What To Read Awards: More winners

Debut of the year, Katherine Boo’s “Behind the Beautiful Forever” and Kevin Powers’ “The Yellow Birds.” A new fiction writer and a brilliant reporter tied for the best first book. Boo’s “Behind the Beautiful Forevers” was named the best book of the year, and four of our judges also named it the year’s strongest debut. But four voters also went for a lyrical debut by an Iraq War veteran, Powers’ “The Yellow Birds.” In naming it one of the year’s strongest titles, Marjorie Kehe of the Christian Science Monitor called it a “vivid and haunting portrait of friendship and war as a young soldier remembers the death of his teenage friend.” Other books with multiple mentions included “Girlchild” by Tupelo Hassman and Ben Fountain’s “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.”Continue Reading…

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What To Read Awards: More winners

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