I'm not going with I, Rigoberta Menchu because there's too much controversy surrounding the book that I don't want to get into in this course for the time we have available. Last time, I taught In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez. I love the book, and it went over well, but I'd really like to teach something not written by someone form the United States, and I'd like to expose them to a place outside the Caribbean, so that cuts out Edwidge Danticat and Jamaica Kincaid, too (though I might still go with one of them). Malika Oufkir's Stolen Lives: Twenty Years in a Desert Jail? Sara Suleri's Meatless Days? Slavenka Drakulic's The Balkan Express? Jessica Hagedorn's Dogeaters (though still by an American, but I do love that book)? Reading Lolita in Tehran still feels too much like a western book. Do I want to go with Persepolis? Ken Bugel's The Abandoned Baobab?
Just typing this out is making me think of pairing Perseoplis and The Abandoned Baobab, but I could be convinced otherwise. Oh, and I've got to teach bell hooks' "Eating the Other," too.
These are all ideas that hit me right away, but none are really sticking right now. Anyone have any new ideas? Anyone want to argue for anything I've already mentioned?