Recommended Reading Lists

PERSONALITIES

Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman, James Gleick. 1992 NF Finalist
The Collaborator: The Trial and Execution of Robert Brasillach, Alice Kaplan. 2000 NF Finalist
W.E.B. DuBois: Biography of a Race 1868-1919, David Levering Lewis. 1993 NF Finalist
W.E.B. DuBois: The Fight for Equality and the American Century, 1919-1963, David Levering Lewis. 2000 NF Finalist
TRUMAN, David McCullough. 1992 NF Finalist
Becoming a Man: Half a Life Story, Paul Monette. 1992 NF Winner
The Life of Nelson A. Rockefeller, Cary Reich. 1996 NF Finalist
Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette, Judith Thurman. 1999 NF Finalist

 

THE BOOK IS ALWAYS BETTER THAN THE MOVIE

Bastard Out of Carolina, Dorothy Allison. 1992 F Finalist
Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War, Mark Bowden. 1999 NF Finalist
House of Sand and Fog, Andre Dubus III. 1999 F Finalist
Cold Mountain, Charles Frazier. 1997 F Winner
A Civil Action, Jonathan Harr. 1995 NF Finalist
Le Divorce, Diane Johnson. 1997 F Finalist
To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee. 1961 F Finalist
All the Pretty Horses, Cormac McCarthy. 1992 F Winner
The Shipping News,E. Annie Proulx. 1993 F Winner
Sophie's Choice, William Styron. 1980 F (hardcover) Winner
Ghosts of Mississippi, Maryanne Vollers. 1995 NF Finalist
The Color Purple, Alice Walker. 1983 F (hardcover) Winner
The Right Stuff, Tom Wolfe. 1980 NF (hardcover) Finalist

 

BEGINNING IN DELIGHT, ENDING IN WISDOM...(from Frost)

Tell Me, Kim Addonizio. 2000 P Finalist
Blessing the Boats: New and Selected Poems 1988-2000, Lucille Clifton. 2000 P Winner
My Alexandria, Mark Doty. 1993 P Finalist
Effort at Speech: New & Selected Poems, William Meredith. 1997 P Winner
The Homeplace, Marilyn Nelson Waniek. 1990 P Finalist

 

TALES OF WOE

Forgotten Fire, Adam Bagdasarian. 2000 YPL Finalist
When Smoke Ran Like Water: Tales of Environmental Deception and the Battle Against Pollution, Devra Davis. 2002 NF Finalist
Interstate, Stephen Dixon. 1995 F Finalist
Dogeaters, Jessica Hagedorn. 1990 F Finalist
Waiting, Ha Jin. 1999 F Winner
Charming Billy, Alice McDermott. 1998 F Winner
In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex, Nathaniel Philbrick. 2000 NF Winner
The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan. 1989 F Finalist

 

SHORT STORIES & ESSAYS

Ship Fever, Andrea Barrett. 1996 F Winner
krik? krak!, Edwidge Danticat. 1995 F Finalist
You Are Not a Stranger Here, Adam Haslett. 2002 F Finalist
The Undertaking: Life Stories from the Dismal Trade, Thomas Lynch. 1997 NF Finalist
The Collected Stories, Grace Paley. 1994 F Finalist
Who Do You Love, Jean Thompson. 1999 F Finalist

 

THE WRITING LIFE

The Book That Changed My Life, Diane Osen, ed. 2002
The Writing Life, The National Book Foundation, Diane Osen, ed. 1995
Walt Whitman, Justin Kaplan. 1981 Autobiography/Biography (Hardcover) Winner
Anne Sexton, Diane Wood Middlebrook. 1991 NF Finalist
The Young Hemingway, Michael Reynolds. 1986 NF Finalist
One Writer's Beginnings, Eudora Welty. 1984 NF Finalist

 

 

SOUL SEARCHING

Slaves in the Family, Edward Ball. 1998 NF Winner
Salvation on Sand Mountain: Snake Handling and Redemption in Southern Appalachia, Dennis Covington. 1995 NF Finalist
How We Die, Sherwin B. Nuland. 1994 NF Winner
The Puttermesser Papers, Cynthia Ozick. 1997 F Finalist
Fruitful: A Real Mother in the Modern World, Anne Roiphe. 1996 NF Finalist
Outerbridge Reach, Robert Stone. 1992 F Finalist
Fatherlong: A Meditation on Fathers, Sons, Race and Society, John Edgar Wideman. 1994 NF Finalist

 

CLASSIC FICTION

The Grass Harp, Truman Capote. 1952 F Finalist
Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison. 1953 F Winner
Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov. 1959 F Finalist
A Good Man is Hard to Find, Flannery O'Connor. 1956 F Finalist
The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger. 1952 F Finalist
East of Eden, John Steinbeck. 1953 F Finalist

 

 

1600 PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE

Master of the Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Robert Caro. 2002 NF Winner
American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson, Joseph J. Ellis. 1997 NF Winner
Mornings on Horseback, David McCullough. 1982 Autobiography/Biography (Hardcover) Winner
Truman, David McCullough. 1992 NF Finalist
Richard Milhous Nixon: The Rise of an American Politician, Roger Morris. 1990 NF Finalist
Lincoln at Gettysburg, Garry Wills. 1992 NF Finalist

 

ON WARS

Wartime Lies, Louis Begley. 1991 F Finalist
An American Requiem: the God, My Father, and the War that Came Between Us, James Carroll. 1994 NF Winner
Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II, John Dower. 1999 NF Winner
Paco's Story, Larry Heinemann. 1987 F Winner
The Living and the Dead: Robert McNamara and Five Lives of a Lost Wars, Paul Hendrickson. 1996 NF Finalist
In Pharoah's Army: Memories of the Lost War, Tobias Wolff. 1994 NF Finalist
Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War, Mark Bowden. 1999 NF Finalist

 

BUSINESS AS USUAL

The House of Morgan: An American Finance Banking Dynasty and The Rise of Modern Finance, Ron Chernow. 1990 NF Winner
What Work Is, Philip Levine. 1991 P Winner
Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer, Steven Millhauser. 1996 F Finalist
Working, Studs Terkel. 1975 Contemporary Affairs Finalist

 

 

YOUNG ADULT LITERATURE

Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson. 1999 YPL Finalist
The Birchbark House, Louise Erdrich. 1999 YPL Finalist
The House of the Scorpion, Nancy Farmer. 2002 YPL Winner
Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key, Jack Gantos. 1998 YPL Finalist
When Zachary Beaver Came to Town, Kimberly Willis Holt. 1999 YPL Winner
Monster, Walter Dean Myers. 1999 YPL Finalist
A Step from Heaven, An Na. 2001 YPL Finalist
Homeless Bird, Gloria Whelan. 2000 YPL Winner
Hush, Jacqueline Woodson, 2002 YPL Finalist

 

CHILDREN'S LITERATURE

Ramona and Her Mother, Beverly Cleary. 1981 Children's Books, Fiction (Paperback) Winner
M. C. Higgins the Great, Virginia Hamilton. 1975 Children's Books Winner
A House is a House For Me, Mary Ann Hoberman. 1983 Children's Picture Books (Paperback) Winner
Frog and Toad are Friends, Arnold Lobel. 1971 Children's Books Finalist
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh, Robert C. O'Brien. 1972 Children's Books Finalist
The Master Puppeteer, Katherine Paterson. 1977 Children's Literature Winner
Mean Margaret, Tor Seidler. 1997 YPL Finalist
The Bungling Ballerinas, Ellen Shire. 1983 Children's Picture Books (Paperback) Finalist