Stolen from I Love Books:
- Ambrose Bierce: The Devil’s Dictionary 
- Greil Marcus: Mystery Train: Images of America in Rock’N’Roll Music 
- David Nasaw: The Chief: The Life of William Randolph Hearst 
- Claire Tomalin: Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self 
- Walt Whitman: Leaves of Grass [1855, 1856, 1860 …. ]
This is not the same thing as listing “my 5 favorite books.” I wouldn’t even try to do that.
Picking only five was way harder than I thought it’d be.