National Book Critics Circle Award Short List


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YearBiographyPoetryFictionGeneral Non-FictionCriticismMemoir
1976
Searching for the Ox
Louis Simpson
Morrow
The Gates
Muriel Rukeyser
McGraw-Hill
The Names of the Lost
Philip Levine
Atheneum
The Mind-Reader
Richard Wilbur
Harcourt
Bloodshed and Three Novellas
Cynthia Ozick
Knopf
Speedboat
Renata Adler
Random
The Easter Parade
Richard Yates
Delacorte
Details of a Sunset and Other Stories
Vladimir Nabokov
McGraw-Hill
World of Our Fathers
Irving Howe
Harcourt, Brace and Jovanovich
Roots
Alex Haley
Doubleday
The Damnable Question: A Study in Anglo-Irish Relations
George Dangerfield
Atlantic-Little, Brown
Simple Justice: The History of Brown v. Board of Education and Black America's Struggle for Equality
Richard Kluger
Knopf
Kicked a Building Lately?
Ada Louise Huxtable
Quadrangle
Arnold Shoenberg
Charles Rosen
Viking
Letters of E.B. White
E.B. White, ed. by Dorothy Lobrano Guth
Harper & Row
Representations: Essays on Literature and Society
Steven Marcus
Random
1977
Lucky Life
Gerald Stern
Houghton
Houseboat Days
John Ashbery
Viking
Out-of-the-Body Travel
Stanley Plumly
Ecco/Viking
The Fuhrer Bunker: A Cycle of Poems in Progress
W.D. Snodgrass
Boa
A Book of Common Prayer
Joan Didion
Simon & Schuster
Falconer
John Cheever
Knopf
Union Dues
John Sayles
Atlantic-Little, Brown
The Professor of Desire
Philip Roth
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
The Dragons of Eden
Carl Sagan
Random House
The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal 1870-1914
David McCullough
Simon & Schuster
Coming into the Country
John McPhee
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Dispatches
Michael Herr
Knopf
Afterimages
Arlene Croce
Knopf
Matters of Fact and of Fiction: Essays, 1973-1976
Gore Vidal
Random
Gates of Eden: American Culture in the Sixties
Morris Dickstein
Basic
Robert Frost: The Work of Knowing
Richard Poirier
Oxford University Press
1978
The Dream of a Common Language: Poems, 1974-1977
Adrienne Rich
Norton
Spectral Emanations: New and Selected Poems
John Hollander
Atheneum
The Late Hour
Mark Strand
Atheneum
New & Selected Things Taking Place
May Swenson
Atlantic-Little, Brown
The World According to Garp
John Irving
Robbins/Dutton
Wrinkles
Charles Simmons
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
The Coup
John Updike
Knopf
Final Payments
Mary Gordon
Random
Max Perkins: Editor of Genius
A. Scott Berg
Congdon/Dutton
A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century
Barbara W. Tuchman
Knopf
The Snow Leopard
Peter Matthiessen
Viking
Lying: Moral Choice in Public and Private Life
Sissela Bok
Pantheon
In Search of History: A Personal Adventure
Theodore H. White
Harper & Row
New York Jew
Alfred Kazin
Knopf
Seeing Through Clothes
Anne Hollander
Viking
Injustice: The Social Bases of Obedience and Revolt
Barrington Moore
Pantheon
And I Worked at the Writer's Trade: Chapters of Literary History 1918-1978
Malcolm Cowley
Viking
Orientalism
Edward W. Said
Pantheon
The Eye of the Story: Selected Essays and Reviews
Eudora Welty
Random
The World Within the Word: Essays
William H. Gass
Knopf
1979
The Venetian Vespers
Anthony Hecht
Atheneum
Goshawk, Antelope
David Smith
Illinois
Notes from the Castle
Howard Moss
Atheneum
Blue Wine and Other Poems
John Hollander
Johns Hopkins
The Executioner's Song
Norman Mailer
Little, Brown
The Ghost Writer
Philip Roth
Farrar, Straus
Sophie's Choice
William Styron
Random
Sleepless Nights
Elizabeth Hardwick
Random
King of the Jews: A Novel of the Holocaust
Leslie Epstein
Coward, McCann & Geoghegan
Godel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid
Douglas R. Hofstadter
Basic Books
The White Album
Joan Didion
Simon & Schuster
The Right Stuff
Tom Wolfe
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
African Calliope: A Journey to the Sudan
Edward Hoagland
Random
America Revised
Frances FitzGerald
Atlantic-Little, Brown
The Madwoman in the Attic: The Woman Writer and the Nineteenth-Century
Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar
Yale
Decadence: The Strange Life of an Epithet
Richard Gilman
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
A Lion for Love: A Critical Biography of Stendhal
Robert Alter with Carol Cosman
Basic
YearBiographyPoetryFictionGeneral Non-FictionCriticismMemoir
1980
The Morning of the Poem
James Schuyler
Farrar, Straus
Being Here: Poetry, 1977-1980
Robert Penn Warren
Random House
Scripts for the Pageant
James Merrill
Atheneum
A Part of Speech
Joseph Brodsky
Farrar, Straus & Grioux
The Second Coming
Walker Percy
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
So Long, See You Tomorrow
William Maxwell
Knopf
Morgan's Passing
Anne Tyler
Knopf
Loon Lake
E.L. Doctorow
Random House
Christianity, Social Tolerance and Homosexuality
John Boswell
University of Chicago Press
Walt Whitman: A Life
Justin Kaplan
Simon & Schuster
China Men
Maxine Hong Kingston
Knopf
Alice James: A Biography
Jean Strouse
Houghton Mifflin
Nature and Culture: American Landscape Painting, 1825-1875
Barbara Novak
Abroad: British Literary Traveling between the Wars
Paul Fussell
Oxford University Press
Henry Adams
R.P. Blackmur, ed. by Veronica A. Makowsky
Harcourt Brace Jovanovich
Lectures on Literature
Vladimir Nabokov, ed. by Fredson Bowers
Harcourt Brace Jovanovich
1981
Brotherly Love
Daniel Hoffman
Random House/Vintage
What Manner of Beast
Donald Finkel
Atheneum
The Revisionist
Douglas Crase
Little, Brown
The Sleepwalkers
Edward Hirsch
Knopf
A Flag for Sunrise
Robert Stone
Knopf
Sixty Stories
Donald Barthelme
Putnam
The Men's Club
Leonard Michaels
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Riddley Walker
Russell Hoban
Summit
National Defense
James Fallows
Random House
The Sage of Monticello: Jefferson and His Time, Volume Six
Dumas Malone
Little, Brown
Forms of Talk
Erving Goffman
University of Pennsylvania Press
No Place of Grace: Antimodernism and the Transformation of American Culture, 1880-1920
