Books by: Philosophy


The Alchemist

The Alchemist

by Paulo CoelhoAlan R. Clarke
1,248,712 voters
Paulo Coelho's enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its powerful simplicity and inspiring wisdom, is about an Andalusian shep...
The Little Prince

The Little Prince

by Richard HowardAntoine de Saint-ExupéryMelina Karakosta
712,665 voters
Moral allegory and spiritual autobiography, The Little Prince is the most translated book in the French language. With a timeless charm it tells the story of a little boy who leave...
Hamlet

Hamlet

by William ShakespeareRex GibsonRichard Andrews
503,506 voters
One of the greatest plays of all time, the compelling tragedy of the tormented young prince of Denmark continues to capture the imaginations of modern audiences worldwide. Confront...
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

by Malcolm Gladwell
472,594 voters
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The tipping point is that magic m...
The Stranger

The Stranger

by Albert CamusMatthew Ward
406,839 voters
This is an alternate cover edition for ISBN 0679720200.

Through the story of ...
Crime and Punishment

Crime and Punishment

by David McDuffFyodor Dostoyevsky
368,890 voters
Through the story of the brilliant but conflicted young Raskolnikov and the murder he commits, Fyodor Dostoevsky explores the theme of redemption through suffering. Crime and Pu...
Siddhartha

Siddhartha

by Hilda RosnerHermann Hesse
361,858 voters
In the novel, Siddhartha, a young man, leaves his family for a contemplative life, then, restless, discards it for one of the flesh. He conceives a son, but bored and sickened by l...
The Metamorphosis

The Metamorphosis

by Franz KafkaStanley Corngold
351,807 voters
"As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect. He was laying on his hard, as it were armor-plated, back and w...
Atlas Shrugged

Atlas Shrugged

by Ayn RandLeonard Peikoff
277,548 voters
This is the story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world and did. Was he a destroyer or the greatest of liberators?

Why did he have to fight hi...
The Fountainhead

The Fountainhead

by Ayn RandLeonard Peikoff
240,407 voters
When The Fountainhead was first published, Ayn Rand''s daringly original literary vision and her groundbreaking philosophy, Objectivism, won immediate worldwide interest and acclai...
The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The Unbearable Lightness of Being

by Milan KunderaMichael Henry Heim
199,772 voters
In The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera tells the story of a young woman in love with a man torn between his love for her and his incorrigible womanizing and one...
Man's Search for Meaning

Man's Search for Meaning

by Viktor E. Frankl
161,302 voters
Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl's memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Between 1942 and 19...
The Art of War

The Art of War

by Sun TzuThomas Cleary
159,554 voters
Conflict is an inevitable part of life, according to this ancient Chinese classic of strategy, but everything necessary to deal with conflict wisely, honorably, victoriously, is al...
The God Delusion

The God Delusion

by Richard Dawkins
158,210 voters
A preeminent scientist -- and the world's most prominent atheist -- asserts the irrationality of belief in God and the grievous harm religion has inflicted on society, from the Cru...
A Brief History of Time

A Brief History of Time

by Stephen Hawking
157,330 voters
In the ten years since its publication in 1988, Stephen Hawking's classic work has become a landmark volume in scientific writing, with more than nine million copies in forty langu...
Ways of Seeing

Ways of Seeing

by John Berger
155,134 voters
John Berger’s Classic Text on Art
John Berger's Ways of Seeing is one of the most stimulating and the most influential books on art in any language. First publish...
Candide

Candide

by Voltaire
148,103 voters
Brought up in the household of a powerful Baron, Candide is an open-minded young man, whose tutor, Pangloss, has instilled in him the belief that 'all is for the best'. But when hi...
The Prince

The Prince

by Niccolò MachiavelliAdolph CasoRufus GoodwinBenjamin Martinez
147,777 voters
THE PRINCE was written by Niccolo' Machiavelli in the 1500s. It has continued to be a best seller in many languages. Presently, it is translated into modern English, with illustrat...
The Prophet

