NIGHT SHIFT by Stephen King
This is horror author Stephen King's first collection of short stories. Some of these stories have been made into movies, including Children Of The Corn & Trucks (which became Maximum Overdrive).
MOON CALLED by Patricia Briggs
This was the novel that turned me onto urban fantasy. This is Patricia's first book about a shapeshifting mechanic named Mercy Thompson who has encounters with werewolves, vampires & fae.
HUNTER'S PRAYER by Lilith Saintcrow
This is the second in the Jill Kismet series & is my personal favorite of the series. Jill Kismet is a demon hunter with special abilities. In this book, she meets her "mate" werecougar Saul.
THE OTHERWORLD SERIES by Yasmine Galenorn
The Otherworld urban fantasy book series is about the D'Artigo sisters who are half-human, half-Faerie each with different abilities & who are agents for the Otherworld Intelligence Agency.
MIDNIGHT'S DAUGHTER by Karen Chance
This is the first book about Dorina Basarab who is a dhampir, a half-human & half-vampire. In this book, Dory's vampire father asks her to hunt down Dracula with the help of vamp Louis-Cesare.
Being a romance writer myself, Harlequin Blaze books have largely influenced my own "romantic" writing. Blaze books are (or were) more sexually-explicit in nature than other romance novels.
AND I DON'T WANT TO LIVE THIS LIFE by Deborah Spungen
This was a book about the turbulent life-and tragic death-of Nancy Spungen who was murdered by her boyfriend punk rocker Sid Vicious back in 1978. This book was written by her mother Deborah.
THE REAL FRANK ZAPPA BOOK by Frank Zappa
This was an autobiography-of sorts-by the late legendary rock musician Frank Zappa. In this book, Zappa talks about everything from his childhood, his musical career & his political viewpoints.
BRAIN DROPPINGS by George Carlin
Brain Droppings is the "first real book" by the late great comedian George Carlin that was first published in 1998. Much of the book contains George Carlin's comedy routines & other musings.
THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MALCOLM X (as told to Alex Haley)
This is the legendary autobiography of one of the most respected-and controversial-figures of the sixties civil rights movement Malcolm X who was a member of the Nation of Islam before leaving.
SING ME BACK HOME by Merle Haggard (with Peggy Russell)
This is the autobiography of legendary country singer-& one of my personal favorite singers-the late Merle Haggard. In the book, Merle discusses, among other things, his stint in San Quentin.
THE NAKED SOCIETY by Vance Packard
This book was a "political" book written by Vance Packard who was the Michael Moore of his day. Though published in 1964, it discusses many of the same "privacy" concerns people have today.
THE GREENING OF AMERICA by Charles A. Reich
"Our problems, however great, are entirely of our own making." From the classic book published in 1970. Although I don't agree with every single idea in this book, it's still a favorite of mine.
TRAVELS WITH CHARLEY IN SEARCH OF AMERICA by John Steinbeck
In 1960 legendary author John Steinbeck traveled across the country with his poodle Charley in a specially-made camper "in search of America" & this is the classic "travelogue" about his journey.
RAGE by Stephen King (writing as Richard Bachman)
King has said he "regretted" publishing this book, about a student who shoots a teacher & holds his class hostage, in the light of school shootings like Columbine and similar school shootings.
AWAKEN TO PLEASURE by Nalini Singh
This romance book was written by Nalini Singh who's best known for her paranormal romance novels, which this isn't. What "attracted" me to this book initially was the exotic-looking cover model!
THE ENJOYMENT OF AMY by John Colleton
This was the first "dirty" book I recall reading. Published in 1973, this is about the amorous adventures of a young woman named-of course!-Amy. This was the 50 Shades Of Grey of its time.