爱思英语编者按:美媒:16本值得永世珍藏的英文小说(下)。 9. House of Sand and Fog By Andre Dubus III; 365 pages
9. 《尘雾家园》,安德鲁·杜鲁斯三世著(365页)
Because as much as it hurt, we couldn't look away.
Combining unadorned realism with profound empathy, House of Sand and Fog is a devastating exploration of the American Dream gone awry.
10. Eat, Pray, Love By Elizabeth Gilbert; 352 pages
10. 《美食、祈祷与恋爱》,伊丽莎白·吉尔伯特著(352页)
Because we'll probably never embark on a trip like this -- in fact, we're sitting in a cubicle. But we adored going along for the ride.
Culinary delights, rigorous spiritual searching and exhilarating romance (in that order) were all in store, and we devoured every detail. Afterward, we couldn't stop talking about Gilbert's adventures in self-discovery -- and our own.
11. The Secret Life of Bees By Sue Monk Kidd; 336 pages
11. 《蜜蜂的秘密生活》,苏·蒙克·基德著(336页)
Because three awesome beekeepers taught us about the value of mothering ourselves.
With its “hive” of great characters and its uplifting message of self-empowerment, Bees was the novel for mothers and daughters of all ages to share.
12. The Poisonwood Bible By Barbara Kingsolver; 560 pages
12. 《毒木圣经》,芭芭拉.金索佛著(560页)
Because Barbara Kingsolver has a sneaky way of making us more empathic.
This novel features five narrators, observing and commenting the clash of cultures, the struggle to overcome stifling conventions, and the preservation of heritage.
13. The Help By Kathryn Stockett; 544 pages
13. 《相助》,凯瑟琳·斯多科特著(544页)
Because it served as a reminder of a painful history, while showing us what a few courageous individuals can accomplish.
This novel opened a national conversation about race. And yet, the story also gives readers insight into the strength, courage and dignity of the maids themselves -- qualities that have been too often overlooked.
14. Water for Elephants By Sara Gruen; 350 pages
14. 《大象的眼泪》,莎拉·格鲁恩著(350页)
Because who doesn't love a pachyderm and a happy ending?
This depression-era tale of life with a third-rate traveling circus centers on orphaned animal caretaker Jacob, the woman he loves and her cruel and abusive husband, who happens to be the boss.
15. The Remains of the Day By Kazuo Ishiguro; 245 pages
15. 《长日留痕》,石黑一雄著(245页)
Because the anguish of unrequited love makes for riveting reading. 推荐理由:单恋的苦楚让此书引人入胜。This quiet, heart-piercing novel showed us the cost of misplaced loyalties and missed opportunity, and reminded us of the happiness we must claim for ourselves.
16. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks By Rebecca Skloot; 381 pages
16. 《永生的海拉》,丽贝卡·思科鲁特著(381页)
Because we would have never known the truth without it.
Henrietta Lacks was a poor, Southern tobacco farmer, yet her cells -- taken without her knowledge -- became one of the most important tools in medicine.