miércoles, junio 08, 2005



i'm taking a painting break these days and trying to read more. has anyone read Teachers Have It Easy by Dave Eggers et al? sounds interesting. i've just started The Death of Artemio Cruz by Carlos Fuentes and will probably start reading The Karma of Brown Folk by Vijay Prashad later tonight. anyway, i'm a big book fiend and am constantly shoving books at my friends, so here are some of my recommendations. starred entries are my most highly recommended books of ALL TIME, so check them out!!!

  • jim cummins, language, power & pedagogy: bilingual children in the crossfire

  • herbert kohl, 36 children

  • alex kotlowitz, the other side of the river

  • alex kotlowitz, there are no children here

  • jonathan kozol, amazing grace

  • south asian fiction:
  • chitra banerjee divakaruni, sister of my heart

  • khaled hosseini, the kite runner* (he's afghani, but whatever!)

  • jhumpa lahiri, the interpreter of maladies (short stories)

  • jhumpa lahiri, the namesake*

  • rohinton mistry, a fine balance*

  • arundhati roy, the god of small things

  • salman rushdie, haroun & the sea of stories*

  • vikram seth, a suitable boy

  • latin american fiction:
  • isabel allende, la casa de los espíritus*

  • paulo coelho, the alchemist

  • gabriel garcía márquez, cien años de soledad*

  • gabriel garcía márquez, los funerales de la mamá grande (short stories)

  • dagoberto gilb, the magic of blood* (short stories... by my buddy!)

  • horacio quiroga, cuentos de amor, de locura y de muerte (short stories)

  • josé saramago, blindness

  • et al
  • richard brautigan, sombrero fallout

  • truman capote, in cold blood

  • zora neale hurston, their eyes were watching god

  • milan kundera, the unbearable lightness of being

  • pablo neruda, veinte poemas de amor y una canción desesperada

  • marion nestle, food politics

  • randy schilts, and the band played on

  • eric schlosser, fast food nation

  • i also firmly believe that no one can go wrong reading a lot of chomsky... linguistics, politics, it's all excellent.

    Ooooo! The Dave Eggers book is going to be ordered in just a minute! I didn't realize that one existed, so thanks for the scoop. Thanks for the list of other books too. I'm always looking for something good to read, so I'm going to pick up some of the ones listed. Gotta wait until the end of the month, though.

    Off the topic, let me know if you ever have any art displayed in SoCal. I feel like you mentioned San Diego or LA might be a possibility one of these days, and if so, I'd love to go see the exhibit! You are truly a talented artist!
    Garcia Marquez, Chomsky, Neruda...you have great taste! Tell me how like the Carlos Fuentes book (La Muerte de Artemio Cruz) which I learned to appreciate greatly!
    Y ahora me pregunto… Maestra que musica te deleita?

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