The Prophet

by Kahlil Gibran
139,185 voters
Kahlil Gibran’s masterpiece, The Prophet, is one of the most beloved classics of our time. Published in 1923, it has been translated into more than twenty languages, and the...
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values

by Robert M. Pirsig
135,567 voters
One of the most important & influential books written in the past half-century, Robert M. Pirsig's Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is a powerfully moving & penetrati...
Jonathan Livingston Seagull

Jonathan Livingston Seagull

by Richard BachRussell Munson
130,909 voters
This is a story for people who follow their hearts and make their own rules...people who get special pleasure out of doing something well, even if only for themselves...people who ...
The Trial

The Trial

by Franz KafkaMax BrodWilla MuirEdwin Muir
127,062 voters
Written in 1914 but not published until 1925, a year after Kafka’s death, The Trial is the terrifying tale of Josef K., a respectable bank officer who is suddenly and inexpl...
The Screwtape Letters

The Screwtape Letters

by C.S. Lewis
116,034 voters
The story takes the form of a series of letters from a senior demon, Screwtape, to his nephew, a junior "tempter" named Wormwood, so as to advise him on methods of securing the dam...
Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus

Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus

by John Gray
111,511 voters

Once upon a time Martians and Venusians met, fell in love, and had happy relationships together because they respected and accepted their differences. Then they came to Earth an...

The Republic

The Republic

by PlatoDesmond Lee
107,674 voters
Presented in the form of a dialogue between Socrates and three different interlocutors, this classic text is an enquiry into the notion of a perfect community and the ideal individ...
Walden

Walden

by Henry David Thoreau
105,359 voters
Walden, or, Life in the Woods, is an American book written by noted transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau. The work is part personal declaration of independence, soci...
A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose

A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose

by Eckhart Tolle
102,956 voters
The highly anticipated follow-up to the 2,000,000 copy bestselling inspirational book, "The Power of Now"
With his bestselling spiritual guide "The Power of Now," Eckhart Tol...
The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

by Eckhart Tolle
99,594 voters
Eckhart Tolle's message is simple: living in the now is the truest path to happiness and enlightenment. And while this message may not seem stunningly original or fresh, Tolle's cl...
Paradise Lost

Paradise Lost

by John Miltonحنا عبودJohn Leonard
94,844 voters
‘Better to reign in Hell, than serve in Heav’n …’

In Paradise Lost, Milton produced a poem of epic scale, conjuring up a vast, awe-inspiring cosmos and rangi...
The Selfish Gene

The Selfish Gene

by Richard Dawkins
94,824 voters
Richard Dawkins' brilliant reformulation of the theory of natural selection has the rare distinction of having provoked as much excitement and interest outside the scientific commu...
The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom

by Miguel Ruiz
93,840 voters
In The Four Agreements, don Miguel Ruiz reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, the Fou...
Anthem

Anthem

by Ayn Rand
93,639 voters
Anthem has long been hailed as one of Ayn Rand's classic novels, and a clear predecessor to her later masterpieces, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged....
Aesop's Fables

Aesop's Fables

by AesopLaura Gibbs
87,456 voters
The fables of Aesop have become one of the most enduring traditions of European culture, ever since they were first written down nearly two millennia ago. Aesop was reputedly a ton...
Steppenwolf

Steppenwolf

by Hermann HesseBasil Creighton
78,561 voters
Steppenwolf is a poetical self-portrait of a man who felt himself to be half-human and half-wolf. This Faust-like and magical story is evidence of Hesse's searching philosop...
Cosmos

Cosmos

by Carl Sagan
73,323 voters
Cosmos has 13 heavily illustrated chapters, corresponding to the 13 episodes of the Cosmos television series. In the book, Sagan explores 15 billion years of cosmic evolution and t...
The Divine Comedy

The Divine Comedy

by Eugenio MontaleAllen MandelbaumDante Alighieri
72,834 voters
The Divine Comedy, translated by Allen Mandelbaum, begins in a shadowed forest on Good Friday in the year 1300. It proceeds on a journey that, in its intense recreation of t...
The Tao of Pooh

The Tao of Pooh

by Benjamin HoffErnest H. Shepard
68,369 voters
The Wisdom of Pooh.

