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What should I read?

I usually read one fiction book and one non-fiction book at the same time (ok, not the same time, but you know what I mean.) My 'to read' pile of non-fiction is neverending. But I'm out of ideas for fiction books. Suggestions? I listen to lighter fare as books-on-tape when I'm driving, so I prefer the more thought-provoking for before-bed reading. Any genre is fine. Help me out!

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Anonymous said…
recommending Specimen Days by Michael Cunningham.

b.
These are good novels:

The Milagro Beanfield War, by John Nichols;

The King Must Die, by Mary Renault;

Victory, by Joseph Conrad
Anonymous said…
The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd)

Rainbow Boys (Alex Sanchez)
Anonymous said…
In the Company of Cheerful Ladies, which is the latest in the Ladies No. 1 Detective Agency series. If you haven't read any in the series yet, you might as well start with the first book in the series, which is lovely and in paperback.

Or if you'd like something weightier, you could try The Historian.

What an excellent idea for a blog post! It reminds me of the time when I had a "pop quiz" (actually just a way of giving credit for attendance, but that was against university regulations) that only had two questions:

1) What is your name?
2) Optional additional question: what's an album or musical artist that you suspect I don't know about but you think I should listen to, and how would you describe the music and what I'd like about it?

I got a lot of very good musical tips, and I got to know my students better too.
Anonymous said…
Beth,

You probably had to read this in your formal college work, but just in case you haven't I recommend The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan. It is one of my three favorite books.

Keith
minddance said…
Death Comes to the Archbishop - Willa Cather

Bless Me, Ultima - Rudolfo Anaya

Davita's Harp - Chaim Potok
Anonymous said…
Hey Beth
Have you read the Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner? A great read.
I am reading John Irving's Until I Find You right now, because I read everything he writes, but this one is a disappointment.
Dean
John said…
The Man Who Folded Himself by Gerrold.
timmyque said…
vonnegut damn you, vonnegut!!!
Anonymous said…
I have recently been reading Aundhati's 'the God of Small Things' - ace!

I love anything y John Steinbeck

Am planning to reread George Orwell's '1984' although I am no longer sure it counts as fiction
Anonymous said…
I would defininetly reccommend "Breathing Space" by Heidi Neumark. It is the true story/"blog" (before blogs) of a young female pastor ministering and being ministered to in the South Bronx, NYC. Heidi also preached at our Bishop's installation and told him to go to hell, to go reach out to those places where Christ is needed. Heidi has both a passionate and prophetic voice coupled with a deep spirituality.
Beth Quick said…
hey all, thanks for the suggestions - i'll have a good list for some time! the only thing on here i've actually already read is the god of small things

not sure where to start. I guess with whatever i see first at the library!

alas, keith, i never have read pilgrims progress...

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