction is some of the most enjoyable, well-written stuff you can find. (After all, if you want to make money writing about neuroscience, for example, you’d better make it relevant, understandable, and full of fascinating anecdotes, right?) It’s stimulating and informative, but that’s not all. It can even make you better. It can change your perspective, make you wiser, stronger, happier. Even give you more inner peace.

Nonfiction helps us come up with new goals, new ideas about what our lives can encompass–then takes our hands and helps us draw the circles.

Simply put: It gives us the answers.

So, a little gift to you, my beauties. Following is a curated list of what are, in my humble opinion, the best, most inspiring works of nonfiction in existence, plus links to classic fiction and more. To make the list, books must be:

  • Engaging;
  • Perspective-altering; and
  • Uniquely informative.

Though this list may seem overwhelmingly long, my promise to you is that I haven’t put anything on it that doesn’t truly deserve to be here. For the most part, the books listed aren’t stuffed with humdrum filler; they’re solid.

Also, they’re books I’ve actually read. Which is why this list is definitely a work in progress; I’m always reading awesome new stuff, and I’ll update this page regularly and tell you about it. (The permalink for this post is on my homepage.)

I’ve written full posts on some of the books below, too, making a passionate case for your reading the work someday. If the book title has a link, that’s where it heads.

It’s such a great time to be a reader, isn’t it? You’re such lucky kids. But I’ve told you that before.

Much love,

Mom

Books I Want My Kids to Read Someday: Classic Fiction

This list includes a near-comprehensive list of important classic fiction, with my favorites noted with asterisks. It is divided into four sections: My Favorite Classic Fiction; Adaptations of Classics for Younger Readers; Classics for Younger Readers; and Classics for Readers of High School Age and Beyond.

Best Classic Fiction Works

Books I Want My Kids to Read Someday: Spiritual Nonfiction

Each post below includes a near-comprehensive list of the recommended books in that category, with my personal favorites in their own section at the top. Many of the book titles in those top-tier lists link to stories I wrote for this blog about the books, plus book notes and other useful information.

Best Meditation Books
Best Spiritual Memoirs
Best Law of Attraction Books
Best Channeled Books
Best Scientific Spiritual Books
Best Near Death Experience Books
Best Reincarnation Books
Other Best Spiritual-But-Not-Religious Books
Best Free Spiritual Ebooks
Best of the Best: My Favorite Spiritual Books

Books I Want My Kids to Read Someday: Non-Spiritual Nonfiction

These lists, located within this post, include only books I have read and that are near and dear to my heart. My book friends.

Best History Books
Best Science Books
Best Politics and Economics Books
Best Psychology and Sociology Books
Best Diet and Health Books
Best Writing Books
Best Education Books
Best Marketing Books
Best Relationships Books
Best Parenting Books
Best Memoirs
Best How-To Books
Best Nonfiction Classics

