Larry Watson's Montana 1948 For professional reasons I broke my vow of reading drama to read this brief novel. It's somehow relaxed, detached, and intense. Could a writer make it more clear that his book is about a particular time and place than making that particular time and place the title? A really good novel--the narration works well.
Aristophanes' Lysistrata Wait a minute, so there's a work of art out there with a strong anti-war message, and it's loaded with boner jokes? And it was written 2,400 years ago? Is this the greatest thing ever to happen? Well, no, it's not. But it's pretty good.