But as far as I can tell, no one has ever celebrated book critics in the same way. And why not? Criticism is literature. Writing about books is just as difficult and engaging as any other genre, and just as worthy of annual superlatives. With that in mind, here are my 10 favorite book reviews of
Because this is America. Because police misconduct, to use the genteel term, is ageless. Check the copyright page, read the production notes: Yes, this was written in Yes, Wright died in , at 52, having never scaled again the commercial heights of Native Son. Yet somehow The Man Who Lived Underground found its way into bookstores at the right time … To be fair, The Man Who Lived Underground, complete, does read like two different books—one brutal, one ethereal. Hot Stew by Fiona Mozley Algonquin.
Hinton Rowan Helper was an unreserved bigot from North Carolina who wrote hateful, racist tracts during Reconstruction. He was also, in the years leading up to the Civil War, a determined abolitionist. The material legacy of slavery can be felt to this day, McGhee says, in depressed wages and scarce access to health care in the former Confederacy.
Advertise Contact Privacy. Educated is a memoir by Tara Westover, a woman who grows up as the youngest of seven in a rural Idaho Mormon community. She and her siblings were all born at home and are homeschooled, and her parents are deeply suspicious of the government.