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message 1: by Joy H., Group Founder (last edited Nov 21, 2010 02:26PM) (new)


Nina wrote: "In our Book page this morning: National Book Awards
fiction: "Lord of Misrule," by Jaimy Gordon
Nonfiction: "Just Kids," by Patti Smith
Poetry: "Lighthead," by Terrance Hayes
Young People's literature: "MOckingbird," Kathryn Eslkine
Lifetime Achievment Award: Thomas Wolfe"

Nina, thanks very much for posting about the National Book Awards. Below are some related links with the details:
(See links to videos at above link.)

Below are some bits from an article online about the author of Just Kids, winner of the non-fiction category:
Headline: "Patti Smith, godmother of punk, wins award for her first book – at 65."
"Memoir of her bohemian days with artist Robert Mapplethorpe earns acclaimed musician National Book Award in US."
"The latest accolade for the 65-year-old "godmother of punk" was the National Book Award for non-fiction, which she won on Wednesday night for her memoir of her bohemian days in the Chelsea Hotel with the artist Robert Mapplethorpe."

Here's the Goodreads link for the fiction category winner:
Lord of Misrule by Jaimy Gordon
From the GR description: "_Lord of Misrule_ is a darkly realistic novel about a young woman living through a year of horse racing while everyone's best laid plans go brutally wrong. ... 'A novel of luck, pluck, farce and above all horse racing... Exceptional writing and idiosyncratic characters make this an engaging read.'--Kirkus Reviews"

message 2: by Joy H., Group Founder (last edited Nov 21, 2010 02:00PM) (new)

Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 16697 comments Below are some interesting excerpts from the NY Times article linked above:

"In the fiction category, Jaimy Gordon won for “Lord of Misrule,” a surprise pick for a book published by McPherson & Company, a small literary publisher in Kingston, N.Y."
"In a well-worn tradition, the list of finalists inspired some grumbling from publishing insiders who objected that the choices were too obscure. Most notably, Jonathan Franzen’s novel _Freedom_, which was a literary sensation and best seller this year, did not make the cut."

message 3: by Joy H., Group Founder (new)

Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 16697 comments The winner for Young People's Literature, Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine, is about an 11-year-old girl coping with Asperger's syndrome.

A Booklist review at Amazon says:
"Allusions to Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, the portrayal of a whole community’s healing process, and the sharp insights into Caitlyn’s behavior enhance this fine addition to the recent group of books with narrators with autism and Asbergers."

message 4: by Nina (new)

Nina | 6069 comments Jim. are you marking, "The Lord of Misrule," by Jaimy Gordon in your "to read" column? It seems like one you'd like. nina

message 5: by Jim (new)

Jim (jimmaclachlan) | 6330 comments Actually, I hadn't, Nina. I have over 100 books in my actual to-read pile at the end of my bed right now. I'm trying very hard not to add to it.

message 6: by Nina (new)

Nina | 6069 comments It's about horses and racing and won the National Book Award. Put it at the bottom of your list, someday. The reviews make it sound interesting. nina

message 7: by Jim (new)

Jim (jimmaclachlan) | 6330 comments Sounds interesting. Thanks, Nina. Will do.

Unfortunately, I can't read much right now. I've been really sick since last Wednesday. According to my wife, I've been pushing myself too hard - it's hard not to with today being the last good weather we're likely to have this year. Anyway, I felt so bad today that I went to the doctor who made it official - I'm really sick. Super bad cold thing. I wound up with 4 different prescriptions & am supposed to stay in bed at least 2 days. Right. I'm on vacation this week & need to buy a car & make Xmas presents. I'm going nuts.

message 8: by Nina (new)

Nina | 6069 comments You have a good excuse,Jim, not to do one more thing but heed the dr advice and try to not overdue and keep warm. What is more miserable than a cold? At least they don't last forever. have your wife make chicken soup and drink lots of hot water with honey in it. Sooths what ails you. nina

message 9: by Joy H., Group Founder (new)

Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 16697 comments Get well soon, Jim!

message 10: by Nina (new)

Nina | 6069 comments Joy, Did you read my quote? "Curiousity is the very basic of education and if you tell me that curiousity killed the cat, I say the cat died nobley."

Arnold Edinborough

message 11: by Werner (new)

Werner Jim, I hadn't been following this thread, and didn't read your post until now; sorry to hear that you're sick. Get well soon, buddy!

message 12: by Jim (new)

Jim (jimmaclachlan) | 6330 comments Thanks, Werner. Mom just gave me a big lecture on doing too much while sick. Very weird coming from Ms. Energizer Bunny herself, but apparently she did something similar & got mono once. I sure don't want that.

I guess I'll lounge around & pop pills all day. I did the morning round which meant I had to eat first before taking 6 pills & an inhaler. Yuck! All these drugs make me too dizzy to read. I've now watched the first season of Buffy. My mind is melting...

message 13: by Joy H., Group Founder (new)

Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 16697 comments Thanks for the quote, Nina. Yes, curiosity keeps us going... and learning.

Jim, I hope you'll feel better soon so that you will enjoy Thanksgiving.

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