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My Republican opponent apparently thinks politicians should decide what our children read in school.  I believe our school librarians should decide what books are on our school shelves, not politicians.

I love to read, and I love libraries.  I remember going to the public library as a young boy – it was a special occasion.  About 30 years ago, I began keep track of my favorite books. 


The list, My Top 86 Books, is below.  Perhaps one of my favorites will interest you. 


Please recommend some of your favorite books!  Either text me at 615-390-8633 or email me at  


 My Top 86 Books     

(updated Feb 11, 2024)

Allende, Isabel; Zorro
Anonymous; A Woman in Berlin

Benioff, David; City of Thieves
Bishop, Michael; A Murder in Music City
Capote, Truman;
In Cold Blood

Clavell, James; Shogun
Conrad, Joseph; Lord Jim, Nostromo
Conroy, Pat; The Lords of Discipline, The Prince of Tides, The Great Santini
Davis, Viola; Finding Me
DeMille, Nelson; The Gold Coast

de Rosnay, Tatiana; Sarah’s Key
Dickens, Charles; A Tale of Two Cities
Dostoyevsky, Fyodor; Crime and Punishment
Dumas, Alexandre; The Count of Monte Cristo
Frazier, Charles; Cold Mountain

Gent, Peter; North Dallas Forty
Guterson, David; Snow Falling on Cedars
Follett, Ken; Eye of the Needle, Jackdaws, Key to Rebecca, Pillars of the Earth,
          Fall of Giants, Winter of the World, World Without End     
Flood, Charles; 1864 Lincoln at the Gates of History                         
Hannah, Kristin; The Nightingale, The Great Alone

Harbach, Chad; The Art of Fielding
Heller, Joseph; Catch-22
Hosseini, Khaled; The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns
Hugo, Victor; Les Miserables
Irving, John; A Prayer for Owen Meany

Jakes, John; North and South, Love and War, Heaven and Hell
Jones, James; The Thin Red Line, From Here to Eternity
Kafka, Franz; The Trial
Kingsolver, Barbara; The Poison Wood Bible, Demon Copperhead
Korelitz, Jean; The Plot

Krueger, William; Ordinary Grace
London, Jack; The Call of the Wild, White Fang                         
Marlantes, Karl; Deep River, Matterhorn
McBride, James; The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store
McCourt, James; Angela’s Ashes, ‘Tis, Teacher Man

McMurtry, Larry; Lonesome Dove
McPherson, James; Battle Cry of Freedom
Melville, Herman; Moby Dick
Mitchell, Margaret; Gone With the Wind
Monsarrat, Nicholas; The Cruel Sea

McCullough, David; Truman
O’Brien, Darcy; Two of a Kind – the Hillside Stranglers
Potok, Chaim; The Promise, The Chosen
Sears, Stephen; Gettysburg
Shara, Michael; Killer Angels

Sinclair, Upton; The Jungle
Steinbeck, John; Cannery Row, The Grapes of Wrath
Styron, William; The Confessions of Nat Turner
Tolstoy, Leo; Anna Karenina, War and Peace
Turow, Scott; Presumed Innocent; Identical

Vonnegut, Kurt; Slaughterhouse Five
Wambaugh; Joseph; Hollywood Hills, Hollywood Moon, Hollywood Crows,
        Hollywood Station
Wellum, Geoffrey; First Light
Wolfe, Tom; The Right Stuff, I Am Charlotte Simmons, A Man in Full
Wouk, Herman; The Caine Mutiny, The Winds of War, War and Remembrance

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