December 11, 2013
To the End of June: The Intimate Life of American Foster Care, authored by the Gallatin School of Individualized Study's Cris Beam, and The Good Lord Bird, by James McBride, Distinguished Writer in Residence at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, were among those named by the New York Times Book Review as part of its "100 Notable Books of 2013" list.
“Beam’s wrenching study is a triumph of narrative reporting and storytelling,” the Times wrote of To the End of June. It described McBride’s The Good Lord Bird, which captured this year’s National Book Award for Fiction, as “a risky portrait of the radical abolitionist John Brown in which irreverence becomes a new form of homage.”
Beam, who teaches in Gallatin’s writing program, has previously authored Transparent: Love, Family and Living the T with Transgender Teenagers (Harcourt, 2007), which won a Lambda Literary Award and was a Stonewall Honor Book, and I Am J, a young adult novel.
McBride’s previous works include The Color of Water and Miracle at St. Anna, which Spike Lee turned into a film of the same title, as well as Song Yet Sung, also set in the Civil War era.