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Critics applaud Edwidge

The National Book Critics Circle - a member of which I am not, for reasons unclear to me but probably Brother 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.


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Phoebe Flowers

Bro, you're a member of the Florida Film Critics Circle. How could you possibly want for more?


I would like the email address to contact Edwidge Danticat. My children's dad was deported to Trinidad many years ago and I would like to tell her about the long term effects deportation has on American born children who lose their parent as a result of the past administrations' deportation laws.

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