Free books

Books! Free to a good home. Let me know if you want any of these.

Also a Blu-ray, a couple of DVDs, and some VHS tapes. (At the end of this post.)

This list contains a total of about 225 items, as of May 12, 2022.

Almost everything here has spent at least a couple weeks in my Little Free Library, so don’t worry that you would be taking something away from someone else who might want it. These items fill an entire bookcase in my house, so you would be doing me a favor by taking them off my hands.

I’ll edit this page to remove items as they’re claimed and to add new items over time.

If you prefer, you can view this list as a spreadsheet, but that spreadsheet includes some unredacted NSFW words. It’s also not as nicely formatted as the text version on this page.

Provenance and recommendations

Some of the items here were my father’s; some were donated to my Little Free Library; some are books that Kam is giving away; some are books or other items that I no longer want, or that I have duplicates of.

The only ones that I can personally recommend (in the sense of saying that I like them) are the few that I’m only giving away because I have a duplicate. About half of the books on this list are books that I haven’t read and that I know nothing about; and of the ones that I have read or (more often) skimmed or glanced over in passing, I didn’t like most of them enough to keep them. (But you may love them! Different people have different tastes.)

So I’m sorry to say that I can’t give recommendations.


Alphabetical by author’s or editor’s last name (or by relevant magazine title). Separated into groups for ease of scanning.

MMPB means “mass market paperback.” Sf means “speculative fiction”—which is to say, science fiction or fantasy.

Most of the books on the list are in fair to good condition, but some have soot-damaged covers. If you want more info about anything here, just ask.

Links for speculative fiction books go to ISFDB. Links for other books mostly go to Goodreads or the Doghouse book database. In all cases, the links may not show the same edition or the same cover as the version of the book that I’m giving away.

I’ve included my best guess about genre for on some of these books, but I could be wrong about those. If you’re looking for a particular topic or genre or type of book, like travel or dog or mystery or memoir or nonfiction, try searching in this page. (But not all of the books are labeled.)

Note: Some of the book titles listed here are marginally NSFW. I’ve rot-13ed those titles. Some of the content of some of the books is also NSFW, but I haven’t marked those books.


Ragged Dick, or, Street Life in New York, by Horatio Alger Jr. (MMPB)
Flowers in the Attic, by V. C. Andrews (MMPB)
Winter Garden, by Adele Ashworth (MMPB)
Winter Garden series, #2.
One, by Richard Bach (MMPB)
Paradise Parade, by Anne Baker (MMPB)
The Wasp Factory, by Iain Banks (Trade Paperback)
The X-President, by Philip E. Baruth (Trade Paperback)
Sf novel. Advance Reading Copy of a satirical science fiction novel involving Bill Clinton and time travel.
Lidia’s Italian Table, by Lidia Matticchio Bastianich (Hardcover)
Red Hot & Holy: A Heretic’s Love Story, by Sera Beak (Trade Paperback)
Memoir about spirituality.
Great Sky River, by Gregory Benford (Hardcover)
Galactic Center Saga series, #3.
Sf novel.
This Is a Soul: The Mission of Rick Hodes, by Marilyn Berger (Hardcover)
The Warsaw Protocol, by Steve Berry (MMPB)
Cotton Malone series, #15.
Beyond (MMPB)
Sf anthology, reprinting stories from Beyond Fantasy Fiction. Bradbury, Pohl, Fredric Brown, Sturgeon, et al.
The Witches of Castle Crabapple, by Colette Bezio (Trade Paperback)
YA/MG fantasy.
Fair-Weather Friends, by ReShonda Tate Billingsley (Trade Paperback)
Good Girlz series, #5.
YA Christian novel.
Silver Wedding, by Maeve Binchy (MMPB)
The Starcrossed, by Ben Bova (MMPB)
Sf novel (satirical) based on Bova’s and Harlan Ellison’s experiences with the real-life TV show The Starlost.
Moon Handbooks Tennessee, by Jeff Bradley (Trade Paperback)
The Cat Who Turned On and Off, by Lilian Jackson Braun (MMPB)
The Cat Who... series, #11.
The Cat Who Moved a Mountain, by Lilian Jackson Braun (MMPB)
The Cat Who... series, #13.
Vexed and Troubled Englishmen, 1590-1642: The Beginnings of the American People, by Carl Bridenbaugh (Trade Paperback)
Mrs. Jeffries Rights a Wrong, by Emily Brightwell (Trade Paperback)
Mrs. Jeffries (Victorian England) series, #35.
Starting FORTH, by Leo Brodie (Trade Paperback)
Programming. About the FORTH programming language.
MacPerl: Power and Ease, by Vicki Brown and Chris Nandor (Trade Paperback)
Conquering Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Other Repetitive Strain Injuries, by Sharon J. Butler (Trade Paperback)


