1. “Isadore’s Secret” by Mardi Link – The murder of a Nun in the little town of Isadore Michigan in 1907 takes more turns than a dogs hind legs.
2. “Into the Wild” by John Krakauer – A young man’s adventurous side continually pushes him to the limits.
3. “The Giver” by Lois Lowry – Futuristic society where a new seer is needed and found. Hard to believe this sometimes graphic book is aimed at young people.
4. “Tom Watson’s Strategic Golf” – Tom shows you how to play the set up of the course, the do’s and don’ts. No swing tips which you’ll forget anyway.
5. “Lake Wobegon 1956” by Garrison Keioler – Childhood revisited.
6. “Catch Me If You Can” – Frank Abagnale as the con artist elite.
7. “Commandant of Auschwitz” by Rudolf Heoss – Untold tales of concentration camp life.
8. “The Rape of Nanking” by Iris Chang – In 1937 Japan invades China, history you don’t hear much about.
9. “Miracle at Midway” by Gorgon Prange – It really was a miracle we won this battle and turned the tide of the war with Japan. As you are reading you’ll have to remind yourself, “we won this battle”.
10. “Escape from Camp 14” by Blane Harden – Modern day tale of a North Korean prison camp escapee and prison life inside the so called labor camps.
11. “Survival at Auschwitz” by Primo Levi – Untold tales of concentration camp life.
12. “The Road” by Cormac McCarthy – The apocalypse has come and a Father and Son struggle to survive.
13. “When Evil Came to Good Hart” by Mardi Link – The unsolved murder of an upstanding family in Good Hart Michigan in the summer of 1968. You figure it out after reading and being introduced to the suspects.
14. “No Country for Old Men” by Cormac McCarthy – One chases the other in this tale of hitman -vs.- anyone in his way.
15. “Heaven Is For Real” by Todd Burpo – Leaves you thinking after a young boy momentarily dies and experiences what he believes is Heaven.
16. “At Dawn we Slept” by Gordon Prange – Day by day account on both the US and Japanese sides leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor. The research that went into this book is absolutely astonishing!
17. “The Call of the Wild” by Jack London – Excellently written tale of a kidnapped dog forced to be a member of a sled dog team. When I finished chapter five, I read the last paragraph 10 times it was so well written, and still go back to read it time to time.
18. “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee – Very good read of a depression era father and his two children. Wish I had read it before I ever saw the movie.