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Release: Dec. 10,1999
New York Times recommends books by UI authors for holiday
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The New York Times has advice for
literary-gift-givers who would like to support University of Iowa writers.
Numerous books by UI alumni, and current and past faculty, are recommended
in the Dec. 5 "Holiday Books" issue of the New York Times Book Review, the
nation's most influential literary supplement.
Leading the list is "The Feeling of What Happens"
by Antonio R. Damasio, head of the UI neurology faculty and the neurology
department of the UI Hospitals and Clinics. Damasio's book about the nature
of consciousness is one of 11 selections in the supplement's top category,
"Editors' Choices," boosted as a book by "a gifted writer" that "will change
your experience of yourself."
Among the recently published, UI-connected books recommended
among the Times' "Notable Books of 1999" are:
-- "Ahab's Wife" by UI Writers' Workshop alumna Sena
-- "Amsterdam" by former workshop faculty member Ian
-- "For the Relief of Unbearable Urges" by workshop
alumnus Nathan Englander;
-- "Losing Nelson" and "Sugar and Rum" by Barry Unsworth,
who was a member of the Writers' Workshop faculty last year;
-- "Music for Torching" by controversial fiction writer
A.M. Homes, an alumna of the Writers' Workshop;
-- "The Night Inspector" by Frederick Busch, former
faculty member and interim director of the Writers' Workshop;
-- "On the Bus with Rosa Parks" by Pulitzer Prize
winner Rita Dove, an alumna of the Writers' Workshop;
-- "Out of the Woods: Stories" by Chris Offutt, an
alumnus and current visiting faculty member of the workshop;
-- National Book Award finalist "Plainsong" by workshop
alumnus Kent Haruf;
-- "Someone to Watch Over Me" by workshop alum Richard
-- "Sonny Liston Was a Friend of Mine: Stories" by
alumnus and former Writers' Workshop faculty member Thom Jones;
-- "A Werewolf Problem in Central Russia: And Other
Stories" by Russian fiction writer Victor Pelevin, a veteran of
the UI International Writing Program;
-- "Who's Irish: Stories" by workshop alumna Gish
-- "Crossing: A Memoir" by UI College of Business
faculty member Deirdre McCloskey;
-- "Home Town" by Tracy Kidder, another Pulitzer Prize-winning
graduate of the Writers' Workshop; and
-- "The Immaculate Invasion" by workshop alumnus Bob
Shacochis, a former winner of the National Book Award.
Among the New York Times' "Noteworthy Collection"
of recently released paperbacks are "The Owl Woman Saloon: Stories" by alumna
and former workshop faculty member Tess Gallagher; "I Married a Communist"
by former Writers' Workshop faculty member and Pulitzer Prize-winner Philip
Roth; "Reservation Road" by recent workshop faculty member John Burnham Schwartz;
"Two Cities" by workshop alumnus John Edgar Wideman; and "The Tennis Partner"
by Writers' Workshop alumnus Abraham Verghese.
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