We haven't had a reading list in a while. From RobinB:
"One I will mention from years ago that it one of my all time favorites is The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay. It is an incredible book about a little boy being raised in South Africa—incredibly well written.
"My standard favorites list includes:
"She's Come Undone and I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb. I can't go through a toll booth without thinking of the first of these...
"Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand...whom I regard as a nut job aside from writing these good books.
"And I loved Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides (though I hated his first one, Virgin Suicides)."
About The Power of One from the author's website:
First with your head and then with your heart...
So says Hoppie Groenewald, boxing champion, to a seven-year-old boy who dreams of being the welterweight champion of the world. For the young Peekay, it is a piece of advice he will carry with him throughout his life.
Born in a South Africa divided by racism and hatred, young Peekay will come to lead all the tribes of Africa. Through enduring friendships, he gains the strength he needs to win out. And in a final conflict with his childhood enemy, Peekay will fight to the death for justice...