T.J. Jackson Lears
Pantheon
Early Auden
Edward Mendelson
Viking
The Geography of the Imagination: Forty Essays
Guy Davenport
North Point Press
Science: Good, Bad and Bogus
Martin Gardner
Prometheus Books
Boccaccio
Thomas G. Bergin
Viking
1982
Monolithos, Poems, 1962 and 1982
Jack Gilbert
Knopf
Hundreds of Fireflies
Brad Leithauser
Knopf
Visiting Rites
Phyllis Janowitz
Princeton University Press
Finding the Islands
W.S. Merwin
North Point
The Color Purple
Alice Walker
Harcourt Brace
Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant
Anne Tyler
Knopf
Shiloh and Other Stories
Bobbie Ann Mason
Harper & Row
Levitation: Five Fictions
Cynthia Ozick
Knopf
The Fate of the Earth
Jonathan Schell
Knopf
Stolen Lightning
Daniel Lawrence O'Keefe
The Nuclear Delusion: Soviet-American Relations in the Atomic Age
George F. Keenan
Pantheon
Bronx Primitive: Portraits in a Childhood
Kate Simon
Viking
Going to the Dance
Arlene Croce
Knopf
Agon: Towards a Theory of Revisionism
Harold Bloom
Oxford
All That Is Solid Melts into Air: The Experience of Modernity
Marshall Berman
S. & S.
Women and the Demon
1983
Thomas Carlyle: A Biography
Fred Kaplan
Cornell University Press
Black Apollo of Science: the Life of Ernest Everett Just
Kenneth Manning
Oxford University Press
The Roots of Treason: Ezra Pound and the Secret of St. Elizabeth's
E. Fuller Torrey
McGraw-Hill
Eleni
Nicholas Gage
Random House
The Kingfisher
Amy Clampitt
Knopf
Tar
C.K. Williams
Random House
Picture Bride
Cathy Song
Yale University Press
Erosion
Jorie Graham
Princeton University Press
Cathedral
Raymond Carver
Knopf
During the Reign of the Queen
Joan Chase
Harper & Row
The Anatomy of a Lesson
Philip Roth
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Magnetic Field(s)
Ron Loewinsohn
Knopf
Revolution in Time: Clocks and the Making of the Modern World
David S. Landes
Harvard University Press
The Price of Power
Roger Rosenblatt
Anchor/Doubleday
Present History: On Nuclear War, Détente and Other Controversies
Theodore Draper
Random House
Distant Water: The Fate of the North Atlantic Fisherman
William W. Warner
Atlantic-Little, Brown
Art and Ardor: Essays
Cynthia Ozick
Knopf
The Odes of John Keats
Helen Vendler
Harvard University Press
All American Music
John Rockwell
Knopf
The Art of Describing: Dutch Art in the Seventeenth Century
Svetlana Alpers
University of Chicago Press
1984
Josephine Herbst
Elinor Langer
Atlantic/Little, Brown
One Writer's Beginnings
Eudora Welty
Harvard University Press
Walt Whitman: The Making of a Poet
Paul Zweig
Basic Books
Home Before Dark
Susan Cheever
Princeton
The Other Side of the River
Charles Wright
Random House
Overnight in the Guest House of the Mystic
Dick Allen
Louisiana State University Press
A Wave
John Ashbery
Viking
Ground Work: Before the War
Robert Duncan
New Directions
Stones for Ibarra
Harriet Doerr
Viking
Foreign Affairs
Alison Lurie
Random House
Family Dancing
David Leavitt
Knopf
Machine Dreams
Jayne Anne Phillips
Dutton
The Abandonment of the Jews
David Wyman
Pantheon
Son of the Morning Star
Evan Connell
North Point Press
Brothers and Keepers
John Edgar Wideman
Holt, Rinehart and Winston
The Great Cat Massacre and Other Episodes in French Cultural History
Robert Darnton
Basic Books
Dawn to the West
Donald Keene
Holt, Rinehart
Hazlitt: The Mind of a Critic
David Bromwich
Oxford University Press
The Sexuality of Christ in Renaissance Art and in Modern Oblivion
Leo Steinberg
Pantheon
The Innocent Eye
Roger Shattuck
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
1985
Louise Bogan: A Portrait
Elizabeth Frank
Alfred A. Knopf
Giacometti: A Biography
James Lord
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Brigham Young: American Moses
Leonard Arrington
Knopf
Visible Light: Four Creative Biographies
Michael Lesy
Times Books
What the Light was Like
Amy Clampitt
Knopf
The Past
Galway Kinnell
Houghton Mifflin
The Lamplit Answer
Gjertude Schnackenberg
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Late Settings
James Merrill
Atheneum
White Noise
Don DeLillo
Viking
Lonesome Dove
Larry McMurtry
Simon & Schuster
The Old Forest and Other Stories
Peter Taylor
Dial
Three Farmers on Their Way to a Dance
Richard Powers
Beech Tree/Morrow
Distant Neighbors: The Portrait of the Mexicans
Alan Riding
Knopf
The Body in Pain: The Making and Unmaking of the World
Elaine Scarry
Oxford
The Reign of the Phallus: Sexual Politics in Ancient Athens
Eva Keuls
Harper and Row
House
Tracy Kidder
Houghton Mifflin
Occasional Prose: Essays
Mary McCarthy
Harcourt Brace Jovanovich
Opera and Ideas: From Mozart to Strauss
Paul Robinson
Harper and Row
Hard Facts: Setting and Form in the American Novel
Phillip Fisher
Oxford
Pierrots on the Stage of Desire: 19th Century French Literary Artistis and Comic Pantomine
Robert Storey
Princeton
1986
Tombee: Portrait of a Cotton Planter
Theodore Rosengarten
Morrow
Dostoevsky: The Stir of Liberation, 1860-1865
Joseph Frank
Princeton University Press
Maus: A Survivor's Tale
Art Spiegelman
Pantheon
Velazquez: Painter and Courtier
Jonathan Brown
Yale
The Key to the City
Anne Winters
University of Chicago
Cats of the Temple
Brad Leithauser
Knopf
All of Us Here and Other Poems
Irving Feldman
Elisabeth Sifton/Viking
Sapphics Against Anger
Timothy Steele
Random House
Kate Vaiden
Reynolds Price
Atheneum
Roger's Version
John Updike
Knopf
The Best Queen
Louise Erdrich
Holt
The Moon Pinnace
Thomas Williams
Doubleday
War Without Mercy: Race and Power in the Pacific War
John W. Dower
Pantheon
Voyagers to the West: A Passage in the Peopling of America on the Eve of the Revolution
Bernard Bailyn
Alfred A. Knopf
Bird of Life, Bird of Death: A Naturalist's Journey Through a Land of Political Turmoil
Jonathan Evan Maslow
Simon & Schuster
Cadillac Desert: The American West and its Disappearing Water
Marc Reisner
The Philosophical Disenfranchisement of Art
Arthur Danto
Columbia University Press
Bohemian Paris: Culture, Politics and Boundaries of Bourgeois Life
Jerrold Siegel
Elisabeth Sifton/Viking
The Frenzy of Renown: Fame and Its History
Leo Braudy
Oxford
A History of Modern Criticism: 1750-1950: Vols. 5 & 6
Rene Wellek
Yale
1987
An American Childhood
Annie Dillard
Harper & Row
Timebends: A Life
Arthur Miller
Grove Press
Private Domain
Paul Taylor
Knopf
Don't Tread on Me: The Selected Letters of S.J. Perelman
Prudence Crowther, ed.
