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Volume 2, Issue 1
Spring 2006:

From an Ample Nation

Bari Jarrett

Cell 2 Soul. 2006 Spring; 2(1):a13

  1. The Alexandria Quartet by Lawrence Durrell

    "The Quartet" gives one four points of view on the same situations. Each tells a widely divergent story.

  2. Grendel by John Gardner

    In Grendel, who is the monster?

  3. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

    Inflexible dictatorial points of view ruin the lives they touch.

  4. The Source by James Michener

    All men are brothers whether they understand this or not.

  5. The Wall by John Hersey

    Propagandistic conditioning can make us oblivious to others' hardships.

  6. Kristen Laurendetter by Sigrid Undset

    The human condition transcends time. We are such things as the fickleness of weather, war, faith and family make us.

  7. Black Boy by Richard Wright

    Everyone has immense potential. Understanding and potential make us bloom. Sometimes, we defy their lack.

  8. The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann

    Even the dying relish life. Opposing views of the world catch us up in webs of confusion. Reason and feeling must seek a balance.

  9. Cry the Beloved Country by Alan Payton

    Should we forgive our children's killers when we created the situation that makes them kill?

  10. Angels in America: Millenium Approaches by Tony Kushner

    Everyone needs respect. To condemn someone whose life-style you disapprove of is to diminish yourself. (This is available as an HBO DVD for rental or purchase.)

In late 2005, the editors of Cell 2 Soul and Dermanities launched a new section, "Why Read? — Personal Canons," which is a forum to catalog those works of art which instruct and enrich us as care givers and individuals. We invited some friends, colleagues and teachers to share those they deem canonical — books, poems, the occasional movie to which they keep returning.

The background for these selections is found in a recent editorial entitled: Why Read? An Emerging Canon.

We welcome your Personal Canon. Please click on Canon Guidelines. Kindly follow the format you see here.

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