- Author of Divine Invasions: A Life of Philip K. Dick
(Harmony Books, New York, 1989; currently in print as Carol and Graf paperback). The first major biography of Philip K. Dick, who in the years since this biography appeared has gone on to become a recognized master of twentieth-century American literature.
- Editor of In Pursuit of Valis: Selections from the Exegesis
(Underwood-Miller, Novato, 1991). The first selection from the late philosophical and personal notebooks of Philip K. Dick
- Editor of The Shifting Realities of Philip K. Dick: Selected Literary and Philosophical Writings
(Pantheon Books, New York, 1995). An assemblage of Dick’s most significant essays with Exegesis material included as well.
- Editor of Jack and Rochelle: A Holocaust Story of Love and Resistance
(Graywolf Press, St. Paul, 1995). This book, assembled from interviews with my parents Jack and Rochelle Sutin, provides a vivid account both of Jewish partisan life during World War Two and of a love that blossomed during the Holocaust and continued through sixty-eight years of marriage.
- Author of Do What Thou Wilt: A Life of Aleister Crowley
(St. Martin, New York, 2000). A full-scale biography of the leading Western occultist of the twentieth century, a man whose legendary status as “The Great Beast” has overshadowed both his genuine achievements and his genuine failures. Crowley was a brilliant modernist theoretician of Western esoteric thought.
- Author of A Postcard Memoir
(Graywolf Press, St. Paul, 2000). This memoir is written in lyric and subjective short sections accompanied by images from postcards drawn from the author’s collection. The interplay of text and images (from other settings, other lives) and the exploration of inner experiences makes this a distinctive, experimental, yet accessible reading experience.
- Author of All Is Change: The Two-Thousand Year Journey of Buddhism to the West
(Little Brown, New York, 2006). A historical narrative that traces the exchanges between Buddhism and the West from the time of Alexander the Great to the current-day creation of a Western Buddhism, including the impacts of Western colonialism and orientalism.
- Author of When to Go Into the Water
(Sarabande Books, 2009). This short novel, interlaced with vintage postcard images, details in small chapters the life of Hector de Saint-Aureole, the author of a book of reflections entitled When to Go Into the Water. The novel contains a book within a book and multiple lives, including those of readers, within the protagonist’s life story.
- Currently at work on a second novel