The National Book Critics Circle - a member of which I am not, for reasons unclear to me but probably involve my own personal laziness - posted one of those "Top Books of the Year" lists, and Miami's Edwidge Danticat wins the top spot for nonfiction for her memoir Brother, I'm Dying.
Top fiction, in order: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Diaz; National Book Award winner Tree of Smoke by Denis Johnson; The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon; Exit Ghost by Philip Roth; Out Stealing Horses, Per Petterson. Guess no women wrote anything worthy of a top spot this year.
Nonfiction's another story, though. We have Edwidge at No. 1, followed by The World Without Us by Alan Weisman; The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein; Schulz and Peanuts by David Michaelis; and National Book Award winner Legacy of Ashes by Tim Weiner.