Happy Hour
Alan Shapiro
University of Chicago
The Sunset Maker
Donald Justice
Atheneum
April Galleons
John Ashbery
Viking
In Other Words
May Swenson
Knopf
Beloved
Toni Morrison
Alfred A. Knopf
The Age of Grief
Jane Smiley
Knopf
The Bonfire of the Vanities
Tom Wolfe
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Crossing to Safety
Wallace Stegner
Random House
The Genius of the People
Charles Mee
Harper & Row
Democracy Is in the Streets
James Miller
S&S
And the Band Played On: Politics, People and the AIDS Epidemic
Randy Shilts
St. Martin's
Time's Arrow, Time's Cycle
Stephen Jay Gould
Harvard University
Sight Lines
Arlene Croce
Knopf
Every Force Evolves a Form
Guy Davenport
North Point Press
Understanding Toscanini
Josephn Horowitz
Knopf
Collected Prose
Robert Lowell
FS&G
1988
The Selected Correspondence of Kenneth Burke and Malcolm Cowley, 1915-1981
Paul Jay, ed.
Viking
Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir
Paul Monette
Harcourt Brace Jovanovich
Three Scientists and Their Gods: Looking for Meaning in an Age of Information
Robert Wright
Times Books
The Letters of T.S. Eliot, 1909-1922
Valerie Eliot, ed.
Harcourt Brace Jovanovich
New and Collected Poems
Richard Wilbur
Harcourt Brace Jovanovich
Harp Lake
John Hollander
Knopf
One Thousand Avant-Garde Plays
Kenneth Koch
Knopf
Selected Poems, 1938-1988
Thomas McGrath
Copper Canyon Press
Libra
Don DeLillo
Viking
Wheat That Springeth Green
J.F. Powers
Knopf
Paris Trout
Pete Dexter
Random House
Where I'm Calling From: New and Selected Stories
Raymond Carver
Atlantic Monthly Press
Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877
Eric Foner
Harper & Row
Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era
James M. McPherson
Oxford University Press
A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam
Neil Sheehan
Random House
Europeans
Jane Kramer
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Melodious Guile: Fictive Pattern in Poetic Language
John Hollander
Yale University Press
The Death of Rhythm and Blues
Nelson George
Pantheon
Law and Literature: A Misunderstood Relation
Richard A. Posner
Harvard University Press
Poetry and the World
Robert Pinsky
Ecco Press
1989
Richard Milhouse Nixon: The Rise of an American Politician
Roger Morris
Henry Holt
And God Gave Us This Country: Tekamthi and the First American Civil War
Bil Gilbert
Atheneum
Glenn Gould: A Life and Variations
Otto Friedrich
Random House
This Boy's Life: A Memoir
Tobias Wolff
Atlantic Monthly Press
Earthquake Weather
August Kleinzahler
Moyer Bell Ltd.
Water Walker
Nancy Willard
Knopf
Human Wishes
Robert Hass
Ecco Press
Pyramid of Bone
Thylias Moss
University Press of Virginia
Spartina
John Casey
Knopf
The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love
Oscar Hijuelos
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
The Joy Luck Club
Amy Tan
Putnam
Ordinary Love & Good Will
Jane Smiley
Knopf
The Rainy Season: Haiti Since Duvalier
Amy Wilentz
Simon & Schuster
Fear of Falling: The Inner Life of the Middle Class
Barbara Ehrenreich
Pantheon
A Peace to End All Peace: Creating the Modern Middle East, 1914-1922
David Fromkin
Henry Holt
Among Schoolchildren
Tracy Kidder
Houghton Mifflin
Enchanted Drawings: The History of Animation
Charles Solomon
Knopf
Metaphor & Memory: Essays
Cynthia Ozick
Knopf
A Choice of Inheritance: Self and Community from Edmund Burke to Robert Frost
David Bromwich
Harvard University Press
America's Rome
William L. Vance
Yale University Press
YearBiographyPoetryFictionGeneral Non-FictionCriticismMemoir
1990
The Five of Hearts: An Intimate Portrait of Henry Adams and His Friends 1880-1918
Patricia O'Toole
Clarkson N. Potter
Strong Drink, Strong Language
John Espey
John Daniel
A Hole in the World
Richard Rhodes
Simon & Schuster
Righteous Pilgrim: The Life and Times of Harold L. Ickes
T.H. Watkins
Holt
The Transparent Man
Anthony Hecht
Alfred A. Knopf
The Book of Gods and Devils
Charles Simic
Harcourt Brace Jovanovich
In the Western Night
Frank Bidart
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
New Poems, 1980-88
John Haines
Story Line Press
Middle Passage
Charles Johnson
Atheneum
The Things They Carried
Tim O'Brien
Houghton Mifflin
Family Pictures
Sue Miller
HarperCollins
Collected Stories
Wallace Stegner
Random House
Samba
Alma Guillermoprieto
Knopf
The Politics of Rich and Poor: Wealth and the American Electorate in the Regan Aftermath
Kevin Phillips
Random House
City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles
Mike Davis
Verso
Disappearing Through the Skylight: Culture and Technology in the 20th Century
O.B. Hardison
Viking
Emily Dickinson
Camille Paglia
Yale University Press
Selected Writings, 1950-1990
Irving Howe
Harcourt Brace Jovanovich
Notes of a Hanging Judge: Essays and Reviews, 1979-1989
Stanley Crouch
Oxford University Press
Essays in Disguise
Wilfrid Sheed
Knopf
1991
Maus II
Art Spiegelman
Pantheon
Anne Sexton: A Biography
Diane Middlebrook
Houghton Mifflin
The Journals of John Cheever
John Cheever
Knopf
The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Life of the Genius Ramanujan
Robert Kanigel
Scribners
An Atlas of the Difficult World: Poems 1988-1991
Adrienne Rich
W.W. Norton & Company
What Work Is
Philip Levine
Knopf
The Ether Dome and Other Poems: New & Selected (1979-1991)
Allen Grossman
New Directions
Jaguar of Sweet Laughter: New & Selected Poems
Diane Ackerman
Random House
Wartime Lies
Louis Begley
Knopf
Mating
Norman Rush
Knopf
Typical American
Gish Jen
Houghton Mifflin
The Gold Bug Variations
Richard Powers
Morrow
Praying for Sheetrock
Melissa Fay Greene
Addison-Wesley
Lonely Hearts of the Cosmos: The Scientific Quest for the Secret of the Universe
Dennis Overbye
HarperCollins
Savage Inequalities: Children in America's Schools
Jonathan Kozol
Crown
Which Side Are You on? Trying to Be for Labor When It's Flat on Its Back
Thomas Geoghegan
FSG
Vulgar Modernism: Writing on Movies and Other Media
J. Hoberman
Temple Univ. Press
Old Jobs
John Updike
Knopf
Female Perversions: The Temptations of Emma Bovary
Louise J. Kaplan
Talese/Doubleday
Inventing the Middle Ages: The Lives, Works & Ideas of the Great Medievalists of the Twentieth Century
Norman F. Cantor
Morrow
1992
Kissinger
Walter Isaacson
Simon & Schuster
The Rascal King: The Life and Times of James Michael Curley, 1874-1958
Jack Beatty
Addison-Wesley
Looking for the Light: The Hidden Life and Art of Marion Post Wolcott
Paul Hendrickson
Knopf
Gilgamesh
David Ferry
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
A Dream of Mine
K.C. Williams
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Looking for Luck
Maxine Kumin
W.W. Norton
The Father
