I just finished re-reading James Welch's novel Fools Crow. I first read it about ten years ago, and am sure I must have rushed through it. I remember having it explained to me. Now I'm struck again by its richness, as a text that teaches you how to read it.
And since I'm preparing for my science fiction class, I'm also thinking of Nalo Hopkinson:
It’s non-fiction and we are on the wrong side of the strange-looking ship that appears out of nowhere