Anthony Bourdain
Book Recommendations

  • Under the Volcano

    Under the Volcano

    Under the Volcano

    Malcolm Lowry
    Fiction
    3.78 (22,923)

    Geoffrey firmin, a former british consul, has come to quauhnahuac, mexico. his debilitating malaise is drinking, an activity that has overshadowed his life. on the most fateful day of the consul's life—the day of the dead—his wife, yvonne, arrives in quauhnahuac, inspired by a vision of life together away from mexico and the circumstances that have driven their relationship to the brink of collapse. she is determined to rescue firmin and their failing marriage, but her mission is further complicated by the presence of hugh, the consul's half brother, and

    Anthony Bourdain

    One of the truly great books.

    Dec 18, 2013 — Source

  • True Grit

    True Grit

    True Grit

    Charles Portis
    Fiction
    4.12 (50,727)

    In the 1870s, young mattie ross learns that her beloved father was gunned down by his former handyman. but even though this gutsy 14-year-old is seeking vengeance, she is smart enough to figure out she can't go alone after a desperado who's holed up in indian territory. with some fast-talking, she convinces mean, one-eyed us marshal "rooster" cogburn into going after the despicable outlaw with her.

    Anthony Bourdain

    a masterpiece. Don't settle for seeing the film versions.

    Nov 22, 2017 — Source

  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
    Anthony Bourdain

    The book that probably influenced me more than any other. A prose stylist and a personality who changed my life.

    Jul 24, 2013 — Source

  • Between Meals

    Between Meals

    Between Meals

    A.J. Liebling,James Salter
    3.9 (1,173)

    New yorker writer a.j. liebling recalls his parisian apprenticeship in the fine art of eating in this charming memoir.no writer has written more enthusiastically about food than a. j. liebling. between meals: an appetite for paris, the great new yorker writer's last book, is a wholly appealing account of his éducation sentimentale in french cuisine during 1926 and 1927, when american expatriates like ernest hemingway and gertrude stein made café life the stuff of legends. a native new yorker who had gone abroad to study, liebling shunned his coursework and

    Anthony Bourdain

    Food writing' at its very, very best. Never surpassed. What all writing about eating should be.

    Jul 24, 2013 — Source

  • The Friends of Eddie Coyle

    The Friends of Eddie Coyle

    The Friends of Eddie Coyle

    George V. Higgins
    4.06 (7,726)

    Eddie coyle works for jimmy scalisi, supplying him with guns for a couple of bank jobs. but a cop named foley is on to eddie and he's leaning on him to finger scalisi, a gang leader with a lot to hide. and then there's dillon-a full-time bartender and part-time contract killer--pretending to be eddie's friend. wheeling, dealing, chasing, and stealing--that's eddie, and he's got lots of friends.

    Anthony Bourdain

    The best, most realistic crime novel ever. Best dialogue in a crime novel ever

    Jul 24, 2013 — Source

  • A Brief History of Seven Killings

    A Brief History of Seven Killings

    A Brief History of Seven Killings

    Marlon James
    Fiction
    3.89 (30,641)

    On december 3, 1976, just before the jamaican general election and two days before bob marley was to play the smile jamaica concert, gunmen stormed his house, machine guns blazing. the attack nearly killed the reggae superstar, his wife, and his manager, and injured several others. marley would go on to perform at the free concert on december 5, but he left the country the next day, not to return for two years.deftly spanning decades and continents and peopled with a wide range of characters—assassins, journalists, drug dealers, and even

    Anthony Bourdain

    incredible.

    Nov 22, 2017 — Source

  • Naked Lunch

    Naked Lunch

    Naked Lunch

    Barry Miles,James Grauerholz,William S. Burroughs
    Alienation (Social psychology)
    3.46 (89,766)

    The book is structured as a series of loosely connected vignettes. burroughs stated that the chapters are intended to be read in any order. the reader follows the narration of junkie william lee, who takes on various aliases, from the u.s. to mexico, eventually to tangier and the dreamlike interzone.the vignettes are drawn from burroughs' own experiences in these places and his addiction to drugs (heroin, morphine, and while in tangier, majoun [a strong hashish confection] as well as a german opioid, brand name eukodol, of which he wrote frequently).[source

    Anthony Bourdain

    Filthy, dangerous, depraved groundbreaking. And funny as Hell.

    Jul 24, 2013 — Source

  • Crash

    Crash

    Crash

    J.G. Ballard
    Fiction
    3.68 (28,474)

    In ballard's hallucinatory novel, the car provides the hellish tableau in which vaughan, a "tv scientist" turned "nightmare angel of the highways," experiments with erotic atrocities among auto crash victims, each more sinister than the last. james ballard, his friend and fellow obsessive, tells the story of this twisted visionary as he careens rapidly toward his own demise in an intentionally orchestrated car crash with elizabeth taylor. a classic work of cutting edge fiction, crash explores the disturbing potentialities of contemporary society's increasing dependence on technology as intermediary in human

    Anthony Bourdain

    Violent. Twisted. Hilarious and beautiful.

    Jul 24, 2013 — Source

  • TOTAL CHAOS

    TOTAL CHAOS

    TOTAL CHAOS

    Ben Blackwell,Jeff Gold,Joan Jett,Johan Kugelburg,Johnny Marr,Jon Savage
    5 (1)

    Anthony Bourdain

    This book is everything.

