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2013 (Fiction)
Americanah
Click to search this book in our catalog   Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
2013 (General Nonfiction)
Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital
Click to search this book in our catalog   Sheri Fink
2013 (Biography)
Jonathan Swift: His Life and His World
Click to search this book in our catalog   Leo Damrosch
 
2013 (Autobiography)
Farewell, Fred Voodoo: A Letter from Haiti
 Amy Wilentz

Library Journal Haiti has been marked by colonial oppression, revolution, dictators, and foreign occupation ...More

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2013 (Poetry)
Metaphysical Dog: Poems
 Frank Bidart

Publishers Weekly "At seventy-two, the future is what I mourn," Bidart announces in this starkly i...More

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2013 (Criticism)
Distant Reading
 Franco Moretti
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2012 (Fiction)
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
Click to search this book in our catalog   Ben Fountain

Library Journal Lots of underground anticipation for this first novel from PEN/Hemingway winner Fountain, he...More

2012 (General Nonfiction)
Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity
Click to search this book in our catalog   Andrew Solomon

Publishers Weekly A profoundly moving new work of research and narrative by National Book Award-winner Solom...More

2012 (Biography)
The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson
Click to search this book in our catalog   Robert Caro

Publishers Weekly Caro's Pulitzer-winning multivolume biography reaches a magisterial climax (though not...More

 
2012 (Autobiography)
Swimming Studies
 Leanne Shapton
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2012 (Poetry)
Useless Landscape/A Guide for Boys
 D. A. Powell

Library Journal Poems by Powell (Chronic) are the Apple products of the literary world: sleek, urbane, well-...More

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2012 (Criticism)
Strange Magic: Charmed States and the Arabian Nights
 Marina Warner

Book list This learned, lively, and well-written book concerns the wide-ranging influence of The Arabian Nigh...More

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2011 (Fiction)
Binocular Vision: New and Selected Stories
Click to search this book in our catalog   Edith Pearlman

Publishers Weekly A finely tuned collection by writer's writer Pearlman combines the best of previous co...More

2011 (General Nonfiction)
Libertys Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World
Click to search this book in our catalog   Maya Jasanoff

Choice Jasanoff (Harvard) calls this the "first global history of the loyalist diaspora," but great...More

2011 (Biography)
George F. Kennan: An American Life
Click to search this book in our catalog   John Lewis Gaddis

Book list *Starred Review* Diplomat and historian Kennan (1904-2005) cooperated with this biography that in i...More

 
2011 (Autobiography)
The Memory Palace: A Memoir
 Mira Bartok

Publishers Weekly This moving, compassionately candid memoir by artist and children's book author Bartok...More

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2011 (Poetry)
Space, in Chains
 Laura Kasischke

Publishers Weekly Frightening in its confrontations with death-that of a father and, eventually, of everythi...More

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2011 (Criticism)
Otherwise Known as the Human Condition: Selected Essays and Reviews
 Geoff Dyer

Publishers Weekly In this new collection of previously published writings, Dyer (Jeff in Venice, Death in Va...More

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2010 (Fiction)
A Visit from the Goon Squad
Click to search this book in our catalog   Jennifer Egan

Book list *Starred Review* Egan is a writer of cunning subtlety, embedding within the risky endeavors of sedu...More

2010 (General Nonfiction)
The Warmth of Other Suns
Click to search this book in our catalog   Isabel Wilkerson

Publishers Weekly Ida Mae Brandon Gladney, a sharecropper's wife, left Mississippi for Milwaukee in 1937...More

2010 (Biography)
How to Live OR a life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty
Click to search this book in our catalog   Sarah Bakewell

Publishers Weekly Bakewell's biography of Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), the French nobleman and fathe...More

 
2010 (Autobiography)
Half a Life
 Darin Strauss

Book list Although the accident was what insurers call a no fault fatality, the moment Strauss' car str...More

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2010 (Poetry)
One with Others
 CD Wright

Book list Wright revisits her native Arkansas, during the 1960s, to pay homage to V, a friend and mentor. We ...More

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2010 (Criticism)
Lyric Poetry and Modern Politics
 Clare Cavanagh

Choice Extraordinarily rich and sophisticated in its comparative grasp of poetry, this volume may establish a...More

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2009 (Fiction)
Wolf Hall
Click to search this book in our catalog   Hilary Mantel

Book list Mantel fictionalizes the life and times of Thomas Cromwell, crafty architect of Henry VIII's an...More

2009 (General Nonfiction)
The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science
Click to search this book in our catalog   Richard Holmes

Book list As a researcher of British science during the Romantic period of English literature, Holmes suitabl...More

2009 (Biography)
Cheever: A life
Click to search this book in our catalog   Blake Bailey

Library Journal Bailey, author of a biography of Richard Yates (A Tragic Honesty) and editor of the Library ...More

 
2009 (Autobiography)
Somewhere Towards the End
 Diana Athill

Publishers Weekly When it comes to facing old age, writes Athill, "there are no lessons to be learnt, n...More

