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The Accidental Tourist by Anne TylerFiction, 1986
Lake Wobegon Days by Garrison KeillorFiction, 1986
Cities on a Hill: A Brilliant Exploration of Visonary Communities Remaking the American Dream by Frances FitzGeraldAmerican Studies, 1987
The Cycles of American History by Arthur Meier SchlesingerAmerican Studies, 1987
The Life of Langston Hughes. Volume 1, 1902–1941, I, Too, Sing America by Arnold RampersadBiography/Autobiography, 1987
Roger's Version by John UpdikeFiction, 1987
The Story of English by Robert McCrumSpecial Citation, 1987
The Collected Prose by Robert LowellAmerican Arts & Letters, 1988
Miami by Joan DidionAmerican Studies, 1988
Many Masks: A Life of Frank Lloyd Wright by Brendan GillBiography/Autobiography, 1988
The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom WolfeFiction, 1988
At Home: Essays 1982-1988 by Gore VidalAmerican Arts & Letters, 1989
A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam by Neil SheehanAmerican Studies, 1989
Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954–63 by Taylor BranchBiography/Autobiography, 1989
Where I'm Calling From: New and Selected Stories by Raymond CarverFiction, 1989
The Writing Life by Annie DillardAmerican Arts & Letters, 1990
Among Schoolchildren by Tracy KidderAmerican Studies, 1990
This Boy's Life by Tobias WolffBiography/Autobiography, 1990
Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All by Allan GurganusFiction, 1990
The House of Barrymore by Margot PetersAmerican Arts & Letters, 1991
New York Life: Of Friends and Others by Brendan GillAmerican Studies, 1991
The House of Morgan: An American Banking Dynasty and the Rise of Modern Finance by Ron ChernowBiography/Autobiography, 1991
Killing Mister Watson by Peter MatthiessenFiction, 1991
The Journals of John Cheever by John CheeverAmerican Arts & Letters, 1992
The Crisis Years: Kennedy and Khrushchev, 1960-1963 by Michael R. BeschlossAmerican Studies, 1992
Woodrow Wilson by August HeckscherBiography/Autobiography, 1992
A Thousand Acres by Jane SmileyFiction, 1992
American Views: Essays on American Art by John WilmerdingSpecial Prize, 1992
Up In the Old Hotel and Other Stories by Joseph MitchellAmerican Arts & Letters, 1993
Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words That Remade America by Garry WillsAmerican Studies, 1993
Archibald MacLeish; an American Life by Scott DonaldsonBiography/Autobiography, 1993
Outerbridge Reach by Robert StoneFiction, 1993
W. E. B. Du Bois, 1868-1919: Biography of a Race by David Levering LewisBiography/Autobiography, 1994
The Oracle at Stoneleigh Court : Stories by Peter TaylorFiction, 1994
Tesserae and Other Poems by John HollanderPoetry, 1994
Speak Now Against The Day: The Generation Before the Civil Rights Movement in the South by John EgertonAmerican Studies, 1995
No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II by Doris Kearns GoodwinBiography/Autobiography, 1995
The Collected Stories by Grace PaleyFiction, 1995
Like Most Revelations by Richard HowardPoetry, 1995
Moving Violations by John HockenberryAmerican Studies, 1996
Walt Whitman's America: A Cultural Biography by David S. ReynoldsBiography/Autobiography, 1996
All the days and nights: the collected stories by William MaxwellFiction, 1996
Atlantis: Poems by by Mark DotyPoetry, 1996
The Liars' Club by Mary KarrSpecial Award, 1996
Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West by Stephen E. AmbroseAmerican Studies, 1997
Taking on the World: Joseph and Stewart Alsop, Guardians of the American Century by Robert W. MerryBiography/Autobiography, 1997
In the Beauty of the Lilies by John UpdikeFiction, 1997
The Figured Wheel: New and Collected Poems, 1966-1996 by Robert PinskyPoetry, 1997
Underworld by Peter ConradFiction, 1998
American Visions: The Epic History of Art in America by Robert HughesAmerican Studies, 1998
Burning the Days: Recollection by James SalterAutobiography, 1998
American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson by Joseph J. EllisBiography, 1998
Underworld by Don DeLilloFiction, 1998
Black Zodiac: Poems by Charles WrightPoetry, 1998
God and the American Writer by Alfred KazinSpecial Prize, 1998
Slaves in the Family by Edward BallAmerican Studies, 1999
N. C. Wyeth: A Biography by David MichaelisBiography/Autobiography, 1999
I Married a Communist by Philip RothFiction, 1999
The Collected Poems of Robert Penn Warren by Robert Penn WarrenPoetry, 1999
Freedom from Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945 by David M. KennedyAmerican Studies, 2000
Morgan: American Financier by Jean StrouseBiography/Autobiography, 2000
Close Range by Annie ProulxFiction, 2000
