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2011

The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

by Mukherjee, Siddhartha

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZEThe Emperor of All Maladies is a magnificent, profoundly humane "biography" of cancer--from its first documented appearances thousands of years ago through the epic battles in the twentieth century to cure, control, and

Washington: A Life

by Chernow, Ron

In "Washington: A Life" biographer Ron Chernow provides a richly nuanced portrait of the father of our nation.

The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery

by Foner, Eric

The author of many books on U. S. history, Foner (History, Columbia University) traces the evolution of Abraham Lincoln's ideas and policies on slavery from his early career to his presidency, placing Lincoln within the broad spectrum on antislavery thought.

The Best of It: New and Selected Poems

by Ryan, Kay

The Best of It: New and Selected Poems has garnered lavish praise. The two hundred poems in The Best of It offer a stunning retrospective of her work, as well as a swath of never-before-published poems all of which are sure to appeal equally to longtime fans and general readers.

2010

Tinkers

by Harding, Paul

An old man lies dying. As time collapses into memory, he travels deep into his past where he is reunited with his father and relives the wonder and pain of his impoverished New England youth.

The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and Its Dangerous Legacy

by Hoffman, David

This riveting narrative history of the end of the arms race sheds new light on the frightening last chapters of the Cold War and the legacy of the nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons that remain a threat today.

The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt

by Stiles, T. J.

A gripping, groundbreaking biography of the combative man whose genius and force of will created modern capitalism.

Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World

by Ahamed, Liaquat

This vital history of the world economic collapse of the late 1920s offers unforgettable portraits of the four men whose personal and professional actions as heads of their respective central banks changed the course of the twentieth century.

Versed

by Armantrout, Rae

Rae Armantrout has always organized her collections of poetry as though they were works in themselves. Versed brings two of these sequences together, offering readers an expanded view of the arc of her writing.

2009

Olive Kitteridge

by Strout, Elizabeth

In a voice more powerful and compassionate than ever before,New York Timesbestselling author Elizabeth Strout binds together thirteen rich, luminous narratives into a book with the heft of a novel, through the presence of one larger-than-life,

Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II

by Blackmon, Douglas A.

In this groundbreaking historical exposé, Douglas A. Blackmon brings to light one of the most shameful chapters in American history--an "Age of Neoslavery" that thrived from the aftermath of the Civil War through the dawn of World War II.

American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House

by Meacham, Jon

Andrew Jackson, his intimate circle of friends, and his tumultuous times are at the heart of this remarkable book about the man who rose from nothing to create the modern presidency.

The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family

by Gordon-Reed, Annette

Winner of the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize This epic work tells the story of the Hemingses, whose close blood ties to our third president had been systematically expunged from American history until very recently.

The Shadow of Sirius

by Merwin, W. S.

The nuanced mysteries of light, darkness, temporality, and eternity interweave throughout Merwin's newest collection of poems.

2008

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

by Diaz, Junot

Oscar is a sweet but disastrously overweight ghetto nerd who--from the New Jersey home he shares with his old world mother and rebellious sister--dreams of becoming the Dominican J.R.R. Tolkien and, most of all, finding love.

The Years of Extermination: Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1939-1945

by Friedlander, Saul

The enactment of the German extermination policies that resulted in the murder of six million European Jews depended upon many factors, including the cooperation of local authorities and police departments, and the passivity of the populations, primarily of their political and spiritual elites.

Eden's Outcasts: The Story Of Louisa May Alcott And Her Father

by Matteson, John

Louisa May Alcott's name is known universally. Yet during her youth the famous Alcott was her father, Bronson -- an eminent teacher, lecturer and admired friend of Emerson and Thoreau.

What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848

by Howe, Daniel Walker

Howe illuminates the period from the battle of New Orleans to the end of the Mexican-American War, an era when the United States expanded to the Pacific and won control over the richest part of the North American continent.

Time and Materials: Poems 1997-2005

by Hass, Robert

The poems in Robert Hass's new collection-his first to appear in a decade-are grounded in the beauty and energy of the physical world, and in the bafflement of the present moment in American culture.

2007

The Road

by Mccarthy, Cormac

The searing, postapocalyptic novel destined to become Cormac McCarthy's masterpiece. A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind.

The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11

by Wright, Lawrence

'Wright's brilliantly constructed narrative is head and shoulders above the rest. He knows important parts of the Muslim world (including Saudi Arabia) at first hand, he understands the motors of Islamist militancy.

The Most Famous Man in America: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher

by Applegate, Debby

No one predicted success for Henry Ward Beecher at his birth in 1813. The blithe, boisterous son of the last great Puritan minister, he seemed destined to be overshadowed by his brilliant siblings--especially his sister, Harriet Beecher.

The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation

by Roberts, Gene and Klibanoff, Hank

An unprecedented examination of how news stories, editorials and photographs in the American press--and the journalists responsible for them--profoundly changed the nation's thinking about civil rights in the South during the 1950s and '60s.

Native Guard

by Trethewey, Natasha

Winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for poetry, Natasha Trethewey's elegiac Native Guard is a deeply personal volume that brings together two legacies of the Deep South.

2006

March

by Brooks, Geraldine

From Louisa May Alcott's beloved classic Little Women, Geraldine Brooks has animated the character of the absent father, March, and crafted a story "filled with the ache of love and marriage and with the power of war upon the mind and heart of one unforgettable man" (Sue Monk Kidd).

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