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YearBiographyFictionGeneral Non-FictionPoetryCriticismMemoir
1975
Ragtime
E.L. Doctorow
Edith Wharton: A Biography
R.W.B. Lewis
Harper & Row
Edith Wharton: A Biography
R. W. B. Lewis
Harper & Row
Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror
John Ashbery
Viking
The Great War and Modern Memory
Paul Fussell
Oxford University Press
1976
October Light
John Gardner
Knopf
The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts
Maxine Hong Kingston
Knopf
Geography III
Elizabeth Bishop
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales
Bruno Bettelheim
Knopf
1977
Song of Solomon
Toni Morrison
Knopf
Samuel Johnson
W. Jackson Bate
Harcourt, Brace and Jovanovich
Day By Day
Robert Lowell
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
On Photography
Susan Sontag
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
1978
The Stories of John Cheever
John Cheever
Knopf
Facts of Life
Maureen Howard
Little, Brown
Inventing America: Jefferson's Declaration of Independence
Garry Willis
Doubleday
Hello, Darkness: The Collected Poems of L.E. Sissman
Peter Davison, ed.
Atlantic-Little, Brown
Modern Art: 19th & 20th Centuries, Selected Papers
Meyer Schapior
Braziller
1979
The Year of the French
Thomas Flanagan
Holt, Rinehart & Winston
Munich: The Price of Peace
Telford Taylor
Doubleday
Ashes
Philip Levine
Atheneum
The Gnostic Gospels
Elaine Pagels
Random
YearBiographyFictionGeneral Non-FictionPoetryCriticismMemoir
1980
The Transit of Venus
Shirley Hazzard
Viking
Walter Lippmann and the American Century
Ronald Steel
Atlantic-Little, Brown
Sunrise
Frederick Seidel
Viking/Penguin
Part of Nature: Modern American Poets
Helen Vendler
Harvard University Press
1981
Rabbit Is Rich
John Updike
Knopf
The Mismeasure of Man
Stephen Jay Gould
Norton
A Coast of Trees
A.R. Ammons
Norton
A Virgil Thomson Reader
Virgil Thomson
Houghton Mifflin
1982
George Mills
Stanley Elkin
E.P. Dutton
The Path of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson
Robert A. Caro
Knopf
Antarctic Traveler
Katha Pollitt
Knopf
The Second American Revolution and Other Essays
Gore Vidal
Random House
1983
Minor Characters
Joyce Johnson
Houghton Mifflin
Ironweed
William Kennedy
Viking
The Price of Power: Kissinger in the Nixon White House
Seymour M. Hersch
Summit Books
The Changing Light at Sandover
James Merrill
Antheneum
Hugging the Shore: Essays and Criticism
John Updike
Knopf
1984
Dostoevsky: The Years of Ordeal, 1850-1859
Joseph Frank
Princeton University Press
Love Medicine
Louise Erdrich
Holt, Reinhart & Winston
Weapons and Hope
Freeman Dyson
Harper & Row
The Dead and the Living
Sharon Olds
Knopf
Twentieth Century Pleasures: Prose on Poetry
Robert Hass
Ecco Press
1985
Henry James: A Life
Leon Edel
Harper & Row
The Accidental Tourist
Anne Tyler
Alfred A. Knopf
Common Ground: A Turbulent Decade in the Lives of Three American Families
J. Anthony Lukas
Alfred A. Knopf
The Triumph of Achilles
Louise Gluck
Ecco Press
Habitations of the Word: Essays
William H. Gass
Simon & Schuster
1986
The Life of Langston Hughes, Vol. I: 1902-1941
Arnold Rampersad
Oxford
A Summons to Memphis
Peter Taylor
Alfred A. Knopf
Arctic Dreams
Barry Lopez
Scribner's
Wild Gratitude
Edward Hirsch
Knopf
Less Than One: Selected Essays
Joseph Brodsky
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
1987
Chaucer: His Life, His Works, His World
Donald R. Howard
Abrahams/Dutton
The Counterlife
Philip Roth
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
The Making of the Atomic Bomb
Richard Rhodes
Simon and Schuster
Flesh and Blood
C.K. Williams
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Dance Writings
Edwin, edited by Robert Cornfield and William MacKay Denby
Knopf
1988
Oscar Wilde
