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2016 (Fiction)
LaRose
Click to search this book in our catalog   Louise Erdrich
2016 (General NonFiction)
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
Click to search this book in our catalog   Matthew Desmond
2016 (Biography)
Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life
Click to search this book in our catalog   Ruth Franklin
 
2016 (Poetry)
House of Lords and Commons
 Ishion Hutchinson
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2016 (Criticism)
White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide
 Carol Anderson
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2015 (Fiction)
The Sellout: A Novel
 Paul Beatty
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2015 (General NonFiction)
Dreamland: The True Tale of Americas Opiate Epidemic
Click to search this book in our catalog   Sam Quinones

Book list *Starred Review* Heroin addiction has evolved from back-alley ghettos to suburban shopping malls, c...More

2015 (Biography)
Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley
Click to search this book in our catalog   Charlotte Gordon
2015 (Autobiography)
Negroland: A Memoir
Click to search this book in our catalog   Margo Jefferson

Library Journal Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Jefferson relates her upbringing among America's black elit...More

 
2015 (Poetry)
Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude
 Ross Gay

Book list The Bloomington Community Orchard must have spread its roots into Ross Gay, an Indiana University E...More

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2015 (Criticism)
The Argonauts
 Maggie Nelson

Publishers Weekly In a fast-shifting terrain of "homonormativity," Nelson, poet and author of numer...More

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2014 (Fiction)
Lila
 Marilynne Robinson

Publishers Weekly This third of three novels set in the fictional plains town of Gilead, Iowa, is a masterpi...More

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2014 (General NonFiction)
A brief history of seven killings : a novel
Click to search this book in our catalog   Marlon James

Library Journal In his novels, Jamaican-born James centers on his homeland while giving larger scope to the A...More

2014 (Biography)
Tennessee williams : mad pilgrimage of the flesh.
Click to search this book in our catalog   John Lahr

Publishers Weekly Writing with sympathy and insight, former New Yorker drama critic Lahr (Prick Up Your Ears...More

2014 (Autobiography)
Cant we talk about something more pleasant?
Click to search this book in our catalog   Roz Chast

School Library Journal Adult/HS-Veteran New Yorker cartoonist Chast powerfully recounts her parents' decl...More

 
2014 (Poetry)
Citizen : an american lyric.
 Claudia Rankine

Library Journal Longlisted for the 2014 National Book Award in poetry, this follow up to Don't Let Me Be ...More

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2014 (Criticism)
The Essential Ellen Willis
 Ellen Willis
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2013 (Fiction)
Americanah
 Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Library Journal Ifemelu, the Nigerian expat and Princeton lecturer at the heart of this latest novel by Oran...More

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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

Book list *Starred Review* As the floodwaters rose after Hurricane Katrina, patients, staff, and families who...More

2013 (Biography)
Jonathan Swift: His Life and His World
Click to search this book in our catalog   Leo Damrosch

Choice More than 50 years after the first volume appeared and 30 after the set was completed, Irvin Ehrenprei...More

2013 (Autobiography)
Farewell, Fred Voodoo: A Letter from Haiti
Click to search this book in our catalog   Amy Wilentz

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

 
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 Lynns Long Halftime Walk
 Ben Fountain

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

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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
Click to search this book in our catalog   Leanne Shapton
 
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
 Edith Pearlman

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

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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
Click to search this book in our catalog   Mira Bartok

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

 
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
 Jennifer Egan

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

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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
Click to search this book in our catalog   Darin Strauss

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

 
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
 Hilary Mantel

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

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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
Click to search this book in our catalog   Diana Athill

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

 
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)
 Seth Lerer

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

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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
Click to search this book in our catalog   Ariel Sabar

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

 
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
 Roberto Bolaño

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

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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
Click to search this book in our catalog   Tim Jeal

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

 
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
 Julie Phillips

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

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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
Click to search this book in our catalog   Kai Bird

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

 
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
 Mark Stevens

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

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2004 (Fiction)
The Known World
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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
Click to search this book in our catalog   William Taubman

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

 
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
 Janet Browne

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

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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
Click to search this book in our catalog   Adam Sisman

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

 
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
 Herbert Bix

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

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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
Click to search this book in our catalog   Henry Wiencek

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

 
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
 Sylvia Nasar

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

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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
Click to search this book in our catalog   James Tobin

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

 
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
 Frank McCourt

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

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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
Click to search this book in our catalog   Robert Polito

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

 
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
 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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