This review column is subtitled, "Books Your Neighbors Are Reading," but I'm thinking it might need to be called--at least in this case--"Books Your Neighbors Should Be Reading." I doubt most people race to their newspaper on the day the Pulitzer Prizes are announced (and that goes for the Nobel Prizes as well--who do you know has read anything by the 2009 literature winner Herta Müller?). These are highly esteemed awards and for writers can mean a nice increase in sales (as these are books rarely found beforehand on The New York Times Best Sellers List). I'm wondering, however, how many of your neighbors logged online or ran down to their local bookseller to grab one of these prize winners?
Patricia Anders (MA, MFA, Chapman University) is managing editor of Modern Reformation magazine.
Issue: "Recovering Scripture" Jan./Feb. 2010 Vol. 19 No. 1 Page number(s): 41-43
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