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What Do You Recommend?

Earlier this week, National Book Critics Circle president John Freeman shared the NBCC's picks for its "Most Recommended" list. Here are some of the voters' comments on the titles they picked.

Anne Tyler on Out Stealing Horses:

It's a book that seems to me timeless, and one that applies to a much larger world than the tiny rural setting it describes.

Yale professor of English David Bromwich on The Shock Doctrine:

The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein is a work of originality and courageThe Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein is a work of originality and courage. Klein argues that the behavioral and punitive sciences, the arts of counter-insurgency and regional war, and the high-market doctrine of economic correctness have been laboratory tested and successfully harnessed over the past four decades in the engineering of organized fear. She draws upon an impressive body of evidence to suggest that the leading political project of our time — a work that cuts across parties and countries — is the replacement of democratic citizens by subjects who are grateful to be ruled.

NBCC board member and poet Kevin Prufer on Mary Jo Bang's Elegy:

Mary Jo Bang's Elegy is musically subtle and complex and her subject matter is harrowing. The book is about the death of the poet's son — but it's also about grieving, the difficulties of memory, the irretrievability of the past, and the inadequacies of art in the face of enormous loss.

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What about YOU, dear readers? Which books do you recommend most, and why? Don't be shy — share your comments below.

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Brockman is the head writer for the daily Book News posts on the Powells.com blog. In his free time he's hard at work on his fictional memoir, which changes titles daily.

The views and commentary posted by Brockman are entirely his own, and are not representative of the whole of Powell's Books, its employees, or any sane human being.

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5 Responses to "What Do You Recommend?"

    Julia Jean November 30th, 2007 at 5:25 pm

    I couldn't stop reading "Run" by Ann Patchett. She's just amazing!

    Mark Yedo November 30th, 2007 at 5:26 pm

    I recommend Dave Egger's WHAT IS THE WHAT, the most powerful book I read all year. Really takes you into this person's life in an intimate way no non-fiction book ever could.

    What about you, Brockman?

    Kelly December 3rd, 2007 at 11:13 am

    I thoroughly enjoyed "Ghostwalk" by Rebecca Stott. I love historical fiction and this one really grabbed my interest as she combines real details from Isaac Newton's life with a fictional tale of murder. Very good novel for a first time writer.

    Shannon G December 3rd, 2007 at 12:43 pm

    I am currently reading "The Great War For Civilisation". It's really good. I also really loved "The Last Season". It was a well written book.

    Doug M December 4th, 2007 at 8:26 am

    I am reading "The Terror", by Dan Simmons. So far, so good. A very richly-written historical fiction tale about a disastrous mission to find the "Northwest Passage" in 1847.

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