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Dec. 15, 2003

New York Times Book Review Recommends UI Books

The New York Times Book Review, America's most influential newspaper book supplement, recommended numerous University of Iowa-connected books for holiday reading and giving in its Dec. 7 edition.

"Drop City," a novel by Iowa Writers' Workshop graduate and former faculty member T. Coraghessan Boyle, was one of the supplement's nine featured "Editors Choice" selections.

In its compendium of art books, the review recommended "Philip Guston Retrospective," a volume published in conjunction with an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Guston was a faculty member of the UI School of Art and Art History in the 1930s.

Among the 2003 publications on the supplement's list of "Notable Books" are:

-- Writers' Workshop alumna ZZ Packer's debut short-story collection, "Drinking Coffee Elsewhere";
-- workshop graduate Sena Jeter Naslund's new historical novel, "Four Spirits";
-- "Good Faith" by Pulitzer Prize-winner Jane Smiley, who graduated from the Writers' Workshop and has returned to the UI to teach;
-- workshop alumna Julie Orringer's debut fiction collection, "How to Breathe Underwater";
-- workshop graduate Stuart Dybek's latest Chicago-based novel, "I Sailed With Magellan";
-- former workshop faculty member Frederick Busch's "A Memory of War";
-- workshop graduate Steven Sherrill's mythological update, "The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break";
-- "The Song of Kings," the latest fiction from recent workshop visiting faculty member Barry Unsworth;
-- former faculty member Meg Wolitzer's "The Wife";
-- "Hungry Ghost" by workshop alumnus Keith Kachtick;
-- "Mountains Beyond Mountains," the latest non-faction volume by Pulitzer Prize-winning workshop alumnus Tracy Kidder";
-- workshop graduate John Murray's "A Few Notes on Tropical Butterflies"; and
-- workshop alumna Kathryn Harrison's "Seeking Rapture."

The New York Times Book Review list of "Noteworthy" paperbacks includes:

-- workshop alumna Sandra Cisneros' "Caramelo";
-- "The Lives of the Muses" by former workshop faculty member Francine Prose: and
-- Writers' Workshop graduate Adam Haslett's "You Are Not a Stranger Here."

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