Book List for ENG 302 Reading Project

What’s the point?
From the Course Description: “…this class sharpens writing skills through the study of writers from diverse and non-Western cultures. Major emphasis is on student writing in response to ‘other voices.'”

Introduce yourself to a new writer. You can judge the book by its cover, or click on the title to read a book review. Read around this list, select a book, then e-mail me with your choice. Use an e-reader. Borrow from the library. Or if you’re really stuck, ask to borrow my copy. You’ll need to finish reading by April 21.
From writers we’ve read from / heard from a little this semester:

Americanah  by Chimimanda Ngozi Adiche. (Novel)

Bad Indians: A Tribal Memoir  by Deborah A. Miranda  (Memoir)

The Sand Child by Tahar Ben Jelloun, Trans. by Alan Sheridan   (Novel)

Selection from PEN America  and PEN/Faulkner Literary Awards Long Lists:

Cannibal by Safiya Sinclair. (Poetry)

Personal Favorites, or Highly Recommended by Friends and Colleagues:

out of place
Out of Place: A Memoir by Edward Said (Memoir)

Esperanza’s Box of Saints by María Amparo Escandón (Novel)
The Death of Artemio Cruz by Carlos Fuentes (Novel)

The Hero’s Walk by Anita Rau Badami (Novel)

Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie

Gold Boy, Emerald Girl by Yiyum Li  (Short Stories)

In the Country by Mia Alvar (Short Stories)

blow up
Blow Up: And Other Stories by Julio Cortázar, Trans. by Paul Blackburn

Any book from a non-Western Nobel laureate:
All Nobel Prizes in Literature

Or, anything from this list: 
“The non-Western Books That Every Student Should Read”


This is a seriously comprehensive array of options. But, if you want to read something not on this list, please e-mail with the author and title and your reasons for straying from my recommendation.