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Disgrace by J. M. Coetzee
Edith Wharton: A Biography by R. W. B. LewisGeneral Nonfiction, 1975
The Great War and Modern Memory by Paul FussellCriticism, 1975
Ragtime by E. L. DoctorowFiction, 1975
Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror by John AshberyPoetry, 1975
Geography III by Elizabeth BishopPoetry, 1976
October Light by John GardnerFiction, 1976
The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales by Bruno BettelheimCriticism, 1976
The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts by Maxine Hong KingstonGeneral Nonfiction, 1976
Day by Day by Robert LowellPoetry, 1977
On Photography by Susan SontagCriticism, 1977
Samuel Johnson by W. Jackson BateGeneral Nonfiction, 1977
Song of Solomon by Toni MorrisonFiction, 1977
The Facts of Life by Maureen HowardGeneral Nonfiction, 1978
Hello, Darkness: The Collected Poems of L. E. Sissman by L. E. SissmanPoetry, 1978
Inventing America: Jefferson's Declaration of Independence by Garry WillsGeneral Nonfiction, 1978
Modern Art: Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries by Meyer SchapiroCriticism, 1978
The Stories of John Cheever by John CheeverFiction, 1978
7 years from somewhere: Poems by Philip LevinePoetry, 1979
Ashes: Poems new & old by Philip LevinePoetry, 1979
The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine PagelsCriticism, 1979
Munich: The Price of Peace by Telford TaylorGeneral Nonfiction, 1979
The Year of the French by Thomas FlanaganFiction, 1979
Part of Nature, Part of Us: Modern American Poets by Helen VendlerCriticism, 1980
Sunrise by Frederick SeidelPoetry, 1980
The Transit of Venus by Shirley HazzardFiction, 1980
Walter Lippmann and the American Century by Ronald SteelGeneral Nonfiction, 1980
A Coast of Trees by A. R. AmmonsPoetry, 1981
The Mismeasure of Man by Stephen Jay GouldGeneral Nonfiction, 1981
Rabbit Is Rich by John UpdikeFiction, 1981
Virgil Thomson Reader by Virgil ThomsonCriticism, 1981
George Mills by Stanley ElkinFiction, 1982
The Path to Power by Robert A. CaroGeneral Nonfiction, 1982
Second American Revolution and Other Essays, 1976-1982 by Gore VidalCriticism, 1982
The Changing Light at Sandover by James MerrillPoetry, 1983
Hugging the Shore: Essays and Criticism by John UpdikeCriticism, 1983
Ironweed by William J. KennedyFiction, 1983
Minor Characters: A Beat Memoir by Joyce JohnsonBiography/Autobiography, 1983
The Price of Power: Kissinger in the Nixon White House by Seymour M. HershGeneral Nonfiction, 1983
20th Century Pleasures by Robert HassCriticism, 1984
The Dead and the Living by Sharon OldsPoetry, 1984
Dostoevsky: the years of ordeal 1850-1859 by Joseph FrankBiography/Autobiography, 1984
Love Medicine by Louise ErdrichFiction, 1984
Weapons and Hope by Freeman DysonGeneral Nonfiction, 1984
The Accidental Tourist by Anne TylerFiction, 1985
Common Ground: A Turbulent Decade in the Lives of Three American Families by J. Anthony LukasGeneral Nonfiction, 1985
Habitations of the Word: Essays by William H. GassCriticism, 1985
Henry James: A Life by Leon EdelBiography/Autobiography, 1985
The Triumph of Achilles by Louise GlückPoetry, 1985
Arctic Dreams: Imagination and Desire in a Northern Landscape by Barry LopezGeneral Nonfiction, 1986
Kate Vaiden by Reynolds PriceFiction, 1986
The Life of Langston Hughes: Volume I: 1902-1941, I, Too, Sing America (Life of Langston Hughes, 1902-1941) by Arnold RampersadBiography/Autobiography, 1986
A Summons to Memphis by Peter TaylorFiction, 1986
Tombee: Portrait of a cotton planter by Theodore RosengartenBiography/Autobiography, 1986
Wild Gratitude by Edward HirschPoetry, 1986
Chaucer: His Life, His Works, His World by Donald R. HowardBiography/Autobiography, 1987
The Counterlife by Philip RothFiction, 1987
Dance Writings by Edwin DenbyCriticism, 1987
