On the way home from South Korea, I lost one box of books—the Odyssey I read crossing the Aegean, Lu Xun's Call to Arms someone gave me in China, a de Tocqueville full of notes ...  Other nameless treasure slipped away.  Now I read on a Kindle and list my invisible books.



Los ingrávidos—Valeria Luiselli

Como agua para chocolate—Laura Esquivel

All about Coffee (Selections)—William Ukers

El Mono Gramatico—Octavio Paz


Rocks: A Very Short Introduction


The Emotionally Destructive Marriage—Leslie Vernick

After the Affair

Surviving an Affair

The Complete Money Guide—Dave Ramsey

Stag’s Leap—Sharon Olds

The State of Affairs—Esther Perel


The Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: A Very Short Introduction—Martin P. Bunton



Un indovino mi disse—Tiziano Terzani


Purgatorio—Dante Alighieri


Teacher Man—Frank McCourt


Love Poems—Yehuda Amichai



Le Petit Prince—Antoine de Saint-Exupéry



Modern Italian Grammar: A Practical Guide—Anna Proudfoot and Francesco Cardo

Italian Short Stories for Beginners—Olly Richards

Italian Short Stories for Intermediate Learners—Olly Richards

501 Italian Verbs—John Colaneri

Ascent of Mount Ventoux—Petrarch

Julius Caesar—Shakespeare

Sylvia Beach and the Lost Generation—Noel Riley Fitch



French Short Stories for Beginners—Olly Richards

Histoires à lire le soir—Marc Thil

French: Short Stories for Intermediate Level—Frédéric Bibard

Spleen de Paris—Charles Baudelaire

"The Drunken Boat"—Arthur Rimbaud

Modern French Grammar—Margaret Lang and Isabelle Perez

501 French Verbs—Christopher Kendris

Pêcheur d'Islande—Pierre Loti



Storycraft: The Complete Guide to Writing Narrative Nonfiction—Jack Hart

The English Language: A Very Short Introduction

Linguistics—A Very Short Introduction

Croatia—Lonely Planet

The Mirror Maker—Primo Levi

How Niels and Festie Faced the Skyfire—A.C. Davis

501 German Verbs—Henry Strutz

Modern German Grammar—Ruth Whittle

German Short Stories for Beginners—Olly Richards



Door into the Dark—Seamus Heaney

Wintering Out—Seamus Heaney

North—Seamus Heaney

Angela's Ashes—Frank McCourt

Pilgrim Paths in Ireland: A Guide—John G. O'Dwyer

Waiting for Godot—Samuel Beckett

The Voyage of Máel Dúin

The Voyage of Saint Brendan the Abbot



La casa en la arena—Pablo Neruda

Around the World in 72 Days—Nellie Bly

Nothing Is Real—Giorgio Cavagnaro

Spanish: Short Stories for Intermediate Level—Claudia Orea

The Redress of Poetry—Seamus Heaney

501 Spanish Verbs—Christopher Kendris

Modern Spanish Grammar—Jaun Kattán-Ibarra


A Thousand Mile Walk to the Gulf—John Muir

Unos Poemas—Sor Juana Inés de las Cruz



La casa de los espíritus—Isabel Allende

Nueva historia mínima de México—Pablo Escalante Gonzalbo

Spanish English: Bilingual Visual Dictionary

The Art of Dramatic Writing: Its Basis in the Creative Interpretation of Human Motives—Lajos Egri

