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Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourtNonfiction, 1996
The Family Markowitz by Allegra GoodmanFiction, 1996
The Giant's House by Elizabeth McCrackenFiction, 1996
Infinite Jest by David Foster WallaceFiction, 1996
The Living and the Dead: Robert McNamara and Five Lives of a Lost War by Paul HendricksonNonfiction, 1996
The Moor's Last Sigh by Salman RushdieFiction, 1996
My Dark Places by James EllroyNonfiction, 1996
Reader's Block by David MarksonFiction, 1996
The Shadow Man by Mary GordonNonfiction, 1996
The Temple Bombing by Melissa Fay GreeneNonfiction, 1996
Alias Grace by Margaret AtwoodFiction, 1997
Because They Wanted to: Stories by Mary GaitskillFiction, 1997
Close to the Machine: Technophilia and Its Discontents by Ellen UllmanNonfiction, 1997
Cold Mountain by Charles FrazierFiction, 1997
Echoes of a Native Land: Two Centuries of a Russian Village by Serge SchmemannNonfiction, 1997
How Proust Can Change Your Life by Alain de BottonNonfiction, 1997
Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster by Jon KrakauerNonfiction, 1997
Mason & Dixon: A Novel by Thomas PynchonFiction, 1997
The Reader by Bernhard SchlinkFiction, 1997
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne FadimanNonfiction, 1997
At Home with the Marquis de Sade: A Life by Francine du Plessix GrayNonfiction, 1998
A Beautiful Mind: The Life of Mathematical Genius and Nobel Laureate John Nash by Sylvia NasarNonfiction, 1998
Birds of America: Stories by Lorrie MooreFiction, 1998
Blindness by José SaramagoFiction, 1998
The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary (P.S.) by Simon WinchesterNonfiction, 1998
A Slant of Sun: One Child's Courage by Beth KephartNonfiction, 1998
Starting Out in the Evening by Brian MortonFiction, 1998
Thirst by Ken KalfusFiction, 1998
The Voyage of the Narwhal by Andrea BarrettFiction, 1998
We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda by Philip GourevitchNonfiction, 1998
Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War by Mark BowdenNonfiction, 1999
Careless Love: The Unmaking of Elvis Presley by Peter GuralnickNonfiction, 1999
Cryptonomicon by Neal StephensonFiction, 1999
Lost on Earth: Nomads of the New World by Mark FritzNonfiction, 1999
Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan LethemFiction, 1999
Original Bliss by A. L. KennedyFiction, 1999
Plainsong by Kent HarufFiction, 1999
A Prayer for the Dying by Stewart O'NanFiction, 1999
Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette by Judith ThurmanNonfiction, 1999
Show Me A Hero by Lisa BelkinNonfiction, 1999
Abe by Richard SlotkinFiction, 2000
An American Story by Debra J. DickersonNonfiction, 2000
Being Dead by Jim CraceFiction, 2000
The Blood Runs Like a River Through My Dreams by NasdijjNonfiction, 2000
The Boxer Rebellion: The Dramatic Story of China's War on Foreigners that Shook the World in the Summer of 1900 by Diana PrestonNonfiction, 2000
Lying Awake by Mark SalzmanFiction, 2000
The Name of the World by Denis JohnsonFiction, 2000
Pilate: The Biography of an Invented Man by Ann WroeNonfiction, 2000
The Social Lives of Dogs by Elizabeth Marshall ThomasNonfiction, 2000
White Teeth by Zadie SmithFiction, 2000
Austerlitz by W. G. SebaldFiction, 2001
Bel Canto by Ann PatchettFiction, 2001
Borrowed Finery: A Memoir by Paula FoxNonfiction, 2001
The Corrections by Jonathan FranzenFiction, 2001
John Adams by David McCulloughNonfiction, 2001
John Henry Days by Colson WhiteheadFiction, 2001
Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura HillenbrandNonfiction, 2001
Stranger Things Happen: Stories by Kelly LinkFiction, 2001
Strip City: A Stripper's Farewell Journey Across America by Lily BuranaNonfiction, 2001
Wittgenstein's Poker: The Story of a Ten-minute Argument Between Two Great Philosophers by David EdmondsNonfiction, 2001
American Woman by Susan Choi2003
Any Human Heart by William Boyd2003
Brick Lane by Monica Ali2003
The Bug by Ellen Ullman2003
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon2003
Drop City by T. C. Boyle2003
The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem2003
Old School by Tobias Wolff2003
Property by Valerie Martin2003
I Should Be Extremely Happy in Your Company: A Novel of Lewis and Clark by Brian Hall2003
American Brutus: John Wilkes Booth and the Lincoln Conspiracies by Michael W. Kauffman2004
Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age by Kevin Boyle2004
Case Histories: A Novel by Kate Atkinson2004
Happy Baby by Stephen Elliott2004
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell: A Novel by Susanna Clarke2004
The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst2004
Nightingales: The Extraordinary Upbringing and Curious Life of Miss Florence Nightingale by Gillian Gill2004
Skeletons on the Zahara: A True Story of Survival by Dean King2004
Snow by Orhan Pamuk2004
The Working Poor: Invisible in America by David K. Shipler2004
1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles C. Mann2005
The Assassins' Gate: America in Iraq by George Packer2005
Dream Boogie: The Triumph of Sam Cooke by Peter Guralnick2005
Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami2005
Magic for Beginners by Kelly Link2005
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro2005
On Beauty by Zadie Smith2005
Them: A Memoir of Parents by Francine du Plessix Gray2005
Times Like These by Rachel Ingalls2005
Tulia by Nate Blakeslee2005
Veronica by Mary Gaitskill2005
The Amalgamation Polka by Stephen Wright2006
A Disorder Peculiar to the Country by Ken Kalfus2006
The Family that Couldn't Sleep by D.T. Max2006
Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel2006
James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon by Julie Phillips2006
The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million by Daniel Mendelsohn2006
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan2006
Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl2006
Sweet and Low: A Family Story by Rich Cohen2006
Twilight of the Superheroes by Deborah Eisenberg2006
What Is the What by Dave Eggers2006
Wizard of the Crow by Ngugi wa Thiong'o2006
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz2007
The Father of All Things: A Marine, His Son, and the Legacy of Vietnam (Vintage Departures) by Tom Bissell2007
Gertrude Bell: Queen of the Desert, Shaper of Nations by Georgina Howell2007
Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA by Tim Weiner2007
The Long Embrace: Raymond Chandler and the Woman He Loved by Judith Freeman2007
Sacred Games by Vikram Chandra2007
Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris2007
Tree of Smoke: A Novel by Denis Johnson2007
The World Without Us by Alan Weisman2007
The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon2007
2666 by Roberto Bolaño2008
Atmospheric Disturbances by Rivka Galchen2008
Buying In: The Secret Dialogue Between What We Buy and Who We Are by Rob Walker2008
The Likeness by Tana French2008
The Northern Clemency by Philip Hensher2008
A Person of Interest: A Novel by Susan Choi2008
Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood by Mark Harris2008
The Suicide Index: Putting My Father's Death in Order by Joan Wickersham2008
The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: A Shocking Murder and the Undoing of a Great Victorian Detective by Kate Summerscale2008
The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science by Richard HolmesNonfiction, 2009
Await Your Reply by Dan ChaonFiction, 2009
The Children's Book by A. S. ByattFiction, 2009
Chronic City by Jonathan LethemFiction, 2009
Columbine by Dave CullenNonfiction, 2009
The Little Stranger by Sarah WatersFiction, 2009
Love in Infant Monkeys by Lydia MilletFiction, 2009
A New Literary History of America by Greil MarcusNonfiction, 2009
Somewhere towards the end by Diana AthillNonfiction, 2009
Tall Man: The Death of Doomadgee by Chloe HooperNonfiction, 2009
The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael LewisNonfiction, 2010
Faithful Place by Tana FrenchFiction, 2010
Freedom by Jonathan FranzenFiction, 2010
I.O.U.: Why Everyone Owes Everyone and No One Can Pay by John LanchesterNonfiction, 2010
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca SklootNonfiction, 2010
Let the Swords Encircle Me: Iran--A Journey Behind the Headlines by Scott PetersonNonfiction, 2010
The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them by Elif BatumanNonfiction, 2010
Room by Emma DonoghueFiction, 2010
Super Sad True Love Story by Gary ShteyngartFiction, 2010
A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer EganFiction, 2010
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel WilkersonNonfiction, 2010
Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. MassieNonfiction, 2011
The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood by James GleickNonfiction, 2011
Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II by Mitchell ZuckoffNonfiction, 2011
Love and Capital by Mary GabrielNonfiction, 2011
The Marriage Plot: A Novel by Jeffrey EugenidesFiction, 2011
The Pale King by David Foster WallaceFiction, 2011
Pym by Mat JohnsonFiction, 2011
State of Wonder by Ann PatchettFiction, 2011
Townie by Andre Dubus IIINonfiction, 2011
The Tragedy of Arthur by Arthur PhillipsFiction, 2011

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From Salon.com 1996 (the first year of the award_):

These are the books we'd wholeheartedly recommend to our friends, books we'd clear our social calendar to finish, books we returned to eagerly even when we could barely focus our eyes on a page. They remind us of why we fell in love with reading and why we keep at it in a world that's simultaneously cluttered with mediocre books and increasingly indifferent to the written word.

This, ultimately, was our criterion -- despite the fact that, like most list-makers and award-givers, we felt vague, ambient pressures to make "representative" choices and tip our hats to titles that seemed eminently worthy, if not much fun. As online journalists, we're just a click away from our readers' feedback, a fact which gave us even more impetus to choose what we truly loved, rather than to cover our butts ideologically.

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