Richard Ellmann
Alfred A. Knopf
The Middleman and Other Stories
Bharati Mukherjee
Crest Press
Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954-1963
Taylor Branch
Simon and Schuster
That One Day
Donald Hall
Ticknor & Fields/Houghton Mifflin
Works and Lives: The Anthropologist as Author
Clifford Geertz
Stanford University Press
1989
A First-Class Temperament: The Emergence of Franklin Roosevelt
Geoffrey C. Ward
Harper & Row
Billy Bathgate
E.L. Doctorow
Random House
The Broken Cord
Michael Dorris
Harper & Row
Transparent Gestures
Rodney Jones
Houghton Mifflin
Not by Fact Alone: Essays on the Writing and Reading of History
John Clive
Knopf
YearBiographyFictionGeneral Non-FictionPoetryCriticismMemoir
1990
Means of Ascent: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Vol. II
Robert A. Caro
Knopf
Rabbit At Rest
John Updike
Alfred A. Knopf
The Content of Our Character: A New Vision of Race in America
Shelby Steele
HarperCollins
Bitter Angel
Amy Gerstler
North Point Press
Encounters and Reflections: Art in the Historical Present
Arthur C. Danto
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
1991
Patrimony: A True Story
Philip Roth
Simon & Schuster
A Thousand Acres
Jane Smiley
Alfred A. Knopf
Backlash: The Undeclared War Against America Women
Susan Faludi
Crown
Heaven and Earth: A Cosmology
Albert Goldbarth
University of Georgia Press
Holocaust Testimonies: The Ruins of Memory
Lawrence L. Langer
Yale University Press
1992
Writing Dangerously: Mary McCarthy and Her World
Carol Brightman
Clarkson N. Potter
All the Pretty Horses
Cormac McCarthy
Alfred A. Knopf
Young Men and Fire
Norman Maclean
University of Chicago Press
Collected Shorter Poems, 1946-1991
Hayden Carruth
Copper Canyon Press
Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words That Remade America
Garry Wills
Simon & Schuster
1993
Genet: A Biography
Edmund White
Alfred A. Knopf
A Lesson Before Dying
Ernest J. Gaines
Knopf
The Land Where the Blues Began
Alan Lomax
Pantheon
My Alexandria
Mark Doty
University of Illinois
Opera in America: A Cultural History
John Dizikes
Yale University
1994
Shot in the Heart
Mikal Gilmore
Doubleday
The Stone Diaries
Carol Shields
Viking
The Rape of Europa: The Fate of Europe's Treasures in the Third Reich and the Second World War
Lynn H. Nicholas
Knopf
Rider
Mark Rudman
Wesleyan University Press
The Culture of Bruising: Essays on Prizefighting, Literature and Modern American Culture
Gerald Early
Ecco Press
1995
Savage Art: A Biography of Jim Thompson
Robert Polito
Knopf
Mrs. Ted Bliss
Stanley Elkin
Hyperion
A Civil Action
Jonathan Harr
Random House
Time and Money
William Matthews
Houghton Mifflin
The Forbidden Best-Sellers of Pre-Revolutionary France
Robert Darnton
W.W. Norton
1996
Angela's Ashes: A Memoir
Frank McCourt
Scribner
Women in Their Beds
Gina Berriault
Counterpoint
Bad Land
Jonathan Raban
Pantheon
Sun Under Wood
Robert Hass
Ecco Press
Finding a Form
William Gass
Knopf
1997
Ernie Pyle's War: America's Eyewitness to World War II
James Tobin
Free Press
The Blue Flower
Penelope Fitzgerald
Mariner/Houghton
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down
Anne Fadiman
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Black Zodiac
Charles Wright
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Making Waves
Mario Vargas Llosa
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
1998
A Beautiful Mind
Sylvia Nasar
Simon & Schuster
The Love of a Good Woman
Alice Munro
Knopf
We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will be Killed With Our Families
Philip Gourevitch
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
The Bird Catcher
Marie Ponsot
Knopf
Visions of Jazz
Gary Giddins
Oxford
1999
The Hairstons: An American Family in Black and White
