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Dave Wood's Book Report, May 13, 2009

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Ofttimes excellent novelists make poor critics, poor assessors of books written by their peers. Ernest Hemingway and his treatment of F. Scott Fitzgerald comes immediately to mind.

Such is not the case with E.L. Doctorow, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction and author of wonderful books like "Ragtime," "Billy Bathgate," "Welcome to Hard Times" and "The March."

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