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ISBN: 0140055770
My Uncle Oswald (strong recommendation)

Probably the funniest book I’ve ever read. I laughed out loud so many times that reading it in public often provoked stares. It’s imaginative, clever, unpredictable, and happens to be about a guy who likes seducing women and making money. His first venture was in Blister Beetle powder, which transforms anyone who consumes it into a mindless fuck machine. I only hope that I can write a fictional book half as good as this before I die.

ISBN: 0060883286
One Hundred Years Of Solitude

This book is written by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Colombia’s most famous author and also a Nobel Prize winner. He tells the history of his country through several generations of the Buendia family, starting with the patriarch Jose Arcadio Buendia. The story is entertaining in itself but a knowledge of Latin American history—specifically Colombian—will give you a more complete experience. While not an easy read, intertwining themes of solitude, the rise and fall of civilizations, and the circular nature of history make 100 Years a rich book that feels alive in your hands as you read it.

ISBN: 1936594110
The Time Machine (free on kindle)

A short book you can finish in only a couple settings, about a man who invents a time machine and travels to the future. The book is slow-going until we find out humans have evolved into two species, with one dominating the other. It’s an entertaining book that could’ve been improved with more interspecies sex action.

ISBN: 0679732764
Invisible Man

I actually intended to buy H.G. Wells’ The Invisible Man but accidentally got this instead. It seemed interesting so I went ahead and read it. It’s about a black man who grows up “invisible” in the Jim Crow era. He’s dealt with in a base stereotypical manner, often exploited and manipulated, and constantly fought against what society expected of him. It would have been more powerful to me if I was black, but it was still a pleasant read with some exciting moments. Unfortunately the end, which takes quite a while to get to (the book is nearly 600 pages long), didn’t provide me with a satisfying payoff. Plus there was so much symbolism thrown around that I’m pretty sure I missed a good chunk of the intended meaning.


ISBN: 0446691437
The War Of Art

This is a self-help book meant for creative types who find it difficult to complete the projects they’ve envisioned. The author, who has written several bestselling works, personifies the procrastination, fear, and anxiety we experience as “resistance,” a force that ensures we don’t reach our creative potential. Do you want to check your email really quick before starting your project, only have it prolong into a vicious loop of wasting time? Want to send out a few text messages in the middle of a tough work session? Want to organize your entire wardrobe instead of crack open your word processor? The author says these are all forms of resistance. I feel like this book was written specifically for me.

ISBN: 0060899220
Kitchen Confidential (strong recommendation)

The first time I saw Anthony Bourdain’s travel show I thought, “Who the fuck is this guy?” If you told me he was a former chef I wouldn’t have known because food seemed to be more in the background than stories about locals. Since I enjoyed his show, it was an easy decision to buy the book, which chronicles his years as a chef. I was expecting a hackneyed diary but the book was funny, revealing, and well-written, telling you not only what goes in a restaurant but how to order from one (Sunday brunch is for suckers!). I worked in the bar of an upscale restaurant for a while so I can confirm that cooks and chefs really are supreme assholes like Bourdain describes.

ISBN: 039953427X
Finding Your Zone

I noticed that I was significantly worse on my musical instrument when playing for other people, especially my instructor, than when I practice alone at home while half-naked. I knew that it was because of how I was thinking, and I greatly narrowed the performance gap by not aiming for perfection, among other things. This book gives a ton of examples of real-world athletes overcoming performance anxiety (Tiger Woods being most common) while offering easy-to-implement tips to avoid choking. A lot of concepts in this book are common in the self-help genre.

ISBN: 0142000957
Killing Pablo

This is a thrilling book that is even more relevant after living in Medellin (most of the city was built on drug money). It details how Pablo Escobar, through his “bullet or bribe” strategy, rose to become one of the strongest men of Colombia, capable of even toppling the state. The United States got involved and while we know how the story ends, it was still exciting to read. I stayed up until 7am in the morning to finish it. If you like Black Hawk Down then you’ll enjoy this one.

