Herman Melville. No description should be necessary. Long-winded and turgid by today's standards, but very vivid in places.
The Grapes of Wrath.
John Steinbeck. Ditto. Possibly the greatest American novel ever.
The Nick Adams Stories.
Ernest Hemingway. Published after Papa died, the book arranges his semi-autobiographical short stories more or less in chronological order. This was one of the books that got me started writing.
The Old Man and the Sea,
also Hemingway. Incredible read. One man and a fish.
When the Legends Die.
Hal Borland. A Ute Indian trying to kill his past.
My Dad's a big fan of Dickens and is always after me to get through A Tale of Two Cities,
but it just keeps sitting on my shelf.
Oh, and everyone should read my book,