Flesh & Blood: Poems by C. K. WilliamsPoetry, 1987
Less Than One: Selected Essays by Joseph BrodskyCriticism, 1987
The Making of the Atomic Bomb by Richard RhodesGeneral Nonfiction, 1987
The Middleman and Other Stories by Bharati MukherjeeFiction, 1988
The One Day by Donald HallPoetry, 1988
Oscar Wilde by Richard EllmannBiography/Autobiography, 1988
Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-63 by Taylor BranchGeneral Nonfiction, 1988
Billy Bathgate by E. L. DoctorowFiction, 1989
The Broken Cord by Michael DorrisGeneral Nonfiction, 1989
A First-Class Temperament: The Emergence of Franklin Roosevelt by Geoffrey C. WardBiography/Autobiography, 1989
Not By Fact Alone: Essays on the Writing and Reading of History by John CliveCriticism, 1989
The Pushcart Prize XXXV: Best of the Small Presses: 2011 Edition by Bill HendersonPoetry, 1989
Works and Lives: The Anthropologist as Author by Clifford GeertzCriticism, 1989
Bitter Angel: Poems (Carnegie Mellon Classic Contemporary) by Amy GerstlerPoetry, 1990
The Content of Our Character: A New Vision of Race In America by Shelby SteeleGeneral Nonfiction, 1990
Encounters and Reflections: Art in the Historical Present by Arthur C. DantoCriticism, 1990
Means of Ascent by Robert A. CaroBiography, 1990
Rabbit at Rest by John UpdikeFiction, 1990
Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women by Susan FaludiGeneral Nonfiction, 1991
Heaven and Earth: A Cosmology (Contemporary Poetry Series) by Albert GoldbarthPoetry, 1991
Holocaust Testimonies: The Ruins of Memory by Lawrence L. LangerCriticism, 1991
Patrimony: A True Story by Philip RothBiography/Autobiography, 1991
A Thousand Acres by Jane SmileyFiction, 1991
All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthyFiction, 1992
Collected Shorter Poems, 1946-1991 by Hayden CarruthPoetry, 1992
Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words that Remade America by Garry WillsCriticism, 1992
Writing Dangerously: Mary McCarthy And Her World by Carol BrightmanBiography/Autobiography, 1992
Young Men and Fire by Norman MacleanGeneral Nonfiction, 1992
The Land Where the Blues Began by Alan LomaxGeneral Nonfiction, 1993
A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. GainesFiction, 1993
Opera in America: A Cultural History by John DizikesCriticism, 1993
The Culture of Bruising: Essays on Prizefighting, Literature, and Modern American Culture by Gerald EarlyCriticism, 1994
Genet by Edmund White1994
The Rape of Europa : The Fate of Europe's Treasures in the Third Reich and the Second World War by Lynn H. NicholasGeneral Nonfiction, 1994
Rider: The Rider Quintet, vol. 1 (Wesleyan Poetry Series) by Mark RudmanPoetry, 1994
Shot in the Heart by Mikal GilmoreBiography/Autobiography, 1994
The Stone Diaries by Carol ShieldsFiction, 1994
A Civil Action by Jonathan HarrGeneral Nonfiction, 1995
The Forbidden Best-Sellers of Pre-Revolutionary France by Robert DarntonCriticism, 1995
Mrs. Ted Bliss by Stanley Elkin1995
Savage Art: A Biography of Jim Thompson by Robert PolitoBiography/Autobiography, 1995
Time & Money by William MatthewsPoetry, 1995
Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourtBiography/Autobiography, 1996
Bad Land: An American Romance by Jonathan RabanGeneral Nonfiction, 1996
Finding a Form: Essays by William H. GassCriticism, 1996
Sun Under Wood by Robert HassPoetry, 1996
Women in Their Beds: New and Selected Stories by Gina BerriaultFiction, 1996
Black Zodiac: Poems by Charles WrightPoetry, 1997
The Blue Flower by Penelope FitzgeraldFiction, 1997
Ernie Pyle's War: America's Eyewitness to World War II by James TobinBiography/Autobiography, 1997
Making Waves: Essays by Mario Vargas LlosaCriticism, 1997
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne FadimanGeneral Nonfiction, 1997
A Beautiful Mind: The Life of Mathematical Genius and Nobel Laureate John Nash by Sylvia NasarBiography/Autobiography, 1998