Sharon Olds
Knopf
Black Water
Joyce Carol Oates
Dutton
Outerbridge Reach
Robert Stone
Ticknor & Fields
Let the Dead Bury Their Dead
Randall Kenan
Harcourt Brace Jovanovich
Clockers
Richard Price
Houghton Mifflin
Home Fires: An Intimate Portrait of One Middle-Class Family in Postwar America
Donald Katz
HarperCollins
The Diversity of Life
Edward O. Wilson
Harvard University Press
Breaking the Maya Code
Michael D. Coe
Thames & Hudson
Death Without Weeping: The Violence of Everyday Life in Brazil
Nancy Scheper-Hughes
University of California Press
A Chorus of Stones: The Private Life of War
Susan Griffin
Doubleday
Can Poetry Matter? Essays on Poetry and American Culture
Dana Gioia
Graywolf Press
The Critics Bear It Away: American Fiction and the Academy
Frederick Crews
Random House
Where the Bluebird Sings to the Lemonade Springs: Living and Writing in the West
Wallace Stegner
Random House
1993
W.E.B. Du Bois: Biography of a Race 1868-1919
David Levering Lewis
Henry Holt
French Lessons
Alice Kaplan
Chicago
A Different Person
James Merrill
Knopf
The Passion of Michael Foucault
James Miller
Simon & Schuster
The Shipping News
E. Annie Proulx
Charles Scribner's Sons
Feather Crowns
Bobbi Ann Mason
Harper
Vindication
Frances Sherwood
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
The Jade Cabinet
Rikki Ducornet
Dalkey Archive Press
Lenin's Tomb: The Last Days Of The Soviet Empire
David Remnick
Random House
The Last Panda
George B. Schaller
Chicago
Whoredom in Kimmage: Irish Women Coming of Age
Rosemary Mahoney
Houghton Mifflin
Genie: An Abused Child's Flight From Silence
Russ Rymer
Harper
United States: Essays 1952-1992
Gore Vidal
Random House
The Phantom Empire
Geoffrey O'Brien
Norton
Authors and Owners: The Invention of Copyright
Mark Rose
Harvard
The Queen's Throat
Wayne Koestenbaum
Poseidon
1994
D.H. Lawrence
Brenda Maddox
Simon & Schuster
Naturalist
Edward O. Wilson
Island Press
Toulouse-Lautrec
Julia Frey
Viking
Winchell
Neal Gabler
Knopf
The Simple Truth
Philip Levine
Alfred A. Knopf
What We Carry
Dorianne Laux
BOA Editions
Winter Numbers
Marilyn Hacker
Norton
Sunday Skaters
Mary Jo Salter
Knopf
A Frolic of His Own
William Gaddis
Poseidon/Simon & Schuster
The Prince of West End Avenue
Alan Isler
Bridge Works
In the Time of the Butterflies
Julia Alvarez
Algonquin
And All Our Wounds Forgiven
Julius Lester
Arcade
Strange Justice: The Selling of Clarence Thomas
Jane Mayer and Jill Abramson (Sort as Jane Mayer)
Houghton Mifflin
The Unredeemed Captive: A Family Story from Early America
John Demos
Knopf
How We Die: Reflections on Life's Final Chapter
Sherwin B. Nuland
Alfred A. Knopf
My Own Country
Abraham Verghese
Simon & Schuster
Sex and Suits
Anne Hollander
Knopf
The Western Canon
Harold Bloom
Harcourt Brace
Poetry of Mourning
Jahan Ramazani
University of Chicago
Reasonable Creatures
Katha Pollitt
Knopf
1995
Walt Whitman's America
David S. Reynolds
Knopf
Moving Violations: War Zones, Wheelchairs and Declarations of Independence
John Hockenberry
Hyperion
The Liars' Club
Mary Karr
Viking
Emerson: The Mind on Fire
Robert Richardson Jr.
California
Cortege
Carl Phillips
Graywolf
Kyrie
Ellen Bryant Voigt
Norton
A Scattering of Salts
James Merrill
Knopf
The Only World
Lynda Hull
Harper
Independence Day
Richard Ford
Alfred A. Knopf
Moo
Jane Smiley
Knopf
The Tent of Orange Mist
Paul West
Scribner
Galatea 2.2
Richard Powers
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder
Lawrence Weschler
Pantheon
All God's Children: The Bosket Family and the American Tradition of Violence
Fox Butterfield
Knopf
In These Girls, Hope Is a Muscle
Madeleine Blais
Atlantic
A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes, and the Eternal Passion for Books
Nicholas Basbanes
Holt
After the Fact
Clifford Geertz
Harvard University Press
Paul Celan: Poet, Survivor, Jew
John Felstiner
Yale University Press
The All-American Skin Game, or The Decoy of Race: The Long and the Short of It, 1990-1994
Stanley Crouch
Pantheon
The Castle of Indolence: On Poetry, Poest and Poetasters
Thomas M. Disch
Picador
1996
The Last Happy Occasion
Alan Shapiro
Chicago
Lush Life: A Biography of Billy Strayhorn
David Hajdu
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Charles Ives: A Life in Music
Jan Swafford
Norton
Pear S. Buck: A Cultural Biography
Peter Conn
Cambridge
The Vigil
C.K. Williams
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Music Minus One
Jane Shore
Picador
Imagine the Angels of Bread
Martin Espada
Norton
Loosestrife
Stephen Dunn
Norton
Dancing After Hours
Andre Dubus
Knopf
From Bondage
Henry Roth
St. Martin's
The Autobiography of My Mother
Jamaica Kincaid
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
About Schmidt
Louis Begley
Knopf
Ashes To Ashes: America's Hundred-Year Cigarette War, The Public Health, And The Unabashed Triumph Of Philip Morris
Richard Kluger
Alfred A. Knopf
The Middle East
Bernard Lewis
Scribner
Hitler's Willing Executioners
Daniel Goldhagen
Knopf
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David Denby
Simon & Schuster
Fame and Folly
Cynthia Ozick
Alfred A. Knopf
The Love Affair as a Work of Art
Dan Hofstadter
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Art for Art's Sake and Literary Life
Gene H. Bell-Villada
Nebraska
The True Story of the Novel
Margaret Anne Doody
Rutgers
1997
American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson
Joseph J. Ellis
Knopf
Walking in the Shade
Doris Lessing
HarperCollins
Virginia Woolf
Hermione Lee
Knopf
Desire
Frank Bidart
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Loose Sugar
Brenda Hillman
Wesleyan
Questions for Ecclesiastes
Mark Jarman
Story Line
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Sonya Sanchez
Beacon
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Don DeLillo
Scribner
American Pastoral
Philip Roth
Houghton Mifflin
Dreams of My Russian Summers
Andrei Makine
Arcade
Cold Mountain
Charles Frazier
Grove
Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster
Jon Krakauer
Villard
How the Mind Works
Steven Pinker
W.W. Norton
The Bible as It Was
James Kugel
Belknap Press
American Scripture
Pauline Maier
Knopf
God and the American Writer
Alfred Kazin
Knopf
The Art of Shakespeare's Sonnets
Helen Vendler
Harvard
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John Brewer
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
The End of the Novel of Love
Vivian Gornick
Beacon
1998
Everbody Was So Young: Gerald and Sara Murphy: A Lost Generation Love Story
Amanda Vaill
Houghton
King of the World: Muhammad Ali and the Rise of an American Hero
David Remnick
Random House
Rocket Boys: A Memoir
Homer H. Hickman Jr.
