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Obit

Victoria Chang Author
(2020)

English

The New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2020Time Magazine's 100 Must-Read Books of 2020NPR's Best Books of 2020 National Book Award in Poetry, LonglistFrank Sanchez Book AwardAfter her mother died,... Read more

Memorial Drive

Natasha Trethewey Author
(2020)

English

An Instant New York Times Bestseller A New York Times Notable Book One of Barack Obama's Favorite Books of 2020Named One of the Best Books of the Year by: The Washington Post, NPR, Shelf Awareness,... Read more

Deacon King Kong

James McBride Author
(2020)

English

Winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Fiction   Winner of the Gotham Book PrizeOne of Barack Obama's "Favorite Books of the Year"Oprah's Book Club PickNamed one of the Top Ten Books of t... Read more

Tacky's Revolt

Vincent Brown Author
(2020)

English

Tacky's revolt, in modern-day Jamaica, was the largest slave uprising in the eighteenth-century British Atlantic. A strikingly modern guerilla conflict, the revolt inspired both fear of and sympath... Read more

Deaf Republic

Ilya Kaminsky Author
(2019)

English

Finalist for the National Book Award for Poetry Finalist for the PEN/Jean Stein Award Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry Winner of the National Jewish Book Award for ... Read more

Gods of the Upper Air

Charles King Author
(2019)

English

A Smithsonian and Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the YearFrom an award-winning historian comes a dazzling history of the birth of cultural anthropology and the adventurous scientists who pioneered it&... Read more

The Old Drift

Namwali Serpell Author
(2019)

English

“A dazzling debut, establishing Namwali Serpell as a writer on the world stage.”—Salman Rushdie, The New York Times Book Review NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR B... Read more

There There

Tommy Orange Author
(2018)

English

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • PEN/HEMINGWAY AWARD WINNER • One of The New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year • A wondrous and shattering novel that follows twelve characters from... Read more

Wade in the Water

Tracy K. Smith Author
(2018)

English

Shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot PrizeFinalist for the Forward Prize for Best CollectionThe extraordinary new poetry collection by Tracy K. Smith, the Poet Laureate of the United StatesEven the men ... Read more

The War Before the War

Andrew Delbanco Author
(2018)

English

A New York Times Notable Book Selection Winner of the Mark Lynton History Prize Winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Book AwardA New York Times Critics' Best Book "Excellent... stunning."—Ta-Nehisi C... Read more

In the Language of My Captor

Shane McCrae Author
(2016)

English

Winner of the Lannan Literary Award for Poetry (2017)Acclaimed poet Shane McCrae's latest collection is a book about freedom told through stories of captivity. Historical persona poems and a prose ... Read more

Sing, Unburied, Sing

Jesmyn Ward Author
(2017)

English

WINNER of the NATIONAL BOOK AWARD and A NEW YORK TIMES TOP 10 BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR A finalist for the Kirkus Prize and Andrew Carnegie Medal, and a New York Times bestseller, this majestic, stirri... Read more

Bunk

Kevin Young Author
(2017)

English

Has the hoax now moved from the sideshow to take the center stage of American culture?Award-winning poet and critic Kevin Young tours us through a rogue's gallery of hoaxers, plagiarists, forgers, ... Read more

The Association of Small Bombs

Karan Mahajan Author
(2016)

English

National Book Award FinalistWinner of the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction AwardWinner of the American Academy of Arts & Letters Rosenthal Family Foundation AwardWinner of the A... Read more

Hidden Figures

Margot Lee Shetterly Author
(2016)

English

New York Times BestsellerThe phenomenal true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America's greatest achievements in space. Soon to be a major mot... Read more

The Fortunes

Peter Ho Davies Author
(2016)

English

Winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awardfor literature that confronts racism and examines diversityWinner of the 2017 Chautauqua PrizeA New York Times Notable Book "[A] complex, beautiful novel . . ... Read more

The Gay Revolution

Lillian Faderman Author
(2015)

English

"This is the history of the gay and lesbian movement that we've been waiting for." —The Washington Post The sweeping story of the struggle for gay and lesbian rights—based on amazing i... Read more

The Jazz Palace

Mary Morris Author
(2015)

English

Acclaimed author Mary Morris returns to her Chicago roots in this sweeping novel that brilliantly captures the dynamic atmosphere and the dazzling music of the Jazz Age. In the midst of boomtown Ch... Read more

What the Eye Hears

Brian Seibert Author
(2015)

English

Magisterial, revelatory, and-most suitably-entertaining, What the Eye Hears offers an authoritative account of the great American art of tap dancing. Brian Seibert, a dance critic for The New York ... Read more

Heaven

Rowan Ricardo Phillips Author
(2015)

English

One of The Washington Post's Best Poetry Collections of 2015One of NPR's Best Books of 2015Long-listed for the National Book Award in poetry"Who the hell's heaven is this?" Rowan Ricardo Phillips o... Read more

Hard Love Province

Marilyn Chin Author
(2014)

English

Winner of the 2015 Anisfield-Wolf Prize for PoetryFrom a poet of "dazzling longing" (Los Angeles Times), a stunning new collection of haunting elegies and playful quatrains.Marilyn Chin is a poet a... Read more

The New Testament

Jericho Brown Author
(2015)

English

Honored as a "Best Book of 2014" by Library Journal NPR.org writes: "In his second collection, The New Testament, Brown treats disease and love and lust between men, with a gentle touch, returning ... Read more

A Brief History of Seven...

