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Thanks so much for all of your help in selecting more authors.  I had a
mix of authors and books and descriptions; for more detailed
descriptions of some books I went to Amazon.com.  Hope this helps anyone
else who is looking to do something similar!
(The underlining didn't paste from word - titles are before parentheses
- some authors have no specific titles)

Achebe, Chinua
Things Fall Apart (African culture - unsentimental rendering of Nigerian
tribal life before and after the coming of colonialism)

Allende, Isabel
House of Spirits (magnificent saga of proud and passionate men and women
and the  turbulent times through which they suffer and triumph)

Amis, Martin

Anaya, Rudolfo A.
Bless Me Ultima (Ultima, a curandera, one who cures with herbs and
magic, comes to Antonio Marez's New Mexico family when he is six years
old, and she helps him discover himself in the magical secrets of the
pagan past)

Atwood, Margaret
Handmaid’s Tale (In the world of the near future, who will control
women's bodies?)

Cary, Lorene
Black Ice  (An African-American woman remembers her adolescence at the
formerly all-white, all-male St. Paul's School in New Hampshire)

Courtnay, Bryce
Power of One (in this magical novel, an irresistible boy tells the story
of his survival and coming of age against the background of South Africa
during and just after World War II)

Dorris, Michael
A Yellow Raft in Blue Water (lyrical saga of three generations of Native
American women beset by hardship and torn by angry secrets)

Drabble, Margaret

Esquivel, Laura
Like Water for Chocolate (romantic, poignant tale, touched with
bittersweet moments of magic and sensuality. It is a lively and funny
tale of family life in
urn-of-the-century Mexico

Greene, Graham

Gutterson, David
Snow Falling on Cedars (Fighting the distrust and prejudice of his
neighbors, a Japanese-American man who spent time in an internment camp
during World War II, finds himself on trial for murder)

Hurston, Zora Neale
Their Eyes Were Watching God (Janie Crawford sets out to be her own
person --
no mean feat for a black woman in the '30s)

Joyce, James

Kingston, Maxine Hong
The Woman Warrior (Sensitive account of growing up female and
Chinese-American in a California laundry)

Krakauer, Jon
Into the Wild (nonfiction - on Chris McCandless, whose emaciated body
was found in an abandoned bus in the Alaskan wilderness)

Lessing, Doris

Letts, Billie
Where the Heart Is (A 17-year-old pregnant woman hides out at night in a
Wal-Mart in Oklahoma until her baby is born)
The Honk and Holler Opening Soon (the story of a down-and-out café
owner, Caney, who opens his restaurant after returning from Vietnam in a

Lively, Penelope

Lowry, Lois
The Giver (chilling, tightly controlled future society where all
controversy, pain, and choice have been expunge, each childhood year has
its privileges and responsibilities, and family members are selected for

Morrison, Toni
Beloved (In the troubled years following the Civil War, the spirit of a
murdered child haunts the Ohio home of a former slave)

Murdoch, Iris

Naylor, Gloria
Mama Day (the powers of healer Mama Day are tested by her great niece,
Cocoa, a stubbornly emancipated woman endangered by the island's darker

Nordan, Lewis
Wolf Whistle  (Based on the Emmett Till murder in the Mississippi Delta,
it's a lyrical and beautiful story of prejudice, love and hate)

Power, Susan
Grass Dancer (Set on a North Dakota reservation, The Grass Dancer
creates a living mythology, spinning folk motifs into the fabric of
reality, revealing how the actions of our ancestors can affect our
contemporary lives)

Rushdie, Salman

Sidhwa, Bapsi
Cracking India (about the partition of India, through the supposed eyes
of a
nine-year old Pakistani girl -the author, I assume.  A beautifully
written tale of horrific happenings, it educates the modern American
about that important event in modern history)

Staples, Suzanne Fisher
Shabanu : Daughter of the Wind (Set against the backdrop of desert life
in present-day Pakistan, this book offers a passionate and deeply
personal portrait of a young girl's struggle for identity in a culture
that forbids even token expressions of independence by women)

Tan, Amy
The Kitchen God’s Wife (A Chinese immigrant convinced she is dying
threatens to celebrate the Chinese New Year by unburdening herself of
everybody's secrets)

Watson, Larry
Montana 1948 (The events of that small-town summer forever alter David
Hayden's view of his family)

Waugh, Evelyn

West, Stanley Gordon
Until They Bring the Streetcars Back  (in post-war 1949 Saint Paul, a
harmless prank, a chance conversation and Cal Gant stumbles onto the
naked face of cruelty, incest and murder)

J’aime L. Foust, Librarian
Queensbury High School
409 Aviation Rd.
Queensbury, NY 12804
518-793-8811; Fax 518-742-6045

“We shouldn’t teach great books; we should teach a love of reading.”  B.
F. Skinner

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