Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Junot Díaz: Books that Floored Him

* Texaco,” by the Martinican writer Patrick Chamoiseau

The novel, which won the Prix Goncourt in 1992 and was one of the Book Review’s Notable Books, traces more than a century of Caribbean history through tales told by Marie-Sophie Laborieux, a descendant of slaves. “Both true and fabulous,” Leonard Michaels wrote in the Book Review, the novel’s stories of Martinique “constitute a personal and communal record of black experience on the island from the early days of slavery through its abolition and beyond — a record more real than ‘history,’ which is a formal, impersonal narrative.”

Family Installments: Memories of Growing Up Hispanic” by Edward Rivera
“Poison River” and “The Death of Speedy,” two collections of the Love & Rockets comics by Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez
The Keepsake Storm” by Gina Franco
The Housekeeper and the Professor” by Yoko Ogawa


* Soon to be on reading lists everywhere!


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