Simeon Stolzberg's Favorite Books

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As a close friend of a Flashlight Worthy founder, Simeon was one of the first to contribute his list of personal favorites.


Where the Red Fern Grows

by Wilson Rawls

This is one of those books that made me cry as a kid. It's a simply told story about a boy and his hunting dogs. And although it's full of adventure, it's also about the issues and emotions we all experience in life.


Ender's Game

by Orson Scott Card

Kiesha says:

It sucked me in. I couldn't escape. This book is a must-read. You're introduced to the protagonist Ender Wiggin and the trial by fire he goes through to potentially become the "savior" of earth. He never asked for this. You're taken on a ride as this boy, because that's all he is, is forced to become a man too soon. You're there for his fear and triumphs. How Ender has to fight for everything, because everyone around him pushes and pushes. Find this book. Buy this book. Read this book.


Middlesex: A Novel

by Jeffrey Eugenides

MCOB from Columbus, OH says:

This is probably one of my favorite books. The three generations worth of family stories was unbelievable. I loved how distance the oldest generation was in Greece and how familiar the second generation in Detroit was. And I really enjoyed how the book starts out in Greece to tell this love story between two siblings (as unappealing as that sounds, it wasn't). And I loved the descriptions of the riots in Detroit. And then to finish it off by really focusing on the main character, a hermaphrodite, working in San Francisco’s Haight. It was so interesting.

This book also appears on Oprah's Book Club


The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom

by Slavomir Rawicz

Although controversial, this adventure is so preposterous that I want to believe it's true. A small group escapes from a frozen Soviet Gulag and walks to freedom in India, meeting incredible people along the route. It's a page-turner.

This book also appears on Peter Steinberg's Reading List


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

by Mark Haddon

Meryl McQueen says:

This is a brilliant book, whose protagonist is an autistic teenager. Written in a lively, murder-mystery style, it is also gently humorous and a great read. This book is an excellent introduction to the subject of autism, especially when it comes to quirky behavior and difficult social relationships.



by William Gibson

This book totally defines the cyber-punk genre; it was so vivid and yet seemed so utterly plausible the first time I read it. Now that the Internet rules the world, I am in awe of the creative mind that yielded this novel.