2011 Pulitzer Prizes
FICTION: A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan (Alfred A.. Knopf). Bennie Salazar, an aging former punk rocker and record executive, and Sasha, the passionate, troubled young woman he employs confront their pasts in this powerful story about how rebellion ages, influence corrupts, habits turn to addictions, lifelong friendships fluctuate and turn, and how art and music have the power to redeem. Reserve your copy today>>
DRAMA: Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris. An acerbically brilliant satire that explores the fault line between race and property in a Chicago neighborhood first in 1959 and revisited in 2009. In 1959, Russ and Bev are selling their desirable two-bed for a knock-down price, enabling the first black family to move into the neighbourhood and alarming the cosy white urbanites of Clybourne Park, Chicago. In 2009 the same property is being bought by Lindsey and Steve, a young white couple, whose plan to raze the house and start again is met with a similar response. As the arguments rage and tensions rise, ghosts and racial resentments are once more uncovered…
HISTORY: The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery by Eric Foner (W.W. Norton & Company). A well orchestrated examination of Lincoln’s changing views of slavery, bringing unforeseeable twists and a fresh sense of improbability to a familiar story.
BIOGRAPHY OR AUTOBIOGRAPY: Washington : A Life by Ron Chernow (The Penguin Press)
From National Book Award winner Ron Chernow, a landmark biography of George Washington In Washington: A Life celebrated biographer Ron Chernow provides a richly nuanced portrait of the father of our nation. With a breadth and depth matched by no other one-volume life of Washington, this crisply paced narrative carries the reader through his troubled boyhood, his precocious feats in the French and Indian War, his creation of Mount Vernon, his heroic exploits with the Continental Army, his presiding over the Constitutional Convention, and his magnificent performance as America's first president. Reserve your copy today>>
POETRY: The Best of It: New and Selected Poems by Kay Ryan (Grove/Atlantic) Kay Ryan's recently concluded two-year term as the Library of Congress’s sixteenth poet laureate is just the latest in an amazing array of accolades for this wonderfully accessible, widely loved poet—her awards include the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize from the Poetry Foundation, four Pushcart Prizes, and a Guggenheim fellowship. Ryan’s The Best of It: New and Selected Poems has garnered lavish praise. The two hundred poems in The Best of It offer a stunning retrospective of her work, as well as a swath of never-before-published poems—all of which are sure to appeal equally to longtime fans and general readers. Reserve your copy today>>
GENERAL NONFICTION: The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee (Scribner) A magnificently written "biography" of cancer--from its origins to the epic battle to cure, control, and conquer it. Reserve your copy today>>