- Toni Morrison's Sula
--Every time you
reread it you see more and more in the
images and symbolism, and more beauty in the language and elegance in
plot. Themes include women's relationships, generational relationships
female family members, mothering, love, death, war, race, class,
politics, community, and more.
- Michael Ondaatje's The
Patient--See the film and imprint
gorgeous images, then read the book and marvel at all the other layers
dimensions. The style rivals Morrison's in its lyricism and grace, and
will stay with you. Themes include love, war, death, friendship,
colonialism, politics, identity, and more.
- John Dos Passos's U.S.A--Why doesn't anyone read this today? Truly a great
novel, with images that will haunt you and a style that captures
essential about the US. Fragmented by sound bytes before they had been
with characters whose stories weave in and out of each other's, and
theme you can think of!
- Leslie Marmon Silko's Ceremony--Tayo's search for identity as he relives his past
present in ceremonial time lead him to modify the old traditions to
the modern age. Themes include identity, culture, war, alcohol,
race, class, gender, politics, Laguna Pueblo traditions and culture,
- Katherine Dunn's Geek
Love--And now for something
completely different! A carnival
freak show family goes to great lengths to produce "special" children
join their show. The setting is bizarre, but the issues raised are not.
book will make you think about love, hate, families, difference--and