Miriam Toews, A Complicated Kindness Knopf, 2004
Major contemporary Mennonite-Canadian novel. Exquisite prose.
Joseph Boyden, Three Day Road Penguin, 2005
Chronicles the tragic lives of two Aboriginal servicemen, and the marginalization they endure from their fellow Canadians.
Patrick O'Brian, Desolation Island HarperCollins, 1997
Book five in Napoleonic Era historical-fiction series about life, friendship and war among imperialism's shock troops: the officers and seamen of the British Navy.
Zadie Smith, White Teeth Penguin, 2000
Smith's acclaimed first novel, which deals with race, religion, friendship and conflict in a comic epic of multicultural Britain.
Ursula K. Le Guin, Four Ways to Forgiveness Perrential, 1994
Brilliant sci-fi, which captures the contradictions of unfinished revolutions in terms of class, race and gender.
Nicole Krauss, The History of Love Norton, 2006
A must read--the unofficial obituary of passionate octogenarian Leo Gursky, who deliberately draws attention to himself to make certain of his own existence.
Makere Stewart-Harawira, The New Imperial Order: Indigenous Responses to Globalization Zed Books, 2005
Analysis of the contemporary globalization of capitalism, its effects on indigenous peoples and indigenous challenges to this imperialist moment.
John Perkins, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man Berrett-Koehler, 2004
Once a former "economic hit man" for the U.S. in Mexico, Perkins' apostasy resulted in this remarkable expose of global neoliberalism.
Timothy Brennan, Wars of Position: The Cultural Politics of Left and Right Columbia, 2006
The not-so-inadvertent relationship between cultural studies and neoliberalism is studied.
Mike Davis, Planet of Slums Verso, 2006
The majority of the world will soon be living in cities, poor and desperate. But the new urban poor will be a fundamental social force in creating an alternative to neoliberalism.
David Harvey, A Brief History of Neoliberalism Oxford, 2005
Harvey provides a punchy analysis, from Thatcher to Bush's imperialist adventures, and searches for alternatives in urban class movements.
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