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2012

George F. Kennan: An American Life

by Gaddis, John Lewis

Selected by The New York Times Book Review as a Notable Book of the Year. Drawing on extensive interviews with George Kennan and exclusive access to his archives, an eminent scholar of the Cold War delivers a revelatory biography of its troubled mastermind.

Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention

by Marable, Manning

Of the figures who tower over twentieth century American history, perhaps none is more complex, more multifaceted and controversial, than Malcolm X.

Life on Mars

by Smith, Tracy K.

In these brilliant new poems, Tracy K. Smith envisions a sci-fi future sucked clean of any real dangers, contemplates the dark matter that keeps people both close and distant, and revisits the kitschy concepts like "love" and "illness" now relegated to the Museum of Obsolescence.

2011

A Visit from the Goon Squad

by Egan, Jennifer

NATIONAL BESTSELLERNational Book Critics Circle Award WinnerPEN/Faulkner Award FinalistA New York Times Book Review Best BookOne of the Best Books of the Year: Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, The Daily Beast, The Miami Herald, The Minneapolis

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

by Chernow, Ron

In Washington: A Life celebrated 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

Next to Normal

by Yorkey, Brian and Kitt, Tom

Winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama"Rock is alive and rolling like thunder in Next to Normal. It's the best musical of the season by a mile...an emotional powerhouse with a fire in its soul and a wicked wit that burns just as fiercely.

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

With penetrating insights for today, 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,

Ruined

by Nottage, Lynn

Winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama"A powerhouse drama. . . . Lynn Nottage's beautiful, hideous and unpretentiously important play [is] a shattering, intimate journey into faraway news reports.

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

August: Osage County

by Letts, Tracy

Winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama"A tremendous achievement in American playwriting: a tragicomic populist portrait of a tough land and a tougher people.

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 is known universally. Yet during Louisa's youth, the famous Alcott was her father, Bronson--an eminent teacher and a 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.

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