National Book Critics Circle Award Winners

The winners have been announced: Fiction: Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, by Ben Fountain Nonfiction: Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity, by Andrew Solomon Autobiography: Swimming Studies, by Leanne Sharpton Criticism: Stranger Magic, by Marina Warner Biography: The Passage of Power, by Robert Caro Poetry: Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys, by D.A. Powell

Paul Theroux: “The Furies”

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Click here to read the abstract of the story on The New Yorker webpage (this week’s story is available only for subscribers).  Paul Theroux’s “The Furies” was originally published in the February 25, 2013 issue of The New Yorker. Betsy “The Furies” reveals why so few people go to their 40th high school reunion — the badly treated old friends, girlfriends, boyfriends.Read More

Amélie Nothomb: Life Form

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Last week I wrote about Revenge, the first book I read by Yoko Ogawa, a name I’d heard many times over the past few years and had always felt I should read. This week I’m writing about Amélie Nothomb’s latest in English, Life Form (Une forme de vie, 2010; tr. from the French by Alison Anderson,Read More