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:
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.The 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,
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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