KK recommends


I’m a fan of Macdonald and Lew Archer because the writing is literary quality, the characters and rendered in ways that can help us understand why some become bad guys and some don’t.  A reviewer commented “Macdonald doesn’t write about crime, he writes about sin.” Here’s a worthy article.

By the way, you follow any of the links below, Perelandra College should get a tiny kickback that will help save students from poverty or debt.

The Moving Target, 1949
paperback   kindle   audio

The Drowning Pool, 1950
paperback   kindle   audio

The Way Some People Die, 1951

The Ivory Grin, 1952
paperback   kindle   audio

Find a Victim, 1954
paperback   kindle   audio

The Barbarous Coast, 1956
paperback   kindle   audio

The Doomsters, 1958
hardcover   paperback   kindle

The Galton Case, 1959
paperback   kindle

The Wycherly Woman, 1961
paperback   kindle

The Zebra-Striped Hearse, 1962
paperback   kindle

The Chill, 1963
paperback   kindle   audio

The Far Side of the Dollar, 1965
hardcover   paperback   kindle

Black Money, 1966
hardcover   kindle   audio

The Instant Enemy, 1968
hardcover   paperback   kindle

The Goodbye Look, 1969
paperback   kindle

The Underground Man, 1971
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Sleeping Beauty, 1973
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The Blue Hammer, 1976
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For the Associate of Arts degree program

Flannery O’Connor, A Good Man is Hard to Find

Malcolm Gladwell, The Tipping Point

Aimee Semple McPherson, This is That

Martin Luther King, Strength to Love

Andrew Marr, The History of the World

Jill Lepore, The Story of America

David A. Mayer, The Everything Economics Book

Page and Gilens, Democracy in America

Huston Smith, The World’s Religions

Will Durant, The Story of Philosophy

For the Bachelor of Arts degree program

Zondervan NIV Study Bible

Justo L. Gonzalez, The Story of Christianity, The Early Church to the Dawn of the Reformation

Justo L. Gonzalez, The Story of Christianity, The Reformation to the Present Day

Colin Brown, Christianity and Western Thought, From the Ancient World to the Age of Enlightenment

Padgett and Wilkins, Christianity and Western Thought, Faith and Reason in the 19th Century

Padgett and Wilkens, Christianity and Western Thought, Journey to Postmodernity

 For the Master of Arts degree program

C.S. Lewis, Apologetics:

