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10 novels that brilliantly capture the American experience
The list they gave us spans classics and brand-new releases, poetry and fiction, canon writers and up-and-comers. Contact us at editors time. Love Medicine By Louise Erdrich. Because she writes so powerfully about indigenous and immigrant lives in the United States, and because she will eventually win the Nobel Prize in Literature. Birds of America By Lorrie Moore. Open City By Teju Cole.
We call it "getting lost" in a novel, but what we find there is often more impactful than any nonfiction work can offer. Literature makes us more empathic and intelligent. Storytelling is how we bond, as tribes and a planet. A powerful narrative, like a good mythology, carries us far away from ourselves only to deliver us right back where we started, transformed. Since the European invasion that brought a host of newcomers to these shores, the American experiment has produced a lot of suffering and plenty of beauty.
Not to mention that kids or teachers who use this book as a springboard for activities like making up playful or jokey Native names for themselves or their classmates may risk being accidentally insensitive to Native people in the process. Not at all. And there are so few picture books about Native American experiences that even a broadly general pan-Indian story has some merit. In that case, we also recommend some other The Picture Book Challenge is for anyone at any age. Librarians hand picked the titles on the list which includes classics, new titles and everything in between. To get started, register online.
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Whether city-dwellers or rural populations, coastal or heartland; no matter the race, gender identity, creed or sexual orientation; the experiences of each American matter. Staying in touch with disparate parts of such a large nation can be daunting, and in recent months many of us have been considering how to puncture our bubbles. For news organizations, that means committing to covering regional and local news stories around the country. For politicians, it might mean listening tours. Studies have suggested that reading literary fiction can increase empathy. Literary nonfiction may carry similar effects, by offering carefully observed portraits of human frailties and societal change, and it can certainly build a broader base of knowledge about the realities faced by Americans. The author grew up in a suburb of St.