Louise Erdrich and Katherine Boo
I wish we could cover books more at SLLS, but grad school has left me little time to read extracurricularly. However, this week, the National Book Award winners were announced and two of the major awards went to women, so I wanted to acknowledge their achievements.
Louise Erdrich beat such literary favorites as Dave Eggers and Junot Diaz to snag the fiction title with her work The Round House, a coming of age tale about a young Native American boy whose mother was brutally attacked. This book also tops Amazon’s 100 best books of 2012 list, which are on sale here (or, buy them at your local bookstore).
Katherine Boo’s Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity took the prize for nonfiction. Boo, a New Yorker writer and Pulitzer Prize winner, spent three years in Mumbai slum and wrote about the struggles of the people in the community who are faced with the realities of great income disparity in India.
[After researching this post, I’ve added some Louise Erdrich to my wish list. That I will never have time to get to. Sigh.]