Mere Christianity

Surprised By Joy

The Pilgrim’s Regress

The Screwtape Letters

The Problem of Pain

The Four Loves

A Grief Observed

Louis Markos, The Life and Writing of C.S. Lewis

C.S. Lewis, Fiction

Chronicles of Narnia

The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe

The Horse and his Boy

Prince Caspian

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

The Silver Chair

The Last Battle

The Magician’s Nephew

Chronicles of Narnia, boxed set

The Space Trilogy

Out of the Silent Planet


That Hideous Strength

The Space Trilogy, all three books

A C.S. Lewis Standalone Novel, Till We Have Faces

Soren Kierkegaard, Provocations 

Soren Kierkegaard, Purity of Heart is to Will One Thing

Blaise Pascal, Pensees

Terese of Lisieux, The Story of a Soul

St. Thomas Aquinas and Peter Kreeft, A Shorter Summa

Dallas Willlard, Hearing God

Dallas Willard, The Spirit of the Disciplines

Brian Zahnd, Beauty Will Save the World

Martin Luther King’ Jr.,  A Testament of Hope 

Feodor Dostoyevski,  The Brothers Karamazov  

Feodor Dostoevski, Crime and Punishment

Graham Greene, The Power and the Glory

Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre

J.D. Salinger, Franny and Zooey

Anonymous, The Way of the Pilgrim

Brother Lawrence, The Practice of the Presence of God

Fr. Philip Bochanski, Wisdom of the Desert Fathers and Mothers

Palmer et al, Philokalia

Mother Teresa, No Greater Love

Thomas Merton, The Seven Story Mountain

St. Augustine, Confessions

Tara Westover, Educated

 Writing electives

Michael Tierno, Aristotle’s Poetics for Screenwriters

Jon Franklin, Writing for Story

Strunk, White and Angell, Elements of Style

William Zinsser, On Writing Well

John Gardner, On Moral Fiction 

 Some Phd Electives

Frank Waters, Book of the Hopi

Talal Itani, Koran

Stephen Mitchell, Bhagavad Gita

Ursula Le Guin, Tao Te Ching

Gary Lachman, The Return of Holy Russia

Nicolas Berdayev, Dostoyevski, an Interpretation

Vladimir SoloyovWar, Progress, and the End of History

Emmanuel Swedenborg, Heaven and Hell

Harvey Bellin, Editor, Blake and Swedenborg

Leo Tolstoy, The Gospel in Brief

Immanuel Kant, Critique of Pure Reason

Immanuel KantThe Smart Students Guide

Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph von SchellingPhilosophy and Religion

Johann Gottlieb Fichte, The Vocation of Man

G.W.F. Hegel, Phenomenology of Spirit 

Reviewed in the Perelandra College blog

Upton Sinclair, I Candidate for Governor and How I Got Licked

Cormac McCarthy, No Country for Old Menthe film and the book

Brian  Zahnd, Beauty Will Save the World

Don Winslow, The Power of the Dog  a three book series

Gary Lachman, The Return of Holy Russia

Richard Rayner, A Bright and Guilty Place

Barbara Hall, Joan of Arcadia, the television series

Ross Macdonald, The Goodbye Look

Ross Macdonald, The whole Lew Archer series

Patricia Highsmith, The Talented Mr. Ripley

Patricia Highsmith, all the Ripley books

Sir Walter Scott, Ivanhoe

Sara Taylor Beautiful Dreamer

Philip Yancey, Where the Light Fell 

 Honest Christian fiction (no b.s. allowed):

(some titles are repeated from above)

Feodor Dostoyevski
Crime and Punishment
The Brothers Karamazov

Flannery O’Connor
Everything that Rises Must Converge
A Good Man is Hard to Find

Graham Greene
The Power and the Glory
The End of the Affair
The Heart of the Matter

Ron Hansen
Mariette in Ecstasy

Ken Kuhlken
Newport Ave
The Hickey Family crime novels

Charlotte Bronte
Jane Eyre

Marilyn Robinson

Andre Dubus
Finding a Girl in America
The Times are Never So Bad

Charles Dickens
A Tale of Two Cities

John Irving
A Prayer for Owen Meany

Victor Hugo
Les Miserables

Anne Lamott
All New People

T. Davis Bunn
The Great Divide

Athol Dickson
River Rising

Some fine Christian films:

The Apostle

Tender Mercies

Walk the Line

The Greatest Story Ever Told

Jesus Christ Superstar 

Other books and films Ken recommends.
Note: Some are excellent, some are simply fun. Please keep in mind that these are favorites of mine and not meant to be any sort of comprehensive list. I come from a European heritage and so have been most influenced by European/American Culture, and for reasons I’m either unwilling or unable to explain, my taste leans toward male writers.

Another note: I have not included here favorites of mine that are on the Perelandra College lists above.


B. Traven: Treasure of the Sierra Madre; The Death Ship

Malcolm Lowry: Under the Volcano

Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Mary Shelly, Frankenstein

Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights

Pete Hautman, The Prop

David Burns: Feeling Good  (Overcoming depression and anxiety)

M.Scott Peck: The Road Less Travelled (Spirituality and Emotional Health)

Christopher Isherwood: The Berlin Stories

Walter Mosley, Devil in a Blue Dress

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude

Jorge Luis Borges, Labyrinths


Treasure of the Sierra Madre

Nacho Libre

Karate Kid


The Usual Subjects

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest


Devil In a Blue Dress

Maltese Falcon

The Big Sleep

The Great Santini

Apocalypse Now


Raising Arizona

William Butler Yeats, The Second Coming, Sailing to Bysantium
William Blake, Little Black Boy, The Clod and The Pebble 
John Keats, Ode On a Grecian Urn
Nazim Hikmet, On Living
Sylvia Plath, Sheep in Fog
Christina Rossetti, The Goblin Market
Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Rime of the Ancient Mariner

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And here is where I always start my search for a particular used book.

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