Books I Want My Kids to Read Someday: History

Alexander of Macedon, 356-323 B.C.: A Historical Biography, Peter Green
Gulp!, Mary Roach
The Devil’s Triangle, Richard Winer
Treblinka, Jean-Francois Steiner
The War Magician, David Fisher
Is Paris Burning?, Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre
An American Life: The Autobiography, Ronald Reagan
Eight Men and a Duck, Nick Thorpe
A Few Minutes with Andy Rooney, Andy Rooney
Jackie Oh!, Kittie Kelly
Plain Speaking: An Oral Biography of Harry S. Truman, Merle Miller
My Life as an Illustrator, Norman Rockwell
My Life With Elvis, Becky Yancey and Cliff Lindecker
Up and Down with the Rolling Stones, Tony Sanchez
Gandhi: Portrayal of a Friend, E. Stanley Jones
Einstein: The Life and Times, Ronald W. Clark
The Lyndon Johnson Story, Booth Mooney
Jay J. Armes, Investigator, Jay J. Armes and Fredrick Nolan
Lies My Teacher Told Me, James W. Loewen
Twelve Great Philosophers, Wayne Pomerleau
Mythology, Edith Hamilton
Aku-Aku: The Secret of Easter Island, Thor Heyerdahl
1776, David McCullough
The Bridge at Chappaquiddick, Jack Olsen
The Man with the Candy, Jack Olsen
The Night of the Grizzlies, Jack Olsen
Enola Gay, Gordon Thomas and Max Morgan Witts
My Wicked, Wicked Ways, Errol Flynn
Murder Man, Thomas Downs
Iacocca, Lee Iacocca
Ghost Train to the Eastern Star, Paul Theroux
Don’t Know Much About History, Kenneth Davis
Blue Collar Intellectuals: When the Enlightened & the Everyman Elevated America, Daniel Flynn
Bomb, Steve Sheinkin
Cyberpunk: Outlaws and Hackers on the Computer Frontier, Katie Hafner
How the Web Was Won, Paul Andrews
The Fasting Girl: A True Victorian Medical Mystery, Michelle Stacy
The Hundred Year Diet: America’s Voracious Appetite for Losing Weight, Susan Yager
Inside the Third Reich, Albert Speer
Citizen Soldiers, Stephen E. Ambrose
Miracle at Philadelphia, Catherine Drinker Bower
David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants, Malcom Gladwell
What the Dog Saw and Other Adventures, Malcom Gladwell
50 Things You’re Not Supposed to Know, Russell Kick
The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child, Susan Wise Bauer
The Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia of World History
The Kingfisher Geography Encyclopedia
The Story of the Incredible Orchestra: An Introduction to Musical Instruments and the Symphony Orchestra, Bruce Koscielniak
The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia
The Rick Steves Europe series
The Lonely Planet series

Books I Want My Kids to Read Someday: Science

A Brief History of Time, Stephen Hawking
The Particle at the Edge of the Universe, Sean Carroll
The Pleasure of Finding Things Out, Richard Feynman
The Meaning of It All: Thoughts of A Citizen Scientist, Richard Feynman
Zoobiquity, Barbara Natterson-Horowitz
Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex, Mary Roach
Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife, Mary Roach
The Usborne Internet-Linked Science Encyclopedia
The Usborne Internet-Linked First Encyclopedia of Science
The Rise of the Robots

Books I Want My Kids to Read Someday: Politics and Economics

Freakonomics, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
Superfreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal, Ayn Rand
The Virtue of Selfishness, Ayn Ran
Ayn Rand Answers, Ayn Rand
For the New Intellectual, Ayn Rand
The Four-Hour Work Week, Timothy Ferriss
Discover Your Inner Economist, Tyler Cowen
Rich Dad, Poor Dad, Robert T. Kiyosaki
God and Man at Yale, William F. Buckley
You, Inc.: The Art of Selling Yourself, Harry Beckwith
Never Eat Alone, Expanded and Updated: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time, Keith Ferrazzi

