10. Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangaremba
A coming-of-age novel about a girl in Zimbabwe.
9. The Childrens' Day by Michiel Heyns
A coming-of-age novel about a boy in South Africa.
8. Tracks by Louise Erdrich
Interwoven first-person narratives of crossed lives of families on a reservation in North Dakota.
7. Excellent Women by Barbara Pym
A witty comedy of manners penned in 1952.
6. Rats: Observations on the History and Habitat of the City's Most Unwanted Inhabitants by Robert Sullivan
What do rats have to do with the history of New York City? Everything!
5. Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
Historical fiction. A murder mystery set in the mid-19th century and based on real events. I can't tell you the twist, but there's a fascinating psychological element to the tale.
4. The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields
A fictional autobiography of a woman named Daisy Goodwill Flett. I think the Funny Hun introduced me to this book if I remember right?
3. The Real Frank Zappa Book by Frank Zappa and Peter Occhiogrosso
I like reading real autobiographies, too, and this one taught me a lot about the recording industry, censorship, and absurd lyrics.
2. Possession by A. S. Byatt
I love studying Victorian literature. I love this book because it is about studying Victorian literature. And it's a love story. Swoon.
1. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
1969 wasn't year of the Summer of Love. It was 1967. Follow Tom Wolfe and the Merry Pranksters to find out why.