Read Around North America Challenge

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23 countries in North America means 23 books to read for this challenge.
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Read Around North America Challenge

Read at least one book by an author from each country in North America.

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Best books from North America (760)
1.

Lucy : A Novel by Jamaica Kincaid EN

Rating: 1 (1 vote)
Description:
Lucy, a teenage girl from the West Indies, comes to America to work as an au pair for a wealthy couple. She begins to notice cracks in their beautiful façade at the same time that the mysteries of own sexuality begin to unravel. Jamaica Kincaid has created a startling new heroine who is destined to win a place of honor in contemporary fiction.

2.

The Autobiography of My Mother by Jamaica Kincaid EN

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After growing up without a mother, Xuela Claudette Richardson again finds herself imagining what the woman might have been like and how her own life might have turned out different had her mother not died.

3.

Annie John by Jamaica Kincaid EN

Rating: 4 (4 votes)
Description:
An adored only child, Annie has until recently lived a peaceful and content life. She is inseparable from her beautiful mother, a powerful and influential presence, who sits at the very centre of the little girl's existence. Loved and cherished, Annie grows and thrives within her mother's shadow. When she turns twelve, however, Annie's life changes, in ways that are often mysterious to her. She begins to question the cultural assumptions of her island world; at school she makes rebellious friends and frequently challenges authority; and most frighteningly, her mother, seeing Annie as a 'young ... continue

4.

A Small Place by Jamaica Kincaid EN

Rating: 4 (7 votes)
Description:
Lyrical, sardonic, and forthright by turns, this memoir is a brilliant look at colonialism and its effects in Antigua, by the author of "Annie John."

5.

Am Grunde des Flusses by Jamaica Kincaid DE

Rating: 2 (1 vote)
Description:
Nicht wie geschrieben, sondern wie mit Sprache gemalt wirken Jamaica Kincaids Erzählungen, in denen sie Bilder und Stimmungen ihrer Kindheit auf der karibischen Insel Antigua heraufbeschwört. Mit eigenwilligem Strich malt sie die äußere Welt, die Blumen, die Tiere, das Meer, und die innere, die Ängste und Sehnsüchte des heranwachsenden Mädchens, das mit der Wucht seiner Gefühle ringt, mit der Übermacht der Mutter, mit dem Auseinanderklaffen von Phantasie, Traum und Wirklichkeit. Und niemand hätte Jamaica Kincaids Sprache in der deutschen Übersetzung so gerecht werden können wie die große Dicht... continue

6.

My Brother by Jamaica Kincaid EN

Rating: 4 (2 votes)
Description:
Kincaid's poetic and often shockingly frank account of Devon's life is also the story of their family on the island of Antigua.

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Autobiografía de mi madre by Jamaica Kincaid ES

Rating: 4 (1 vote)
Description:
El nacimiento de Xuela coincidió con la muerte de su madre. Su padre, carcelero de fondo y de forma, le abandona siendo un bebé entregándola a una lavandera. Xuela crece y decide no tener hijos; decide incluso no formar parte de ninguna de las experiencias vitales asumidas por el resto de las personas.

8.

At the Bottom of the River by Jamaica Kincaid EN

Rating: 2 (1 vote)
Description:
At the Bottom of the River is Jamaica Kincaid's first published work, a selection of inter-connected prose poems told from the perspective of a young Afro-Caribbean girl. Collecting pieces written for the New Yorker and the Paris Review between 1978 and 1982, including the seminal 'Girl', these stunning works announced a fully-formed, generational talent and firmly established the themes that Kincaid would continue to return to in her later work: the loss of childhood, the fractious nature of mother-daughter relationships, the intangible beauty of the natural world, and the s... continue

9.

Unburnable : A Novel by Marie-Elena John EN

Rating: 4 (1 vote)
Description:
Set partly in contemporary Washington, D.C., and post-World War II Dominica, this debut novel deftly intertwines the cultures of blacks in the United States and the West Indies as an extraordinary multigenerational family saga unfolds.

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Mr. Potter by Jamaica Kincaid EN

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In this luminous, bewitching new novel Jamaica Kincaid tells the story of an ordinary man, his century, and his home. The island of Antigua comes vibrantly to life under the gaze of Mr Potter, an illiterate taxi chauffer who makes his living driving a navy blue Hillman along the wide-open roads that pass the only towns he has ever seen and the graveyard where he will be buried. The sun shines squarely overhead, the ocean lies on every side and suppressed passion fills the air. Kincaid conjures up a moving picture of Mr Potter's youth - beginning with memories of his father, a poor fisherman, a... continue