Undercurrents, by Stella Cameron (MMPB)
The Chocolate Bear Burglary, by JoAnna Carl (MMPB)
Chocoholic Mysteries series, #2.
The Chocolate Mouse Trap, by JoAnna Carl (MMPB)
Chocoholic Mysteries series, #5.
Universe 7, by Terry Carr (Hardcover)
Sf anthology.
Flashing Swords #4: Barbarians and Black Magicians, by Lin Carter (Hardcover)
Flashing Swords series, #4.
Sf anthology.
Juggling for the Complete Klutz, by John Cassidy and B. C. Rimbeaux (Trade Paperback)
How-to. Doesn’t include juggling bags; just the book.
Love’s Misadventure, by Cheri Champagne (Trade Paperback)
Mason Siblings series, #1.
Mount Vernon Love Story: A novel of George and Martha Washington, by Mary Higgins Clark (Hardcover)
Tai-Pan, by James Clavell (MMPB)
Hounded to Death, by Melissa Cleary (MMPB)
Dog Lover’s Mystery series, #3.
Skull and Dog Bones, by Melissa Cleary (MMPB)
Dog Lover’s Mystery series, #4.
Old Dogs, by Melissa Cleary (MMPB)
Dog Lover’s Mystery series, #9.
And Your Little Dog, Too, by Melissa Cleary (MMPB)
Dog Lover’s Mystery series, #10.
Versatile Vizsla, by Marion I. Coffman (Hardcover)
Dead Secret, by Beverly Connor (MMPB)
Diane Fallon series, #3.
The Middle Place, by Kelly Corrigan (Trade Paperback)
The Countryman, Spring 1984 (Trade Paperback)
Paperback magazine.
Welcome to Temptation, by Jennifer Crusie (MMPB)
Romance/comedy/mystery novel.
Damnation Spring, by Ash Davidson (Hardcover)
The Forsytes, by Suleika Dawson (Trade Paperback)
Historical fiction, continuing John Galsworthy’s Forsyte Saga.
Samuel R. Delany, by Seth McEvoy (Trade Paperback)
Biography, sort of.
Getting the Most Out of Your Abrasive Tools, by Deltacraft (Hardcover)
Getting the Most Out of Your Drill Press, by Deltacraft (Hardcover)
The Router: An All Purpose Tool for Dozens of Jobs, by Deltacraft (Hardcover)
Skin Deep, by Peter Dickinson (Trade Paperback)
James Pibble series, #1.
Mystery. Also published under the title The Glass-Sided Ants’ Nest.
Terminal Run, by Michaël Dimercurio (MMPB)
Pacino series, #7.
The Word of God: Or, Holy Writ Rewritten, by Thomas M. Disch (Trade Paperback)
Sf, sorta kinda.
House of Sand and Fog, by Andre Dubus III (Trade Paperback)


