Many of the Pulitzer Prize winners have been disappointing: Beloved by Toni Morrison, which is not her best novel; McCarthy's The Road is certainly disappointing after his other works, as well. Besides, there are still too many classics in the waiting room.
I haven't read any of the titles, and tend to read fiction when I have free time. I always put the Pulitzer Prize winner on my list of things to read, but have found the last few years to be a real "hit or miss" for me personally. I loved March by Geraldine Brooks, but couldn't get through The Known World. Cormac McCarthy's The Road was a tough read, but I got a kick out of the unusual structure of Olive Kitteridge. Unfortunately, these past years have made a bit leery to wade into this year's winner, although I have heard from several different people that Goon Squad is very good. I guess I have nothing but a little time to lose if I don't love it. I'll let you know later this summer when I finally get around to it.
I have read an excellent review of The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, though I haven't read it. Sounds very interesting though, making understanding this killer disease very accessible and open to the lay reader without specific medical knowledge.
I am embarrassed to say that I have not. However, I do have a list of suggested readings, and as always, a large stack of books awaiting my perusal when "leisure" time finds its way to me (don't anyone choke too much).
I am always open to suggestions, however. Especially since AP Lang will be among my teaching assignments next year. What among these writings is a must for me and my students to tackle?
I remember following the stories in the LA Times about the outrageous city salaries scandal, though it's more than fair to say that I didn't attribute them to the specific authors/winners for the Pulitzer.
Other than that, Levy and Barry are the only two journalists I am familiar with, and that is probably because the NYT is the newspaper I subscribe to.
Washington: A Life sits proudly on my bookshelf, as yet unread.
Embarrassed to say, but no. I would go with the recommendations of other group members to give me a clue of which text is worth starting with though!