Award Winners

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  1. Book ImageShark's Fin and Sichuan Pepper: A Sweet-Sour Memoir of Eating in China

    Fuchsia Dunlop

    “Destined, I think, to become a classic of travel writing.”—Paul Levy, The ObserverMore

  2. Book ImageOur Savage Neighbors: How Indian War Transformed Early America

    Peter Silver

    “With remarkable literary skill, Peter Silver . . . provokes hard thinking about the basic themes of our history.”—Sean Wilentz, The Rise of American DemocracyMore

  3. Book ImageBehind My Eyes: Poems

    Li-Young Lee

    “Lee’s lyrics have a tidal sweep as he moves between the universe within and the world without.” —Booklist, starred reviewMore

  4. Book ImageRequiem, Mass.: A Novel

    John Dufresne

    “Dufresne’s incandescent novel makes it clear that just living to tell a tale can be enough.” —PeopleMore

  5. Book ImageInner City Blues: A Charlotte Justice Novel

    Paula L. Woods

    This debut novel in a new series featuring black LAPD homicide detective Charlotte Justice will make mystery fans wanna holler — with delight.More

  6. Book ImageThe Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea

    Sebastian Junger

    There is nothing imaginary about Junger's book; it is all terrifyingly, awesomely real.--Los Angeles TimesMore

  7. Book ImageA Good Indian Wife: A Novel

    Anne Cherian

    “An absorbing tale of contrasts. . . . Cherian tells the story with quiet strength.” —San Francisco ChronicleMore

  8. Book ImageThe Post-American World

    Fareed Zakaria

    “Zakaria . . . may have more intellectual range and insights than any other public thinker in the West.” —Boston Sunday GlobeMore

  9. Book ImageGumbo Tales: Finding My Place at the New Orleans Table

    Sara Roahen

    “Makes you want to spend a week—immediately—in New Orleans.” —Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg, Wall Street JournalMore

  10. Book ImageClimate Change: Picturing the Science

    Gavin Schmidt, Joshua Wolfe, Jeffrey D. Sachs

    An unprecedented union of scientific analysis and stunning photography illustrating the effects of climate change on the global ecosystem.More

  11. 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

  12. Book ImageEden's Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father

    John Matteson

    "An amazing story [told] with clarity and intelligence ... colorful and insightful."—Martin Rubin, Los Angeles TimesMore

  13. Book ImageSir Gawain and the Green Knight

    Simon Armitage

    A New Verse Translation

    "Compulsively readable. ... Simon Armitage has given us an energetic, free-flowing, high-spirited version."—Edward Hirsch, New York Times Book ReviewMore

  14. Book ImageSomeone Knows My Name: A Novel

    Lawrence Hill

    Winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize. "Wonderfully written...populated by vivid characters and rendered in fascinating detail."—Nancy Kline, New York Times Book ReviewMore

  15. Book ImageThe Superorganism: The Beauty, Elegance, and Strangeness of Insect Societies

    Bert Hölldobler, Edward O. Wilson

    The Pulitzer Prize-winning authors of The Ants render the extraordinary lives of the social insects in this visually spectacular volume.More

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