Thursday, November 18, 2004

Susan’s Selected Reading List (books I'd recommend if you haven't already picked them up)

Ishmael by Daniel Quinn - a look at “human culture” from a seemingly simple and different perspective. Several other books by same author with similar theme: The Story of O, My Ishmael, and Providence, but Ishmael is the best starting place.

The Seat of the Soul by Gary Zukov - about the multisensory physical perception of the world, and the purpose of our personality and souls.

Mistress of Spices by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni - cross cultural novel about an Asian Indian “curandera” or healer in San Francisco. Sensual.

Bless Me Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya - coming of age story with religious, cultural and family tensions, beautifully written.

The Samurai’s Garden by Gail Tsukiyama - story of a young Chinese man unearthing mysterious family history, set in Japan, sweet story, graceful character development.

Journey of the Heart by John Welwood - on relationships, love and conscious choices about communicating honestly who we are each day and the destructive cycle of attachment and grasping in relationships.

This Side of Brightness by Colum McCann - interwoven stories of a homeless man living in New York’s subway tunnels, and the sand hogs that built the subways, poetic, historically based yet comes to life with intense imagery and hands on research by the author, surprising twists and unusual characters.

Aama in America by Broughton Coburn - Really amusing look at America through the eyes of an elderly Nepalese village woman, travelogue and commentary on life as we live it.

Plainsong by Kent Haruf - small town America fiction about finding a place that’s safe and communicating across age differences. Smooth story telling with a quiet, wise way about it.

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros - vignettes of a young Hispanic girl’s experiences growing up in Chicago, sad, hopeful, eloquent in very few words.

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