I would not recommend As I Lay Dying, or really any Faulkner even if you were dying slowly of cancer and every other book on Earth had been burned.
"Federalist blogwench" -- Fenno
"[A] caricature of Goffmanian anxiety." -- M. Vanderwheel
"[R]ude, cruel, and shows a blatant lack of open-minded understanding." -- Twilighters Anonymous