El Laberinto de Soledad—Octavio Paz

Los Niños Perdidos (Un Ensayo en Cuarenta Preguntas)—Valeria Luiselli

Papeles Falsos—Valeria Luiselli

Muerte Sin Fin—José Gorostiza



How to Read Water—Tristan Gooley

Confessions of an Economic Hit Man—John Perkins

Mission Drift—Chris Horst and Peter Greer

Poemas—Roberto Sosa

Honduras—Lonely Planet



A Book of Mediterranean Food—Elizabeth David

A Year in Provence—Peter Mayle

L’Auberge rouge—Honoré de Balzac

Terre des hommes—Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

French English: Bilingual Visual Dictionary

French Visual Phrasebook

Letters on Cézanne—Rainer Maria Rilke

L’Inondation—Émile Zola

Boule de Suif—Guy de Maupassant

Troubadour Poems from the South of France—William Doremus Paden

Mirèio—Frédéric Mistral


Inferno—Dante Alighieri

I fioretti di San Francesco

Italian Short Stories for Beginners—Manuella Miranda

Italian Dialogues for Beginners

Italian English: Bilingual Visual Dictionary

Short Stories in Italian: New Penguin Parallel Texts

Io Che Vi Parlo: Conversazione con Giovanni Tesio—Primo Levi

La tregua—Primo Levi


Le città invisibili—Italo Calvino

The Drowned and the Saved—Primo Levi

The Cambridge Companion to Primo Levi

Pilgrim’s Progress—John Bunyan

Kalevala—Elias Lönnrot


The London Scene—Virginia Woolf

In Memoriam A.H.H.—Alfred Lord Tennyson

Favourite Irish Fairy Tales—Soinbhe Lally

The Islander—Tomás Ó Criomhthain

An Old Woman’s Reflections—Peig Sayers

A Hive for the Honeybee—Soinbhe Lally

Versos Sencillos—José Martí

Selections—Federico García Lorca




A History of Food—Maguelonne Toussaint-Samat

A Late Dinner—Paul Richardson

Soup & Bread—Martha Bayne

Eats, Shoots & Leaves—Lynne Truss

The Art of Memory—Francis Yates

Classical Rhetoric for the Modern Student—Edward P. Corbett and Robert J. Connors

Kristin Lanvransdatter I: The Wreath—Sigrid Undset



Silence—Shūsaku Endō

We Refugees—Hannah Arendt

Aura—Carlos Fuentes

Pedro Páramo—Juan Rulfo

La Estación Violenta—Octavio Paz

La Paz de los Sepulcros—Jorge Volpi

Conversación y Repaso: Intermediate Spanish





Incidents of Travel in the Yucatán, Volume 1—John L. Stephens and Frederick Catherwood

The Popol Vuh

Introduction to Maya Hieroglyphs—Harri Kettunen and Christophe Helmke

Writing in Maya Glyphs: A Non-Technical Introduction to Maya Glyphs—Mark Pitts

Hieroglyphic Decipherment Guide—Inga E. Calvin

The Sea Around Us—Rachel Carson

A Month in the Country—J. L. Carr

Kafka: A Very Short Introduction

Mexico—Lonely Planet

The Souls of Black Folk—W. E. B. Du Bois

Under the Jaguar Sun—Italo Calvino

Breaking the Maya Code—Michael D. Coe

Me llamo Rigoberta Menchú y así me nació la conciencia—Rigoberta Menchú



In Patagonia—Bruce Chatwin

An Account of Magellan's Voyage 1518-1521 (Patagonia Section)—Antonio Pigafetta

Argentina—Lonely Planet

Trekking in Patagonia—Lonely Planet

Voyage of the Beagle—Charles Darwin

Walden (in Spanish)—Henry David Thoreau



The Land of the Blessed Virgin: Sketches and Impressions in Andalusia—W. Somerset Maugham

Chile—Lonely Planet

Racism: A Very Short Introduction

How to Lie with Statistics—Darrell Huff

Moments of Reprieve—Primo Levi

Romanticism: A Very Short Introduction

Veinte Poemas de Amor y una Canción Desesperada—Pablo Neruda

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner—Samuel Taylor Coleridge

American Politics: A Very Short Introduction



Residencia en la Tierra—Pablo Neruda

A un Sembrador—Gabriela Mistral

Ternura—Gabriela Mistral

Hillbilly Elegy—J.D. Vance

Ayer Soñé con Valparaíso: Crónicas Porteñas—Manuel Peña Muñoz

Historias de Aquí y de Allá—Luis Sepúlveda

Estrella Distante—Roberto Bolaño

Mi País Inventado—Isabel Allende



Gracias a la Vida—Violeta Parra

Bestiario—Julio Cortázar

El Aleph—Jorge Luis Borges

Poemas y Antipoemas—Nicanor Parra

Desolación—Gabriela Mistral



Cartas a un Joven Novelista—Mario Vargas Llosa

The Lost City of the Incas—Hiram Bingham

Alturas de Macchu Picchu—Pablo Neruda

Hombres de Maíz—Miguel Ángel Asturias (only half)