Fine Woodworking on the Small Workshop (Trade Paperback)
First Aid for Dogs: What to do when emergencies happen, by Bruce Fogle (Trade Paperback)
Margot Fonteyn: Autobiography, by Margot Fonteyn (Hardcover)
A Natural History of Frk, by Adrian Forsyth (Hardcover)
Bring the Rain, by JoAnn Franklin (Trade Paperback)
Novel about dementia.
The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion, by Sir James George Frazer (Hardcover)
Nonfiction (though with dubious sourcing.)
Civilization and Its Discontents, by Sigmund Freud (Trade Paperback)
Grunch of Giants, by R. Buckminster Fuller (Hardcover)
Utopianism, politics, business.
The Children of Willesden Lane: Beyond the Kindertransport: A Memoir of Music, Love, and Survival, by Mona Golabek and Lee Cohen (Trade Paperback)
Agent in Place, by Mark Greaney (Trade Paperback)
Gray Man series, #7.
A Fistful of Shells: West Africa from the rise of the slave trade to the age of revolution, by Toby Green (Hardcover)
A Friend Is Someone, by Suzanne Grenell (Trade Paperback)
Snow Falling on Cedars [copy 1], by David Guterson (Trade Paperback)
Snow Falling on Cedars [copy 2], by David Guterson (Trade Paperback)
There Is No Darkness, by Joe Haldeman and Jack C. Haldeman II (MMPB)
Sf novel.
Demonglass, by Rachel Hawkins (Trade Paperback)
Hex Hall series, #2.
YA sf romance novel.
A City in Winter, by Mark Helprin (Hardcover)
Children’s fantasy.
Memoir from Antproof Case, by Mark Helprin (Hardcover)
A Soldier of the Great War, by Mark Helprin (Hardcover)
A Farewell to Arms, by Ernest Hemingway (Trade Paperback)
Novel, semiautobiographical, WWI.
Hoot, by Carl Hiaasen (Trade Paperback)
YA novel.
Wicked: Witch & Curse, by Nancy Holder (Trade Paperback)
YA fantasy.
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman (Trade Paperback)
Designing and Writing Online Documentation: Hypermedia for Self- Supporting Products, 2nd Edition, by William Horton (Trade Paperback)
Shrub: The Short but Happy Political Life of George W. Bush, by Molly Ivins and Lou Dubose (Trade Paperback)
Fires of the Past: Thirteen Contemporary Fantasies About Hometowns, by Anne Devereaux Jordan (Hardcover)
Sf (fantasy) anthology.


Death of a Nightingale, by Lene Kaaberbøl (Hardcover)
Nina Borg series, #3.
Invitation to FORTH, by Harry Katzan (Hardcover)
Programming. About the FORTH programming language.
The Royals, by Kitty Kelley (Hardcover)
The Biggest Lie in the History of Christianity: How Modern Culture Is Robbing Billions of People of Happiness, by Matthew Kelly (Trade Paperback)
Stay Tuned for Murder, by Mary Kennedy (MMPB)
Talk Radio series, #3.
O Jerusalem, by Laurie R. King (MMPB)
Mary Russell series, #5.
Mystery (including Sherlock Holmes).
Pigs in Heaven, by Barbara Kingsolver (Hardcover)
The Poisonwood Bible [copy 1], by Barbara Kingsolver (Trade Paperback)
The Poisonwood Bible [copy 2], by Barbara Kingsolver (MMPB)
Prodigal Summer: Large print edition, by Barbara Kingsolver (Trade Paperback)
Shopaholic Ties the Knot, by Sophie Kinsella (Trade Paperback)
Shopaholic series, #3.
Satan’s Angels Exposed, by Salem Kirban (Trade Paperback)
Conspiracy theory.
The 10th Here’s How: Another idea book from Kodak, by Kodak (Trade Paperback)
The House in November, by Keith Laumer (MMPB)
Sf novel.
The Invaders, by Keith Laumer (MMPB)
Novelization of sf TV series.
Feast of Stephen, by Stephen Leacock (Trade Paperback)
Satire. Selected Leacock pieces, with a 50-page introduction by Robertson Davies.
Dove’s Way, by Linda Francis Lee (MMPB)
Hawthorne Brothers series, #1.
How Lucky, by Will Leitch (Hardcover)
On the Intelligentsia, by V. I. Lenin (MMPB)
Death and Judgment, by Donna Leon (MMPB)
Commissario Brunetti series, #4.
Mystery novel.
Bandits, by Elmore Leonard (Hardcover)
Novel. Sadly unrelated to the movie of the same title.
Universal Principles of Design, Revised and Updated: 125 Ways to Enhance Usability, Influence Perception, Increase Appeal, Make Better Design Decisions, and Teach through Design, by William Lidwell, Kritina Holden, and Jill Butler (Trade Paperback)
Bring Me a Unicorn, by Anne Morrow Lindbergh (Hardcover)
Fountain of Dreams, by Josie Litton (MMPB)
Akora series, #4.
The Cluetrain Manifesto: The End of Business as Usual, by Christopher Locke, Rick Levine, Doc Searls, David Weinberger (Trade Paperback)
English on the Bonin (Ogasawara) Islands, by Daniel Long (Hardcover)
Bloodhounds, by Peter Lovesey (MMPB)
Peter Diamond series, #4.
Die in Plain Sight, by Elizabeth Lowell (MMPB)
Rarities Unlimited series, #3.
Romance/mystery novel?
Jedi Eclipse, by James Luceno (MMPB)
Star Wars: The New Jedi Order series, #5.
Sf novel.
Masquerade, by Gayle Lynds (MMPB)
Liz Sansborough series, #1.


