APB’s James McBride, Maria Konnikova & Jeffrey Selingo on NYT Notable Books List
01 Dec 2020
The year’s notable fiction, poetry and nonfiction books were selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review. Three books that appear on the list are by APB speakers!
Deacon King Kong by James McBride is a novel set in a Brooklyn housing project in 1969. It centers around the shooting of a drug dealer by an aging and tipsy church deacon. This book also pays tribute to the community and to James’ own childhood in a Brooklyn project.
The Biggest Bluff: How I Learned to Pay Attention, Master Myself, and Win by Maria Konnikova is an account of her personal journey, which took her much further into the world of high-stakes gambling than she ever imagined.
Who Gets In and Why: A Year Inside College Admissions by Jeffrey Selingo is a nonfiction account of the challenges students face when applying to college. Selingo also describes the facade of meritocracy in his examination of America’s obsession with getting into college.