Gabito: el niño que soñó a Macondo—Aída García Márquez

Cien Años de Soledad—Gabriel García Márquez

Searching for Sunday—Rachel Held Evans

Influencing Hemingway—Nancy Sindelar

Lecture on James Joyce's Ulysses—Vladimir Nabokov

Joyce's Dublin: A Walking Guide to Ulysses—James F. McCarthy and Danis Rose



Dublin—Lonely Planet

The New Bloomsday Book: A Guide through Ulysses—Harry Blamires

Death of a Naturalist—Seamus Heaney

Selected Poems—W.B. Yeats

The Celts: A Very Short Introduction

Selected Sermons—Laurence Stern

The Book of Kells—Bernard Maheen

Modern Ireland: A Very Short Introduction

Táin Bó Cúailnge

Sun Dancing: A Medieval Vision: Seven Centuries on Skellig Michael—Geoffrey Moorhouse



Ulysses—James Joyce

The Road to Wigan Pier—George Orwell

The Canterbury Tales (Norton Critical Edition)—Chaucer

The Waves—Virginia Woolf



Practicing the Way of Jesus in the college ministry at the University Church of Christ: A Thesis—Andy Gann

The Romantic Poets and Their Circle—Richard Holmes

A Christmas Carol—Charles Dickens

Ways of Seeing—John Berger

French (A1)—Wikibooks

French Phrasebook—Lonely Planet

Morocco—Lonely Planet

The Story of the Glittering Plain—William Morris

How to Write a Sentence—Stanley Fish

The Travels—Ibn Battuta


Books in 2016


Moby-Dick—Herman Melville (at the 25-hour Moby-Dick Marathon in New Bedford, Massachusetts)

Ghosts of Spain—Giles Tremlett



Tales of the Alhambra—Washington Irving (in the Alhambra!)



Challenging Students at Fort Worth Christian School to Engage the Economically Disadvantaged in Their Community—James Hensley

The Secret Commonwealth of Elves, Fauns, and Fairies—Robert Kirk (in Scotland)

The Second Common Reader—Virginia Woolf



Walden—Henry David Thoreau

Music: A Very Short Introduction

Tao Te Ching—Laozi

Gypsy Ballads—Federico García Lorca (in Andalucia)

Spain—Insight Guides

Driving over Lemons—Chris Stewart (in Andalucia)

Getting to Yes—Roger Fisher and William L. Ury



Paradiso—Dante (in Florence)

Doce Cuentos Peregrinos—Gabriel García Márquez



C1 Spanish



Freud's Travels—Daniela Finzi (in Vienna)

Alemán para el Viajero

Homage to Catalonia—George Orwell (in Catalonia)

*The Truce—Primo Levi

Deutsche Grammatik & Rechtschreibung—PONS

Economics: A Very Short Introduction



Dasda: Deutsch als Fremdsprache für Jugendliche Grundkurs Lehrbuch—Katja Baginski

Letters—Vincent van Gogh (in Amsterdam)

Tagebuch—Anne Frank (in Amsterdam)

Hedda Gabler—Henrik Ibsen (in Oslo)



"Babette's Feast"—Isak Dinesen (in Copenhagen)

Hamlet—Shakespeare (at Elsinore where it's set!)



Social Work—A Very Short Introduction

Between the World and Me—Ta-Nehisi Coates



Soledades, Galerias, Otros Poemas—Antonio Machado



The Castle—Franz Kafka (in Prague at his home and the Café Louvre!)

