Jeff's Favorite Books
Brothers Karamozov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky - Don't settle for an
abridged version, you will lose the depth of the characters' development.
Clabbered Dirt, Sweet Grass by Gary Paulsen - A Pulitzer prize
winner. This book takes you through one year of a classic (40s?) American
The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles - The brilliance here is in
the protagonist's journey from dealing with the world thru spoken language
to just being in the world without language.
The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell - A "first contact" story.
More than any other book, it carried me from the highest high to the most
hellish low. An intense experience.
Joan of Arc by Mark Twain - Twain spent twelve years researching
Joan of Arc before completing this extremely historically accurate drama.
Of the 20,000 books that have been written about Joan of Arc it is one
of the most highly regarded; some consider it Twain's best work. Audible.com
has a great reading of this work here.
For another spin on Saint Joan consider the (originally silent) film The
Passion of Joan of Arc or it's recent Richard
Einhorn sound track Voices