Is there such thing as a Western Taoist? Benjamin Hoff says there is, and this Taoist's favorite food is honey. Through brilliant and witty dialogue wi...
Notes from Underground, White Nights, The Dream of a Ridiculous Man, and Selections from The House of the Dead

Notes from Underground, White Nights, The Dream of a Ridiculous Man, and Selections from The House of the Dead

by Ben MarcusAndrew R. MacAndrewFyodor Dostoyevsky
64,928 voters
A collection of powerful stories by one of the masters of Russian literature, illustrating the author's thoughts on political philosophy, religion and above all, humanity: Notes...
The Case for Christ

The Case for Christ

by Lee Strobel
64,841 voters
Using the dramatic scenario of an investigative journalist pursuing his story and leads, Lee Strobel uses his experience as a reporter for the Chicago Tribune to interview experts ...
Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit

Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit

by Daniel Quinn
62,282 voters
TEACHER SEEKS PUPIL.
Must have an earnest desire to
save the world. Apply in person.

It was just a three-line ad in the personals section, but it launched the a...
The Origin of Species

The Origin of Species

by Charles Darwin
61,666 voters
Darwin's theory of natural selection issued a profound challenge to orthodox thought and belief: no being or species has been specifically created; all are locked into a pitiless s...
By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept

By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept

by Paulo CoelhoAlan R. Clarke
60,882 voters
From Paulo Coelho, author of the international bestseller The Alchemist, comes a poignant, richly poetic story that reflects the depth of love and life.

Rarely do...
The Road Less Traveled: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values, and Spiritual Growth

The Road Less Traveled: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values, and Spiritual Growth

by M. Scott Peck
59,655 voters
A new psychology of love, traditional values and spiritual growth.
The Art of Happiness

The Art of Happiness

by Howard C. CutlerDalai Lama XIV
59,121 voters
Nearly every time you see him, he's laughing, or at least smiling. And he makes everyone else around him feel like smiling. He's the Dalai Lama, the spiritual and temporal leader o...
The Communist Manifesto

The Communist Manifesto

by Gareth Stedman JonesKarl MarxFriedrich Engels
54,549 voters
A rousing call to arms whose influence is still felt today, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels' The Communist Manifesto is edited with an introduction by Gareth Stedman-Jones in...
The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable

The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable

by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
52,224 voters
A black swan is a highly improbable event with three principal characteristics: It is unpredictable; it carries a massive impact; and, after the fact, we concoct an explanation tha...
Concerning the Spiritual in Art

Concerning the Spiritual in Art

by Wassily Kandinsky
50,730 voters
A pioneering work in the movement to free art from its traditional bonds to material reality, this book is one of the most important documents in the history of modern art. Written...
The Witch Of Portobello

The Witch Of Portobello

by Paulo Coelho
50,500 voters
How do we find the courage to always be true to ourselves—even if we are unsure of whom we are?

That is the central question of international bestselling author Paulo Coel...
The Zahir

The Zahir

by Paulo CoelhoMargaret Jull Costa
49,895 voters
The narrator of  The Zahir  is a bestselling novelist who lives in Paris and enjoys all the privileges money and celebrity bring. His wife of ten years, Esther, is a war c...
Nausea

Nausea

by Jean-Paul SartreHayden CarruthLloyd Alexander
49,545 voters
Nausea is the story of Antoine Roquentin, a French writer who is horrified at his own existence. In impressionistic, diary form he ruthlessly catalogues his every feeling an...
How to Stop Worrying and Start Living

How to Stop Worrying and Start Living

by Dale Carnegie
45,067 voters
Learn how to break the worry habit -- Now and forever!With Dale Carnegie's timeless advice in hand, more than six million people have learned how to eliminate debilitating fear and...
Brida

Brida

by Paulo Coelho
44,858 voters
O livro conta a história de Brida O' Fern, uma irlandesa de 21 anos em busca da magia e dos poderes ocultos. Durante sua busca, Brida conhece um mago, Mago de Folk, que promete ens...
The Death of Ivan Ilych

