Time has published a list of “29 Books That Will Enrich Your Inner Literati”
Naturally, this segment of the list caught my attention (no nonfiction books listed yet):
Immigrant Experience (U.S./U.K.): ah, the magical experience of being thrust into a new culture.
- Interpreter of Maladies (Jhumpa Lahiri): say hello to our recent Indian arrivals! (For our tea-drinking cousins across the pond, try Monica Ali’sBrick Lane.)
- Joy Luck Club (Amy Tan): the book that inspired a movie and furor in the Asian American community about stereotypes and Tan’s possible self-loathing. (For a less controversial read, try Ha Jin’s Waiting–and yes, there’s a lot of longing and waiting there.)
- How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents (Julia Alvarez): how four sisters start to forget their Spanish and their native homeland of the Dominican Republic.