Other Times, Other Worlds, by John D. MacDonald (MMPB)
Sf collection: stories by the author of the Travis McGee mysteries.
Dashing Through the Snow, by Debbie Macomber (MMPB)
A Walk Along the Beach, by Debbie Macomber (Hardcover)
Marry Me at Christmas, by Susan Mallery (MMPB)
Fool's Gold series, #19.
Angela’s Ashes, by Frank McCourt (Trade Paperback)
The Snow Leopard's Tale, by Thomas McIntyre (Trade Paperback)
Novel (short).
Eccentric Lives and Peculiar Notions, by John Michell (Trade Paperback)
Biographies, brief.
Black Spring, by Henry Miller (Hardcover)
Short stories, possibly semi-autobiographical.
Tropic of Capricorn, by Henry Miller (Hardcover)
Novel, semiautobiographical.
Little Bear, by Elsa Holmelund Minarik and Maurice Sendak (Trade Paperback)
Children’s picture book.
A Nervous Splendour: Vienna 1888/1889, by Frederic Morton (Trade Paperback)
Dairy Queen, by Catherine Gilbert Murdock (Trade Paperback)
Dairy Queen series, #1.
YA sports romance novel.
At Large, by Lynne Murray (MMPB)
Josephine Fuller series, #3.
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Crime, by Tamar Myers (MMPB)
Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery With Recipes series, #2.
Crazy Jack, by Donna Jo Napoli (Hardcover)
Sf novel/fairytale retelling.
Thinking in Time: The uses of history for decision makers, by Richard E Neustadt (Trade Paperback)
Galactic Derelict, by Andre Norton (MMPB)
Time Traders series, #2.
Sf novel.
Hamnet: A Novel of the Plague, by Maggie O'farrell (Trade Paperback)
Historical fiction.
Yonnondio, by Tillie Olsen (Trade Paperback)
Novel (unfinished).


