Book reviews, Pullitzer, Booker, Costa and Children's Book reviews
Book reviews, Pullitzer, Booker, Costa and Children's Book reviews
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Year--Book--Prize --Adventure Rating

2013

The Orphan's Master Son by Adam Johnson

Pulitzer

8

 

North Korean survival & love story

   

2012

Bringing Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel

Booker & Costa

8

 

Thomas Cromwell Removes Anne Boleyn

   

2012

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

Women's

9

 

Trojan war and love story

   

2011

The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht

Women's

8

 

Grandfather's death partially explained by escaped tiger

2010

The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver

Women's

8

 

1940's man caught up in US/Mexico politics

 

2009

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

Booker

8

 

Caridnal Wolsley clashes with Thomas Cromwel

 

2007

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

Pulitzer

9

 

Father and son in apocalypse

   

2007

Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Women's

8

 

Love in African Civil War

   

2006

March by Geraldine Brooks

Pulitzer

8

 

Chaplain fights war and slavery

   

2006

Restless by William Boyd

Costa

9

 

Final assignment for old female spy

   

2002

Spies by Michael Frayn

Costa

9

 

Young boys discover spies at home

   

2002

The Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Booker

10

 

Survival of young man and tiger

   

2001

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon

Pulitzer

10

 

Nazi escapee launches the comic book

   

2001

True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey

Booker

9

 

Journal of 19th century Australian outlaw

 

2000

English Passengers Matthew Kneale

Costa

9

 

Eccentric Victorians sail to Tasmania

   

1997

Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels

Women's

9

 

Polish Jew escapes to Greece

   

1997

Quarantine by Jim Crace

Costa

8

 

Version of Jesus's 40 days in the wilderness

 

1996

Last Orders by Graham Swift

Booker

8

 

The lasting bondships of friendship

   

1995

Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate Atkinson

Costa

9

 

The failed dreams of women

   

1986

Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry

Pulitzer

9

 

Epic Western – whores & cowboys

   

1982

Schindler’s Ark by Thomas Keneally

Booker

8

 

Nazi becomes an unlikely hero

   

1979

The Old Jest by Jennifer Johnston

Costa

8

 

Youth in a turbulent time

   

1977

Injury Time by Beryl Bainbridge

Costa

8

 

A mistress raises the stakes

   

1975

The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara

Pulitzer

9

 

Civil War brought to life

 

 

 

1963

The Reivers by William Faulkner

Pulitzer

8

 

1905 coming-of-age adventure story

   

1959

The Travels of Jamie McPheeters by Robert Lewis Taylor

Pulitzer

9

 

Gold-rush father and son adventure

   

1956

Andersonville by MacKinlay Kantor

Pulitzer

8

 

American Civil War POW horror

   

1953

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

Pulitzer

8

 

Unlucky fisherman struggles in adversity

   

1950

The Way West by A.B. Guthrie Jr

Pulitzer

8

 

Pioneers head west to Oregon

   

1949

Guard of Honor by James Gould Cozzens

Pulitzer

8

 

Culture mix in American Airforce

   

1948

Tales of the South Pacific by James.A.Michener

Pulitzer

9

 

South Pacific war & romance

   

 

2016 Pulitzer Prize Winner

It's a massive day in arts and journalism because the 100th annual Pulitzer Prize winners were just announced, and there's a big surprise. 2015's best artistic and nonfiction writing across 21 categories were recognized during a ceremony Monday afternoon at Columbia University in New York City. The first Pulitzer Prize was awarded to Hebert Bayward Swope, a reporter for The New York World, in 1916. (And if you're as big a fan of Newsies as I am, that paper should ring a bell, but try to think of it more positively.)

The major prize for book nerds, the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction went to The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen (Grove Press), a legitimate surprise, if you've been paying attention to the book nerd and industry buzz. The feeling around the prize in the last few months would have you putting all your hard-earned cash down on A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara to take home the award, but that's why you should never gamble. Viet Thanh Nguyen is no less deserving, and moreover, it's his debut novel, which makes it such a wonderful win.

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