What books are visible on the bookshelf in Interstellar?

I could only focus on The Stand, by Stephen King, since it's one of my favorites. But I'd love to see a more complete list.

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The most complete list seems to be on a forum for Christopher Nolan fans.

The main post on that thread has the most recently updated list, as compiled by those forum users. Here’s a copy of the list from the main post:

So far, the entries are:

  • The Stand by Stephen King
  • Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin
  • Out of the Blue by Isabel Wolf
  • Time's Arrow by Martin Amis
  • Maugham: A Biography by Ted Morgan
  • Downwinders: An Atomic Tale by Curtis and Diane Oberhansly
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • The Story of Edgar Sawtelle: A Novel (P.S.) by David Wroblewski

Can you help me add more?

EDIT: Thank you guys for your help so far! Keep them coming! I'll update this post as new info comes through.

  • The Big Nowhere by James Ellroy
  • The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  • The Waste Land by T.S. Elliot (specifically the poem "Four Quartets")

EDIT 2: Here's WIRED magazine's article on the book case complete with comments from Chris about a few of the books http://www.wired.com/2014/11/interstellar-murphs-library/#x and here is their list:

  • The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks
  • Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
  • Emma by Jane Austen (and what he says about this...<3 )
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
  • Labyrinths by Jorge Luis Borges
  • The Go Between by L.P. Hartley
  • Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin Abbott

A few glimpses of authors/names:

  • Janet Finch
  • Diana Gabaldon

Edit 3:

  • Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick

I have also created a Pinterest board (easiest way I could think of to display).

Edit 4: Here are new additions with the help of BluRay technology!

  • The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
  • A Life Inspired: Tales of the Peace Corps by Peace Corps
  • The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
  • Three Cups of Tea by Relin and Mortenson
  • The Fatal Shore by Robert Hughes
  • The Balloon Man by Charlotte Armstrong
  • The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
  • The Devil’s Alternative by Frederick Forsythe
  • Rogets Thesaurus
  • In a Different Voice: Psychological Theory and Women’s Development by Carol Gilligan
  • Little Children by Tom Perrotta
  • The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
  • Gravedigger’s Daughter by Joyce Carol Oates
  • Zeitoun by Dave Eggers
  • The Reapers by John Connolly
  • We were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates (Interesting side note: Nolan cites the painting “Christna’s World” as a key influence on the Farmhouse setting of Interstellar. Early editions of this book use that same painting as a cover.)
  • Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language
  • Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  • The Century by Peter Jennings and Todd Brewster

There are other guesses or unconfirmed observations in that thread if you’re interested – stuff like authors for whom the title of the book couldn’t be made out, or guesses that weren’t checked. It also includes links to partial lists on other sites. These partial lists tend to be based on what happened to catch somebody’s eye (usually in the cinema, not the DVD) rather than a complete, frame-by-frame list.

But even that long list isn’t complete. Yahoo! Movies spotted a few items which don't appear above:

  • Lindbergh by A. Scott Berg
  • A Dorothy Parker collection
  • A collection of Sherlock Holmes stories
  • The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary
  • Encyclopedia Britannica
  • Beat me by 3 seconds; great find Apr 14, 2015 at 19:06
  • Here is a link to a later post by the original thread author with some of the books where only the author could be made out, or only partial titles.
    – Hypnosifl
    Apr 14, 2015 at 19:06
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    A lot of that is actually an awesome list of books I should eventually read!
    – Layna
    Apr 15, 2015 at 7:57

Don't forget the textbook (with the pictures that Murph loved, one showing the Horsehead Nebula and another showing the formation of the solar system).

The interior pages are pages 260-263 of Goldsmith and Owen, The Search for Life in the Universe.

The (back) cover appears to be invented, with a title "Physical Science: Engineering Space and Time".


Ursula K Le Guin's The Dispossessed and The Left Hand of Darkness appear to be visible in some shots. They would make sense as the latter of the two deals with time dilation, as does her short story 'The Necklace' which is especially about the effects of relativistic speeds on interstellar travel.

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    You could significantly improve this answer by adding a relevant screenshot. 14 hours ago

the opening titles of the film, as the camera moves to the right I spotted the sequel to Jose Saramago's Blindness" called "Seeing".

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