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, 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, 2004) Ella Lynch is courted by the future dictator of Paraguay, Francisco Solano, and follows him to Paraguay, an isolated and new world.
(Nonfiction, 2001) This candid memoir focuses on depression through interviews with sufferers, doctors, and researchers.
(Fiction, 2012) When his mother slips into an abyss of depression after being brutally attacked, Joe Coutz sets out to find the person that destroyed his family.
(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.
(Fiction, 1996) These stories about the love of science and the science of love, look at the complexities of ambition, failure, achievement, and shattered dreams.
(Fiction, 1993) The novel centers on Quoyle, a newspaper worker in New York, who, after multiple disturbing events transpire in his life, moves to his homeland of Newfoundland.
(Nonfiction, 1998) This is the story of black and white families who lived side by side for five generations, and of everyday Americans who confront their vexed inheritance together.
(Nonfiction, 2011) Scholar Stephen Greenblatt writes about the discovery of Lucretiusâ poem, "On the Nature of Things," and how it changed the world.
(Fiction, 2002) This gentle read features Fenno, a wry and introspective gay man, as he narrates the events of an unforeseen family reunion.
(Fiction, 2007) Set in 1965, this novel depicts characters working in the CIA during the United States' involvement in Vietnam.
(Nonfiction, 1993) From Eisenhower to Clinton, Gore Vidal looks at American history, politics, and culture through 114 essays.
(Nonfiction, 2003) The author reminisces about his childhood in 1950s Havana and the overnight upheaval of his world in January 1959 when the Batista government was toppled.
(Fiction, 1999) Set in China as its society is slowly moving away from its traditional ways, the novel focuses on the lives of three characters in a love triangle.
(Nonfiction, 2006) Egan details the stories of those who lived through the Great Depression's Dust Bowl.