Books on the Lam

Jim asks the following wonderful question:

For whatever reason (say an opressive regime has taken over your country), you find that you have to cut and run, leaving most everything behind to live on the lam for a while. After packing all the essentials (You packed a flashlight, right? Double check), you find that you have room for 7 or 8 books. You have 5 minutes to select the books to take.

Here are mine:


  • The Disposessed, Ursula K. LeGuin
  • Raising the Stones, Sheri S. Tepper
  • The English Patient, Michael Ondaatje
  • The Gold Bug Variations, Richard Powers
  • Fear and Trembling, Soren Kierkegaard
  • Godel, Escher, Bach, Douglas Hofstadter
  • The Republic, Plato (Allan Bloom, trans.)