Hank’s Bookshelf

A Dog's LifeHank devours all kind of books and tends to have five or fifteen books at his bedside at any given point, ready for midnight snacking. Want to see what he’s currently chewing on? Click on his Goodreads widget on the sidebar or just click here: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/10148048-hankwsr

Following is a wee sampling of his favorite books and authors–the ones he comes back to gnaw on every so often. (Books, not authors.) Old Dogs are the Best Dogs

Hank’s Favorite Writers

 Emily Dickinson bashoMary Roach

Jane Austen, John McPhee, Sherman Alexie, Mark Twain, John Steinbeck, Mary Roach, Charles Dickens, Jon Krakauer, Emily Dickinson, Harper Lee, Robert Frost, Bashō

History & ScienceThe Map that Changed the World

The Endurance

  • The Map That Changed the World / A Crack in the Edge of the World, Simon Winchester
  • The Code Book, Simon Singh
  • The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition, Caroline Alexander
  • Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage, Alfred Lansing
  • Facing West, Richard Drinnon
  • The Ghost Map, Steven Johnson
  • Ghost Soldiers, Hampton Sides
  • Seabiscuit: An American Legend / Unbroken, Laura Hillenbrand
  • The Forever War, Dexter Filkins
  • Vanished, Wil S. Hylton
  • In Harm’s Way: The Sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis, Doug Stanton
  • Shadow Divers, Robert Kurson
  • Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea, Gary Kinder
  • Two Years Before the Mast, Richard Henry Dana Jr.

Fiction Atonement

  • Cannery Row / Sweet Thursday, John Steinbeck
  • People of the Book, Geraldine Brooks
  • Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
  • Atonement, Ian McEwan
  • The God of Animals, Aryn Kyle
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany, John Irving
  • My Ántonia, Willa Cather
  • True Grit, Charles Portis
  • The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman
  • The Green Mile / The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, Stephen King
  • Water Flowing Home / War Dances / The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, Sherman Alexie
  • The Portrait of a Lady, Henry James
  • To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
  • Great Expectations / Innocents Abroad / Huckleberry Finn, Charles DickensThe Knobby Boys to the Rescue
  • Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger
  • The Complete Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
  • Poems of Emily Dickinson
  • Poetry of Bashō, Robert Frost, Walt Whitman


Merle's Door

  • Merle’s Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog, Ted KerasoteIf only you knew how much I smelled you
  • The Social Lives of Dogs, Elizabeth Marshall Thomas
  • Animals in Translation, Temple Grandin
  • True Grizz, Douglas Chadwick
  • A Dog’s Life, Peter Mayle


Plant Seed, Pull Weed

  • A Pattern Language, Christopher Alexander et al. Little House on a Small Planet
  • Plant Seed, Pull Weed: Nurturing the Garden of Your Life, Geri Larkin
  • Gardening with Nature /Gardening with Water/ Bold, Romantic Gardens, Wolfgang Oehme & James van Sweden
  • Western Garden Book, Sunset Magazine
  • A Place of My Own, Michael Pollan
  • The Death and Life of Great American Cities, Jane Jacobs
  • Ask Ciscoe, Ciscoe Morris
  • Little House on a Small Planet, Shay Salomon/Nigel Valdez

Travel Travels with CharleyShopping for Buddha

Richard Halliburton's Complete Book of Marvels

  • Shopping for Buddhas, Jeff Greenwald
  • Adventure Divas, Holly Morris
  • Dave Barry’s Only Travel Guide You’ll Ever Need, Dave Barry
  • Richard Halliburton’s Complete Book of Marvels, Richard Halliburton
  • Breakfast with Buddha, Roland Merullo
  • Travels with Charley in Search of America, John Steinbeck
  • Magic and Mystery in Tibet, Alexandra David-NéelSea if Cortez
  • Eccentric Islands / Notes from a Small Island, Bill Holm
  • Sea of Cortez / Log from the Sea of Cortez ,  John Steinbeck

Non-Fiction The Crofter and the Laird

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

  • Them: Adventures with Extremists, Jon Ronson
  • Basin and Range / The Crofter and the Laird / The Headmaster, John McPhee
  • Desert Solitaire, Edward Abbey
  • Reading the OED, Ammon Shea
  • Stiff / Spook / Boink / Packing for Mars, Mary Roach
  • Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Annie Dillard
  • The Kid, Dan SavageTruck- a love storyDesert Solitaire
  • The File, Timothy Garton AshMy Life in France
  • My Life in France, Julia Child
  • The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell
  • Truck: A Love Story, Michael Perry
  • A Girl Named Zippy, Haven Kimmel
  • At Large and At Small: Familiar Essays, Anne FadimanPacking for Mars
  • In a Cardboard Belt!, Joseph Epstein
  • Mountains Beyond Mountains, Tracy Kidder
  • The Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls
  • Backlash, Susan Faludi
  • Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar…, Thomas Cathcart & Thomas Klein
  • The Wave / Devil’s Teeth, Susan Casey
  • Everybody’s Book of Epitaphs, W.H. Howe
  • Time Was Soft There, Jeremy Mercer
  • Where Men Win Glory, Jon Krakauer
  • The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion  Where Men Win Glory
  • The Perfect Storm, Sebastian Junger
  • The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, Sogyal Rinpoche
  • The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Michael Pollan
  • Letters From A Nut, etc.,  Ted L. Nancy


  • On Writing, Steven King 
  • The Ode Less Traveled, Stephen Fry
  • Eats, Shoots & Leaves, Lynne Truss
  • The Elements of Style, William Strunk, Jr., E.B. White, Maira Kalman (illustrator)
  • The Essential Guide to Writing a Novel, James Thayer
  • Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott
  • The Writer’s Journey, Christopher Vogler
  • Writing Down the Bones, Natalie Goldberg