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    Summer Reading

    Hi all. I'm assuming that there are some English Teachers/ informed human beings on this site and am looking for your recommendation. Below is my summer reading list, of which we must read two books. Anyone have any advice or suggestions? What's good?

    Here's the format:

    Category:
    Author Book/Books

    African/Caribbean American:
    Danticat Krik Krak; Breath, Eyes, Memory
    Gaines A Lesson Before Dying
    Kincaid Lucy
    Myers Fallen Angels
    Senna Caucasia
    Wilson Fences; Joe Turner’s Come and Gone; The Piano Lesson

    Asian/Indian American:
    Gutterson Snow Falling on Cedars
    Jen Typical American; Mona in the Promised Land
    Kingston The Woman Warrior; China Men
    Lahiri The Interpreter of Maladies; The Namesake; Unaccustomed Earth
    Lee Native Speaker
    Mukherjee The Middleman and Other Stories; Desirable Daughters; The Tree Bride
    Nguyen Stealing Buddha’s Dinner
    See On Gold Mountain
    Tan The Kitchen God’s Wife; The Hundred Secret Senses; The Bonesetter’s Daughter

    European American:
    Cather My Antonia
    Farrell Studs Lonigan
    Goodman Kaaterskill Falls
    Hoffman Lost in Translation
    Kingsolver The Bean Trees; Animal, Vegetable, Miracle
    Roth, H Call it Sleep
    Roth, P. Goodbye, Columbus and Other Stories
    Simon Bronx Primitive
    Sinclair The Jungle
    Yezierska The Bread Givers

    Hispanic American:
    Alvarez How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
    Anzaldua Borderlands/Las Frontera
    Cisneros Woman Hollering Creek
    Diaz Drown
    Garcia Dreaming in Cuban
    Hijuelos The Mambo Kings Sing Songs of Love
    McCarthy All the Pretty Horses (The Border Trilogy, Vol. 1)
    Rodriguez The Hunger of Memory

    Australia/New Zealand:
    Conway The Road from Coorain

    Native American
    Alexie The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fist Fight in Heaven, Indian Killer
    Allen (editor) Spiderwoman’s Granddaughters
    Dorris Yellow Raft in Blue Water
    Neihardt Black Elk Speaks
    Silko Ceremony


    Thank you for any suggestions. Ultimately, I will decide after I've checked out all the books, but recommendations are welcomed!

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    Well, I like Phillip Roth so I would recommend Goodbye Columbus.

    The Jungle by Upton Sinclair is a great book, both from an historical perspective and the lessons it teaches about corporate greed.

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    An Inconvenient Book by Glenn Beck

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    Snow falling on Cedars- Basically two stories in one, A court case trying to solve a murder mystery, and flashbacks on the main character's love affairs with this girl.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chillisurfer View Post
    Snow falling on Cedars- Basically two stories in one, A court case trying to solve a murder mystery, and flashbacks on the main character's love affairs with this girl.
    I was just looking at that book. It looks good. Thanks for the speedy replies everyone!

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    of those books..A Yellow raft in Blue Water...cools story and paints the picture of what its like as a kid growing up Native American these days.

  7. The Jungle is a must read, whether it's required or not. Just a great book all around.
    A Lesson Before Dying was my required reading before freshman year of high school, and it was actually a quick and interesting read. Makes you think about the death penalty in a different light.

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    Asking for suggestions on literature in a surf forum??? That's like looking for dental advice at a NASCAR event.

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    whatever happened to just being "American"? Try "The First Man in Rome" by Collen McCollough. I've never heard of any of those books besides "The Jungle", new doesn't always equal good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkegLegs View Post
    Asking for suggestions on literature in a surf forum??? That's like looking for dental advice at a NASCAR event.
    Too funny. ROFL

    But Seriously, I agree The Jungle is a must read.