OK, so I'm straying from the Spokane theme. I'll get to it someday.
Try any of these gems and I guarantee an effect on your very being-no kidding!
All the King's Men, Robert Penn Warren
The great American novel (according to me). Much less about the ‘dictator of Louisiana’ than a wonderfully lyrical meditation on a man finding himself. You guys out there got that?
Portrait of a Lady, James
Where James contemplates the contrast between appearance and reality and the perils of not seeing.
The Good Soldier: A Tale of Passion, Ford Madox Ford
Ouch! Sometimes it all ends in confusion.
Women in Love, D.H. Lawrence
Wow! Don’t let your kids see this-or better yet, make them read and discuss.
Sentimental Education, Flaubert
This guy can really write.
Money and leisure can be a curse. It’s kind of a 19th century predecessor of ‘Seinfield’ without the humor. If you read this-please tell me what you think-I absolutely need to know!
A House for Mr. Biswas, V.S. Naipaul
Is it all really this futile? I mean, the poor guy just wanted a house. But really, the novel captures the fundamental nature of the human condition.
The Perennial Psychology of the Bhagavad Gita, Swami Rama
Captures the essence of this beautiful, religious, hmm…no psychological work. It won’t necessarily make you a better person, but at least you’ll know a way (hint-it’s all about the yoga).