Marlon James Author
(2014)

English

Winner of the 2015 Man Booker Prize One of Entertainment Weekly's Top 10 Books of the Decade One of the Top 10 Books of 2014 – Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times A "thrilling, ambitious ... Read more

A Constellation of Vital...

Anthony Marra Author
(2013)

English

NATIONAL BESTSELLERWINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE'S JOHN LEONARD AWARDLONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARDNAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST AND ONE OF... Read more

The Big Smoke

Penguin Poets (Series)

Adrian Matejka Author
(2013)

English

A finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award in Poetry—a collection that examines the myth and history of the prizefighter Jack Johnson The legendary Jack John... Read more

My Promised Land

Ari Shavit Author
(2013)

English

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW AND THE ECONOMISTWinner of the Natan Book Award, the National Jewish Book Award, and the A... Read more

Far From the Tree

Andrew Solomon Author
(2012)

English

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, a Books for a Better Life Award, and one of The New York Times Book Review's Ten Best Books of 2012, this masterpiece by the National Book Award... Read more

My Favorite Warlord

Penguin Poets (Series)

Eugene Gloria Author
(2012)

English

A third collection from an award-winning poet, author of Sightseer in this Killing City, whose "gift is breathtaking" (Naomi Shihab Nye) The themes of identity, relationships, and the poet's sense ... Read more

The Yellow Birds

Kevin Powers Author
(2012)

English

Finalist for the National Book Award, The Yellow Birds is the harrowing story of two young soldiers trying to stay alive in Iraq"The war tried to kill us in the spring." So begins this powerful acc... Read more

Half-Blood Blues

Esi Edugyan Author
(2012)

English

Winner of the Scotiabank Giller PrizeMan Booker Prize Finalist 2011An Oprah Magazine Best Book of the YearShortlisted for the Governor General's Literary Award for FictionBerlin, 1939. The Hot Time... Read more

American Oracle

David W. Blight Author
(2013)

English

"The ghosts of the Civil War never leave us, as David Blight knows perhaps better than anyone, and in this superb book he masterfully unites two distant but inextricably bound events."―Ken Burns St... Read more

Less Than Human

David Livingstone Smith Author
(2011)

English

Winner of the 2012 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for NonfictionA revelatory look at why we dehumanize each other, with stunning examples from world history as well as today's headlines "Brute." "Cockro... Read more

Kind One

Laird Hunt Author
(2012)

English

"Opening with a prologue in the form of an extraordinarily beautiful meditation on loss, Hunt's writing deepens into allegory, symbolism and metaphor, all while spinning forth a dark tale of abuse,... Read more

Great House

Nicole Krauss Author
(2011)

English

Finalist for the 2010 National Book Award in FictionWinner of the 2011 ABA Indies Choice Honor Award in FictionWinner of the 2011 Anisfield-Wolf AwardShortlisted for the 2011 Orange Prize in Fictio... Read more

The Cailiffs of Baghdad, Georgia

Mary Helen Stefaniak Author
(2011)

English

A hidden history of the South emerges when a worldly teacher leads Threestep, GA, to reinvent itself, setting in motion events that lead to triumph and tragedy for the black teenager who happens to... Read more

The Warmth of Other Suns

Isabel Wilkerson Author
(2010)

English

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In this beautifully written masterwork, the Pulitzer Prize–winnner and bestselling author of Caste chronicles one of the great untold stories of American hist... Read more

Burnt Shadows

Kamila Shamsie Author
(2009)

English

Winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Book AwardAn Orange Prize FinalistNagasaki, August 9, 1945. Hiroko Tanaka watches her lover from the veranda as he leaves. Sunlight streams across Urakami Valley, and t... Read more

The Plague of Doves

Louise Erdrich Author
(2009)

English

A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, The Plague of Doves—the first part of a loose trilogy that includes the National Book Award-winning The Round House and LaRose—is a gripping novel abo... Read more

The Hemingses of Monticello

Annette Gordon-Reed Author
(2009)

English

Winner of the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize: "[A] commanding and important book."—Jill Lepore, The New YorkerThis epic work—named a best book of the year by the Washington ... Read more

The Boat

Nam Le Author
(2008)

English

The seven stories in Nam Le's masterful collection take us across the globe, guiding us to the heart of what it means to be human. From the slums of Colombia to Iowa City and from the streets of Te... Read more

Infidel

Ayaan Hirsi Ali Author
(2007)

English

One of today's most admired and controversial political figures, Ayaan Hirsi Ali burst into international headlines following the murder of Theo van Gogh by an Islamist who threatened that she woul... Read more

The Brief Wondrous Life of...

