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2007 Pulitzer Prizes -- The Road Wins for Fiction

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This year's Pulitzer Prize winners have just been announced. Have you read The Road yet? Are you more likely to now? What about any of the others among this year's prizewinners? Any fans of Uncle Tom's Cabin who might be moved to learn more about her famous (and later infamous) brother?

Fiction

Book Cover Image: Title: The Road, Author: Cormac McCarthy Buy It The Road Cormac McCarthy
The masterful novelist who has illuminated a tragically violent side of the history of the American West has now crafted a vision of the future as powerful and transcendent as any myth or fable. The Road is a profoundly moving tale of a devastated future America, in which a man and his son undertake a desperate journey through a transformed world. From one of the most celebrated writers of our time, it's a story of love and endurance in the midst of overwhelming darkness. Recently, we've been discussing this harrowing tale in our book club discussion with Barnes & Noble's own Paul Hochman. You can join the conversation in progress now!

Biography

Book Cover Image: Title: The Most Famous Man in America: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher, Author: Debby Applegate Buy It The Most Famous Man in America: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher Debby Applegate
This biography of the charismatic, influential preacher -- and brother of novelist Harriet Beecher Stowe -- brings a fascinating, flawed figure to deserved new life. Historian Debby Applegate places him at the center of the key dramas of the American nineteenth century -- including the advent of the pulp novel and tabloid press.

General Nonfiction

Book Cover Image: Title: The Looming Tower, Author: Lawrence Wright Buy It The Looming Tower Lawrence Wright
For most Americans, al Qaeda began to exist on September 11, 2001. Since then, we've been frantically piecing together shards of information about this secretive extremist movement. But connecting the dots isn't always easy. Lawrence Wright's The Looming Tower translates data into meaning by tracing the rise of the group through the lives of four men: two terrorists and two men who tracked them. Wright explores the complex relationship of the bin Laden family and Saudi Arabia's royal family. Perhaps even more significantly, he reveals the agency insularity that almost certainly prevented the thwarting of the 9/11 plot.

History

Book Cover Image: Title: The Race Beat, Author: Gene Roberts and Hank Klibanoff Buy It The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation Gene Roberts and Hank Klibanoff
Drawing on private correspondence, notes from secret meetings, unpublished articles, and interviews, veteran journalists Gene Roberts and Hank Klibanoff go behind the headlines and datelines to show how a dedicated cadre of newsmen-first black reporters, then liberal southern editors, then reporters and photographers from the national press and the broadcast media-revealed to a nation its most shameful shortcomings and propelled its citizens to act.

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Re: 2007 Pulitzer Prizes -- The Road Wins for Fiction

In my own Book Club group, we recently read Uncle Tom's Cabin because we wanted to revisit a classic. It turned out that only one of us was revisiting the novel. The rest of us were reading it for the first time. We had a great discussion on it. I will have to mention this biography of Henry Beecher to my group.
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Re: 2007 Pulitzer Prizes -- The Road Wins for Fiction

The Road? I was very surprised to see even Oprah pick this book, I'm quite surprised that it was given this honour. Why do you think this was selected?
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