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2009 (Poetry)
Versed
 Rae Armantrout

Publishers Weekly In recent years, Armantrout's reputation has soared-she began in the '70s as an ob...More

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2009 (Criticism)
Notes from No Mans Land: American Essays
 Eula Biss

Book list *Starred Review* Biss calls our attention to things so intrinsic to our lives they have become invi...More

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2008 (Criticism)
Childrens Literature: A Readers History from Aesop to Harry Potter (University of Chicago Press)
Click to search this book in our catalog   Seth Lerer

Library Journal Apropos of his subject matter, Lerer (English & comparative literature, Stanford; Inventing ...More

2008 (Poetry)
Sleeping It Off in Rapid City (Farrar, Strauss)
Click to search this book in our catalog   August Kleinzahler

Publishers Weekly The witty, gritty poet and memoirist Kleinzahler (The Strange Hours Travellers Keep) has p...More

2008 (Poetry)
Half the World in Light(University of Arizona Press)
Click to search this book in our catalog   Juan Felipe Herrera

Library Journal Herrera has been honing his writing for 40 years, through 12 collections, so it's hardly...More

 
2008 (Autobiography)
My Fathers Paradise: A Sons Search for His Jewish Past in Kurdish Iraq
 Ariel Sabar

Book list For almost 3,000 years, a tiny Jewish enclave existed in what is now the autonomous Kurdish region ...More

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2008 (Biography)
The World Is What It Is: The Authorized Biography of V.S. Naipaul
 Patrick French

Book list *Starred Review* Nobel laureate Naipaul's readers know of his fierce intellect and literary pro...More

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2008 (General Nonfiction)
The Forever War
 Dexter Filkins

Book list Filkins, foreign correspondent for the New York Times, has covered the struggle against Islamic ext...More

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2008 (Fiction)
2666
Click to search this book in our catalog   Roberto Bolaņo

Library Journal This sprawling, digressive, Jamesian "loose, baggy monster" reads like five indepe...More

2009 (Fiction)
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Click to search this book in our catalog   Junot Diaz

Library Journal Having caught everyone's attention with his short stories, D!az offers a debut novel sta...More

2008 (Nonfiction)
Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experiments on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present
Click to search this book in our catalog   Harriet Washington

Publishers Weekly This groundbreaking study documents that the infamous Tuskegee experiments, in which black...More

 
2008 (Biography)
Stanley, the Impossible Life of Africas Greatest Explorer
 Tim Jeal

Book list *Starred Review* The great European colonial empires are long gone, and imperialist is usually used...More

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2007 (Fiction)
The Inheritance of Loss
 Kiran Desai

Publishers Weekly This stunning second novel from Desai (Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard) is set in mid-1980...More

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2007 (Nonfiction)
Rough Crossings: Britain, the Slaves and the American Revolution
 Simon Schama

Choice This powerful, engaging narrative tells the rich story of African American loyalists, their British su...More

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2007 (Biography)
James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon
Click to search this book in our catalog   Julie Phillips

Publishers Weekly Journalist Phillips has achieved a wonder: an evenhanded, scrupulously documented, objecti...More

2006 (Fiction)
The March
Click to search this book in our catalog   E. L. Doctorow

Library Journal The author who made the historical novel a real literary event returns with the story of Gen...More

2006 (Nonfiction)
Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of Nuclear Disaster
Click to search this book in our catalog   Svetlana Alexievich

Publishers Weekly A chorus of fatalism, stoic bravery and black, black humor is sounded in this haunting ora...More

 
2006 (Biography)
American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer
 Kai Bird

Publishers Weekly Though many recognize Oppenheimer (1904-1967) as the father of the atomic bomb, few are as...More

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2005 (Fiction)
Gilead
 Marilynne Robinson

Library Journal As his life winds down, Rev. John Ames relates the story of his own father and grandfather, ...More

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2005 (Nonfiction)
The Reformation: A History
 Diarmaid MacCulloch

Library Journal Does the world really need another general history of the Reformation? MacCulloch (history o...More

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2005 (Biography)
De Kooning: An American Master
Click to search this book in our catalog   Mark Stevens

Publishers Weekly This sweeping biography, 10 years in the making, chronicles in fastidious detail de Koonin...More

2004 (Fiction)
The Known World
Click to search this book in our catalog   Edward P. Jones
2004 (Nonfiction)
Sons of Mississippi
Click to search this book in our catalog   Paul Hendrickson

Library Journal Hendrickson (The Living and the Dead) uses a photograph published in the July 1962 Life maga...More

 
2004 (Biography)
Khrushchev: The Man and His Era
 William Taubman

Publishers Weekly Amherst College political science professor Taubman's thorough and nuanced account is ...More

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2003 (Fiction)
Atonement
 Ian McEwan
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2003 (Nonfiction)
A Problem From Hell
 Samantha Power

