University of Iowa News Release
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
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
-- workshop graduate Sena Jeter Naslund's new historical novel, "Four
-- "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
-- workshop graduate Stuart Dybek's latest Chicago-based novel, "I Sailed
-- 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";
-- workshop alumna Kathryn Harrison's "Seeking Rapture."
The New York Times Book Review list of "Noteworthy" paperbacks
-- workshop alumna Sandra Cisneros' "Caramelo";
-- "The Lives of the Muses" by former workshop faculty member Francine
-- Writers' Workshop graduate Adam Haslett's "You Are Not a Stranger
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