ISBN: 0684832402
The Denial of Death

I hoped this book would make it easier for me to deal with death, but it did the opposite, making me realize that my life is more meaningless than my puny animal brain could even begin to imagine. The ways I’ve sought to live a fulfilling life (by becoming a “hero”) will not lead to my salvation, and “the only way out of human conflict is full renunciation, to give one’s life as a gift to the highest powers,” which the atheist author considers to be the force of nature. He focuses exclusively on psychoanalytical commentary for how humans view life and death, with heavy emphasis on the works of Freud, Otto Rank, and Kierkegaard. It was such a slog to read that it made me wish that someone with more soothing prose like Malcolm Gladwell tackled the subject instead. Still, I did gain a lot of valuable insights into how humans like myself view and tackle the subject of death.

ISBN: 1570623325
Making Friends With Death (strong recommendation)

This is the death book I was looking for. It teaches you how to approach death, how to meditate about it, and how to deal with people who are dying, all through a Buddhist lens. That last topic, especially, is something that you can use on relatives whose time has come. My mother has been bedside for many people who’ve died, and she unwittingly does just about everything the book recommends (it’s no accident that she has become the de facto leader when things turn grave). Her powerful recollections of what it’s like to hold someone’s hand as they take their last breath never fails to move me.

The main idea behind this book is that the only way to appreciate life is to embrace death. Don’t obsess about it, but keep it close so you’re prepared for the final “transition.” Whenever I see someone wasting their lives, not living to even 20% of their potential, I say to myself, “That man does not think of death.” I think it about it often.

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  1. Tony Ryan December 13, 2010 at 9:55 am

    Cool list man. I keep hearing about “Making Friends With Death” the last few months, I need to check that one out. One of THE best article I’ve recently read about death is the following:

    The Death Delusion –

    Long, but GREAT read.

  2. Johnson December 13, 2010 at 9:57 am

    Nice books. I think death itself doesn’t really matter. If someone shot me in the head right now it wouldn’t matter and I wouldn’t care because I couldn’t.

    What is troubling is the time before you die, if you know your time is up and can’t do anything about it any more. Because then you start thinking what you should or could have done better in your life.

    There are many small, daily deaths in life. Their names are procrastination, giving in to fear and sloth.

    Maybe the best thing we can do is live life on full throttle and then hit the final wall at full speed. And no, this doesn’t mean partying every day but doing what you really want to do in a smart, proactive way.

  3. The Rookie December 13, 2010 at 10:19 am

    I have a copy of One Hundred Years Of Solitude in Spanish. I will consider it a lifetime achievement to be competent enough to read it and understand it. It’s a 10 year plan…

  4. A.nonny.mous December 13, 2010 at 10:41 am

    On “The Invisible Man”

    —I remember reading the book. It was one of the few “required” black aurthor books that actually deserved to be required reading (most suck and are diversity-required).

    Rooshv, I think a good way to understand the novel it is that the author rejects both the black and white group mentality—the book’s author is an individualist, not a group-conformist, who refuses to bow to the prevalent groupthink in the black community. He ends up alone, in the sewer, because the social movements in the black community have left him cold.

    Unlike some crappy black lit, which emphasizes how “politics is the answer!” the narrator rejects it.

  5. Matt December 13, 2010 at 10:47 am

    Cool list. I’m especially intent on checking out “Killing Pablo,” once I read Bowden’s other magnum druggus, “Doctor Dealer,” about dental student drug lord Larry Lavin.

    “Kitchen Confidential” is an excellent read, appreciated by everyone I know who has worked in the culinary industry (myself included).

    Gonna have to check out the strongly recommended book about death.

  6. T. AKA Ricky Raw December 13, 2010 at 10:49 am

    Great list. I was writing a series of blog posts called Immortality Drive,, and then I realized that the book Denial of Death existed and was talking about the exact same topic but more in-depth so I never finished it. But it is very depressing. When I was writing that series of posts I received some very depressing and scary reader e-mail.

    Denial of Death is really depressing but I think it explains a lot about human nature and is underrated in that regard. I’m gonna give Making Friends With Death a try too. The two books on Buddhism and dying I’m currently reading are Lessons from the Dying and Stepping Out of self-deception, both by Rodney Smith. Not easy reads but i think they’d be up your alley.

  7. Will December 13, 2010 at 11:59 am


    I’m not sure if you’ve ever read Orwell’s Down and Out In Paris and London and Homage to Catalonia.