Henry Wiencek
St. Martin's
Motherless Brooklyn
Jonathan Lethem
Doubleday
Time, Love, Memory: A Great Biologist and His Quest for the Origins of Behavior
Jonathan Weiner
Knopf
Ordinary Words
Ruth Stone
Paris Press
Selected Non-Fictions
Jorge Luis Borges
Viking
YearBiographyFictionGeneral Non-FictionPoetryCriticismMemoir
2000
Hirohito and the Making of Modern Japan
Herbert P. Bix
HarperCollins
Being Dead
Jim Crace
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing
Ted Conover
Random House
Carolina Ghost Woods
Judy Jordan
LSU
Quarrel & Quandary
Cynthia Ozick
Knopf
2001
Boswell’s Presumptuous Task: The Making of the Life of Dr.Johnson
Adam Sisman
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Austerlitz
W. G. Sebald
Random House
Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper
Nicholson Baker
Random House
Saving Lives
Albert Goldbarth
Ohio Statue University
The War Against Cliché: Essays and Reviews, 1971-2000
Martin Amis
Talk Miramax
2002
Charles Darwin: The Power of Place, Vol. II
Janet Browne
Knopf
Atonement
Ian McEwan
Doubleday/Nan A. Talese (US)/Jonathan Cape (UK)
A Problem From Hell: America and the Age of Genocide
Samantha Power
Basic Books
Early Occult Memory Systems of the Lower Midwest
B.H. Fairchild
W.W. Norton
Tests of Time
William H. Gass
Knopf
2003
Khrushchev: The Man and His Era
William Taubman
W.W. Norton
The Known World
Edward P. Jones
Amistad/HarperCollins
Sons of Mississippi
Paul Hendrickson
Knopf
Columbarium
Susan Stewart
University of Chicago Press
River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West
Rebecca Solnit
Viking
2004
De Kooning: An American Master
Mark Stevens and Annalyn Swan
Alfred A. Knopf
Gilead
Marilynne Robinson
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
The Reformation: A History
Diarmaid MacCulloch
Viking
The School Among the Ruins
Adrienne Rich
Norton
Where You’re At: Notes From the Frontline of a Hip-Hop Planet
Patrick Neate
Riverhead
2005
American Prometheus
Kai Bird and Martin Sherwin
Alfred A. Knopf
The March
E.L. Doctorow
Random House
Voices From Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster
Svetlana Alexievich
Dalkey Archive Press
Refusing Heaven
Jack Gilbert
Alfred A. Knopf
The Undiscovered Country: Poetry in the Age of Tin
William Logan
Columbia University Press
Them (2005)
Francine du Plessix Gray
Penguin Press
2006
James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon
Julie Phillips
St. Martin's Press
The Inheritance of Loss
Kiran Desai
Hamish Hamilton
Rough Crossings: Britain, the Slaves and the American Revolution
Simon Schama
Ecco
Tom Thomson in Purgatory
Troy Jollimore
Margie/Intuit House
Everything That Rises: A Book of Convergences
Lawrence Wechsler
McSweeney's
The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million
Daniel Mendelsohn
HarperCollins
2007
Stanley: The Impossible Life Of Africa’s Greatest Explorer
Tim Jeal
Yale University Press
The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao
Junot Diaz
Riverhead
Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present
Harriet Washington
Doubleday
Elegy
Mary Jo Bang
Graywolf
The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century
Alex Ross
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Brother, I'm Dying
Edwidge Danticat
Alfred A. Knopf
2008
The World Is What It Is: The Authorized Biography of V.S. Naipaul
Patrick. French
Knopf
2666
Roberto Bolaño
Farrar, Straus
The Forever War
Dexter Filkins
Knopf
Sleeping It Off in Rapid City
August Kleinzahler
Farrar, Strauss
Half the World in Light
Juan Felipe Herrera
University of Arizona Press
Children’s Literature: A Reader’s History: Reader’s History from Aesop to Harry Potter
Seth Lerer
University of Chicago Press
My Father’s Paradise: A Son’s Search for His Jewish Past in Kurdish Iraq