Delacorte
Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.
Ron Chernow
Random House
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Ann Carson
Knopf
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Pamela White Hadas
Triquarterly, Northwestern
Last Chance for the Tarzan Holler
Thylias Moss
Persea
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Yusef Komunyakaa
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Michael Cunningham
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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David Gates
Knopf
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Lorrie Moore
Knopf
No Lease on Life
Lynne Tillman
Harcourt
King Leopold's Ghost
Adam Hochschild
Houghton
Many Thousands Gone: The First Two Centuries of Slavery in North America
Ira Berlin
Belknap: Harvard
The Greatest Benefit to Mankind: A Medical History of Humanity
Roy Porter
Norton
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Simon Winchester
HarperCollins
Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human
Harold Bloom
Riverhead: Putnam
Out of Sheer Rage
Geoff Dyer
North Point
Hip Hop America
Nelson George
Viking
The Sounds of Poetry
Robert Pinsky
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
1999
Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette
Judith Thurman
Knopf
Morgan: American Financier
Jean Strouse
Random
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Richard Holmes
Pantheon
The Trust: The Private and Powerful Family Behind the New York Times
Susan E. Tifft & Alex S. Jones
Little, Brown
Diva
Rafael Campo
Duke Univ. Press
On the Bus with Rosa Parks
Rita Dove
Norton
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Susan Kingsolving
Grove
HIV, Mon Amour
Tory Dent
Sheep Meadow
Midnight Champagne
A. Manette Ansay
Morrow
The Wonders of the Invisible World: Stories
David Gates
Knopf
The Night Inspector
Frederick Busch
Harmony: Crown
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J.M. Coetzee
Viking
Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II
John W. Dower
W.W. Norton & Company/The New Press
Five Thousand Days Like This One: An American Family History
Jane Brox
Beacon
The Black Room at Longwood: Napoleon's Exile on Saint Helena
Jean-Paul Kauffmann
Four Walls Eight Windows
I Could Tell You Stories: Sojourns in the Land of Memory
Patricia Hampl
Norton
Black Planet: Facing Race During an NBA Season
David Shields
Crown
Lives of the Poets
Michael Schmidt
Knopf
Film Follies: The Cinema Out of Order
Stuart Klawans
Cassell
Reputations of the Tongue: On Poets and Poetry
William Logan
Univ. Pr. of Florida
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2000
The Chief: The Life of William Randolf Hearst
David Nasaw
Houghton Mifflin
Marcel Proust: A Life
Jean-Yves Tadie
Viking
The Monk in the Garden: The Lost and Found Genius of Gregor Mendel, the Father of Genetics
Robin Marantz Henig
Houghton Mifflin
I Will Bear Witness: A Diary of the Nazi Years, 1942-1945
Victor Kemplerer
Random House
Men in the Off Hours
Anne Carson
Knopf
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Davis McCombs
Yale
The Ledge
Michael Collier
Houghton Mifflin
Talking Dirty to the Gods
Yusef Komunyakaa
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
Michael Chabon
Random House
A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You
Amy Bloom
Random House
Assorted Fire Events: Stories
David Means
Context Books
White Teeth
Zadie Smith
Random House
The Collaborator: The Trial and Execution of Robert Brasillach
Alice Kaplan
Univ. of Chicago
Way Out There in the Blue
Frances FitzGerald
Simon & Schuster
Crucible of War
Fred Anderson
Knopf
Betrayal of Trust: The Collapse of Global Public Health
Laurie Garrett
Hyperion
From Dawn to Decadence: 500 Years of Western Cultural Life, 1500 to the Present
Jacques Barzun
HarperCollins
Critical Entertainments: Music Old and New
Charles Rosen
Harvard Univ. Press
Passionate Minds
Claudia Roth Pierpont
Knopf
A Poetry of Two Minds
Sherod Santos
University of Georgia Press
2001
The Scarlet Professor: Newton Arvin: A Literary Life Shattered by Scandal
Barry Werth
Nan A. Talese/Doubleday
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David Hajdu
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Milking the Moon: A Southerner's Story of Life on this Planet
Katherine Clark
Crown
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Paula Fox
Holt
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Louise Glück
The ECCO Press/HarperCollins
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Bob Hicok
Invisible Cities
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Czeslaw Milosz
Ecco/HarperCollins
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Jane Hirshfield
HarperCollins
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Colson Whitehead
Doubleday
The Corrections
Jonathan Franzen
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage: Stories
Alice Monroe
Knopf
Bel Canto
Ann Patchett
HarperCollins
Neighbors: The Destruction of the Jewish Community in Jedwabne, Poland
Jan T. Gross
Princeton University
The Lost Children of Wilder: The Epic Struggle to Change Foster Care
Nina Bernstein
Pantheon
Seabiscuit: An American Legend
Laura Hillenbrand
Random House
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Sam Roberts
Random House
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H.J. Jackson
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Ill Nature: Rants and Reflections on Humanity and Other Animals
Joy Williams
Lyons
As Eve Said to the Serpent: On Landscape, Gender, and Art
Rebecca Solnit
University of Georgia
De/Compositions: 101 Good Poems Gone Wrong
W.D. Snodgrass
Graywolf
2002
Master of the Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson
Robert A. Caro
Alfred A. Knopf
The Last American Man
Elizabeth Gilbert
Viking/Penguin Putnam, Inc.