The Bird Catcher by Marie PonsotPoetry, 1998
The Love of a Good Woman by Alice MunroFiction, 1998
Visions of Jazz: The First Century by Gary GiddinsCriticism, 1998
We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda by Philip GourevitchGeneral Nonfiction, 1998
The Hairstons: An American Family in Black and White by Henry WiencekBiography/Autobiography, 1999
Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan LethemFiction, 1999
Ordinary Words by Ruth StonePoetry, 1999
Selected Non-Fictions by Jorge Luis BorgesCriticism, 1999
Time, Love, Memory: A Great Biologist and His Quest for the Origins of Behavior by Jonathan WeinerGeneral Nonfiction, 1999
Being Dead by Jim CraceFiction, 2000
Carolina Ghost Woods by Judy JordanPoetry, 2000
Hirohito and the Making of Modern Japan by Herbert P. BixBiography/Autobiography, 2000
Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing by Ted ConoverGeneral Nonfiction, 2000
Quarrel & quandary : essays by Cynthia OzickCriticism, 2000
Austerlitz by W. G. SebaldFiction, 2001
Boswell's Presumptuous Task: The Making of the Life of Dr. Johnson by Adam SismanBiography/Autobiography, 2001
Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper by Nicholson BakerGeneral Nonfiction, 2001
Saving Lives: Poems by Albert GoldbarthPoetry, 2001
The War Against Cliche: Essays and Reviews 1971-2000 by Martin AmisCriticism, 2001
"A Problem from Hell": America and the Age of Genocide by Samantha PowerGeneral Nonfiction, 2002
Atonement by Ian McEwanFiction, 2002
Charles Darwin: The Power of Place by Janet BrowneBiography/Autobiography, 2002
Early Occult Memory Systems of the Lower Midwest: Poems by B. H. FairchildPoetry, 2002
Tests of Time by William H. GassCriticism, 2002
Khrushchev: The Man and His Era by William TaubmanBiography/Autobiography, 2003
The Known World by Edward P. JonesFiction, 2003
On Longing: Narratives of the Miniature, the Gigantic, the Souvenir, the Collection by Susan StewartPoetry, 2003
River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West by Rebecca SolnitCriticism, 2003
Sons of Mississippi: A Story of Race and Its Legacy by Paul HendricksonGeneral Nonfiction, 2003
Gilead by Marilynne RobinsonFiction, 2004
de Kooning: An American Master by Mark StevensBiography/Autobiography, 2004
The Reformation: A History by Diarmaid MacCullochGeneral Nonfiction, 2004
The School Among the Ruins: Poems 2000-2004 by Adrienne RichPoetry, 2004
Where You're At by Patrick NeateCriticism, 2004
American Prometheus: the Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Kai BirdBiography, 2005
The March by E. L. DoctorowFiction, 2005
Refusing Heaven by Jack GilbertPoetry, 2005
Them: A Memoir of Parents by Francine du Plessix GrayMemoir/Autobiography, 2005
The Undiscovered Country: Poetry in the Age of Tin by William LoganCriticism, 2005
Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster by Svetlana AlexievichGeneral Nonfiction, 2005
Everything That Rises: A Book of Convergences by Lawrence WeschlerCriticism, 2006
The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran DesaiFiction, 2006
James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon by Julie PhillipsBiography, 2006
The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million by Daniel MendelsohnMemoir/Autobiography, 2006
Rough crossings by Simon SchamaGeneral Nonfiction, 2006
Tom Thomson In Purgatory by Troy JollimorePoetry, 2006
Brother, I'm Dying by Edwidge DanticatAutobiography/Memoir, 2007
Elegy: Poems by Mary Jo BangPoetry, 2007
Medical Apartheid by Harriet A. WashingtonNonfiction, 2007
The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century by Alex RossCriticism, 2007
Stanley by Tim JealBiography, 2007
2666 by Roberto BolañoFiction, 2008
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz2008
