Allende, Isabel. House
of the Spirits.
From Ingram: Allende plays with words weaving a delightful tale of
the tragedies befalling successive generations of females within a family.
"Extraordinary . . . Powerful . . . Sharply observant, witty and
eloquent".--"The New York Times".
Frazier, Charles. Cold
From amazon.com: Sorely wounded and fatally disillusioned in the fighting
at Petersburg, Inman, a Confederate soldier, decides to walk back to his
home in the Blue Ridge Mountains and to Ada, the woman he loved there
years before. His trek across the disintegrating South brings him into
intimate and sometimes lethal converse with slaves and marauders, bounty
hunters and witches, both helpful and malign. At the same time, Ada is
trying to revive her father's derelict farm and learn to survive in a
world where the old certainties have been swept away. As it interweaves
their stories, Cold Mountain asserts itself as an authentic American Odyssey--hugely
powerful, majestically lovely, and keenly moving.
Krakauer, Jon. Into
From amazon.com: "God, he was a smart kid..." So why did
Christopher McCandless trade a bright future--a college education, material
comfort, uncommon ability and charm--for death by starvation in an abandoned
bus in the woods of Alaska? This is the question that Jon Krakauer's book
tries to answer. While it doesn'tcannotanswer the question
with certainty, Into the Wild does shed considerable light along the way.
Not only about McCandless's "Alaskan odyssey," but also the
forces that drive people to drop out of society and test themselves in
McBride, James. The
Color of Water.
From amazon.com: The Color of Water tells the remarkable story of Ruth
McBride Jordan, the two good men she married, and the 12 good children
she raised. Jordan, born Rachel Shilsky, a Polish Jew, immigrated to America
soon after birth; as an adult she moved to New York City, leaving her
family and faith behind in Virginia. Jordan met and married a black man,
making her isolation even more profound. The book is a success story,
a testament to one woman's true heart, solid values, and indomitable will.
Ruth Jordan battled not only racism but also poverty to raise her children
and, despite being sorely tested, never wavered.
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