Benjamin Franklin
Edmund S. Morgan
Yale University Press
Will You Miss Me When I’m Gone? The Carter Family and Their Legacy in American Music
Mark Zwonitzer with Charles Hirshberg
Simon & Schuster
Sleeping with the Dictionary
Harryette Mullen
University of California Press
The Unswept Room
Sharon Olds
Alfred A. Knopf
Leaving Saturn
Major Jackson
University of Georgia Press
Without End: New and Selected Poems
Adam Zagajewski
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
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Alexander Hemon
Doubleday/Nan A. Talese
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William Kennedy
Viking
The Darts of Cupid and Other Stories
Edith Templeton
Pantheon
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Jeffrey Eugenides
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning
Chris Hedges
Public Affairs
American Ground: Unbuilding the World Trade Center
William Langewiesche
FSG/North Point Press
Brown: The Last Discovery of America
Richard Rodriguez
Viking
Edison’s Eve: A Magical History of the Quest for Mechanical Life
Gaby Wood
Knopf
Bright Earth: Art and the Invention of Color
Philip Ball
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
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Julia Blackburn
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Charles Rosen
Free Press
2003
A Tragic Honesty: The Life and Work of Richard Yates
Blake Bailey
Picador
The Life You Save May Be Your Own: An American Pilgrimage
Paul Elie
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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George Marsden
Yale University Press
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Carol Loeb Shloss
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Tony Hoagland
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Caryl Phillips
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The Time of Our Singing
Richard Powers
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Tobias Wolff
Knopf
Gulag: A History
Anne Applebaum
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Caroline Alexander
Viking
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Adrian Nicole LeBlanc
Scribner
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William T. Vollmann
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Ross King
Walker
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Susan Sontag
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare
Stephen Greenblatt
W.W. Norton & Company
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Ron Chernow
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Bob Dylan
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John Guy
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Philip Roth
Houghton Mifflin
Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age
Kevin Boyle
Henry Holt & Company, LLC
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Edward Conlon
Riverhead
The Working Poor: Invisible in America
David Shipler
Knopf
Blood Done Sign My Name: A True Story
Timothy B. Tyson
Crown
Paper Trail: Selected Prose 1965-2003
Richard Howard
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Strangers: Homosexual Love in the 19th Century
Graham Robb
Norton
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James Wood
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
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Simon & Schuster
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Alfred A. Knopf
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Jonathan Coe
Continuum International
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Simon Armitage
Harcourt
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Manuel Blas de Luna
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Richard Siken
Yale University Press
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Ron Slate
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Viking
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Never Let Me Go
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Andrea Levy
Picador
The Great War for Civilisation: The Conquest of the Middle East
Robert Fisk
Alfred A. Knopf
Eating Stone: Imagination and the Loss of the Wild
Ellen Meloy
Pantheon
Human Cargo: A Journey Among Refugees
Caroline Moorehead
Henry Holt
Night Draws Near: Iraq's People in the Shadow of America's War
Anthony Shadid
Henry Holt
Gather at the River: Notes from the Post-millennial South
Hal Crowther
Louisiana State Univ. Press
Unnatural Wonders
Arthur Danto
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Still Looking: Essays on American Art
John Updike
Alfred A. Knopf
What Happened Here: Bush Chronicles
Eliot Weinberger
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Joan Didion
Alfred A. Knopf
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Judith Moore
Hudson Street Press
Two Lives
Vikram Seth
HarperCollins
Istanbul
Orhan Pamuk
Alfred A. Knopf
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The Most Famous Man in Amerca: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher
Debby Applegate
Doubleday
Flaubert: A Biography
Frederick Brown
Little, Brown
A Sense of the World: How a Blind Man Became History's Greatest Traveler
Jason Roberts
HarperCollins
At Canaan's Edge: America in the King Years, 1965-68
Taylor Branch
Simon & Schuster
My Brother is Getting Arrested Again
Daisy Fried
University of Pittsburgh Press
Poems (1945-1971)
Miltos Sachtouris
Archipelego Books
Ooga-Booga
Frederick Seidel
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Not for Specialists: New and Selected Poems
W. D. Snodgrass
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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Knopf
What is the What
Dave Eggers
McSweeney's
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Richard Ford
Knopf
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Cormac McCarthy
Knopf
The Occupation: War and Resistance in Iraq
Patrick Cockburn
Verso
The Girls Who Went Away: The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades Before Roe V. Wade
Anne Fessler
Penguin Press
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
Michael Pollan
Penguin Press
The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew and the Heart of the Middle East
Sandy Tolan
Bloomsbury
While Europe Slept: How Radical Islam Is Destroying the West From Within
Bruce Bawer
Doubleday
Follies of the Wise: Dissenting Essays
Frederick Crews
Shoemaker & Hoard
Breaking the Spell: Religion As A Natural Phenomenon
Daniel Dennett
Viking
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Lia Purpura
Sarabande Books
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Donald Antrim
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Fun Home
Alison Bechdel
Houghton Mifflin
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Alexander Masters
Delacorte
Strange Piece of Paradise
Teri Jentz
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
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Hermione Lee
Knopf
The Life Of Picasso: The Triumphant Years, 1917-1932
John Richardson
Knopf
Thomas Hardy
Claire Tomalin
Penguin Press
Ralph Ellison: A Biography
Arnold Rampersad
Alfred A. Knopf
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Matthea Harvey
Graywolf
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Michael O'Brien
Flood
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Tom Pickard
Flood
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Vikram Chandra
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Hisham Matar
Dial Press
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Joyce Carol Oates
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Marianne Wiggins
Simon and Schuster
American Transcendentalism
Philip Gura
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What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America 1815-1848
Daniel Walker Howe
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Alan Weisman
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Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA
Tim Weiner
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Alvarez, Julia
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Ratliff, Ben
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Heart Like Water: Surviving Katrina and Life in Its Disaster Zone
Joshua Clark
Free Press
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Sara Paretsky
Verso
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Anna Politkovskaya
Random House
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The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family
Annette Gordon-Reed
W.W. Norton & Company
Ida, A Sword Among Lions: Ida B. Wells and the Campaign Against Lynching
Paula J. Giddings
Amistad
The Bin Ladens: An Arabian Family In An American Century
Steve Coll
Penguin Press
White Heat: The Friendship of Emily Dickinson & Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Brenda Wineapple
Knopf
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M. Glenn Taylor
West Virginia University Press
Olive Kittredge
Elizabeth Strout
Random
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Drew Gilpin Faust
Alfred A. Knopf
The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals
Jane Mayer
Doubleday
White Protestant Nation
Allan Lichtman
Atlantic
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George C. Herring
Oxford University Press
Everything Is Cinema: The Working Life Of Jean-Luc Godard
Richard Brody
Metropolitan Books
The Men in My Life
Vivian Gornick
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Maimonides: The Life and World of One of Civilization’s Greatest Minds
Joel L. Kraemer
Doubleday
Orpheus in the Bronx: Essays on Identity, Politics, and the Freedom of Poetry
Reginald Shepherd
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Why I Came West
Rick Bass
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Honor Moore
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Brad Gooch
Little, Brown
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Oxford University Press