Publishers Weekly Power, a former journalist for U.S. News and World Report and the Economist and now the ex...More

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2003 (Biography)
Charles Darwin
Click to search this book in our catalog   Janet Browne

Publishers Weekly When Browne published her first volume on the life of Darwin seven years ago (Charles Darw...More

2002 (Fiction)
Austerlitz
Click to search this book in our catalog   W. G. Sebald

School Library Journal Winner of the Berlin Literature and Literatur Nord prizes and the Los Angeles Times B...More

2002 (Nonfiction)
Double Fold
Click to search this book in our catalog   Nicholson Baker

Book list Is it the librarian's job to preserve books as intrinsically valuable objects in themselves, or...More

 
2002 (Biography)
Boswells Presumptious Task
 Adam Sisman

Choice Sisman's biography of the famous biographer invites comparison with Peter Martin's A Life of J...More

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2001 (Fiction)
Being Dead
 Jim Crace

Book list In his latest novel, Crace (author of Quarantine, 1998) archly explores life and death and the effe...More

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2001 (Nonfiction)
Newjack: Guarding Sing-Sing
 Ted Conover

Library Journal Having already documented the lives of illegal aliens (Coyotes) and hoboes (Rolling Nowhere),...More

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2001 (Biography)
Hirohito and the Making of Modern Japan
Click to search this book in our catalog   Herbert Bix

Book list Most postwar histories have portrayed Emperor Hirohito in one of two ways: a shy, hands-off monarch...More

2000 (Fiction)
Motherless Brooklyn
Click to search this book in our catalog   Jonathan Lethem

Book list Here's a detective story with a unique twist: the narrator-protagonist, Lionel Essrog, out to s...More

2000 (Nonfiction)
Time, Love, Memory
Click to search this book in our catalog   Jonathan Weiner

Book list Geneticist Seymour Benzer is little known outside his specialty, but Weiner lifts him from obscurit...More

 
2000 (Biography)
The Hairstons
 Henry Wiencek

Library Journal This profile of the Hairstons, a large family of planters and slaves spreading from Virginia ...More

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1999 (Fiction)
The Love of a Good Woman
 Alice Munro

Library Journal In the title story, set in the early spring of 1951, three young boys on a lark make a grim d...More

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1999 (Nonfiction)
We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families
 Philip Gourevitch

Library Journal In 1994, the world was informed of the inexplicable mass killings in Rwanda, in which over 80...More

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1999 (Biography)
A Beautiful MInd
Click to search this book in our catalog   Sylvia Nasar

Book list The shadowy line between genius and madness is exemplified in the life of mathematician John Nash, ...More

1998 (Fiction)
The Blue Flower
Click to search this book in our catalog   Penelope Fitzgerald

Library Journal Fitzgerald never repeats herself, and her latest novel, named Book of the Year by 19 British ...More

1998 (Nonfiction)
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down
Click to search this book in our catalog   Anne Fadiman

Library Journal Award-winning reporter Fadiman has turned what began as a magazine assignment into a riveting...More

 
1998 (Biography)
Ernie Pyles War
 James Tobin

Book list Tobin pays homage to Ernie Pyle, America's most celebrated and beloved war correspondent. Livin...More

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1997 (Fiction)
Women in their Beds
 Gina Berriault

Publishers Weekly Whether focusing on yuppies or drifters, social workers or Indian restaurateurs, heroin add...More

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1997 (Nonfiction)
Bad Land
 Jonathan Raban

Library Journal Hunting Mister Heartbreak (LJ 4/15/91) told of British-born Raban's last journey through ...More

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1997 (Biography)
Angelas Ashes
Click to search this book in our catalog   Frank McCourt

School Library Journal YA?Despite impoverishing his family because of his alcoholism, McCourt's father pa...More

1996 (Fiction)
Mrs. Ted Bliss
Click to search this book in our catalog   Stanley Elkin

Library Journal After her husband's death, Dorothy Bliss stays on alone in The Towers, their Miami Beach ...More

1996 (Nonfiction)
A Civil Action
Click to search this book in our catalog   Jonathan Harr

Publishers Weekly This tale of a somewhat quixotic quest by an idealistic young lawyer concerns his efforts t...More

 
1996 (Biography)
Savage Art
 Robert Polito

Publishers Weekly A series of Vintage reprints and Hollywood films like The Getaway and The Grifters have hel...More

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1995 (Fiction)
The Stone Diaries
 Carol Shields

Publishers Weekly Canadian writer Shields's novels and short stories ( Swann ; The Republic of Love , etc...More

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1995 (Nonfiction)
The Rape of Europa
 Lynn Nicholas

Publishers Weekly ``Never had works of art been so important to a political movement and never had they been ...More

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1995 (Biography)
Shot in the Heart
Click to search this book in our catalog   Mikal Gilmore

Publishers Weekly Executed by firing squad in Utah in 1977 after murdering two young Mormon men, Gary Gilmore...More

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