National Book Awards
The National Book Award is awarded by the Association of American Publishers. The following is a list of the winners for Fiction and Nonfiction; other categories include Poetry, Young People's Literature and the medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. Awards are announced in November of each year.
(Fiction, 1994) This novel focuses on history professor, Oscar Crease, and the litigious nature of society.
(Fiction, 1992) When his grandfather and the home he grew up in is sold, John Grady Cole leaves his hometown with his best friend and heads to Mexico on horseback.
(Nonfiction, 1997) Ellis explores the complex world of Thomas Jefferson and separates fact from myth.
(Nonfiction, 1996) This memoirs looks at a father and son who try to navigate their lives as they conflict with each others.
(Nonfiction, 1992) This memoir reflects on the author's life as "perfect Paul" Monette as he struggles to find himself and come out of the closet.
(Nonfiction, 2012) Based on three years of research and reporting, this book looks at the dramatic story of families working toward a better life in Mumbai.
(Fiction, 1998) Billy Lynch's friends and family gather to eulogize him, but even after death his life sparks revelations of disappointment and love.
(Fiction, 1997) A deserting Confederate soldier risks his life to return to his sweetheart, who is fighting her own battle to save her farm from worsening conditions.
(Nonfiction, 1999) This book explores the aftermath of the Japanese defeat in WWII, including the affects it had on its society.
(Fiction, 2005) Set in central Europe in the 20th century, this novel explores a wide array of characters and reflects on decisions made by those in difficult situations.
(Nonfiction, 1994) Through personal stories, the author, Sherwin Nuland, explores death and the process of dying.
(Fiction, 2000) This novel follows the life of Maryna Zalezowska as she emigrates to the United States, and her transformation into an actress on the American stage.
(Nonfiction, 2000) This book details the events of the whaleship Essex, its shipwreck, and the crew's subsequent tragic attempts to get to South America.
(Nonfiction, 2010) In this memoir, singer-songwriter Patti Smith shares tales of events that changed her life.
(Nonfiction, 2007) This book offers the first definitive history of the CIA, from managing world affairs to maintaining its reputation despite many blunders while trying to change the world.
(Fiction, 2009) This book focuses on a tightrope walker as he moves between the Twin Towers 110 stories up and the people below who live seemingly ordinary lives.
(Fiction, 2010) This book revolves around a young woman living through a year of horse racing at a half-mile track, and the scheming nature of those around her.
(Fiction, 1995) The novel revolves around a former puppeteer who, after a tragic loss, reflects on his life of manipulating others.
(Fiction, 2011) Enduring a meager existence as the children of alcoholic and absent parents, four siblings from a Mississippi town prepare for the arrival of Hurricane Katrina.
(Fiction, 2008) Based on the life of sugar plantation owner and outlaw E. J. Watson, this novel reimagines his life and violent death.