Books, Books, Books...

You can follow The Dictionary of Cultural Literacy if you like, but here's a completely subjective list of books that have actually been helpful in my academic career. It's up to you to decide what particular volumes enrich your life, which ones make for impressive conversation, and which ones you'd rather just have hanging around to jazz up your bookshelf.

Douglas Adams
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy trilogy (all five books); Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency; The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul; Last Chance to See.
Henry Adams
The Education of Henry Adams
Alicia Appleman-Jurman
Alicia: My Story
Hannah Arendt
Eichmann in Jerusalem, The Human Condition (especially "Action"), The Origins of Totalitarianism
Margaret Atwood
The Handmaid's Tale
Randall Balmer
Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory
William Blake
Songs of Innocence, Songs of Experience
Scott Brookie
Unix for Luddites
Kenneth C. Davis
Don't Know Much About History
Robin Deneslow
When the Music's Over: The Story of Political Pop
Elizabeth Ewen
Immigrant Women in the Land of Dollars
Susan Faludi
Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women
E.M. Forster
A Room with a View, Howard's End
Paul Fussell
John Gaventa
Power and Powerlessness
Rita Gross
Buddhism After Patriarchy
Carlos Guerrero
A Chicano Theology (one of the best books on liberation theology that I've ever read)
John Wesley Harding
Collected Stories (it's probably not strictly fair to include a promo item on a recommended reading list, but you can find the stories in song form on Wes' first couple of albums)
Joseph Heller
Brian Herbert
Sudanna, Sudanna; Sidney's Comet
Frank Herbert
Dune (sequels optional)
Susannah Heschel, ed.
On Being a Jewish Feminist: A Reader
bell hooks
Aldous Huxley
Brave New World
Joseph C. Landis, Ed.
A Yiddish Omnibus
Martin A. Lee and Norman Soloman
Unreliable Sources: A Guide to Detecting Bias in the News Media
The Prince (stop groaning--it builds character)
Walter M. Mller, Jr.
A Canticle for Leibowitz
Toni Morrison
Kadye Molodowsky
"Women's Songs"
Shirley Nelson
The Last Year of the War
The Norton Anthology of Poetry
The shorter edition will suffice.
George Orwell
Dorothy Parker
I suggest starting with The Portable Dorothy Parker and working from there.
Frances Fox Piven and Richard Cloward
Why Americans Don't Vote
Judith Plaskow
Standing Again at Sinai: Judaism from a Feminist Perspective
Thomas Pynchon
The Crying of Lot 49
Adrienne Rich
An Atlas of the Difficult World, Your Native Land, Your Life, The Fact of a Doorframe
Elisabeth Schussler-Fiorenza
In Memory of Her: A Feminist Theological Reconstruction of Christian Origins
William Shakespeare
Just about everything, but especially Hamlet, Midsummer Night's Dream, The Tempest, As You Like It, Macbeth, Othello, Romeo and Juliet
Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson
The Illuminatus Trilogy
Leslie Marmon Silko
Mona Simpson
Anywhere But Here
Christine Stansell
City of Women
Hunter S. Thompson
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail '72, Better than Sex
The Peloponnesian War
Michael Walzer
Just and Unjust Wars
Walt Whitman
American Vistas
Elizabeth Wurtzel
Prozac Nation: Young and Depressed in America