Introducing the NBCC's Best Recommended


The National Book Critics Circle has launched a Best Recommended List of books in the categories of fiction, nonfiction and poetry, to be posted monthly starting in 2008 on their blog, Critical Mass:

... with all this connectivity, it felt like a moment had yet to be seized about finding out what a lot of people said was good. And what better people to ask than award winning novelists, historians, poets, critics and biographers?

These are the pie-in-the-sky notions that prompted the National Book Critics Circle to create a monthly Best Recommended List. Polling our nearly 800 members, as well as all the former finalists and winners of our book prize, we asked, What 2007 books have you read that you have truly loved?

Tops on the resulting inaugural Best Recommended List are The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz (fiction), Brother, I'm Dying by Edwidge Danticat (nonfiction), and a three-way tie in the poetry category among Time and Materials: Poems 1997–2005 by Robert Hass, Collected Poems: 1956-1998 by Zbigniew Herbert, and Gulf Music by Robert Pinsky.