Books I Want My Kids to Read Someday: Psychology and Sociology

The Disappearance of Childhood, Neil Postman
Amusing Ourselves to Death, Neil Postman
The Plug-In Drug, Marie Winn
Reviving Ophelia, Mary Pipher
The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg
The War Against Boys, Christina Hoff Summers
Telling Yourself the Truth, William Backus and Marie Chapian
The Science of Happiness, Stefan Klein, PhD
The War Against Boys, Christina Hoff Summers
The How of Happiness, Sonja Lyubomirsky
The Compass of Pleasure, David J. Linden
Conquer Your Critical Inner Voice, Robert Firestone
The Consuming Instinct: What Juicy Burgers, Ferraris, Pornography and Gift Giving Reveal About Human Nature, Gad Saad
Switch, Chip Heath and Dan Heath
The Upside of Irrationality: The Unexpected Benefits of Defying Logic at Work and at Home, Dan Ariely
Happiness: The Science Behind Your Smile, Daniel Nettle
Happiness: Lessons from a New Science, Richard Layard
Happiness: Unlocking the Mysteries of Psychological Wealth, Ed Diener & Robert Biswas-Diener
Exploring Happiness, Sissela Bok
The Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin
Happiness, Ed Diener
What Makes Your Brain Happy and Why You Should Do the Opposite, David DiSalvo
Flow, Mihaly Csikszentmivaly
Learned Optimism, Martin Seligman
The Inner Game of Work, W. Timothy Gallway
The Paradox of Choice, Barry Schwartz
Authentic Happiness, Martin Seligman
Blink, Malcom Gladwell
The Progress Paradox, Gregg Easterbrook
The Mindful Brain, Daniel Siegel
Flourish, Martin Seligman
Made to Stick, Chip and Dan Heath
How We Decide, Jonah Lehrer
Blissology, Cindy Baggott
The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg
The Hidden Brain: How Our Unconscious Minds Elect Presidents, Control Markets, Wage Wars, and Save Our Lives, Shankar Vedantarn
The Naked Brain, Richard Restak
Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation, Daniel J. Siegel
Heal your Mind, Rewire Your Brain: Applying the Exciting New Science of Brain Synchrony for Creativity, Peace, and Presence, Patt Lind-Kyle
The Happiness Equation: Want Nothing + Do Anything = Have Everything, Neil Pasricha
Engineering Happiness: A New Approach for Building a Joyful Life, Manel Baucells and Rakesh Sarin
Manage Your Depression Through through Exercise: A 5-Week Plan to a Happier, Healthier, You, Jane Baxter
The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work, Shawn Achor
Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead,
Rising Strong: The Reckoning. The Rumble. The Revolution. Borrow Expired Brené Brown
I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t): Making the Journey from “What Will People Think?” to “I Am Enough” Borrow Expired Brené Brown
The Feeling Good Handbook, Kenneth Burns
Stumbling on Happiness
Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work, Chip Heath and Dan Heath
Irrationally Yours: On Missing Socks, Pickup Lines, and Other Existential Puzzles, Dan Ariely
The Upside of Irrationality: The Unexpected Benefits of Defying Logic at Work and at Home, Dan Ariely
What the Dog Saw and Other Adventures, Malcom Gladwell
David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants, Malcom Gladwell

Books I Want My Kids to Read Someday: Diet and Health

The Diet Alternative, Diane Hampton
French Women Don’t Get Fat, Mireille Guiliano
What Time Tuesday?, James Tomasi
Fast Food Nation, Eric Schlosser
The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Michael Pollan
Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual, Michael Pollan
Good Calories, Bad Calories, Gary Taubes
Neanderthin, Ray Audette
The Paleo Solution, Robb Wolf
Overcoming Emotional Eating, Geneen Roth
Intuitive Eating, Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch
Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think, Brian Warsink
How to Make Almost Any Diet Work, Anne Katherine
Fasting and Easting for Health, Joel Fuhrman
How I Gave Up My Low-Fat Diet and Lost 40 Pounds, Dana Carpender
Overeater’s Anonymous
The Twelve Steps of Overeater’s Anonymous
Why We Get Fat and What to Do About It,
Gary Taubes
The Diet Cure: The 8-Step Program to Rebalance Your Body Chemistry and End Food Cravings, Weight Gain, and Mood Swings–Naturally, Julia Ross

Books I Want My Kids to Read Someday: Writing and Art

The Elements of Style, William Strunk, Jr. and E.B. White
Spunk & Bite, Arthur Plotnik
Hey, Whipple, Squeeze This, Luke Sullivan
A Whack On the Side of the Head, Roger von Oech
Plot and Structure, James Scott Bell
On Writing, Steven King
Save the Cat!, Blake Snyder
Save the Cat! Goes to the Movies, Blake Snyder
The War of Art, Steven Pressfield
The Writer’s Journey, Christopher Vogler
Writing the Breakout Novel, Donald Maas
The Fire in Fiction, Donald Maas
How Fiction Works, James Wood
The Well-Fed Writer, Peter Bowerman
Writing Irresistible Kidlit: The Ultimate Guide to Crafting Fiction for Young Adult and Middle Grade Readers, Mary Kole
Aspects of the Novel, E.M. Forster
Manuscript Makeover: Revision Techniques No Fiction Writer Can Afford to Ignore, Elizabeth Hyon
Your Life Is A Book: How to Craft & Publish Your Memoir, Brenda Peterson and Sarah Jane Freymann,
Hooked: Write Fiction That Grabs Readers at Page One and Never Lets Them Go, Leslie Edgerton
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, Elizabeth Gilbert

