Adult Nonfiction

Awards from  national, regional, and original groups often define the reading requests we see in librarires.  Adults are often curious about books mentioned on daytime talk shows, radio broadcasts, or feature news.   Keeping track of awards can be a fairly daunting task, but a spreaksheet helps.

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Nonfiction Prize Winners 2012

  1. Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert Massie
  2. American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era by David Blight
  3. Less Than Human: Why We Demean, Enslave, and Exterminate Others by David Livingstone
  4. The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary: A Canadian Story of Resilience and Recovery by Andrew Westoll
  5. In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
  6. To End All Wars by Adam Hochschild
  7. Wild Coast: Travels on South America’s Untamed Edge by John Gimlette
  8. A Geography of Blood: Unearthing Memory from a Prairie Landscape by Candace Savage
  9. Eating Dirt by Charlotte Gill
  10. Country Girl by Edna O’Brien
  11. The Opium War: Drugs, Dreams and the Making of China by Julia Lovell
  12. Sex and the River Styx by Edward (Ted) Hoagland
  13. Lost in Shangri-La by Mitchell Zuckoff
  14. George Price: A Life Revealed by Godfrey Smith
  15. Inner Visions: Grassroots Stories of Truth and Hope by Jan Thrope
  16. An Eye for Eternity: The Life of Manning Clark by Mark McKenna
  17. George F. Kennan: An American Life by John Lewis Gaddis
  18. The Black Banners: The Inside Story of 9/11 and the War Against al-Qaeda by Ali Soufan
  19. Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo
  20. Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity by Andrew Solomon
  21. The Guardians: An Elegy by Sarah Manguso
  22. Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory and the Conquest of Everest by Wade Davis
  23. Circulation: William Harvey, a Man in Motion by Thomas Wright
  24. Harlem is Nowhere: A Journey to the Mecca of Black America by Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts
  25. The Sound of Silence-Journeys Through Miscarriage Ed. By Irma Gold
  26. Stones Against the Mirror by Hugh Lewin
  27. Empires, Nations, and Families: A History of the North American West, 1800-1860 by Anne F. Hyde
  28. Age of Fracture by Daniel T. Rodgers
  29. Courage to Dissent: Atlanta and the Long History of the Civil Rights Movement by Tomiko Brown-Nagin
  30. Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom: China, The West, and the Epic Story of the Taiping Civil War by Stephen Platt
  31. The Eleventh Day by Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan
  32. Hemingway’s Boat: Everything He Loved in Life, and Lost by Paul Hendrickson
  33. Retirement Heist: How Companies Plunder and Profit for the Nest Eggs of American Workers by Ellen Schultz
  34. The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood by James Gleick
  35. The Invisible Line: Three American Families and the Secret Journey from Black to White by Daniel Sharfstein
  36. Common Sense: A Political History by Sophia Rosenfeld
  37. Lions of the West by Robert Morgan

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