The National Book Critics Circle Awards were announced this week. Winner of the fiction award was The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao, by Junot Diaz.
I was sort of pulling for Joyce Carol Oates's The Gravedigger's Daughter, which was one of the finalists. I've skimmed bits of the Oates book and it's on my to-read list for this year (as it was for last year!) – I've enjoyed the parts I've read so far. I've always admired JCO, even though I haven't read as much of her stuff as I'd like to – she's so wonderfully productive!
Autobiography – Brother, I'm Dying, by Edwidge Danticat
Biography – Stanley: The Impossible Life Of Africa's Greatest Explorer, by Tim Jeal
Criticism – The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century, by Alex Ross
Nonfiction – Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present, by Harriet Washington
Poetry – Elegy, by Mary Jo Bang