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More Favorite Novels
January 22, 2003

"I won't be old till my feet hurt, and they only hurt when I don't let 'em dance enough, so I'll keep right on dancing."
–Bill "Bojangles" Robinson


In a recent ExchangeEveryDay, Bonnie and I shared some of our favorite non-mystery books (perchance all with male authors as many of you noted). Here are some of your favorites...

Kathy Modigliani: "Do you know The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, by Ann Fadiman? It is a beautifully written book about a refuge family from Southeast Asia who have an epileptic daughter. The author presents the family's view, that a spirit has caught their daughter, in contrast with the California doctors' treatment. It is fascinating reading and a dramatic example of cultural difference. I also love everything Barbara Kingsolver writes."

Diane Adams: "Have you all read Bel Canto ? It is very entertaining - though a little depressing at the end."

Cary Buzelli:  "I met Bonnie and Roger at the last World Forum in Auckland - a wonderful experience. So, when I saw their list of favorite books I had to reply. My father was born in Castel Di Sangro and I had the joy of visiting the village about 7 years ago. It is nestled in some of the loveliest mountains I have ever seen.  Much of the town if very old, but some parts have been built since WW II when it sustained heavy damage.  Needless to say, I enjoyed the book and recognizing places I had seen."

Monica Hahn: "How funny! Castel di Sangro is a tiny little town right next to the one Mike's ancestors came from in Italy! To get to their village, you take the main train line to Castel di Sangro, then transfer to a private rail line. It's only about 10 minutes (probably only 5 if you walk; it's a very slow train). It's a very cute little town, but the locals didn't like the book."

Pamela Wilder:  In the last 7 or 8 years I have been reading novels that are set in Hispanic, Latin American, or South American cultures. I've immensely enjoyed Julia Alvarez, Sandra Cisneros, Isabel Allende. My most favorite was Rudolfo Anaya's Bless Me, Ultima. It is a deeply moving book. Does anyone have more suggestions?"

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