Book reviews, Pullitzer, Booker, Costa and Children's Book reviews
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Newest Winners First Achieving Minimum 8/10 Rating for Historical

Year--Book--Prize --Historical Rating

2006

Restless by William Boyd

Costa

8

 

Final assignment for old female spy

   

2006

March by Geraldine Brooks

Pulitzer

8

 

Chaplain fights war and slavery

   

2005

Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

Pulitzer

8

 

Reverend creates memoirs for son

   

2004

The Known World by Edward P.Jones

Pulitzer

9

 

Former slave's death creates more slavery

   

2002

Spies by Michael Frayn

Costa

8

 

Young boys discover spies at home

   

2002

Bel Canto: A Novel by Ann Patchett

Women's

8

 

Terrorists and hostages become one

   

2000

When I lived in Modern Times by Linda Grant

Women's 

8

 

Young woman goes to new Israel state

   

1999

The Hours by Michael Cunningham

Pulitzer

9

 

Virgina Woolf & two modern US women

   

1998

American Pastoral by Philip Roth

Pulitzer

8

 

American Swede anguishes in 60s US

   

1997

Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels

Women's

9

 

Polish Jew escapes to Greece

   

1997

The Tale of an American Dreamer by Steven Millhauser

Pulitzer

9

 

19th century entrepreneur makes concrete

   

1995

The Ghost Road by Pat Barker

Booker

8

 

Psychiatrist's concern for WW1 soldier patients

   

1988

Beloved by Toni Morrison

Pulitzer

9

 

Secrets of slave child murder unravel

   

1982

Schindler’s Ark by Thomas Keneally

Booker

9

 

Nazi becomes an unlikely hero

   

1975

The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara

Pulitzer

9

 

Civil War brought to life

   

1967

The Fixer by Bernard Malamud

Pulitzer

8

 

Innocent Jew accused of murder

   

1965

The Keepers of the House by Shirley Ann Grau

Pulitzer

8

 

Mississippi family struggles during segregation

   

1961

To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee

Pulitzer

8

 

Childhood view of 1930s Alabama

   

1960

Advise and Consent by Allen Drury

Pulitzer

9

 

1950’s Washington constitutional politics uncovered

   

1959

The Travels of Jamie McPheeters by Robert Lewis Taylor

Pulitzer

8

 

Gold-rush father and son adventure

   

1956

Andersonville by MacKinlay Kantor

Pulitzer

9

 

American Civil War POW horror

 

 

1955

A Fable by William Faulkner

Pulitzer

8

 

Soldiers agree not to fight

   

1952

The Caine Mutiny by Herman Wouk

Pulitzer

8

 

Incompetent Captain get’s his comeuppance

   

1951

The Town by Conrad Richter

Pulitzer

8

 

Pioneers witness their town grow

   

 

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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