1. Because it’s December 10th, let’s revisit Maureen Corrigan’s review of George Saunders' bestseller collection of short stories, “Tenth of December.”

Saunders’ short stories have it all — the flexibility of language, the social criticism, the moral ambition, the entertaining dark humor. Check back with me at the end of 2013; if his collection isn’t in this year’s top 10, it will really have been an extraordinary year for books.


Tenth of December was a finalist for the National Book Award in fiction

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    Because it’s December 10th, let’s revisit Maureen Corrigan’s review of George Saunders' bestseller collection of short stories, “Tenth of December.”

    Saunders’ short stories have it all — the flexibility of language, the social criticism, the moral ambition, the entertaining dark humor. Check back with me at the end of 2013; if his collection isn’t in this year’s top 10, it will really have been an extraordinary year for books.

    Tenth of December was a finalist for the National Book Award in fiction

    image via telegraph UK

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  1. Fresh Air’s Coverage of the 2013 National Book Award Nominees

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    The 2013 National Book Award Nominees have been announced. Fresh Air’s book critic Maureen Corrigan reviewed 4 of the nominees:

    Among the fiction nominees are Jhumpa Lahiri for The Lowland and George Saunders for The Tenth of December as well as Alice McDermott for her book Someone. In nonfiction, Jill Lepore is nominated for The Book of Ages.

    Terry Gross interviewed Lawrence Wright, author of Going Clear, about the world of Scientology and the life of its leader.

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  1. National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward speaks to Fresh Air about her newest book, “Men We Reaped,” a memoir that simultaneously tells the story of five young men who died young in her town. She writes how these deaths, while each different, relate to racism and poverty in Mississippi. In the interview she explains what affect these deaths had on her own life:

 I know it sounds trite when I say it, but [the deaths] made me realize that I don’t have a lot of time and that I’m not promised tomorrow. I hear that all the time at home, I guess because everyone in my community has lost a young person that they love, you know? So everyone says that all the time: You’re not promised tomorrow; you don’t have tomorrow. So it does, it sounds trite, but it’s true. It made me feel that I wasn’t promised some long life where I would die when I was 60 or 70 or 80 or 90. That’s not a given for me. It brought me to writing.


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    National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward speaks to Fresh Air about her newest book, “Men We Reaped,” a memoir that simultaneously tells the story of five young men who died young in her town. She writes how these deaths, while each different, relate to racism and poverty in Mississippi. In the interview she explains what affect these deaths had on her own life:

     I know it sounds trite when I say it, but [the deaths] made me realize that I don’t have a lot of time and that I’m not promised tomorrow. I hear that all the time at home, I guess because everyone in my community has lost a young person that they love, you know? So everyone says that all the time: You’re not promised tomorrow; you don’t have tomorrow. So it does, it sounds trite, but it’s true. It made me feel that I wasn’t promised some long life where I would die when I was 60 or 70 or 80 or 90. That’s not a given for me. It brought me to writing.

    image (and video on Salvage the Bones) via bbc.uk

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  1. Tomorrow National Book Award winning writer Jesmyn Ward joins us to discuss her new memoir “Men We Reaped" a story of death, loss, and love. She reads from her book: 

This is where the past and the future meet. This is after the pit bull attack, after my father left and after my mother’s heart broke. This is after the bullies in the hallway, after the nigger jokes, after my brother told me what he’d done as we stood out on the street. This is after my father had six more children with four different women, which meant he had ten children total. This is after my mother stopped working for one White family who lived in a mansion on the beach and began working for another White family who lived in a large house on the bayou. This is after I’d earned two degrees, a crippling case of homesickness, and a lukewarm boyfriend at Stanford. This is before Ronald, before C.J. This is before Demond, before Rog. This is where my two stories come together. This is the summer of the year 2000. This is the last summer I will spend with my brother. This is the heart. This is. Every day, this is. 

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    Tomorrow National Book Award winning writer Jesmyn Ward joins us to discuss her new memoir “Men We Reaped" a story of death, loss, and love. She reads from her book:

    This is where the past and the future meet. This is after the pit bull attack, after my father left and after my mother’s heart broke. This is after the bullies in the hallway, after the nigger jokes, after my brother told me what he’d done as we stood out on the street. This is after my father had six more children with four different women, which meant he had ten children total. This is after my mother stopped working for one White family who lived in a mansion on the beach and began working for another White family who lived in a large house on the bayou. This is after I’d earned two degrees, a crippling case of homesickness, and a lukewarm boyfriend at Stanford. This is before Ronald, before C.J. This is before Demond, before Rog. This is where my two stories come together. This is the summer of the year 2000. This is the last summer I will spend with my brother. This is the heart. This is. Every day, this is.

    image via the Australian

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  1. Stephen Greenblatt won the National Book Award for Non-Fiction last night. Here’s Maureen’s review of his book, The Swerve. [Also, here’s five National Book Award nominees reading from their books.] View in High-Res

    Stephen Greenblatt won the National Book Award for Non-Fiction last night. Here’s Maureen’s review of his book, The Swerve. [Also, here’s five National Book Award nominees reading from their books.]

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