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, 1996) These stories about the love of science and the science of love, look at the complexities of ambition, failure, achievement, and shattered dreams.
(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.
(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, 2009) Read about the life of the father of modern capitalism in this work that illustrates an important financial and economic movement.
(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.
(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, 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, 2011) Scholar Stephen Greenblatt writes about the discovery of Lucretiusâ poem, "On the Nature of Things," and how it changed the world.
(Nonfiction, 2006) Egan details the stories of those who lived through the Great Depression's Dust Bowl.
(Nonfiction, 2005) Joan Didion explores her intensely personal yet universal experience of a life, family, and marriage in both good times and bad.
(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.