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National Book Award longlist for nonfiction

(Courtesy of W.W. Norton)Judges for the National Book Award for nonfiction consider a wide world of subjects,but this year’s longlist of 10 finalists is heavily concentrated on works about America — and particularly American history.

Among the titles announced this morning for the $10, 000 prize are a history of Florida,two about the history of American slavery,a biography of Benjamin Franklin’s sister,and a work of cultural analysis subtitled “An Inner History of the New America.” Three additional titles also focus on distinctly American subjects.

Regardless of who eventually takes home the prize on Nov. 20,the New Yorker can claim a remarkable three spots among the finalists: Jill Lepore, George Packer and Lawrence Wright are all staff writers,a striking indication of the magazine’s influence on American publishing.

Aside from the authors not nominated,the unhappiest group in America this morning might be the Church of Scientology,which will have to contend (again) with renewed publicity for Wright’s devastating exposé,“Going Clear: Scientology,Hollywood,& the Prison of Belief.”

Here is the complete longlist for this year’s nonfiction prize:

T.D. Allman,“Finding Florida: The True Story of the Sunshine State” (Atlantic Monthly).

Gretel Ehrlich,“Facing the Wave: A Journey in the Wake of the Tsunami” (Pantheon).

Scott C. Johnson,“The Wolf and the Watchman: A Father,a Son,and the CIA” (Norton). .

Jill Lepore,“Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin” (Forthcoming from Knopf on Oct.(Courtesy of Farrar Straus Giroux)1).

Wendy Lower,“Hitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields” (Forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on Oct. 8).

James Oakes,“Freedom National: The Destruction of Slavery in the United States,1861-1865″ (Norton). .

George Packer,“The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America” (Farrar Straus Giroux). Reviewed here.

Alan Taylor,“The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia,1772-1832″ (Norton).

Terry Teachout,“Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington” (Forthcoming from Gotham on Oct. 17).

Source: www.washingtonpost.com


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2010-10-22 06:42:32 by HalloweenHarlot

Topic, I'm looking at classes for next semester. I can't register yet (not till first week of Nov) but I can single them out.
In addition to two more English classes (Creative Non-Fiction and Creative Writing), I'm looking at taking Cultural Anthropology, Foundations of Art & Design and American Art History (pre-1940), for a total of 16 credits.
We have "bundling" here at this school; you need to buy the books, of course, but getting from 12-18 credits costs the same, regardless of the number, tuition-wise.

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2013-09-08 08:05:14 by TheSwashbuckler

“The reason that this criticism is coming up is because the Common Core is promoting greater attention to science, history and other informational texts,” he said to FoxNews.com. “Studies show that American kids do better with stories than with science or history materials, placing them at a real disadvantage in international economic competition.”
Because the actual Common Core exams have not yet been formulated, there is no list of what literature students may or may not be tested on. But critics say the stated policy of emphasizing "informational," or non-fiction reading, in English will inevitably come at the expense of literature classics

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2010-10-14 19:47:39 by libertarianINflorida

Radical idea here folks: Parents have a child its really their job in the end that a child is educated.
Now they may use the public school system to do part of this or use another option like private school but why pick on the school system? Come on its taxpayer funded and virtually free its a good foundation for general education. Proof of this how many students cannot by 8th grade read for recreation, do basic everyday math, don't know major things about American history or a fair amount of science needed by an everyday person? Very low in my experience even in poor schools


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