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2012 was a very jittery year — what with the presidential election, extreme weather events and the looming "fiscal cliff." Fresh Air critic Maureen Corrigan found that her favorite fiction and nonfiction this year directly confronted the atmospheric uncertainty of the age.
What are the best of the books? NPR Books looks at this year's National Book Award nominees for fiction and nonfiction. These 10 books — which tell the stories of a young drug smuggler, lovable philanderers, holograms in the Saudi desert and more — inspired, informed and entertained readers.
Junot Diaz's electric new collection of short stories centers around Yunior, a macho yet mournful Dominican-American man. In these stories about love, lust and infidelity, a good man is hard to find — and when he is found, he's always in bed with someone else.
Junot Diaz's third book, This Is How You Lose Her, is a collection of stories, many narrated by recurring character Yunior. Diaz's voice-driven prose describes characters who are simultaneously appealing and appalling, says NPR critic Carmen Gimenez Smith.
Yunior is a gruff, masculine artist who finds it nearly impossible to stay faithful to the women in his life. And then the day comes when all of that betrayal finally catches up with him. In This Is How You Lose Her, Junot Diaz delves into what it takes to get an adulterer to change his ways.
Diaz stops by Alt.Latino to talk about books, music, immigration, the Caribbean diaspora, machismo and why so many men relate to Oscar Wao. And, of course, he picks an exciting assortment of bachata and urban merengue to play on the show.
Short story month is just about over, but take heed: if diving into the latest bestseller seems too daunting, the short story could be the form of fiction for you. Atlantic writer and producer Miriam Krule suggests three collections that are complex and nuanced despite their brevity — and perfect for your morning commute.
The program continues its Summer series of conversations with fiction authors. Pulitzer Prize winning writer Junot Diaz talks to host Michel Martin about his breakthrough literary work Drown, published in 1996. Diaz takes listeners inside the book's collection of stories about young Dominican-American men building new lives and seeing new visions.
Author Junot Diaz won a Pulitzer Prize this year for The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, the story of an overweight, lovesick "ghetto nerd."
Author Junot Diaz won a Pulitzer Prize this year for his first novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. Set in both the United States and the Dominican Republic, the novel explores the complexities of living in two cultures at once, with prose that frequently mixes Spanish and English in the same sentence.
Novelist Junot Diaz's first novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao explores the complexities of living in two cultures at once. Set in both the United States and in the Dominican Republic, the novel follows the story of Oscar Wao in prose that frequently mixes Spanish and English in the same sentence.
The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao is Junot Diaz's first novel. It arrives 10 years after Drown, his critically acclaimed collection of short stories. Diaz calls the book a "mashup" of Dominican and American cultures.
More than a decade ago, New Jersey writer Junot Diaz, a Rutgers graduate whose family emigrated from the Dominican Republic, made a huge debut with his collection of stories, Drown. Next week, his first novel appears.
Dominican-American novelist Junot Diaz was awarded a MacArthur "genius grant" and the no-strings-attached $500,000 prize that comes with it. The Pulitzer prize-winning author of The Brief And Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao talks about the grant, his writing process and how the award may affect his work.