Books I Want My Kids to Read Someday: Education

Teach Your Own: The John Holt Book of Homeschooling, John Holt
How Children Fail, John Holt
How Children Learn, John Holt
Learning All the Time, John Holt
Instead of Education: Ways to Help People Do Things Better, John Holt
Punished by Rewards, Alfie Kohn
The Homework Myth, Alfie Kohn
No Contest: The Case Against Competition, Alfie Kohn
Einstein Never Used Flash Cards: How Our Children Really Learn—And Why They Need to Play More and Memorize Less, Roberta Michnick Golinkoff and Kathy Hirsh-Pasek
The Art of Learning: A Journey in the Pursuit of Excellence, Josh Waitzkin
The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home, Susan Wise Bauer
The Well-Educated Mind: A Guide to Classical Education You Never Had, Susan Wise Bauer
Books Children Love, Elizabeth L. Wilson
Study Is Hard Work, William H. Armstrong
In Their Own Way: Discovering and Encouraging Your Child’s Multiple Intelligences, Thomas Armstrong
Seven Kinds of Smart, Thomas Armstrong
Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences, Howard Gardner
Unschooling Rules, Clark Aldrich
Un-Jobbing: The Adult Liberation Handbook, Michael Fogler
The Unschooling Handbook, Mary Griffith
The Home School Source Book, Jean and Don Reed
The Mismeasure of Man, Stephen Jay Gould

Books I Want My Kids to Read Someday: Marketing

Life After the 30-Second Spot, Joseph Jaffe
The New Influencers: A Marketer’s Guide to the New Social Media, Paul Gillin
What Would Google Do?, Jeff Jarvis
Viral Loop, Adam L. Peneberg
The Whuffie Factor, Tara Hunt
The Long Tail, Chris Anderson
Trust Agents, Chris Brogan
Get Slightly Famous, Steven Von Yoder
Delivering Happiness, Tony Hsich
Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, Robert Cialdini
Grapevine: The New Art of Word-of-Mouth Marketing,
Dave Balter and John Butman
Permission Marketing, Seth Godin
Purple Cow, Seth Godin
Linchpin, Seth Godin
Whatcha Gonna Do With That Duck?, Seth Godin
Outliers: The Story of Success, Malcom Gladwell

Books I Want My Kids to Read Someday: Relationships

His Needs, Her Needs: Building an Affair-Proof Marriage, Willard F. Harley, Jr.
Nonviolent Communication, Marshall Rosenberg
Venus on Fire, Mars on Ice, John Gray
The Surprising Secrets of Highly Happy Marriages: The Little Things That Make a Big Difference, Shaunti Feldhahn
The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands, Dr. Laura Schlessinger
Love Is Never Enough: How Couples Can Overcome Misunderstanding, Beck M.D.
For Better: How the Surprising Science of Happy Couples Can Help Your Marriage Succeed, Tara Parker-Pope
Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage: Unlock the Secrets of Life, Love and Marriage, Mark Gungor
The Surprising Secrets of Highly Happy Marriages: The Little Things That Make a Big Difference, Shaunti Feldhahn