Scuba Tune-Up, by PADI (Trade Paperback)
The Body in the Bouillon, by Katherine Hall Page (MMPB)
Faith Fairchild series, #3.
The Body in the Bog, by Katherine Hall Page (MMPB)
Faith Fairchild series, #7.
Steal, by James Patterson (Trade Paperback)
Instinct series, #3.
Mystery novel
Mathematical Cryptology for Computer Scientists and Mathematicians, by Wayne Patterson (Hardcover)
In Search of Stones: A pilgrimage of faith, reason, and discovery, by M. Scott Peck (Audio Cassette)
Audiobook on cassette tape.
Brunswick Gardens, by Anne Perry (MMPB)
Charlotte & Thomas Pitt series, #18.
Death in Focus, by Anne Perry (Trade Paperback)
Elena Standish series, #1.
Crocodile on the Sandbank, by Elizabeth Peters (MMPB)
Amelia Peabody series, #1.
Guardian of the Horizon, by Elizabeth Peters (MMPB)
Amelia Peabody series, #16.
The Message Remix: Purple Pocket Edition, by Eugene H. Peterson (Hardcover)
Religion: A Christian Bible in modernized English.
Ambidextrous, by Felice Picano (Trade Paperback)
Novel, semiautobiographical.
Leaving Time, by Jodi Picoult (Trade Paperback)
Picture Perfect, by Jodi Picoult (Trade Paperback)
Sing You Home, by Jodi Picoult (Trade Paperback)
The Tenth Circle, by Jodi Picoult (Trade Paperback)
Vanishing Acts, by Jodi Picoult (Trade Paperback)
Fortune’s Hand, by Belva Plain (MMPB)
The Beiderbecke Affair, by Alan Plater (MMPB)
The Annals of the Heechee, by Frederik Pohl (Hardcover)
Sf novel.
Bungalow Details: Interior, by Jane Powell (Hardcover)
Home decorating.
Basics, by Tom Powell (Small Paperback)
Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand (MMPB)
Objectivist propaganda novel.
A Curious Beginning, by Deanna Raybourn (Hardcover)
Veronica Speedwell Victorian series, #1.
The Discovery of the Orgone: The Function of the Betnfz, by Wilhelm Reich (Trade Paperback)
Early Writings, by Wilhelm Reich (Hardcover)
Selected Writings: An introduction to orgonomy, by Wilhelm Reich (Trade Paperback)
Frk-cby, by Wilhelm Reich (MMPB)
This Side of Heaven, by Karen Robards (Hardcover)
Secrets in Death & Dark in Death, by J.D. Robb (Nora Roberts) (Trade Paperback)
In Death series, #45-46.
Engaging the Enemy, by Nora Roberts (MMPB)
Truly, Madly Manhattan, by Nora Roberts (MMPB)
Whiskey Beach, by Nora Roberts (MMPB)
Rising Tides, by Nora Roberts (MMPB)
Chesapeake Bay Saga, #2.
Tears of the Moon, by Nora Roberts (MMPB)
Gallaghers of Ardmore series, #2.
The Hanging Valley, by Peter Robinson (MMPB)
Inspector Banks series, #4.
Late Night VRML 2.0 with Java, by Bernie Roehl, Justin Couch, Cindy Reed-Ballreich, Tim Rohaly, and Geoff Brown (Trade Paperback)
Bound by Desire, by Rosemary Rogers (MMPB)
Legend of Morgan-Challenger series, #5.
Giants in the Earth, by O.E. Rolvaag (MMPB)
Perpetual Light, by Alan Ryan (Hardcover)
Sf anthology: stories about religion, by Silverberg, Tanith Lee, Benford, Elgin, et al.
The Child Garden, by Geoff Ryman (Trade Paperback)
Sf novel.


