House of the Spirits. A
stunning epic novel.
What We Talk About When We Talk About
Love. The best collection of
short stories by the great American master of the
Inferno. Dating back to
the thirteenth century, this epic poem is nothing less than one of
the world's greatest masterpieces.
Slouching Towards Bethlehem.
A collection of piercing essays about Southern California, and an
example of the best prose writing I have ever read.
Invisible Man. One of the
greatest American novels. An absolute masterpiece, painful and
thrilling to read.
Ernest J. Gaines.
A Lesson Before Dying.
Understated and powerful novel of Southern racism, but even more
about human dignity.
Chaos. An introduction to
the revolutionary, new view of order and randomness in
Kingston, The Woman Warrior.
This "memoir" of a Chinese American woman is full of magic. If you
like it, you should also read Kingston's novel, Tripmaster
Monkey, which is wickedly irreverent and funny.
Thomas S. Kuhn,
The Structure of Scientific Revolutions.
Kuhn's concept of the "paradigm shift" which suddenly and
irrevocably changes how scientists look at the universe applies to
other disciplines -- and life in general.
The Naked Ape. A
zoologist's revealing examination of the animal known as Homo
Beloved. The best novel
by the 1993 Nobel Prize winner. A deeply moving story about
slavery and ghosts. Also read her National Book Critics Circle
Award-winning novel, Song of Solomon.
Alan Paton, Cry
the Beloved Country. A
gorgeous masterpiece about the effects of South Africa's apartheid
on both whites and blacks. Writing that is beautiful beyond any
singing of it.
What did you expect from an English major? Iago is a world-class
bad guy -- evil personified.
The Power Game: How Washington Works.
A veteran political reporter describes how national politics
The Omnivore's Dilemma. A fascinating, life-changing
book for any American who eats food.
Foer, Everything Is Illuminated. An epic novel that is both laugh-aloud funny and