Children's Literature: A Reader's History from Aesop to Harry Potter by Seth LererCriticism, 2008
The Forever War by Dexter FilkinsNonfiction, 2008
Half of the World in Light: New and Selected Poems by Juan Felipe HerreraPoetry, 2008
My Father's Paradise: A Son's Search for His Jewish Past in Kurdish Iraq by Ariel SabarAutobiography/Memoir, 2008
Sleeping It Off in Rapid City: Poems, New and Selected by August KleinzahlerPoetry, 2008
The World Is What It Is: The Authorized Biography of V. S. Naipaul by Patrick FrenchBiography, 2008
The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science by Richard HolmesNonfiction, 2009
Cheever: A Life by Blake BaileyBiography, 2009
Notes from No Man's Land: American Essays by Eula BissCriticism, 2009
Somewhere towards the end by Diana AthillAutobiography/Memoir, 2009
Versed by Rae ArmantroutPoetry, 2009
Wolf Hall by Hilary MantelFiction, 2009
Half a Life by Darin StraussAutobiography, 2010
How to Live: Or A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer by Sarah BakewellBiography, 2010
Lyric Poetry and Modern Politics: Russia, Poland, and the West by Clare CavanaghCriticism, 2010
One With Others: [a little book of her days] by C. D. WrightPoetry, 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
Binocular Vision: New & Selected Stories by Edith PearlmanFiction, 2011
George F. Kennan: An American Life by John Lewis GaddisBiography, 2011
Liberty's Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World by Maya JasanoffNonfiction, 2011
The Memory Palace by Mira BartokAutobiography, 2011
Otherwise Known as the Human Condition: Selected Essays and Reviews by Geoff DyerCriticism, 2011
Space, In Chains (Lannan Literary Selections) by Laura KasischkePoetry, 2011
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk by Ben FountainFiction 2012
Far from the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity by Andrew SolomonNonfiction, 2012
The Passage of Power by Robert A. CaroBiography, 2012
Stranger Magic: charmed states and The Arabian Nights by Marina WarnerCriticism, 2012
Swimming Studies by Leanne ShaptonAutobiography/Memoir, 2012
Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys: Poems by D.A. PowellPoetry, 2012
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi AdichieFiction, 2013
Distant Reading by Franco MorettiCriticism, 2013
Farewell, Fred Voodoo: A Letter from Haiti by Amy WilentzAutobiography, 2013
Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri FinkNonfiction, 2013
Jonathan Swift: His Life and His World by Leo DamroschBiography, 2013
Metaphysical Dog: Poems by Frank BidartPoetry, 2013
Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz ChastAutobiograhy, 2014
Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia RankinePoetry, 2014
The Essential Ellen Willis by Ellen WillisCriticism, 2014
Lila by Marilynne RobinsonFiction, 2014
The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation by David Brion DavisGeneral Nonfiction, 2014
Redeployment by Phil KlayJohn Leonard Prize, 2014
Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh by John LahrBiography, 2014
The Argonauts by Maggie NelsonCriticism, 2015
Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude (Pitt Poetry Series) by Ross GayPoetry, 2015
Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic by Sam QuinonesNonfiction, 2015
Negroland: A Memoir by Margo JeffersonAutobiography, 2015
Night at the Fiestas: Stories by Kirstin Valdez QuadeJohn Leonard Prize, 2015
Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Her Daughter Mary Shelley by Charlotte GordonBiography, 2015
The Sellout by Paul BeattyFiction, 2015
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew DesmondNonFiction, 2016
Lab Girl by Hope JahrenAutobiography, 2016
Homegoing by Yaa GyasiJohn Leonard Prize for First Book 2017
LaRose by Louise ErdrichFiction, 2017

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