Junot Díaz Author
(2007)

English

Winner of: The Pulitzer Prize The National Book Critics Circle Award The Anisfield-Wolf Book Award The Jon Sargent, Sr. First Novel Prize A Time Magazine #1 Fiction Book of the Year One of the best... Read more

The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Mohsin Hamid Author
(2007)

English

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER SHORT-LISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE OVER ONE MILLION COPIES SOLD WORLDWIDE The elegant and compelling novel about a Pakistani man's abandonment of his high-flying life... Read more

Half of a Yellow Sun

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Author
(2008)

English

From the award-winning, bestselling author of Americanah and We Should All Be Feminists—a haunting story of love and war • Recipient of the Women’s Prize for Fiction &ldq... Read more

Steel Drivin' Man

Scott Reynolds Nelson Author
(2006)

English

The ballad "John Henry" is the most recorded folk song in American history and John Henry—the mighty railroad man who could blast through rock faster than a steam drill—is a towering fi... Read more

New York Burning

Jill Lepore Author
(2007)

English

Pulitzer Prize Finalist and Anisfield-Wolf Award WinnerIn New York Burning, Bancroft Prize-winning historian Jill Lepore recounts these dramatic events of 1741, when ten fires blazed across Ma... Read more

On Beauty

Zadie Smith Author
(2005)

English

Winner of the 2006 Orange Prize for fiction, another bestselling masterwork from the celebrated author of Swing Time and White Teeth"In this sharp, engaging satire, beauty's only ski... Read more

The Dew Breaker

Vintage Contemporaries (Series)

Edwidge Danticat Author
(2007)

English

We meet him late in life: a quiet man, a good father and husband, a fixture in his Brooklyn neighborhood, a landlord and barber with a terrifying scar across his face. As the book unfolds, mov... Read more

Unforgivable Blackness

Geoffrey C. Ward Author
(2010)

English

In this vivid biography Geoffrey C. Ward brings back to life the most celebrated — and the most reviled — African American of his age. Jack Johnson battled his way out of obscurity and ... Read more

The Known World

Edward P. Jones Author
(2009)

English

From Edward P. Jones comes one of the most acclaimed novels in recent memory—winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction.The Known World te... Read more

Random Family

Adrian Nicole LeBlanc Author
(2012)

English

Random Family tells the American outlaw saga lurking behind the headlines of gangsta glamour, gold-drenched drug dealers, and street-corner society. With an immediacy made possible only after ten y... Read more

The Emperor of Ocean Park

Stephen L. Carter Author
(2002)

English

In his triumphant fictional debut, Stephen Carter combines a large-scale, riveting novel of suspense with the saga of a unique family. The Emperor of Ocean Park is set in two privileged worlds: the... Read more

"A Problem From Hell"

(Series)

Samantha Power Author
(2013)

English

About this book:In 1993, as a 23-year-old correspondent covering the wars in the Balkans, I was initially comforted by the roar of NATO planes flying overhead. President Clinton and other western l... Read more

Vernon Can Read!

Vernon Jordan Author
Annette Gordon-Reed Author
(2009)

English

 As a young college student in Atlanta, Vernon E. Jordan, Jr. had a summer job driving a white banker around town. During the man’s post-luncheon siestas, Jordan passed the time reading ... Read more

John Henry Days

Colson Whitehead Author
(2009)

English

From the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Underground Railroad and The Nickel BoysColson Whitehead’s triumphant novel is on one level a multifaceted retelling of the s... Read more

W. E. B. Du Bois, 1919-1963

David Levering Lewis Author
(2001)

English

W. E. B. Du Bois, 1919-1963, the second volume of the Pulitzer Prize—winning biography that The Washington Post hailed as "an engrossing masterpiece"Charismatic, singularly determined, and co... Read more

A Gesture Life

Chang-rae Lee Author
(2000)

English

The second novel from the critically acclaimed New York Times–bestselling author Chang-rae Lee. His remarkable debut novel was called "rapturous" (The New York Times Book Review), "revelator... Read more

Out of Place

Edward W. Said Author
(2012)

English

From one of the most important intellectuals of our time comes an extraordinary story of exile and a celebration of an irrecoverable past. A fatal medical diagnosis in 1991 convinced Edward Said th... Read more