The Death of Ivan Ilych

by Aylmer MaudeLeo Tolstoy
44,634 voters
Hailed as one of the world's supreme masterpieces on the subject of death and dying, The Death of Ivan Ilyich is the story of a worldly careerist, a high court judge who has never ...
Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah

Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah

by Richard Bach
43,848 voters
In the cloud-washed airspace between the cornfields of Illinois and blue infinity, a man puts his faith in the propeller of his biplane. For disillusioned writer and itinerant barn...
You Can Heal Your Life

You Can Heal Your Life

by Louise L. Hay
43,146 voters
If you haven't seen Hay House's Lifestyles series of gorgeous gift books, there is no better way to acquaint yourself than with publisher/author Louise Hay's You Can Heal Your L...
The Fall

The Fall

by Justin O'BrienAlbert Camus
42,105 voters
Elegantly styled, Camus' profoundly disturbing novel of a Parisian lawyer's confessions is a searing study of modern amorality.
Metamorphoses

Metamorphoses

by OvidDenis FeeneyDavid Raeburn
41,759 voters
Metamorphoses (from Greek μετά meta and μορφή morphē, meaning "changes of shape"), is a Latin narrative poem in fifteen books describing the history of the world from its creation ...
The Devil and Miss Prym

The Devil and Miss Prym

by Paulo CoelhoAmanda HopkinsonNick Caistor
41,519 voters
A stranger arrives at the remote village of Viscos, carrying with him a backpack containing a notebook and eleven gold bars. He comes searching for the answer to a question that to...
The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success: A Practical Guide to the Fulfillment of Your Dreams

The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success: A Practical Guide to the Fulfillment of Your Dreams

by Deepak Chopra
40,622 voters
This is a book you will cherish for a lifetime, for within is pages are the secrets of making all your dreams come true. Based on natural laws that govern all of creation, this boo...
The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

by Ann DruyanCarl Sagan
39,962 voters
How can we make intelligent decisions about our increasingly technology-driven lives if we don't understand the difference between the myths of pseudoscience and the testable hypot...
The Interpretation of Dreams

The Interpretation of Dreams

by Sigmund Freud
39,748 voters
Freud's discovery that the dream is the means by which the unconscious can be explored is undoubtedly the most revolutionary step forward in the entire history of psychology. Dream...
Holy Bible: New International Version

Holy Bible: New International Version

by Anonymous
38,613 voters
The New International Version (NIV) is a completely original translation of the Bible developed by more than one hundred scholars working from the best available Hebrew, Aramaic, a...
The Magic of Thinking Big

The Magic of Thinking Big

by David J. Schwartz
38,486 voters
The Magic of Thinking Big gives you useful methods, not empty promises. Dr. Schwartz presents a carefully designed program for getting the most out of your job, your marriag...
Beyond Good and Evil

Beyond Good and Evil

by Friedrich NietzscheMichael TannerR.J. Hollingdale
36,554 voters
Friedrich Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil is translated from the German by R.J. Hollingdale with an introduction by Michael Tanner in Penguin Classics.

Beyond G...
Demian. Die Geschichte von Emil Sinclairs Jugend

Demian. Die Geschichte von Emil Sinclairs Jugend

by Hermann Hesse
36,454 voters
Emil Sinclair ist ein Junge, der in einem als "Scheinwelt" beschrieben bürgerlichen Elternhaus aufgewachsen ist. Dies ist die dramatische Geschichte seines Abstiegs - gesteuert dur...
Stumbling on Happiness

Stumbling on Happiness

by Daniel Todd Gilbert
35,761 voters
• Why are lovers quicker to forgive their partners for infidelity than for leaving dirty dishes in the sink? • Why will sighted people pay more to avoid going blind than blind peop...
Till We Have Faces

Till We Have Faces

by C.S. Lewis
35,623 voters
In this timeless tale of two mortal princesses- one beautiful and one unattractive- C.S. Lewis reworks the classical myth of Cupid and Psyche into an enduring piece of contemporary...
Utopia