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Stanislao G. Pugliese
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Martha A. Sandweiss
Penguin Press
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Louise Glück
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Chronic
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Captive Voices: New and Selected Poems, 1960-2008
Eleanor Ross Taylor
Louisiana State University Press
Museum of Accidents
Rachel Zucker
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Marlon James
Riverhead
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Michelle Huneven
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The Hindus: An Alternative History
Wendy Doniger
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Tracy Kidder
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Greg Grandin
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Close Calls with Nonsense: Reading New Poetry
Stephen Burt
Graywolf Press
Dancing in the Dark: A Cultural History of the Great Depression
Morris Dickstein
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David Hajdu
Da Capo Press
Perfecting Sound Forever: An Aural History of Recorded Music
Greg Milner
Faber
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Harper
Enemies of the People: My Family's Journey to America
Kati Marton
Simon & Schuster
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Edmund White
Bloomsbury
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Debra Gwartney
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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2010
The Secret Lives Of Somerset Maugham: A Biography
Selina Hastings
Random House
Charlie Chan: The Untold Story Of The Honorable Detective And His Rendezvous With American History
Yunte Huang
Norton
The Killing Of Crazy Horse
Thomas Powers
Knopf
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Tom Segev
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Princeton University Press
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Kay Ryan
Grove
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Princeton University Press
Skippy Dies
Paul Murray
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Jonathan Franzen
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To The End Of The Land
David Grossman
Knopf
Comedy In A Minor Key
Hans Keilson
Farrar, Straus And Giroux
Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea
Barbara Demick
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Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American
S.C. Gwynne
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Apollo’s Angels: A History of Ballet
Jennifer Homans
Random
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Siddhartha Mukherjee
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The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them
Elif Batuman
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Terry Castle
Harper
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Susie Linfield
University of Chicago Press
Vanishing Point: Not a Memoir
Ander Monson
Graywolf
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Crossing Mandelbaum Gate Coming of Age Between the Arabs and Israelis, 1956-1978
Kai Bird
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David Dow
Twelve
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Christopher Hitchens
Twelve
Hiroshima in the Morning
Rahna Reiko Rizzuto
Feminst Press
2011
Love and Capital: Karl and Jenny Marx and the Birth of a Revolution
Mary Gabriel
Little, Brown and Company
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Manning Marable
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Paul Hendrickson
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Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China
Ezra F. Vogel
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Yusef Komunyakaa
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Teju Cole
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Dana Spiotta
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A World on Fire: Britain’s Crucial Role in the American Civil War
Amanda Foreman
Random
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To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918
Adam Hochschild
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pulphead: Essays
John Jeremiah Sullivan
Farrar, Straus, & Giroux
Is That a Fish in Your Ear?: Translation and the Meaning of Everything
David Bellos
Faber & Faber
The Ecstasy of Influence
Jonathan Lethem
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Ellen Willis
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One Hundred Names for Love: A Stroke, A Marriage, and the Language of Healing
Diane Ackerman
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Harlem Is Nowhere: A Journey to the Mecca of Black America
Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts
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Luis J. Rodríguez
Touchstone
Revolution: The Year I Fell in Love and Went to Join the War
Deb Olin Unferth
Henry Holt
2012
All We Know: Three Lives
Lisa Cohen
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Michael Gorra
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Lisa Jarnot
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Tom Reiss
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David Ferry
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Lucia Perillo
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Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power
Steve Coll
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Why Does the World Exist? An Existential Detective Story
Jim Holt
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Reinventing Bach
Paul Elie
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Waiting for the Barbarians: Essays from the Classics to Pop Culture
Daniel Mendelsohn
New York Review Books
Madness, Rack, and Honey
Mary Ruefle
Wave Books
The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness
Kevin Young
Graywolf Press
House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East
Anthony Shadid
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
The Distance Between Us
Reyna Grande
Atria Books
My Poets
Maureen N McLane
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
In the House of the Interpreter
Ng?g? wa Thiong’o
Pantheon
2013
Birth Certificate: The Story of Danilo Kis
Mark Thompson
Cornell University Press
Holding On Upside Down: The Life and Work of Marianne Morre
Linda Leavell
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Bach: Music in the Castle of Heaven
John Eliot Gardiner
Knopf
Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly, and the Making of the Modern Middle East
Scott Anderson
Doubleday
Stay, Illusion
Lucie Brock-Broido
Alfred A. Knopf
Milk and Faith
Carmen Gimenez Smith
University of Arizona Press
Elegy Owed
Bob Hicok
Copper Canyon
Blowout
Denise Duhamel
University of Pittsburgh Press
A Tale for the Time Being
Ruth Ozeki
Canongate
Someone
Alice McDermott
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
The Goldfinch
Donna Tartt
Little, Brown
The Infatuations
Javier Marias
Knopf
The Goldfinch
Donna Tartt
Little, Brown
The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America
George Packer
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood & the Prison of Belief
Lawrence Wright
Alfred A. Knopf/Random House
Thank You for Your Service
David Finkel
Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Whitey Bulger: America’s Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt that Brought Him to Justice
Kevin Cullen and Shelley Murphy
Norton
Forty-One False Starts: Essays on Artists and Writers
Janet Malcolm
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
The Kraus Project: Essays by Karl Kraus, translated and annotated by Jonathan Franzen with Paul Reiter and Daniel Kehlmann
Jonathan Franzen
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Confronting the Classics: Traditions, Adventures, and Innovations
Mary Beard
Liveright
White Girls
Hilton Als
McSweeney’s
Men We Reaped
Jesmyn Ward
Bloomsbury
The Faraway Nearby
Rebecca Solnit
Viking
The Book of My Lives
Aleksandar Hemon,
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Wave
Sonali Deraniyagala
Knopf
2014
William Wells Brown: An African American Life
Ezra Greenspan
W.W. Norton & Co.
Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson
S.C. Gwynne
Scribner
“Literchoor Is My Beat”: A Life of James Laughlin, Publisher of New Directions
Ian S. MacNiven
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
The Crusades of Cesar Chavez: A Biography
Miriam Pawel
Bloomsbury
Prelude to Bruise
Saeed Jones
Coffee House Press
The Essential Hits of Shorty Bon Bon
Willie Perdomo
Penguin Books
Once in the West
Christian Wiman
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Abide
Jake Adam York
Southern Illinois University Press
An Unnecessary Woman
Rabih Alameddine
Grove Press/ Grove/Atlantic
A Brief History of Seven Killings
Marlon James
Riverhead Books
Euphoria
Lily King
Atlantic Monthly Press
On Such a Full Sea
Chang-rae Lee
Riverhead Books
The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle over a Forbidden Book
Peter Finn and Petra Couvee
Pantheon
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
Elizabeth Kolbert
Henry Holt & Co.
Capital in the Twenty-First Century
Thomas Piketty, translated from the French by Arthur Goldhammer
Belknap Press/Harvard University Press
Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle that Set Them Free
Hector Tobar
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Citizen: An American Lyric
Claudia Rankine
Graywolf Press
On Immunity: An Innoculation
Eula Biss
Graywolf Press
What Would Lynne Tillman Do?
Lynne Tillman
Red Lemonade
Geek Sublime: The Beauty of Code, the Code of Beauty
Vikram Chandra
Graywolf Press
There Was and There Was Not
Meline Toumani
Metropolitan Books
The Other Side
Lacy M. Johnson
Tin House
The Splendid Things We Planned: A Family Portrait
Blake Bailey
W.W. Norton & Co.
