Friday, March 03, 2006


E.L. DOCTOROW, fresh from his recent triumph with the 2006 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, has won the 2005 National Book Critics Circle Award for The March (2005). He had previously won the critics’ prize for Billy Bathgate in 1989. Doctorow’s The March was a finalist for the National Book Award. Other books shortlisted for the NBCC Award for Fiction include William T. Vollmann’s Europe Central, winner of the 2006 National Book Award for Fiction; Mary Gaitskill’s Veronica; Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go; and Andrea Levy’s Small Island.

General Non-Fiction
Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster / Svetlana Alexievich
The Great War for Civilisation: The Conquest of the Middle East / Robert Fisk
Eating Stone: Imagination and the Loss of the Wild / Ellen Meloy
Human Cargo: A Journey Among Refugees / Caroline Moorehead
Night Draws Near: Iraq's People in the Shadow of America's War / Anthony Shadid

American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer / Kai Bird & Martin J. Sherwin
Lee Miller: A Life / Carolyn Burke
Like a Fiery Elephant: The Story of B.S. Johnson / Jonathan Coe
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln / Doris Kearns Goodwin
Mark Twain: A Life / Ron Powers

The Year of Magical Thinking / Joan Didion
Them: A Memoir of Parents / Francine du Plessix Gray
Fat Girl: A True Story / Judith Moore
Istanbul: Memories and the City / Orhan Pamuk
Two Lives / Vikram Seth

The Shout / Simon Armitage
Bent to the Earth / Manuel Blas de Luna
Refusing Heaven / Jack Gilbert
Crush / Richard Siken
The Incentive of the Maggot / Ron Slate

Gather at the River: Notes from the Post-millennial South / Hal Crowther
Unnatural Wonders / Arthur Danto
The Undiscovered Country: Poetry in the Age of Tin / William Logan
Still Looking: Essays on American Art / John Updike
What Happened Here: Bush Chronicles / Eliot Weinberger


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thoroughly enjoyable blog. Add Edward P JOnes Lost In The City and All Aunt Hagar's Children and Ana Mendendez In Cuba I Was A German Shephard to your story collections.

Friday, January 19, 2007 8:23:00 AM  
Blogger Eric Forbes said...

Thanks for the recommendations, Duke. I believe they are excellent and deserve a place on the bookshelf. And thanks for the kind words. Warmest regards!

Saturday, January 20, 2007 4:04:00 AM  

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