    If you haven’t, they’re both excellent reads and can be purchased in one volume.

    Hundred Years of Solitude was a wonderful book.

  8. The G Manifesto December 13, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    Great list.

    Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain is a great book, I recently re-read some sections.

    His travel show is the best on TV (and probably best show on TV, save HBO’s 24/7), and I have to give him props for smoking and drinking heavy on the tube.

    Bourdain is a great example of The American Dream; from homeless drug addict to a super successful pseudo media empire.

    Still haven’t read One Hundred Years Of Solitude but I did “meet” Gabriel García Márquez .

    The cat is straight G.

    – MPM

  9. Giovonny December 13, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    What is the meaning of life?

    my favorite answers are:

    1. I don’t know
    2. Todays “to do” list
    3. The search for beauty and simplicity

    I used to study Buddhism but it made me too mellow and passive. I’m happier and girls respond better when I’m aggressive and a little crazy.

  10. FretDancer December 13, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    100 Years of Solitude is indeed an amazing book, but its hard reading. The quantity of characters with repeated names makes it very hard to understand who’s who at some points.

    H.G. Wells’s Invisible man is good book too, read it when I was in highschool and it was very entertaining. It’s a very short book.

    Your description of My Uncle Oswald makes me wanna hit the book store right now to look for it, I guess I will. Hopefully I’ll find it 😀

  11. Anonymous December 13, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    “I stayed up until 7am in the morning to finish it.”

    I bet that night went something like this…

    Roosh under the covers with a flashlight. Reading. Dad storms in.

    Dad: “Rooshy, if I have to tell you one more time to go to sleep.”

    Roosh: “C’mon Dad, I’m reading. Leave me alone!”

    Dad: “Rooshy, don’t come crying to me tomorrow when you are too tired for your chores.”

    Dad Leaves.

    Roosh: “Oh man, I can’t wait until I’m 45 and can finally move out of here. I’m going to stay up every night when I get my own place!”

  12. Lee December 13, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    hey Roosh, i like you and all, but comment 11 is fucking funny.

  13. Carl Sagan December 13, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    I need to read more

  14. Shaman December 14, 2010 at 3:35 am

    Props on the Bourdain recommendation, I fucking love that show and am currently reading that book. Have you seen the Colombia episode?

  15. French Connection December 14, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    I’m currently waiting for Kitchen Confidential to arrive, ordered it last week as I heard great things about it.

    What most people don’t know is that there’s a shortlived (fictional) TV show based on the book, with Bradley Cooper as Chef Bourdain. Fantastic show, sadly it got canceled before the end of season 1.

  16. chic noir December 14, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    *chic noir comes strutting up in the alpha lounge*

    Look Roosh, sometimes I think you can a be a very cold mean spirited chewbaccaish louse when it comes to the way to talk about & treat American women but I really hope you’re not planning on doing something stupid??? The last two books are about death and your prose lately has a bit more melancholy than it usually does.

    So just tell me I’m being an overly emotional American woman and what I’m seeing is false and I’ll sleep much better tonight.

    1. Roosh December 15, 2010 at 1:59 am

      “So just tell me I’m being an overly emotional American woman..”

      I thought you were Ethiopian.

  17. chic noir December 14, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    @the G manifesto-

    I had no idea Anthony Bourdain was once a drug addict.

    Andrew Zimern was once an addict too.

    I like the football players show almost as much as I like Boudain’s show.

  18. chic noir December 14, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    agreed Lee 😆

  19. Lee December 14, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    i heard that chic noir likes it in the pooper.

  20. chic noir December 14, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    i hear you mother is running a 5 dollar special in the back of her run down mini copper.

  21. chic noir December 15, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    just 1/4 ethopian & 3/4 African-American. I consider myself African-American for the most part.

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  23. Viralata December 16, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    Have you read “Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands” by Jorge Amado?

    Vadinho is a classic Brasilian gamesman. Straight G.


    Can anyone claim to be “Alpha” without seducing death? The greatest notch?


  24. Joe Dick July 14, 2013 at 8:18 am

    the War of Art seems something I must read too. I don’t really read fiction books, as much as I’d like too, I have to avoid them so that I read practical stuff