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29 June 2008 @ 12:34 am
another book meme  
This is a longer list - it's recommendations from a bunch of people, rather than the results of a poll. This also means some authors have a number of books, so I'm condensing them into one line. If I want to read the author, eg Octavia Butler, but don't know what book in particular, I'll italicise the author name.

And it's author alphabetical order, not in order of merit.

denim_queen is organising the list, I first saw it via skywardprodigal.

Bold those you have read, underline those you LOVE and italicise those that you intend to read.

1-7 Kobo Abé: The Face of Another; The Woman in the Dunes; The Box Man; Secret Rendezvous; The Ruined Map; The Ark Sakura; Kangaroo Notebook
8 Live From Deathrow by Mumia Abu-Jamal
9 Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
10 Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Purple Hibiscus; Half a Yellow Sun
11-13 Ama Ata Aidoo: The Dilemma of a Ghost; Our Sister Killjoy; No Sweetness Here
15-20 Sherman Alexie: Smoke Signals; First Indian on the Moon; 10 Little Indians; The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fist Fight in Heaven; Indian Killer; Adventures of a Part-Time Indian
21 The Woman Who Owned the Shadows by Paula Gunn Allen
22-23 Isabel Allende: The House of the Spirits; The Tales of Eva Luna
24-25 Julia Alvarez: How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents; In The Time of the Butterflies
26 Bless Me Ultima by Rudolpho Anaya
27 La Frontera by Gloria Anzaldúa
28 Tahuri by Ngahuia Te Awekotuku
29 Gorilla, My Love by Toni Cade Bambara
30-31 James Baldwin: Giovanni's Room; If Beale Street Could Talk
32 Lion's Blood by Steven Barnes
33-34 Becky Birtha: For Nights Like This One: Stories of Loving Women; Lover's Choice
35 What We All Long For by Dionne Brand
36 Food and Spirits by Beth Brant
37-38 Jean Binta Breeze: Ryddim Ravings; The Fifth Figure
39 The Threshing Floor by Barbara Burford
40-43 Octavia E. Butler: Kindred Parable of the Sower; Parable of the Talents; Blood Child
44 Popo and Fifina by Arna Bontemps and Langston Hughes
45 Your Blues Ain't Like Mine by Bebe Moore Campbell
46 Black Ice by Lorene Carey
47 Kingdom of this World by Alejo Carpentier
48-49 Ana Castillo: So Far from God; The Mixquiahuala Letters
50 What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day by Pearle Cleage
51 Soul on Ice by Eldridge Cleaver
52 Free Enterprise: A novel of Mary Ellen Pleasant by Michelle Cliff
53 Dictee by Theresa Hak Kyng Cha
54 Devdas by Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay
55-57 Charles W. Chesnutt: The Marrow of Tradition; The House Behind the Cedars; The Conjure Women and The Conjure Tales
58-59 Frank Chin: Donald Duk; Chickencoop Chinaman and The Year of the Dragon
60 In Her I Am; Not Vanishing by Chrystos
61 The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
62 Black Feminist Thought by Patricia Hill Collins
63-66 Maryse Condé: Segu; The Children of Segu; I, Tituba: Black Witch of Salem; Desirada
67 Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga
68-69 Edwidge Danticat: Breath Eyes Memory; Krik? Krak!
70 Eu Nasci Uma Mulher Negra (I Was Born a Black Woman) by Benedita da Silva
71 Are Prisons Obsolete? by Angela Y. Davis
73 Samuel R. Delany: Dhalgren; Hogg; Babel-17; Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand
74-76 Michael Dorris: A Yellow Raft in Blue Water; Guests; Morning Girl
77 The Crown of Columbus by Michael Dorris and Louise Erdrich
78 At the Hands of Persons Unknown: The Lynching of Black America by Philip Dray
79 Souls of Blackfolk by W.E.B Dubois
80-81 Tananarive Due: My Soul to Keep; The Living Blood
82 The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
83 The Sun, The Sea, A Touch of Wind by Rosa Guy Dutton
84 The Joys of Motherhood by Buchi Emecheta
85 The Life of Olaudah Equiano by Olaudah Equiano
86-87: Louise Erdrich Love Medicine; The Beet Queen
88 Like Water For Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
89-90 Ernest Gaines: A Gathering of Old Men; The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