    Dec 1, 2016 — Source

  • Agents of Innocence

    Agents of Innocence

    Agents of Innocence

    David Ignatius
    4.02 (2,219)

    Agents of innocence is the book that established david ignatius's reputation as a master of the novel of contemporary espionage. into the treacherous world of shifting alliances and arcane subterfuge comes idealistic cia man tom rogers. posted in beirut to penetrate the plo and recruit a high-level operative, he soon learns the heavy price of innocence in a time and place that has no use for it.

    Anthony Bourdain

    very, very good.

    Nov 22, 2017 — Source

  • Adios, Motherfucker

    Adios, Motherfucker

    Adios, Motherfucker

    Michael Ruffino
    Biography & Autobiography
    3.89 (61)

    Once upon a time at the start of the new century, the unheard-of unband got a chance to drink, fight, and play loud music with '80s metal bands like dio and def leppard. to the mix they brought illegal pyrotechnics, a giant red inflatable hand with movable digits, a roadie dubiously named safety bear, a high tolerance for liver damage, and an infectious love of rock & roll and everything it represents.unband bassist michael ruffino takes us on an epic joyride across a surrealistic american landscape where we meet mute

    Anthony Bourdain

    the last book that made [Anthony] laugh

    Nov 22, 2017 — Source

  • Essays

    Essays

    Essays

    Plutarch
    History
    4.21 (227)

    Plutarch of Chaeronea, suggests Ian Kidd in his introduction to this superb selection, "has a strong claim to be regarded as the best essayist of the Graeco-Roman world." Born at the very heart of Greece - between Athens and Apollo's shrine at Delphi - in the mid-40s of the first century AD, Plutarch combined an intense love of his locality and family with a cosmopolitan outlook that embraced the whole Roman Empire. His enclyclopaedic writings form a treasure trove of ancient wisdom, yet his strong religious feelings and deeply humanist temper give them all a compelling and individual voice. Whether he is offering abstract speculation or practical ethics, fresh and arresting reflections on anger and flattery, military versus intellectual glory or the reasoning powers of animals, Plutarch's personality and charm constantly shine through. Above all, concludes Kidd, his essays remain magnificently readable, works that "can still entertain, instruct, stimulate and educate us and also introduce us to one of the most attractive characters in classical literature."

    Anthony Bourdain

    The font of all wisdom. Orwell is right about nearly everything.

    Jul 24, 2013 — Source

  • How to Live

    How to Live

    How to Live

    Sarah Bakewell
    Biography & Autobiography
    3.96 (9,240)

    How to get on well with people, how to deal with violence, how to adjust to losing someone you love--such questions arise in most people's lives. they are all versions of a bigger question: how do you live? how do you do the good or honourable thing, while flourishing and feeling happy? this question obsessed renaissance writers, none more than michel eyquem de montaigne (1533-92), perhaps the first truly modern individual. a nobleman, public official, and wine-grower, he wrote free-roaming explorations of his thought and experience, unlike anything written before.

    Anthony Bourdain

    a book I love.

    Nov 22, 2017 — Source

  • The Devil All the Time

    The Devil All the Time

    The Devil All the Time

    Donald Ray Pollock
    Fiction
    4.12 (28,034)

    Set in rural southern ohio and west virginia, the devil all the time follows a cast of characters from the end of world war ii to the 1960s. there’s willard russell, tormented veteran of the carnage in the south pacific, who can’t save his beautiful wife, charlotte, from an agonizing death by cancer no matter how much sacrifi­cial blood he pours on his “prayer log.” there’s carl and sandy henderson, a husband-and-wife team of serial kill­ers, who troll america’s highways searching for suitable models to photograph and exterminate. there’s the

    Anthony Bourdain

    A revelation when I first read

    Nov 22, 2017 — Source

  • The Wind in the Willows

    The Wind in the Willows

    The Wind in the Willows

    Gillian Avery,Kenneth Grahame
    Juvenile Fiction
    3.98 (195,593)

    Anthony Bourdain

    a classic I loved as a child.

    Nov 22, 2017 — Source

  • The Quiet American

    The Quiet American

    The Quiet American

    Graham Greene
    Fiction
    3.96 (56,049)

    "i never knew a man who had better motives for all the trouble he caused," graham greene's narrator fowler remarks of alden pyle, the eponymous "quiet american" of what is perhaps the most controversial novel of his career. pyle is the brash young idealist sent out by washington on a mysterious mission to saigon, where the french army struggles against the vietminh guerrillas. as young pyle's well-intentioned policies blunder into bloodshed, fowler, a seasoned and cynical british reporter, finds it impossible to stand safely aside as an observer. but fowler's

    Anthony Bourdain

    Drama, romance, tragic history in SE Asia? I'm there! I re-read it frequently.

    Jul 24, 2013 — Source

  • The Rogue's March
    Anthony Bourdain

    I particularly like

    Nov 22, 2017 — Source

  • Ways of Escape

    Ways of Escape

    Ways of Escape

    Graham Greene
    11030 - fiction in English - p1030 - Greene
    Graham - 60030 - biographies
    3.77 (473)

    With superb skill and feeling, graham greene retraces the experiences and encounters of a long and extraordinary life. his restlessness is legendary; he has travelled like an explorer seeking our people and political situations. 'at the dangerous edge of things' - haiti during the nightmare rule of papa doc, vietnam in the last days - of the french. , cuba, prague, paraguay, kenya during the mau mau rebellion. with ironic delight he recalls his time in the british secret service in africa, and his brief involvement in hollywood. he writes,

    Anthony Bourdain

    Is a book I've read many times

    Nov 22, 2017 — Source