Peter Straub Recommends


Under the Net
The Bell
The Nice and the Good

By Iris Murdoch

Bartleby the Scrivener
by Herman Melville

The Ambassadors
The Wings of the Dove
The Golden Bowl

by Henry James

The Lady in the Lake
The Long Good-Bye

by Raymond Chandler

Some Other Place
The Right Place

by Donald Harington

The Shining

by Stephen King

Mystic River
by Dennis Lehane

The Book of Disquiet
by Fernando Pessoa

Selected Poems
by John Ashbery

If in Time
by Ann Lauterbach

by Wilkie Collins

Bleak House
by Charles Dickens

Cold Heaven
by Brian Moore

Absalom, Absalom!
The Sound and the Fury

by William Faulkner

Touching Feeling
Between Men

by Eve Kososfsky Sedgewick


Bad Self Portrait by Lake Street Dive, featuring the astonishing Rachel Price

Jazz Goes to College Jazz at Oberlin Dave Digs Disney by Dave Brubeck Quartet

Kind of Blue In a Quiet Way by Miles Davis

Sundays at the Village Vanguard by Bill Evans

The Last Concert by The Modern Jazz Quartet

Way Out West by Sonny Rollins

Monk’s Dream by Thelonious Monk

Chet Baker Sings by The Chet Baker Quartet featuring Russ Freeman

The President Plays (with the Oscar Peterson Trio) Jazz Giants 56 by Lester Young

Anniversary Serenity by Stan Getz

Live at Zardi’s by Oscar Peterson

Count Basie on Columbia, 1938-39 If I’m Lucky Warm Tenor by Zoot Sims

Spring Symphony Canticles Death in Venice by Benjamin Britten, conducted by Britten

Beethoven Piano Sonatas by Daniel Baremboin

Les Annes des Pelerinage by Lizst, played by Alfred Brendel

Song of Sunset Song of the High Hills A Village Romeo and Juliet by Delius

Symphonies 3, 5, 7 and 8 by Mahler, various conductors

Fourth, Fifth, and Eight Book of Madrigals by Monteverdi, The Consort of Music with Anthony Rooley

The Emma Kirkby Collection Time Stands Still by Emma Kirkby & Anthony Rooley

The Charm of the Highway Strip, 69 Love Songs by The Magnetic Fields

And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out by Yo La Tengo

Circus Songs by The Tiger Lillies

The Ring Quartet Parsifal Tristan and Isolde by Wagner

Capriccio Die Frau Ohne Schatten by Richard Strauss

Lulu by Alban Berg (well, everything by Alban Berg)