Los Angeles Times Book Award

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  1. Book ImageThe Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe without Design

    Richard Dawkins

    Richard Dawkins’s classic remains the definitive argument for our modern understanding of evolution.More

  2. Book ImageDry Bones in the Valley: A Novel

    Tom Bouman

    Winner of the 2015 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller and Winner of the 2015 Edgar Award for Best First Novel.More

  3. Book ImageBreasts: A Natural and Unnatural History

    Florence Williams

    An engaging narrative about an incredible, life-giving organ and its imperiled modern fate.More

  4. Book ImageRailroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America

    Richard White

    A Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize: "A powerful book, crowded with telling details and shrewd observations."  —Michael Kazin, New York Times Book ReviewMore

  5. Book ImageWhere I Live: New & Selected Poems 1990-2010

    Maxine Kumin

    "The power that Kumin draws from and brings to literature is potent and seemingly inexhaustible."—BooklistMore

  6. Book ImageThe Price of Altruism: George Price and the Search for the Origins of Kindness

    Oren Harman

    “Enthralling.”—Frans de Waal, The New York Times Book ReviewMore

  7. Book ImageThe Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine

    Michael Lewis

    The #1 New York Times bestseller: "It is the work of our greatest financial journalist, at the top of his game. And it's essential reading."—Graydon Carter, Vanity FairMore

  8. Book ImageDorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limits

    Linda Gordon

    Winner of the 2010 Bancroft Prize and finalist for the 2009 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Biography: The definitive biography of a heroic chronicler of America's Depression and one of the twentieth century's greatest photographers.More

  9. Book ImageHow the Mind Works

    Steven Pinker

    “A model of scientific writing: erudite, witty, and clear.” —New York Review of BooksMore

  10. Book ImageOld Heart: Poems

    Stanley Plumly

    Stanley Plumly's masterful eighth collection--wherein he confronts and celebrates mortality--was a finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry.More

  11. Book ImageIn Search of Memory: The Emergence of a New Science of Mind

    Eric R. Kandel

    “A stunning book.”—Oliver SacksMore

  12. Book ImagePerilous Times: Free Speech in Wartime: From the Sedition Act of 1798 to the War on Terrorism

    Geoffrey R. Stone

    "A masterpiece of constitutional history, Perilous Times promises to redefine the national debate on civil liberties and free speech."—Elena Kagan, Harvard Law School
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  13. Book ImageEmbracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II

    John W. Dower

    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the 1999 National Book Award for Nonfiction, finalist for the Lionel Gelber Prize and the Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize, Embracing Defeat is John W. Dower's brilliant examination of Japan in the immediate, shattering aftermath of World War II.More

  14. Book ImageThe Greatest Benefit to Mankind: A Medical History of Humanity

    Roy Porter

    "To combine enormous knowledge with a delightful style and a highly idiosyncratic point of view is Roy Porter's special gift, and it makes [this] book . . . alive and fascinating and provocative on every page."—Oliver Sacks, M.D.More

  15. Book ImageAn Atlas of the Difficult World: Poems 1988-1991

    Adrienne Rich

    Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.More