Utopia

by Paul TurnerThomas More
35,553 voters
Utopia (Libellus vere aureus, nec minus salutaris quam festivus, de optimo rei publicae statu deque nova insula Utopia) is a work of fiction and political philosophy by Thomas More...
The 48 Laws of Power

The 48 Laws of Power

by Robert GreeneJoost Elffers
35,393 voters
This amoral, cunning, ruthless, and instructive book synthesizes the philosophies of Machiavelli, Sun Tzu, and Carl Von Clausewitz with the historical legacies of statesmen, warrio...
Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives

Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives

by Dan Millman
33,403 voters
Way of the Peaceful Warrior is based on the story of Dan Millman, a world champion athlete, who journeys into realms of romance and magic, light and darkness, body, mind, an...
Awaken the Giant Within: How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Destiny!

Awaken the Giant Within: How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Destiny!

by Anthony RobbinsFrederick L. CovanTony Robbins
32,964 voters
Anthony Robbins, the nation's leader in the science of peak performance, shows you his most effective strategies and techniques for mastering your emotions, your body, your relatio...
The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory

The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory

by Brian Greene
32,554 voters
In a rare blend of scientific insight and writing as elegant as the theories it explains, Brian Greene, one of the world's leading string theorists, peels away the layers of myster...
The Bhagavad Gita

The Bhagavad Gita

by Juan MascaróSimon BrodbeckKrishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa
32,506 voters
The Bhagavad Gita is an intensely spiritual work that forms the cornerstone of the Hindu faith, and is also one of the masterpieces of Sanskrit poetry. It describes how, at ...
History of Beauty

History of Beauty

by Umberto EcoAlastair McEwenGirolamo De Michele
32,227 voters
Now in paperback, Umberto Eco’s groundbreaking and much-acclaimed first illustrated book has been a critical success since its first publication in 2004. What is beauty? Umberto Ec...
A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

by Karen Armstrong
31,604 voters
Over 700,000 copies of the original hardcover and paperback editions of this stunningly popular book have been sold. Karen Armstrong's superbly readable exploration of how the thre...
The Qur'an / القرآن الكريم

The Qur'an / القرآن الكريم

by Anonymous
31,374 voters
The Quran (English pronunciation: /kɔrˈɑːn/; Arabic: القرآن‎ al-qurʾān, IPA: [qurˈʔaːn], literally meaning "the recitation"), also transliterated Qur'an, Koran, Al-Coran, Coran, Ku...
Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid

Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid

by Douglas R. Hofstadter
30,844 voters
Douglas Hofstadter's book is concerned directly with the nature of “maps” or links between formal systems. However, according to Hofstadter, the formal system that underlies all me...
Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions

Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions

by Banesh HoffmannEdwin A. Abbott
30,589 voters
This masterpiece of science (and mathematical) fiction is a delightfully unique and highly entertaining satire that has charmed readers for more than 100 years. The work of English...
The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles

by Steven PressfieldRobert McKee
29,348 voters
The Art of War meets "The Artist's Way" in this no-nonsense, profoundly inspiring guide to overcoming creative blocks of every kind.
The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays

The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays

by Justin O'BrienAlbert Camus
29,303 voters
One of the most influential works of this century, this is a crucial exposition of existentialist thought. Influenced by works such as Don Juan and the novels of Kafka, these essay...
The Four Loves

The Four Loves

by C.S. Lewis
29,204 voters
The Four Loves summarizes four kinds of human love--affection, friendship, erotic love, and the love of God. Masterful without being magisterial, this book's wise, gentle, c...
Practicing the Power of Now: Essential Teachings, Meditations, and Exercises from the Power of Now

Practicing the Power of Now: Essential Teachings, Meditations, and Exercises from the Power of Now

by Eckhart Tolle
28,835 voters
Eckhart Tolle is rapidly emerging as one of the world’s most inspiring spiritual teachers, sharing the enlightenment he himself experienced after a startling personal transformatio...
The Seat of the Soul

The Seat of the Soul

by Gary Zukav
28,740 voters

A NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: This hardcover edition of The Seat of the Soul celebrates its tenth anniversary. The Seat of the Soul became a national bestseller ...