91 Don't Take Your Love to Town by Ruby Langford Ginibi
92-93 Nikki Giovanni: Ego-Trippin' and Other Poems for Young People; Racism 101
94 Pushing the Bear by Diane Glancy
95 Introducing... Sister NoBlues by Hattie Gossett
96 Potiki by Patricia Grace
97-99 Dick Gregory: Nigger; Up from Nigger; Callus on My Soul
100 The Epic of Sundiata by Mandika Griots
101 Dogeaters by Jessica Hagedorn
102-103 Alex Haley: Roots: The Saga of an American Family; Mama Flora's Family
104 Born Black, Born Palestinian by Suheir Hammad
105 Justice and Her Brothers by Virginia Hamilton
106 In Mad Love and War by Joy Harjo
107 Palace of the Peacock by Wilson Harris
108 Locas by Jaime Hernandez
109 The Mambo Kings Sing Songs of Love by Oscar Hijuelos
110 Mean Spirit by Linda Hogan
111 Where We Stand: Class Matters by bell hooks
112 Brown Girl In The Ring by Nalo Hopkinson *this was my suggestion. I want to read more by her*
113 Shell Shaker by LeAnne Howe
114 The Ways of White Folk by Langston Hughes
115 The Bone People by Keri Hulme
116 Paradise of the Blind by Duong Thu Huong
117-118 Zora Neale Hurston: Their Eyes Were Watching God; Mules and Men
119 Seth and Samona by Joanne Hyppolite
120-122 Witi Ihimaera: Whale Rider; Tangi; Woman Far Walking
123-124 Kazuo Ishiguro: Remains of the Day; Never Let Me Go
125 The Rain God by Arturo Islas
126 The Black Jacobins by CLR James
127 Mi Revalueshanary Fren by Linton Kwesi Johnson
128 Lost in the City by Edward P. Jones
129 Poem About My Rights by June Jordan
130 Dusk by F. Sionil Josè
131 The Cotillion by John Oliver Killens
132-133 Jamaica Kincaid: Girl; A Small Place
134-135 Jhumpa Lahiri: Interpreter of the Maladies; The Namesake
136 Sightseeing by Rattawut Lapcharoensap
137-138 Nella Larsen: Quicksand; Passing
139-141 Changrae Lee: Native Speaker; A Gesture Life; Aloft
142-143 Félix Morriseau-Leroy: Natif-natal; Plénitudes
144 Do Not Go Gently by Judith Smith Levin
145 Zami by Audre Lorde
146 Twilight in Jakarta by Mochtar Lubis
147 Nectar in a Sieve by Kamala Markandaya
148-149 Paule Marshall: Brown Girl, Brownstones; Praisesong for the Widow
150 Mother Tongue by Demitria Martinez
151-152 Gabriel García Márquez: Of Love and Other Demons; Memories of My Meloncholy Whores *I thought I saw 100 Years of Solitude on it before - I've read that*
153 All I Asking for is my body by Milton Maruyama
154 Raj by Gita Mehtaj
155 The Pillar of Salt by Albert Memmi
156 Wild Ginger by Anchee Minn *I've read another book by her - Empress Orchid*
157 A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
158-159 Timothy Mo: Monkey King; Sour Sweet
160-164 N. Scott Momaday: House Made of Dawn; The Ancient Child; The Way to Rainy Mountain; In the Bear's House; The Man Made of Words
165 Loving in the War Years by Cherríe Moraga
166 Richard trajo su flauta y otros argumentos by Nancy Morejon
167 My Place by Sally Morgan
168-171 Toni Morrison: Love; Song of Solomon; Beloved; The Bluest Eye
172-174 Walter Mosley: The Easy Rawlings series (Devil in a Blue Dress, A Red Death, Black Betty, White Butterfly); Walkin' the Dog; Always Outnumbered
175 Desirable Daughters by Bharati Mukherjee
176 Turning Japanese by David Mura
177 Haruki Murakami: Norwegian Wood; The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle; A Wild Sheep Chase
178 Train Whistle Guitar by Albert Murray
179 Dis Poem by Mutabaruka
180 Child of Dandelions by Shenaaz Nanji
181-182 Gloria Naylor: Mama Day; The Women of Brewster Place
183 Blanche Cleans UP by Barbara Nealy
184-186 Kenzaburo Oe: A Personal Matter; A Quiet Life; Hiroshima Notes
187-189 Ben Okri: The Famished Road; Incidents at the Shrine; Stars of the New Curfew
190 My Year of Meats by Ruth L. Ozeki
191 Drinking Coffee Elsewhere by ZZ Packer
192 Gulf Dreams by Emma Perez
193 Fresh Girl by Jaira Placide
194 Follow the Rabbit Proof Fence by Doris Pilkington and Nugi Garimara
195-196 Alexander Pushkin: Eugene Onegin; The Negro of Peter the Great
197 The Wind Done Gone by Alice Randall
198 Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
199 The Sano Ichiro Mysteries series by Laura Joh Rowland *this probably would have been italicised at another time, but I've got tired of mysteries*