Vita Nova by Louise GlückPoetry, 2000
In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel PhilbrickAmerican Studies, 2001
The Chief: the Life of William Randolph Hearst by David NasawBiography/Autobiography, 2001
The Angel on the Roof: The Stories of Russell Banks by Russell BanksFiction, 2001
American Poetry : The Twentieth Century, Volume 1 : Henry Adams to Dorothy Parker by Robert HassPoetry, 2001
American Poetry : The Twentieth Century, Volume 2 : E.E. Cummings to May Swenson by Robert HassPoetry, 2001
Carry Me Home : Birmingham, Alabama: The Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution by Diane McWhorterAmerican Studies, 2002
John Adams by David McCulloughBiography/Autobiography, 2002
Empire Falls by Richard RussoFiction, 2002
The Darkness and the Light: Poems by Anthony HechtPoetry, 2002
Middlesex by Jeffrey EugenidesFiction, 2003
In the Devil's Snare: The Salem Witchcraft Crisis of 1692 by Mary Beth NortonAmerican Studies, 2003
Jesse James, Last Rebel of the Civil War by T. J. StilesBiography/Autobiography, 2003
Springing: New and Selected Poems by Marie PonsotPoetry, 2003
The Time of Our Singing by Richard PowersFiction, 2004
They Marched Into Sunlight: War and Peace Vietnam and America October 1967 by David MaranissAmerican Studies, 2004
Hawthorne: A Life by Brenda WineappleBiography/Autobiography, 2004
Collected Poems by Robert LowellPoetry, 2004
Gilead by Marilynne RobinsonFiction, 2005
Washington's Crossing by David Hackett FischerAmerican Studies, 2005
de Kooning: An American Master by Mark StevensBiography/Autobiography, 2005
Collected Poems by Donald JusticePoetry, 2005
Liberation by Joanna ScottFiction, 2006
A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America by Stacy SchiffAmerican Studies, 2006
American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Kai BirdBiography/Autobiography, 2006
Migration: New & Selected Poems by W. S. MerwinPoetry, 2006
The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl by Timothy EganAmerican Studies, 2007
The Afterlife by Donald AntrimAutobiography, 2007
The Most Famous Man in America: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher by Debby ApplegateBiography, 2007
Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq by Thomas E. RicksCurrent Affairs, 2007
The Collected Stories of Amy Hempel by Amy HempelFiction, 2007
Averno: Poems by Louise GlückPoetry, 2007
Blackbird and Wolf: Poems by Henri ColePoetry, 2008
Edith Wharton by Hermione LeeBiography, 2008
Prime Green: Remembering the Sixties by Robert StoneAutobiography, 2008
The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin HamidFiction, 2008
Storming the Gates of Paradise by Rebecca SolnitAmerican Studies, 2008
Dangerous Laughter: Thirteen Stories by Steven MillhauserFiction, 2009
The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How The War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals by Jane MayerCurrent Affairs, 2009
Old War: Poems by Alan ShapiroPoetry, 2009
A Passion for Nature: The Life of John Muir by Donald WorsterBiography/Autobiography, 2009
A Summer of Hummingbirds: Love, Art, and Scandal in the Intersecting Worlds of Emily Dickinson, Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Martin Johnson Heade by Christopher BenfeyAmerican Studies, 2009
Dancing in the Dark: A Cultural History of the Great Depression by Morris DicksteinAmerican Studies, 2010
Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCannFiction, 2010
Louis D. Brandeis: A Life by Melvin I. UrofskyBiography/Autobiography, 2010
Mercury Dressing: Poems by J. D. McClatchyPoetry, 2010
The Rebellion of Ronald Reagan: A History of the End of the Cold War by James MannAmerican Studies, 2010
Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original by Robin KelleySpecial Distinction Award, 2010
The Collected Stories of Deborah Eisenberg by Deborah EisenbergFiction, 2011
Every Riven Thing: Poems by Christian WimanPoetry, 2011
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca SklootAmerican Studies, 2011
The Memory Chalet by Tony JudtSpecial Distinction Award, 2011
The Publisher: Henry Luce and His American Century by Alan BrinkleyBiography/Autobiography, 2011

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The ESU Ambassador Book Awards (ABA) recognize important literary works that contribute to the understanding and interpretation of American life and culture. ABA winners become 'literary ambassadors' providing people around the world with an important window on America's past and present in the best contemporary English.

Awards have been made since 1986 in a variety of categorie

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