Twisted Prey, by John Sandford (MMPB)
Lucas Davenport series, #28.
Skippyjon Jones ¡Ay Card-Ramba!, by Judy Schachner (Trade Paperback)
Children’s picture book. On the one hand, this is a cute brief picture-book story with some bits in Spanish. On the other hand, the whole premise of this series (English-speaking Siamese cat likes to pretend that he’s a Mexican chihuahua and say things in mock-Spanish) is racist and appropriative.
The Great Turning: Personal Peace, Global Victory, by Craig Schindler (Trade Paperback)
Conflict management.
Fractals, Chaos, Power Laws: minutes from an infinite paradise, by M. R. Schroeder (Hardcover)
Bungalow Colors: Exteriors, by Robert Schweitzer (Trade Paperback)
Home decorating.
This Loving Torment, by Valerie Sherwood (MMPB)
Romance (historical).
A Wedding in December, by Anita Shreve (Trade Paperback)
The Pilot’s Wife, by Anita Shreve (Trade Paperback)
Fortune’s Rocks series, #3.
The Order, by Daniel Silva (MMPB)
Gabriel Allon series, #20.
Sweetheart, Indiana, by Suzanne Simmons (MMPB)
Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, by Helen Simonson (Trade Paperback)
The Unraveling of Cassidy Holmes, by Elissa R. Sloan (Hardcover)
Precious and Grace, by Alexander McCall Smith (Trade Paperback)
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, #17.
Skylark Three, by E. E. “Doc” Smith (MMPB)
Skylark series, #2.
Sf novel.
Skylark of Valeron, by E. E. “Doc” Smith (MMPB)
Skylark series, #3.
Sf novel.
Skylark DuQuesne, by E. E. “Doc” Smith (MMPB)
Skylark series, #4.
Sf novel.
The Love-Girl and the Innocent, by Alexander Solzhenitsyn (MMPB)
The Return, by Nicholas Sparks (Hardcover)
The Spiral Dance, by Starhawk (Trade Paperback)
Nonfiction about modern Witchcraft.
Accidental Heroes, by Danielle Steel (MMPB)
Dark Side, by Danielle Steel (MMPB)
The House, by Danielle Steel (MMPB)
Lone Eagle, by Danielle Steel (Hardcover)
Novel. (Romance?)
Miracle, by Danielle Steel (MMPB)
Chang and Eng, by Darin Strauss (Trade Paperback)
An Introduction to Classical Real Analysis, by Karl R. Stromberg (Hardcover)
Jali Kunda: Griots of West Africa & Beyond, by Foday Musa Suso (Trade Paperback)
The Meaning of Swarthmore, by Swarthmore (Trade Paperback)
Jarhead: A Soldier’s Story of Modern War, by Anthony Swofford (Trade Paperback)
Memoir/military nonfiction.


Policeman Mike’s Brass Buttons, by Ruth Tooze (Hardcover)
Children’s picture book from 1951 (revised 1964). Valorizes police.
The Zimmerman Telegram, by Barbara W. Tuchman (MMPB)
History (WWII).
Lincoln: A Novel, by Gore Vidal (Hardcover)
Homecoming, by Cynthia Voigt (MMPB)
Tillerman Family series, #1.
YA novel.
A Solitary Blue, by Cynthia Voigt (MMPB)
Tillerman Family series, #3.
YA novel.
The Psychological Meaning of Redemption Motifs in Fairytales, by Marie-Luise von Franz (Trade Paperback)
The Dying Season, by Martin Walker (Trade Paperback)
Bruno, Chief of Police/The Dordogne Mysteries series, #8.
Mystery. Apparently the same book was also published under the title The Patriarch.
The Final Revival of Opal & Nev, by Dawnie Walton (Hardcover)
The Outline of History, Volume 1, by H. G. Wells (Hardcover)
Outline of History series, #1.
Sarah’s War, by Eugenia Lovett West (Trade Paperback)
Historical fiction.
Wilhelm Reich in Hell, by Robert Anton Wilson (Trade Paperback)
The American Agent, by Jacqueline Winspear (Trade Paperback)
Maise Dobbs series, #15.
The Bomb Vessel, by Richard Woodman (Trade Paperback)
Nathaniel Drinkwater series, #4.
Napoleonic Wars historical fiction.
The Corvette, by Richard Woodman (Trade Paperback)
Nathaniel Drinkwater series, #5.
Napoleonic Wars historical fiction.
The Winds of War, by Herman Wouk (MMPB)
Historical fiction (WWII).
Chocky, by John Wyndham (MMPB)
Sf novel, by an author better known for The Day of the Triffids.
Thérèse Raquin, by Émile Zola (MMPB)


In & Out DVD
She’s the Man DVD


Free Guy (2021) Blu-ray
Watership Down (1978) Blu-ray (REGION B!!!)
Note: This Blu-ray WILL NOT PLAY in standard US Region A Blu-ray players. It will presumably play in Region B players or regionless players.

VHS tapes

I like all of these, but can no longer play them, and I’ve upgraded to DVDs and Blu-rays for most of them.

Cutthroat Island
The English Patient
Four Weddings and a Funeral
In & Out
My Best Friend’s Wedding
My Fair Lady
Singin’ in the Rain