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Release: Dec. 8, 2000

New York Times recommends books by UI authors for holiday giving

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 by current and past faculty members, are recommended in the Dec. 3 "Holiday Books" issue of the New York Times Book Review, the nation's most influential literary supplement.

"The Human Stain" by former Iowa Writers' Workshop faculty member Philip Roth was one of the 10 "Editors' Choice" selections, the publication's highest recommendations.

Among the recently published, UI-connected books recommended by the Times as "Notable Books" of 2000 are:

--"A Region Not Home" by Pulitzer Prize winning Writers' Workshop graduate and faculty member James Alan McPherson;

-- "Afterburn" by Writers' Workshop alumnus Colin Harrison;

-- "Blue Angel" for former Writers' Workshop faculty member Francine Prose;

--"Don't Tell Anyone" by former Writers' Workshop faculty member Frederick Busch;

-- "Horse Heaven" by Pulitzer Prize winner Jane Smiley, a graduate and former faculty member of the Writers' Workshop;

-- "Hunts in Dreams" by Writers' Workshop alumnus Tom Drury;

-- "Master of the Crossroads" by former workshop faculty member Madison Smartt Bell;

-- "The Name of the World" by workshop graduate/faculty member Denis Johnson;

-- "The Quick and the Dead" by Writers' Workshop alumna/faculty member Joy Williams;

-- "Six Figures" by Writers' Workshop graduate Fred Leebron;

-- "Swarm" by Pulitzer Prize-winning faculty member/alumna Jorie Graham;

-- "The Missing World" by former faculty member Margot Livesey; and

-- "The Testament of Yves Gundron" by Writers' Workshop graduate Emily Barton.

Among the New York Times' "Noteworthy Collection" of recently released paperbacks are "Ahab's Wife" by workshop graduate Sena Jeter Naslund; "The Feeling of What Happens" by Antonio Damasio, head of the UI neurology faculty and the neurology department of the UI Hospitals and Clinics; "Home Town" by Pulitzer Prize-winning workshop graduate Tracy Kidder; "Losing Nelson" by recent Writers' Workshop faculty member Barry Unsworth; "My Movie Business" by workshop alumnus John Irving; and "Plainsong" by workshop alumnus Kent Haruf.

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