There's Treasure Everywhere: A Calvin and Hobbes Collection by Bill Watterson
Calvin encourages readers to live in a world 25% reality and 75% imagination that weaves real social commentary and philosophical thought with the unrivaled creativity and urge for adventure. This, coupled with his best friend and sidekick, Hobbes, create pages of timeless wisdom shellacked in hilarity.
-Recommended by Eric Kearney
The Universe Is A Green Dragon: A Cosmic Creation Story by Brian Swimme Ph.D.
This book was recommended to me by friend and coworker Chris Woollis because of my love of the stars, cosmology, and philosophy. This book hits those notes in full force and more. Brian Swimme tells the story of the emerging universe and the essential forces that created it. What makes it truly amazing is how he relates those cosmological forces to human emotions and experiences. For example, Swimme makes compelling comparisons between love and gravity, the creativity of the human mind and the creativity of the universe, and shows how memory is shared between animate and inanimate objects alike. A must read for lovers of the cosmos who are looking to be enthralled by the nature of the universe.
-Recommended by Devin O'Dea
The Martian by Andy Weir
A survival story about a man accidentally left on mars. Freaking amazing. If you like science and survival, it's a must read.
-Recommended by Danielle Green
Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
Humor and poignancy pour from the pages in this modern classic that centers around the lives of several New Orleans residents in the 60's. Ignatius Reilly, a modern day Don Quixote, takes center stage as an overeducated and enormous man struggling to scrape by in life while living with his frail mother. Uniquely published and winning the Pulitzer Prize posthumously, the story behind this novel's publication is worth a read in itself. A southern classic by any definition, it examines New Orleans' unmistakable style with rich detail, and features a unforgettable cast of miscreants in both low and high society. If you want a picaresque tale that discusses philosophy, art, and the volatile nature of life all while you making you laugh, then this is the fall novel of choice I recommend.
-Recommended by Brian O'Dea
Tinkers by Paul Harding
Okay y'all, this is seriously a must read. The simple fact that this is Paul Harding's first ever novel, is astounding. This beautifully written, and quite poetic book explores the relationship between the past and present as it follows three generations of a family through different chapters of their lives. Through metaphor and story telling, this novel questions the relevance of time and the importance of isolated happenings in relation to the whole of a lifetime. Overall, I was left wondering the value of reason-- are reasoning and labeling actually useful, or are we better off moving into the unknown of simply feeling everything as it is...? I will leave you with this, one of my all time favorite quotes, and certainly my favorite quote from Harding's book: "Be comforted by the fact that the ache in your heart and the confusion in your soul means that you are still alive, still human, and still open to the beauty of this world, even though you have done nothing to deserve it.”
-Recommended by Ashleigh Price
Brain Storm: Unleashing Your Creative Self by Don Hahn
-Recommended by Rush Urschel