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, 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, 1996) This memoirs looks at a father and son who try to navigate their lives as they conflict with each others.
(Nonfiction, 1997) Ellis explores the complex world of Thomas Jefferson and separates fact from myth.
(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.
(Fiction, 2001) Franzen's novel revolves around the troubled lives of the Lamberts who are getting together for "one last Christmas" as the family patriarch is showing signs of dementia.
(Fiction, 2006) After a near fatal accident, Mark wakes up from a coma with a rare case of Capgras Syndrome and must face the aftermath of the accident.
(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, 2009) Read about the life of the father of modern capitalism in this work that illustrates an important financial and economic movement.
(Fiction, 1994) This novel focuses on history professor, Oscar Crease, and the litigious nature of society.
(Fiction, 2003) At the end of WWII, the men and women of Europe and Asia struggle to put their lives back together.
(Nonfiction, 2008) The author examines the complex and often ignored relationship between the Hemings family and President Thomas Jefferson in this historical work.
(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.