The 2009 Pulitzer Prize winners were announced on April 20. Check out this year’s award winners or browse through the winners of previous years to find some good reads.
By Elizabeth Strout
In a small coastal town in Maine, Olive Kitteridge is the complex and often unpredictable town crier, a person who sees into the hearts of others, discerning their triumphs and tragedies, while not always seeing herself. It is through her profound insight into the human condition that these penetrating tales are told.
Winners of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II
By Douglas A. Blackmon
Blackmon brings to light one of the most shameful chapters in American history, the late 1870s through the 1940s when thousands of African-American men were arbitrarily arrested, hit with fines, charged for room and board in state and county jails, and then forced to work off the debt as unpaid laborers.
Winners of the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction
American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House
By Jon Meacham
Meacham delivers the definitive human portrait of Andrew Jackson, a pivotal president who forever changed the American presidency – and America itself.
Winners of the Pulitzer Prize for Biography
The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family
By Annette Gordon-Reed
Historian and legal scholar Annette Gordon-Reed presents this epic work that tells the story of the Hemingses, an American slave family, and their close blood ties to Thomas Jefferson.
Winners of the Pulitzer Prize for History
The Shadow of Sirius
By W.S. Merwin
The nuanced mysteries of light, darkness, presence, and memory are central themes in W.S. Merwin's book of poems.
Winners of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
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