ANITA DESAI

Mickey Pearlman's book What to Read; The Essential Guide for Reading Group Members and Other Book Lovers, Revised and Updated (1999), provides a booklist entitled "An Asian Ethos." "This is a diverse list," she notes, "including books by Asian Americans, books by Asians that have been translated into English, and works by non-Asians about the Far and Near East." She includes in her book, a one or two sentence description for each of the following 29 titles.


Sawako Ariyoshi The Doctor's Wife. 1978
Elisabeth Bumiller The Secrets of Mariko: A Year in the Life of a Japanese Woman and Her Family. 1995
Lan Cao Monkey Bridge. 1997
Iris Chang The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World war II. 1998
Jung Chang Wild Swans: Three daughters of China. 1991
Frank Chin Donald Duk. 1991
Denise Chong The Concubine's Children. 1995
Anita Desai Clear Light of Day.  1980
Kiran Desai Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard.  1998
Anne Fadiman The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down.  1997
Janette Turner Hospital The Ivory Swing.  1982
Le Ly Hyslip When Heaven and Earth Changed Places.  1989
Gish Jen Typical American.  1991
Cynthia Kadohata The Floating World, 1989
Maxine Hong Kingston Tripmaster Monkey.  1989
Joy Kogawa Obasan.  1982
Gus Lee China Boy.  1991
Skye Lee The Disappearing Moon Cafe.  1991
Eric Liu The Accidental Asian:  Notes of a Native Speaker.  1998
Adeline Yen Mah Falling Leaves.  1998
Lydia Minatoya Talking to High Monks in the Snow.  1992
Timothy Mo Sour Sweet.  1985
Bharati Mukherjee The Holder of the World.  1993
Fae Myenne Ng Bone.  1993
Amy Tan The Joy Luck Club.  1989
Sylvia Watanabe Talking to the Dead.  1992
Shawn Wong Homebase.  1991
Mitsuye Yamada In Desert Run:  Poems and Stories.  1988
Hisaye Yamamoto Seventeen Syllables.  1988