Frank Bures of Minneapolis writes:

On my bedside table: "Wise Blood," by Flannery O'Connor. "Age of Ambition," by Evan Osnos. "Zibaldone," by Giacomo Leopardi. "Dark Shamans: Kanaima and the Poetics of Violent Death," by Neil Whitehead. "Race and Culture," by Thomas Sowell. "M," by John Sack. And "The Village of Waiting," by George Packer.

Bures' new book, "The Geography of Madness," will be published in April by Melville House. What's on your bedside table? E-mail us at