200 The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
201 Midnight’s Children by Sir Salman Rushdie
202 The Rose Garden by Saadi
203 Push by Saphire
204-205 Esmeralda Santiago: When I was Puerto Rican; Almost A Woman
206 Funny Boy by Shyam Selvadurai
207-208 Leslie Marmon Silko: Almanac of the Dead; Ceremony
209 Coffee Will Make You Black by April Sinclair
210 Assata: An Autobiography by Assata Shakur
211 For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf by Ntozake Shange
212 The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikobu - I've started it. I have a manga version on order, but I've had two mails telling me of delay. I suspect it's not available and they haven't realised yet.
213-215 Ann Allen Shockley: The Black and White of It; Loving Her; Say Jesus and Come to Me
216-217 Zadie Smith: White Teeth; On Beauty
218 Aké: The Years of Childhood by Wole Soyinka
219-223 Rabindranath Tagore: Gitanjali; The Home and the World; The Crescent Moon; Gora; Relationships
224-226 Amy Tan: The Joy Luck Club; The Kitchen God's Wife; The Bonesetter's Daughter
227-228 Mildred D. Taylor: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry; Let the Circle Be Unbroken
229 The Night Wanderer by Drew Hayden Taylor
230 Faultline by Sheila Ortiz Taylor
231-232 Ngugi Wa Thiong`o: Petals of Blood; Devil on a Cross
233 The Buru Quartet (This Earth of Mankind, Child of all Nations, Footsteps, House of Glass) by Pramoedya Ananta Toe
234 Living Pidgin by Lee Tonouchi
235 Swerve: Reckless Observation of a Post-Modern Girl by Aisha Tyler
236 Naked Ladies by Alma Luz Villanueva
237 Under the Feet of Jesus by Helena Viramontes
238 The Color Purple by Alice Walker
239 Up from Slavery by Booker T Washington
240 The Kadaitcha Sung by Sam Watson
241 Sons for the Return Home by Al Wendt
242 The Wedding by Dorothy West
243 Blues Dancing by Diane McKinney Whetstone
244 The Intuitionist by Coleson Whitehead
245 Poems of Phillis Wheatley by Phillis Wheatley
246-247 Richard Wright: Native Son; Black Boy
248 The Mis-Education of the Negro by Carter G Woodson
249-250 Lu Xun: Na Han (Battle Cry); Selected Stories of Lu Hsun
251-254 Lois-Ann Yamanaka: Wild Meat and the Bully Burgers; Blu's Hanging; Heads By Harry; Name Me Nobody
255 Red Sorghum by Mo Yan *I want to see the film*
256-258 Frank Yerby: The Dahomean; The Girl From Storeyville; The Foxes of Harrow

Ok, I've misnumbered somewhere, because there's supposed to be 262 books.

13½ out of 262. Well, it's better than 6.

I'm skipping the underlining part cos I hate deciding which ones qualify - did I love it, or just like it a lot? I wouldn't warn you off any I've read, though I would say that I kept getting the characters mixed up in Joy Luck Club (I'd still read her again, so long as there was less than 8 main characters) and the Tale of Genji is rather big and not as structured as I'm used to with modern novels.
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eatin: hathellison on June 30th, 2008 10:57 am (UTC)
Woo, I've only read about ... 3 of those I think. There's a few more I'd have down as intended, but an awful lot I've never even heard of.

Maybe a good reminder I need to take a step away from classics (and fantasy) and branch out into more modern novels.
a very caring potato: readingmollydot on July 5th, 2008 04:01 pm (UTC)
Having Haruki Murakami on the list gave me a big advantage :-)

This list is a reaction against the whiteness of the other list that's going around, which is probably why we haven't heard of a lot of them.

A few of them are SF/fantasy, like Octavia Butler, Nalo Hopkinson and, I'm pretty sure, Samuel R Delany. If you'd like to slowly step away from fantasy into magic realism, there's Laura Esquival, Isabel Alende, Gabriel García Márquez. I think they're all magic realism anyway. Haruki Murakami has not-quite-normal stuff too. Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go has an SF trope, but it doesn't read like SF.

Which ones have you read?
eatinhellison on July 7th, 2008 01:22 pm (UTC)
The ones i've read are The Three Muskateers, The Colour Purple and Never Let Me Go (which a friend lent me when I was in hospital last year, and I just realised I never gave it back!). And no, it didn't read like SF at all - it's a book I probably would never have picked to read myself but loved it! Beautifully written, thought provoking AND touching.
a very caring potato: readingmollydot on July 7th, 2008 02:15 pm (UTC)
Either nuteile or myself were given Remains of the Day a good few years ago and I loved it. Then I read another book by him, An Artist of the Floating World, which I also liked a lot. I didn't like the next of his that I read at all. I can't remember the title, but the main guy was a musician. So I was both eager and trepidatious about this one. But very glad I read it. One of my favourite books this year (I read it on my hols in Jan).