Books I Want My Kids to Read Someday: Parenting

Between Parents and Child, Haim G. Ginott
Liberated Parents, Liberated Children, Adele Faber
Siblings Without Rivalry, Adele Faber
How to Talk So Your Kids Will Listen, Norman H. Wright
Beyond the Sling, Mazim Balik
When Your Kids Push Your Buttons, Bennie Harn’s
Last Child in the Woods, Richard Louv
The Case for Make-Believe, Susan Linn
Unconditional Parenting, Alfie Kohn
Punished by Rewards, Alfie Kohn
Brain Rules for Baby, John Medina
Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child, John Mordechai
Attachment Parenting, Katie Allison Granju
The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby From Birth to Age Two, Dr. Barry Sears
The Discipline Book: Everything You Need to Know to Have A Better-behaved Child–from Birth to Age Ten, Dr. Barry Sears
Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier and More Secure Kids, John Kim Payne
Parenting with Dignity, Mac Bledsoe
Mothering Your Nursing Toddler, Norma J. Bumgarner
Parenting with Love and Logic: Teaching Children Responsibility, Foster Cline
The Case for Make-Believe, Susan Linn
Last Child in the Woods, Richard Louv
Siblings Without Rivalry, Adele Faber
How to Talk So Your Kids Will Listen, Norman H. Wright
The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, Diane Wiessinger
The Child Whisperer: The Ultimate Handbook for Raising Happy, Successful, Cooperative Children, Carol Tuttle
If I Have to Tell You One More Time
Nurture Shock: New Thinking About Children, Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman
Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids
Oh, Crap! Potty Training

Books I Want My Kids to Read Someday: Memoirs

A Stolen Life, Jaycee Dugard
Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs, Chuck Klostermann
Klostermann II, Chuck Klostermann
Fargo Rock City, Chuck Klosterman
Killing Yourself to Live, Chuck Klosterman
Easting the Dinosaur, Chuck Klosterman
11 Presidents, 4 Wars, 32 Political Conventions, 1 Moon Landing, 3 Assassinations, 2000 Weeks of News and Other Stuff on Television and 18 Years of Growing Up in North Carolina: A Memoir, David Brinkley
A Few Moments with Andy Rooney, Andy Rooney
An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination, Elizabeth McCracken
Iacocca, Lee Iacocca
Ghost Train to the Eastern Star, Paul Theroux
Massive, Julia Bell
The Taming of the Chew, Denise Lamothe
Angry Fat Girls, Frances Kuffel
It Was Food vs. Me-And I Won, Nancy Goodman
iWant, Jane Velez-Mitchell
Hungry, Allen Zadoff
The Good Eater, Ron Saxen
The Fat Girl’s Guide to Life, Wendy Shanker
Locked Up for Eating Too Much, Debbie Danowski
Purge: Rehab Diaries, Nicole Johns
Official Book Club Selection, Kathy Griffin
How Starbucks Saved My Life, Michael Gill
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert Pirsig
Mennonite in A Little Black Dress: A Memoir of Going Home, Rhoda Janzen
Wild, Cheryl Strayed
Bossypants, Tina Fey
A Year of No Sugar: A Memoir, Eve O. Schaub
Confessions of A Latter-Day Virgin: A Memoir, Nicole Hardy
A House in the Sky: A Memoir, Amanda Lindhout
The Two Kinds of Decay, Sarah Manguso
Go Ask Alice, Anonymous
Life and Adventures of A-No.1, Anonymous
Into the Wild, John Krakauer
The Ego Is Always at the Wheel, Delmore Schwartz
Double Vision: American Thoughts Abroad, John Knowles
Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl: A Memoir, Carrie Brownstein
Found: A Memoir, Jennifer Lauck
Straight Pepper Diet: A Memoir, Joseph W. Naus
Manic, Terri Cheney
It Was Me All Along: A Memoir, Andie Mitchell
Let’s Take the Long Way Home: A Memoir of Friendship
Fifty Years in Polygamy: Big Secrets and Little White Lies, Kristyn Decker
Why I Left the Amish: A Memoir, Saloma Miller Furlong
Cult Child, Vennie Kocsis
Favorite Wife: Escape From Polygamy, Susan Schmidt
Triumph: Life After the Cult—A Survivor’s Lessons
“It’s Not About the Sex” My Ass, Joanne Hanks and Steve Cuno
Banished: Surviving My Years In the Westboro Baptist Church
Growing Up Amish: A Memoir
Primates of Park Avenue: A Memoir, Wednesday Martin
Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me, Chelsea Handler
My Horizontal Life, Chelsea Handler
Coming Clean: A Memoir
Escape
A Queer and Pleasant Danger, Kate Bornstein
Eva’s Story: A Survivor’s Tale by the Stepsister of Anne Frank
Cult Insanity: A Memoir of Polygamy, Prophets, and Blood Atonement
A Lucky Child: A Memoir of Surviving Auschwitz as a Young Boy
What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding: A Memoir, Kristin Newman
A Backpack, a Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka: A Memoir, Lev Golinkin
Madness: A Bipolar Life, Marya Hornbacher
Kathy Griffin’s Celebrity Run-Ins, Kathy Griffin
MWF Seeking BFF: My Yearlong Search for a New Best Friend, Rachel Bertsche
Girl in a Band: A Memoir, Kim Gordon
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, Haruki Murakami
Sex Object: A Memoir, Jessica Valenti
They Left Us Everything: A Memoir, Plum Johnson
In Memory of Bread: A Memoir
Ordinary Light: A Memoir
Passage, Connie Willis
Full: How I Learned to Satisfy My Insatiable Hunger and Feed My Soul, Kimber Simpkins