Ariel Sabar
Algonquin
2009
Cheever: A Life
Blake Bailey
Knopf
Wolf Hall
Hilary Mantel
Fourth Estate
The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science
Richard Holmes
Pantheon
Versed
Rae Armantrout
Wesleyan University Press
Notes From No Man's Land: American Essays
Eula Biss
Graywolf Press
Somewhere Towards the End
Diana Athill
Norton
YearBiographyFictionGeneral Non-FictionPoetryCriticismMemoir
2010
How To Live, Or A Life Of Montaigne
Sarah Bakewell
Other Press
A Visit From The Goon Squad
Jennifer Egan
Knopf
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration
Isabel Wilkerson
Random
One with Others
C.D. Wright
Copper Canyon Press
Lyric Poetry and Modern Politics: Russia, Poland, and the West
Clare Cavanagh
Yale University Press
Half a Life
Darin Strauss
McSweeney’s
2011
George F. Kennan: An American Life
John Lewis Gaddis
Penguin Press
Binocular Vision
Edith Pearlman
Lookout Books
Liberty's Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary War
Maya Jasanoff
Knopf
Space, in Chains
Laura Kasischke
Copper Canyon Press
Otherwise Known as the Human Condition: Selected Essays and Reviews
Geoff Dyer
Graywolf
The Memory Palace
Mira Bartók
Free Press
2012
The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume 4
Robert A. Caro
Knopf
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
Ben Fountain
Ecco
Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity
Andrew Solomon
Scribner
Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys
D. A. Powell
Graywolf Press
Stranger Magic: Charmed States and the Arabian Nights
Marina Warner
Belknap Press: Harvard University Press
Swimming Studies
Leanne Shapton
Blue Rider Press
2013
Jonathan Swift: His Life and His World
Leo Damrosch
Yale University Press
Americanah
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Knopf
Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital
Sherri Fink
Crown
Metaphysical Dog
Frank Bidart
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Distant Reading
Franco Moretti
Verso
Farewell, Fred Voodoo: A Letter from Haiti
Amy Wilentz
Simon & Schuster
2014
Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh
John Lahr
W.W. Norton & Company
Lila
Marilynne Robinson
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation
David Brion Davis
Alfred A. Knopf
Citizen: An American Lyric
Claudia Rankine
Graywolf Press
The Essential Ellen Willis
Ellen Willis, edited by Nona Willis Aronowitz
University of Minnesota Press
Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?
Roz Chast
Bloomsbury
2015
Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Her Daughter Mary Shelley
Charlotte Gordon
Random House
The Sellout
Paul Beatty
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Dreamland: The True Story of America’s Opiate Epidemic
Sam Quinones
Bloomsbury
Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude
Ross Gay
University of Pittsburgh Press
The Argonauts
Maggie Nelson
Graywolf
Negroland
Margo Jefferson
Pantheon
2016
LaRose
Louise Erdrich
Harper
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
Matthew Desmond
Crown
House of Lords and Commons
Ishion Hutchinson
Farrar, Straus, and Giroux
White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide
Carol Anderson
Bloomsbury
Lab Girl
Hope Jahren
Alfred A. Knopf
2017
Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder
Caroline Fraser
Metropolitan Books
Improvement
Joan Silber
Counterpoint
The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America
Frances FitzGerald
Simon & Schuster
Whereas
Layli Long Soldier
Graywolf Press
You Play the Girl: On Playboy Bunnies, Stepford Wives, Train Wrecks, & Other Mixed Messages
Carina Chocano
Mariner
Nine Continents: A Memoir In and Out of China
Xiaolu Guo
Grove