Tuesday, April 21, 2009

2009 Pulitzer Prizes

Read about the Pulitzer Prize winners in today's New York Times: 2009 Pulitzer Prizes for Letters, Drama and Music.

For the New Trier Library, I'd like to purchase:
GENERAL NONFICTION: “Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black People in America from the Civil War to World War II,” by Douglas A. Blackmon
A precise and eloquent work that examines a deliberate system of racial suppression and that rescues a multitude of atrocities from virtual obscurity.

FICTION: “Olive Kitteridge,” by Elizabeth Strout
A collection of 13 short stories set in small-town Maine that packs a cumulative emotional wallop, bound together by polished prose and by Olive, the title character, blunt, flawed and fascinating.

FINALISTS: “The Plague of Doves” by Louise Erdrich, a novel that explores racial discord, loss of land and changing fortunes in a corner of North Dakota where Native Americans and whites share a tangled history.

“All Souls” by Christine Schutt, a memorable novel that focuses on the senior class at an exclusive all-girl Manhattan prep school where a beloved student battles a rare cancer, fiercely honest, carefully observed and subtly rendered.

Read the complete list of 2009 Pulitzer Prize Winners and Nominated Finalists at the Pulitzer website.

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