Friday, October 23, 2009

Tracy Kidder's best books

Tracy Kidder is the Pulitzer–winning author of The Soul of a New Machine and House. His new book, Strength in What Remains, follows a refugee from ethnic violence in Burundi and from genocide in Rwanda who returns to Africa to open a medical clinic.

For The Week magazine, Kidder named his six best books. One book on his list:
I Sailed With Magellan by Stuart Dybek (Picador, $15).
Stuart Dybek is one of America’s best living short-story writers, an original. His stories, many of them set in his native Chicago, have a haunting, myth-like quality, but they escape easy classification. I Sailed With Magellan is his third volume of stories. In some ways, it’s his best.
Read about another book on Kidder's list.

The Page 99 Test: Stuart Dybek's I Sailed with Magellan.

--Marshal Zeringue