Little Failure
Gary Shteyngart
Random House
2015
Dietrich and Riefenstahl: Hollywood, Berlin, and a Century in Two Lives
Karin Wieland, translated by Shelley Frisch sort as Wieland
Liveright
Stalin’s Daughter: The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva
Rosemary Sullivan
Harper
Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America
T.J. Stiles
Alfred A. Knopf
Fortune’s Fool: The Life of John Wilkes Booth
Terry Alford
Oxford University Press
Bright Dead Things
Ada Limón
Milkweed Editions
How to Be Drawn
Terrance Hayes
Penguin/Penguin Random House
Parallax and Selected Poems
Sinéad Morrissey
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
What About This: Collected Poems of Frank Stanford
Frank Stanford
Copper Canyon Press
Fates and Furies
Lauren Groff
Riverhead Books/Penguin Random House
Eileen
Ottessa Moshfegh
Penguin Press
The Tsar of Love and Techno
Anthony Marra
Hogarth
The Story of My Teeth
Valeria Luiselli, translated by Christina MacSweeney sort as Luiselli
Coffee House Press
What the Eye Hears: A History of Tap Dancing
Brian Seibert
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America
Jill Leovy
Spiegel & Grau
Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America
Ari Berman
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
SPQR: A History of Rome
Mary Beard
Liveright
Between the World and Me
Ta-Nehisi Coates
Spiegel & Grau/Penguin Random House
The Nearest Thing to Life
James Wood
Brandeis University Press
On Elizabeth Bishop
Colm Tóibín
Princeton University Press
Eternity’s Sunrise: The Imaginative World of William Blake
Leo Damrosch
Yale University Press
H Is for Hawk
Helen Macdonald
Grove Press
Bettyville
George Hodgman
Viking
The Odd Woman and the City
Vivian Gornick
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
The Light of the World
Elizabeth Alexander
Grand Central Publishing
2016
Moscow Nights: The Van Cliburn Story
Nigel Cliff
Harper
Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life
Ruth Franklin
Liveright
Black Elk: The Life of an American Visionary
Joe Jackson
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Krazy: George Herriman, a Life in Black and White
Michael Tisserand
Harper
Guilty Thing: A Life of Thomas De Quincey
Frances Wilson
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Olio
Tyehimba Jess
Wave Books
Works and Days
Bernadette Mayer
New Directions
At the Foundling Hospital
Robert Pinsky
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Blackacre
Monica Youn
Graywolf Press
Commonwealth
Ann Patchett
Harper
Swing Time
Zadie Smith
Penguin Press
Imagine Me Gone
Adam Haslett
Little, Brown and Company/Hachette Book Group
Moonglow
Michael Chabon
Harper
Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right
Jane Mayer
Doubleday
Writing to Save a Life: The Louis Till File
John Edgar Wideman
Scribner
Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
Ibram X. Kendi
Nation Books
Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War
Viet Thanh Nguyen
Harvard University Press
Against Everything: Essays
Mark Greif
Pantheon
Looking for The Stranger: Albert Camus and the Life of a Literary Classic
Alice Kaplan
University of Chicago Press
The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone
Olivia Laing
Picador
Am I Alone Here?: Notes on Living to Read and Reading to Live
Peter Orner
Catapult
The Iceberg
Marion Coutts
Black Cat Press
In Gratitude
Jenny Diski
Bloomsbury
The Return: Fathers, Sons, and the Land in Between
Hisham Matar
Random House
The Song Poet: A Memoir of My Father
Kao Kalia Yang
Metropolitan Books
2017
Hoover: An Extraordinary Life in Extraordinary Times
Kenneth Whyte
Knopf
Gorbachev: His Life and Times
William Taubman
W.W. Norton
The Kelloggs: The Battling Brothers of Battle Creek
Howard Markel
Pantheon
The Invention of Angela Carter: A Biography
Edmund Gordon,
Oxford University Press
Directions for Use, translated by Steven Teref and Maja Teref
Ana Ristovi?
Zephyr Press
The Darkness of Snow
Frank Ormsby
Wake Forest University Press
Earthling
James Longenbach
W.W. Norton
Fourth Person Singular
Nuar Alsadir
Oxford University Press
Exit West
Mohsin Hamid
Hamish Hamilton
The Ministry Of Utmost Happiness
Arundhati Roy
Hamish Hamilton
Sing, Unburied, Sing
Jesmyn Ward
Scribner / Simon & Schuster
The Ninth Hour
Alice McDermott
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia
Masha Gessen
Riverhead Books / Penguin Random House
The Gulf: The Making of An American Sea
Jack E. Davis
Liveright
Border: A Journey to the Edge of Europe
Kapka Kassabova
Graywolf
A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Human Story Retold Through Our Genes
Adam Rutherford
The Experiment
Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News
Kevin Young
Graywolf Press
Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions
Valeria Luiselli
Coffee House
Guidebook to Relative Strangers: Journeys into Race, Motherhood and History
Camille T. Dungy
W.W. Norton
The Art of Death: Writing the Final Story
Edwidge Danticat
Graywolf
The Girl From the Metropol Hotel: Growing Up in Communist Russia, translated by Anna Summers
Ludmilla Petrushevskaya
Penguin 
Admissions: Life as a Brain Surgeon
Henry Marsh
Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martins
Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body
Roxane Gay
Harper
The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir
Thi Bui
Abrams
2018
Flash: The Making of Weegee the Famous
Christopher Bonanos
Henry Holt & Company
Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret
Craig Brown
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Inseparable: The Original Siamese Twins and Their Rendezvous with American History
Yunte Huang
Liveright
The Man in the Glass House: Philip Johnson, Architect of the Modern Century
Mark Lamster
Little, Brown
The Big Fella: Babe Ruth and the World He Created
Jane Leavy
Harper/HarperCollins
American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin
Terrance Hayes
Penguin Books / Penguin Random House
The Carrying
Ada Limón
Milkweed
Holy Moly Carry Me
Erika Meitner
Boa
Still Life with Two Dead Peacocks and a Girl
Diane Seuss
Graywolf Press
Asymmetry. Translated by Clare Cavanagh
Adam Zagajewski
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Milkman
Anna Burns
Graywolf Press
Slave Old Man. Translated by Linda Coverdale
Patrick Chamoiseau
The New Press
The Largesse of the Sea Maiden
Denis Johnson
Random House
The Mars Room
Rachel Kushner
Scribner
The House of Broken Angels
Luis Alberto Urrea
Little, Brown
We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights
Adam Winkler
Liveright / W. W. Norton & Company
Directorate S: The C.I.A. and America’s Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan
Steve Coll
Penguin Press / Penguin Random House
The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border
Francisco Cantú
Riverhead Books
The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure
Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt
Penguin Press
God Save Texas: A Journey into the Soul of the Lone Star State
Lawrence Wright
Knopf
Is It Still Good to Ya?: Fifty Years of Rock Criticism, 1967-2017
Robert Christgau
Duke University Press
Tyrant: Shakespeare on Politics
Stephen Greenblatt
W.W. Norton
To Float in the Space Between: A Life and Work in Conversation with the Life and Work of Etheridge Knight
Terrance Hayes
Wave
The Reckonings: Essays
Lacy M. Johnson
Scribner
Feel Free: Essays
Zadie Smith
Penguin Press
The Day That Went Missing: A Family’s Story
Richard Beard
Little, Brown
All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir
Nicole Chung
Catapult
What Drowns the Flowers in Your Mouth: A Memoir of Brotherhood
Rigoberto Gonzalez
University of Wisconsin Press
Belonging: A German Reckons With History and Home
Nora Krug
Scribner
Old in Art School: A Memoir of Starting Over
Nell Painter
Counterpoint
Educated: A Memoir
Tara Westover
Random House