M Train—Patti Smith


Books in 2015


The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism—Max Weber

Writing Fiction—Janet Burroway

The Writing Life—Annie Dillard

Lincoln: A Very Short Introduction

Memoir from the House of the Dead—Dostoevsky

The Narrow Road to the Deep North—Matsuo Basho

The Summing Up—W. Somerset Maugham

Snow Country—Yasunari Kawabata



The Fall of Language in the Age of English—Minae Mizumura

In the Basement of the Ivory Tower—Professor X

Black Like Me—John Howard Griffin

Cane—Jean Toomer

Science in the Kitchen and the Art of Eating Well—Pellegrino Artusi

Journalism: A Very Short Introduction

Management: A Very Short Introduction



Organizations: A Very Short Introduction

Toxic Charity—Bob Lupton

Tender Buttons—Gertrude Stein

Animal Farm—George Orwell

My Larger Education—Booker T. Washington



Walden—Henry David Thoreau

Guatemala—Lonely Planet

For the Time Being—Annie Dillard

Education: A Very Short Introduction

Photography: A Very Short Introduction

Advertising: A Very Short Introduction



Law: A Very Short Introduction

Siddhartha—Herman Hesse

Libre Soy: Portraits of a New Guatemala—Allison Voigts



The Vocation of a Teacher—Wayne C. Booth

We Could Almost Eat Outside—Phillippe Delerm

Other People's Trades—Primo Levi

If on a Winter's Night a Traveler—Italo Calvino

Invisible Cities—Italo Calvino

Up from Slavery—Booker T. Washington

Architecture: A Very Short Introduction

Koran: A Very Short Introduction

The Conquistadors: A Very Short Introduction

A True History of the Conquest of New Spain—Bernal Diaz

The Maya—Michael D Coe



On Becoming a Person—Carl Rogers

Reading the Past: Maya Glyphs—S.D. Houston

The Conquest of America: The Question of the Other—Tzvetan Todorov




El Peregrino—Paulo Coehlo

Reading the Maya GlyphsMichael D Coe

Art Theory: A Very Short Introduction

A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies—Bartholome de las Casas

Maya Art and Architecture—Mary Ellen Miller

Twenty Years at Hull House—Jane Addams

Pedagogy of Hope—Paulo Freire




Origin of Inspiration—Samuel Adoquei

The Maya Scribe and His World—Michael D. Coe

The Ten Commandments and Beyond—Bob Epley

When Helping Hurts—Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert

The Book of Strangers (The Book of the Literature of Strangers)

The Red and the Black—Stendahl

Celebration of Awareness—Ivan Illich

The Monkey Wrench—Primo Levi



Education and Experience—John Dewey


Tools for Coviviality—Ivan Illich

Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets, and Philosophers—Leonard Koren

Meditations—Marcus Aurelius

The House Beautiful—Frank Lloyd Wright

Steering the Craft—Ursula K. Le Guin

The Prince—Machiavelli



Women at The Hague—Jane Addams

Chicago—Lonely Planet

Jane Addams' Travel Medicine Kit—Terri Kapsalis

Siddhartha—Herman Hesse

Ha Jin's Introduction to Lu Xun (Lu Hsun)

Spain—Lonely Planet

Kindergarten Chats—Louis Sullivan

A System of Architectural Ornament—Louis Sullivan


Holy the Firm—Annie Dillard

A Gift of Love—Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Courage to Teach—Parker Palmer

Excerpts from Weber Selections in Translation—Max Weber

The Other Face of the Moon—Claude Lévi-Strauss

La Casa en Mango Street—Sandra Cisneros



A Storyteller and a City—Kenny J. Williams

Deschooling Society—Ivan Illich

I and Thou—Martin Buber

Morphology of the Folk Tale—Vladimir Propp

The Pillow Book—Sei Shōnagon

International Migration: A Very Short Introduction

A Path Appears—Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

Collection of Sand—Italo Calvino

Stride toward Freedom—Martin Luther King, Jr.


Books in 2014

If This Was a Man—Primo Levi

Man's Search for Meaning—Victor Frankl

The Return of the Prodigal Son—Henri Nouwen

Walden—Henry David Thoreau

Logic: A Very Short Introduction

Computer: A Very Short Introduction

Rhetoric: A Very Short Introduction

Ethics: A Very Short Introduction

The Art of Public Speaking—Lucas

The Art of Public Speaking—Dale Carnagie

The Empire Writes Back—Bill Ashcroft

Lectures on Russian Literature—Vladimir Nabokov

The Instruction of Ptah-Hotep

Living by Fiction—Annie Dillard

The Encantadas—Herman Melville

The Common Reader—Virginia Woolf

Memory: A Very Short Introduction

Siddhartha—Herman Hesse

How to Shit Around the World—Dr. Jane Wilson-Howarth

Writing: A Very Short Introduction

Fashion: A Very Short Introduction

Animal Vegetable Miracle—Barbara Kingsolver

Lincoln's Speeches

Rhetorica ad Herennium

The History of Writing Instruction

The Periodic Table—Primo Levi



The Institutes of Oratory—Quintilian

Lectures on Rhetoric and Belles Lettres—Hugh Blair


Walden—Henry David Thoreau

Of Grammatology—Jacques Derrida

Democracy in America—Alexis de Tocqueville

The Tempest—Shakespeare

Tristes Tropiques—Claude Lévi-Strauss

The Chrysanthemum and the Sword—Ruth Benedict

The Feminine Mystique—Betty Friedan

Dispatches—Michael Herr

The Things They Carried—Tim O'Brien

An Actor Prepares—Constantin Stanislavski

A Pilgrimage to Angkor—Pierre Loti


*You should really read Primo Levi.