Books I Want My Kids to Read Someday: How-To

Drawing with Children, Mona Brookes
The Joy of Cooking, Irma S. Rombauer and Marior Rombauer Becker

Books I Want My Kids to Read Someday: Nonfiction Classics

Here, my personal favorites are marked with asterisks, since I know you kids aren’t going to read all of these. (Are you?)

The Holy Bible*
The Koran
The Analects, Confucius (551–479 BC)
The complete works of Aeschylus (c. 525–455 BC)
A Child’s History of England, Charles Dickens (1812–1870)
The Way to Wealth,
Ben Franklin (1706-1790)
The writings of Buddha (c. 500–300 BC)
Selected writings of Herodotus (c. 484–425 BC)
The complete works of Plato (c. 428–347 BC)
Rhetoric,
Aristotle (384–322 BC)
Nichomachean Ethics,
Aristotle (384–322 BC)
De Republica
and other writings of Cicero (106–43 BC)
On the Nature of Things,
Lucretius (c. 99–55 BC)
The Early History of Rome,
Livy (c. 64 BC–AD 17)
The War with Hannibal, Livy (c. 64 BC–AD 17)
Wars of the Jews, Josephus (37–100)
Lives of Noble Greeks and Romans, Plutarch (c. 46–120)
The complete works of Plutarch (c. 46–120)
Annals, Tacitus (c. 56–117)
The Twelve Caesars, Suetonius (c. 69–after 122)
The Campaigns of Alexander, Arrian (c. 89–after 160)
Meditations, Marcus Aurelius (121–180)
On the Incarnation, Athanasius (c. 296–373)
The Confessions, Saint Augustine (354–430)
The Autobiography, Saint Augustine (354–430)
The City of God, St. Augustine (354–430)
On Christian Doctrine, St. Augustine (354–430)
Enchiridion, Epictetus (c. 55–135)
Tao Te Ching, Lao Tze (c. 6th century BC)
The Trojan Women, Euripedes (c. 480–406 BC)
Hippolytus, Euripedes (c. 480–406 BC)
The Consolation of Philosophy, Boethius (c. 480–524)
The Art of War, Sun Tzu (late sixth century BC)
Aquinas: Selected Writings, Robert Goodwin (1225–1274)
The Imitation of Christ, Thomas a Kempis (c. 1380–1471)
In Praise of Folly, Erasmus (1466–1536)
The Education of a Christian Prince, Erasmus (1466–1536)
Other works by Erasmus (1466–1536)
Commentary on Galatians, Martin Luther (1483–1546)
The Freedom of a Christian, Martin Luther (1483–1546)
Institutes of the Christian Religion, John Calvin (1509–1564)
Selected writings of John Knox (c. 1513–1572)
The Life of Saint Teresa of Avila, Teresa of Avila (1515–1582)
The Interior Castle, St. Teresa of Avila (1515–1582)
Dark Night of the Soul, St. John of the Cross (1542–1591)
The Defense of Poesy, Sir Philip Sidney (1554–1586)
Novum Organum, Frances Bacon (1561–1626)
The Leviathan, Thomas Hobbes (1588–1679)
Meditations on First Philosophy, Rene Descartes (1596–1650)
Discourse on Method, Rene Descartes (1596–1650)
Essay Concerning Human Understanding, John Locke (1632–1704)
The Second Treatise of Government, John Locke (1632–1704)
The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Samuel Pepys (1633–1703)
Wonders of the Invisible World, Cotton Mather (1663–1728)
An Essay on Criticism, Alexander Pope (1688–1744)
An Essay on Man, Alexander Pope (1688–1744)
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, Benjamin Franklin (1706–1790)*
The Social Contract, Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712–1778)
The Journal of John Woolman, John Woolman (1720–1772)
The Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith (1723–1790)
A Critique of Pure Reason, Immanuel Kant (1724–1804)
On American Taxation, Edmund Burke (1729–1797)
Rights of Man, Thomas Paine (1737–1809)
Common Sense, Thomas Paine (1737–1809)*
Life of Johnson, James Boswell (1740–1795)
Memoir, Correspondence and Misc., Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826)
The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, Olaudah Equiano (c. 1745–1797)
The Federalist, Alexander Hamilton (1755–1804)
Confessions of an English Opium-Eater, Thomas de Quincey (1785–1859)*
Narrative of Sojourner Truth, Sojourner Truth (1797–1883)
The Memoirs of Victor Hugo, Victor Hugo (1802–1885)*
Democracy in America, Alexis de Tocqueville (1805–1859)
On Liberty, John Stuart Mill (1806–1873)
Origin of the Species, Charles Darwin (1809–1882)
Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811–1896)*
For Self-Examination, Soren Kierkegaard (1813–1855)
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Harriet Jacobs (1813–1897)*
Walden, Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)*
Other works by Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, Frederick Douglass (1818–1895)
The Education of Henry Adams, Henry Adams (1838–1918)
Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Frederich Nietzsche (1844–1900)*
Beyond Good and Evil, Frederich Nietzsche (1844–1900)*
The Genealogy of Morals, Frederick Nietzsche Frederich Nietzsche (1844–1900)
An Autobiography, Annie Besant (1847–1933)
Civilization and Its Discontents, Sigmund Freud (1856–1939)
The Ego and the Id, Sigmund Freud (1856–1939)
The Interpretation of Dreams, Sigmund Freud (1856–1939)*
The Souls of Black Folks, W. E. B. DuBois (1868–1963)*
Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man, James Weldon Johnson (1871–1938)*
Heretics, G.K. Chesterton (1874–1936)
Tremendous Trifles, G.K. Chesterton (1874–1936)
The Jungle, Upton Sinclair (1878–1968)*
Mein Kampf, Adolf Hitler (1889–1945)
Think On These Things, J. Krishnamuiti (1895–1986)
Escape From Freedom, Erich Fromm (1900–1980)
Black Boy, Richard Wright (1908–1960)
Native Son, Richard Wright (1908–1960)
The Seven Story Mountain, Thomas Merton (1915–1968)*
Black Like Me, John Howard Griffin (1920–1980)*
Roots, Alex Haley (1921–1992)*
In Cold Blood, Truman Capote (1924–1984)*
God and Man at Yale, William F. Buckley (1925–2008)*
Autobiography of Malcom X, Malcom X (1925–1965)*
The Power of One, Bryce Courtenay (1933–2012)
Citizen Soldiers, Stephen E. Ambrose (1936–2002)
The Constitution of the United States*
Notes on Nursing, Florence Nightingale
The Gettysburg Address
The Magna Carta
The Ecclesiastical History, Adam Bede
Autobiography of Malcom X, Malcom X
The Story of My Life, Helen Keller
Walden, Henry David Thoreau
Escape from Freedom, Erich Fromm
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, Frederick Douglass
The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, Olaudah Equiano
Democracy in America, Alexis de Tocqueville
The Wisdom of the Desert, Thomas Merton
The Naked and the Dead, Norman Mailer

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