The Problem of Pain

The Problem of Pain

by C.S. Lewis
28,509 voters
For centuries people have been tormented by one question above all: If God is good and all-powerful, why does he allow his creatures to suffer pain? And what of the suffering of an...
As a Man Thinketh

As a Man Thinketh

by James Allen
28,086 voters
The mind guides our footsteps as we progress along the pathway of life.

Purity of mind leads inevitably to purity of life, to the precious love and understanding that shou...
Ficciones

Ficciones

by Jorge Luis BorgesAnthony KerriganAnthony Bonner
27,702 voters
The seventeen pieces in Ficciones demonstrate the whirlwind of Borges's genius and mirror the precision and potency of his intellect and inventiveness, his piercing irony, h...
The Pilgrimage

The Pilgrimage

by Paulo CoelhoAlan R. Clarke
27,553 voters
The Pilgrimage recounts the spectacular trials of Paulo Coelho and his mysterious mentor, Petrus, as they journey across Spain in search of a miraculous sword.

T...
The Book of Laughter and Forgetting

The Book of Laughter and Forgetting

by Milan KunderaAaron Asher
27,521 voters
Rich in its stories, characters, and imaginative range, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting is the novel that brought Milan Kundera his first big international success in th...
Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets

Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets

by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
27,500 voters
Fooled by Randomness is a standalone book in Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s landmark Incerto series, an investigation of opacity, luck, uncertainty, probability, human error, ri...
The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge

The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge

by Carlos Castaneda
27,133 voters
The story of a remarkable spiritual journey, the first awesone steps on the road to becoming "a man of knowledge," the road that continues with A Separate Reality and Journey To ix...
The Story of My Experiments With Truth

The Story of My Experiments With Truth

by Mahatma Gandhi
27,058 voters
Mohandas K. Gandhi is one of the most inspiring figures of our time. In his classic autobiography he recounts the story of his life and how he developed his concept of active nonvi...
Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography

Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography

by Roland BarthesRichard Howard
26,431 voters
A graceful, contemplative volume, Camera Lucida was first published in 1979. Commenting on artists such as Avedon, Clifford, Mapplethorpe, and Nadar, Roland Barthes presents...
The Essential Rumi

The Essential Rumi

by Coleman BarksJalaluddin Rumi
26,251 voters
This revised and expanded edition of The Essential Rumi includes a new introduction by Coleman Barks and more than 80 never-before-published poems.

Through his ly...
Walden & Civil Disobedience

Walden & Civil Disobedience

by Henry David ThoreauW.S. Merwin
25,978 voters
'If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music he hears, however measured or far away.' ...
Autobiography of a Yogi

Autobiography of a Yogi

by Paramahansa Yogananda
25,927 voters
This acclaimed autobiography presents a fascinating portrait of one of the great spiritual figures of our time. With engaging candor, eloquence, and wit, Paramahansa Yogananda narr...
Consider the Lobster and Other Essays

Consider the Lobster and Other Essays

by David Foster Wallace
25,749 voters
Do lobsters feel pain? Did Franz Kafka have a funny bone? What is John Updike's deal, anyway? And what happens when adult video starlets meet their fans in person? David Foster Wal...
The Fifth Mountain

The Fifth Mountain

by Paulo Coelho
25,550 voters
Immerse yourself in an electrifying reading experience like no other -- international bestselling author Paulo Coelho's "The Fifth Mountain." A stunning novel in the tradition of t...
Leviathan

Leviathan

by Thomas HobbesC.B. Macpherson
25,542 voters
Thomas Hobbes took a new look at the ways in which society should function, and he ended up formulating the concept of political science. His crowning achievement, Leviathan,...
Grendel

Grendel

by John Gardner
25,246 voters
The first and most terrifying monster in English literature, from the great early epic Beowulf, tells his side of the story in a book William Gass called "one of the finest ...
Letter to a Christian Nation

Letter to a Christian Nation

by Sam Harris
25,054 voters
In response to The End of Faith, Sam Harris received thousands of letters from Christians excoriating him for not believing in God. Letter to A Christian Nation is hi...