National Book Critics Circle Award
The National Book Critics Circle awards honor the best literature published in English in six categories--autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.
New & Selected Stories
Although Pearlman's stories (21 vintage, 13 new) range in place from South America to Jerusalem and Boston, and in time from the Russian Revolution to London during the Blitz and the present day, many describe the lives of Jews, the role of Judaism in their lives, the reality of assimilation, and the experiences and rituals that bind people across space and time.
By Teju Cole
In 2006, Julius, a young doctor, is completing a psychiatric residency in New York City. Born in Lagos to a Nigerian father and a German mother, Julius has always felt between worlds. As a form of therapy from a recent breakup with a girlfriend, Julius wanders the streets, visiting parks, museums, and long-forgotten monuments throughout Manhattan, while considering what it means to be a foreigner in post-9/11 America. (**** May/June 2011)
THE MARRIAGE PLOT
By Jeffrey Eugenides
At Brown University, WASPish beauty Madeleine Hanna is writing her thesis on the Victorian novelists' marriage plot--that traditional story of courtship that explores whether the lovers are suitable for each other. When she enrolls in a trendy semiotics class, she meets Leonard Bankhead--a brilliant, charismatic, and brooding biologist with whom she falls in love. But the real world makes them reevaluate everything they learned about love and life. (**** Jan/Feb 2012)
THE STRANGER'S CHILD
By Alan Hollinghurst
Hollinghurst won the Man Booker Prize for The Line of Beauty (**** SELECTION Jan/Feb 2005). In this novel, everyone in the United Kingdom knows a few lines of Cecil Valance's iconic "Two Acres," that paean to bucolic country life and all that was lost in World War I. Hollinghurst dramatizes several generations of English life by connecting them to efforts to uncover the truth about the poem. In the process, he sketches out a secret gay history of modern English literature. (**** SELECTION Jan/Feb 2012)
By Dana Spiotta
Nik Worth, a washed-up former punk rocker, almost found success in the late 1970s. He now spends his days working as a bartender and living off his sister, Denise. As Nik dwells on an alternative past in which he was a celebrity, Denise fears a bleak future. When she and Nik start to wrestle with aging in their 50s, a complex portrait of a sibling relationships emerges. (***** Sept/Oct 2011)
American Loyalists in the Revolutionary War
By Maya Jasanoff
The American Revolution established the United States, but it also created refugees out of 60,000 British loyalists--black...