The best books that draw you into another world

Nick Allen Brown Author Of Grainger County Tomatoes
By Nick Allen Brown

Who am I?

A book has the ability to change who you are as a person. The first time I read Charlotte's Web my perspective on death changed from something horrible to something that's a part of life. I still search for books that draw me into a world and when the book ends, a piece of me feels empty, but in a good way. The good news is that there are thousands of books that we can live in. My favorite quote of all time – “It is the reader that lives a thousand lives.” I've completed more than 80 book signings across the US, and I enjoy helping other writers achieve their goals.


I wrote...

Grainger County Tomatoes

By Nick Allen Brown,

Book cover of Grainger County Tomatoes

What is my book about?

A farmer collapses in his tomato fields after suffering a fatal heart attack. Weeks later, the heir to the farm begins to work the land when they soon discover holes are being dug throughout the tomato fields. Broken glass and tire tracks surround each excavation as does the mystery of what the culprits are searching for. Destruction, mystery, and turmoil plague a family in a small town in 1951.

The books I picked & why

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Sphere

By Michael Crichton,

Book cover of Sphere

Why this book?

The setup of this story is captivating. A psychologist, a marine biologist, an astrophysicist, and a mathematician are called to a crash site in the middle of the ocean. What unfolds gives you, the reader, a chance to live in an underwater habitat as the crash site happens to be a spacecraft at the bottom of the ocean. I love the sense of claustrophobia this book gives me as it is both unsettling and comforting at times.

While the movies I watch tell me that an extra-terrestrial encounter would include little green men, this story gives us an alternative to that. Instead of a being, humanity is instead confronted with an entity. I felt genuine fear while reading this book.

Sphere

By Michael Crichton,

Why should I read it?

3 authors picked Sphere as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.


The Green Mile

By Stephen King,

Book cover of The Green Mile

Why this book?

When I read this book, I got the feeling that I knew exactly what it was like to be a prison guard in the year 1932. And not just any prison guard, but a man who went to work every day with inmates on death row.

This takes place in a small town with a small cast of characters you’ll get to know very well and in the middle of it all is something magical. Unworldly. If you are not a reader of Stephen King, fear not as this is the kind of story that takes hold of you and shows you the good side of humanity.

The Green Mile

By Stephen King,

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked The Green Mile as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Stephen King's iconic horror masterpiece. An international bestselling and highly acclaimed novel, a must-read for any horror fan, also a hugely successful film starring Tom Hanks.

The Green Mile: those who walk it do not return, because at the end of that walk is the room in which sits Cold Mountain penitentiary's electric chair. In 1932 the newest resident on death row is John Coffey, a giant black man convicted of the brutal murder of two little girls. But nothing is as it seems with John Coffey, and around him unfolds a bizarre and horrifying story.

Evil murderer or holy…

Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly

By Anthony Bourdain,

Book cover of Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly

Why this book?

Do you know why you shouldn’t order fish on a Monday? Are you aware of how much butter is in most restaurant dishes? The world of a professional kitchen is a place of both mystery and magic. While you might think that you will learn about the downside of the restaurant industry with a title like Kitchen Confidential, what you’ll walk away with is an enormous amount of respect for those that work in the “back of the house” and an understanding of how much of their lives chefs give up so we can eat food with unbelievable flavor. I could hear the chefs yelling out to the line cooks and the pans clanging in the background. The sound of a full restaurant in front of the house. If you haven’t ever worked in a professional kitchen, you will feel like you did after reading this book.

Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly

By Anthony Bourdain,

Why should I read it?

4 authors picked Kitchen Confidential as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

THE CLASSIC BESTSELLER: 'The greatest book about food ever written' 'A compelling book with its intriguing mix of clever writing and kitchen patois ... more horrifically gripping than a Stephen King novel' Sunday Times 'Extraordinary ... written with a clarity and a clear-eyed wit to put the professional food-writing fraternity to shame' Observer _____________________________ After twenty-five years of 'sex, drugs, bad behaviour and haute cuisine', chef and novelist Anthony Bourdain decided to tell all - and he meant all. From his first oyster in the Gironde to his lowly position as a dishwasher in a honky-tonk fish restaurant in Provincetown;…

Chaos: Charles Manson, the CIA, and the Secret History of the Sixties

By Tom O'Neill, Dan Piepenbring,

Book cover of Chaos: Charles Manson, the CIA, and the Secret History of the Sixties

Why this book?

What if I told you that Charles Manson was part of a United States CIA project that was directly responsible for the death of many people? This book will show you how author Tom O’Neil gathered government documents and testimonies about the link between the CIA and Charles Manson. See how The Beach Boys and Hollywood movie stars were pawns in a game controlled by several government programs and this book has the evidence to back up these outrageous claims. I used to have a very different point of view of Manson before this book, and now I see him very differently.

Chaos: Charles Manson, the CIA, and the Secret History of the Sixties

By Tom O'Neill, Dan Piepenbring,

Why should I read it?

3 authors picked Chaos as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

As featured on The Joe Rogan Experience
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A journalist's twenty-year obsession with the Manson murders leads to shocking new conspiracy theories about the FBI's involvement in this fascinating re-evaluation of one of the most infamous cases in American history.

Twenty years ago, reporting for a routine magazine piece about the infamous Manson murders, journalist Tom O'Neill didn't expect to find anything new. But the discovery of horrifying new evidence kick-started an obsession and his life's work. What had he unearthed and what did it mean: why was there surveillance by intelligence agents? Why did the police make these particular…


The Andromeda Strain

By Michael Crichton,

Book cover of The Andromeda Strain

Why this book?

An entire town is killed after a satellite crash in a small town. An infectious micro-organism from space is responsible for the death of every single resident except for two people. I couldn’t get enough of the mystery of why a screaming infant and an abuser of alcohol survived the infection. I was enthralled in the facility that the scientists used (called Wildfire) to combat the micro-organism. The suspense in this story built up in front of me in a way most books haven’t and that is why I love this book. Lastly, it should be noted that Michael Crichton was a doctor and he used his medical knowledge to make this book eerily accurate.

The Andromeda Strain

By Michael Crichton,

Why should I read it?

3 authors picked The Andromeda Strain as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.


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