April 12, 2010

A Literary Workout Before Beach Read Season

Posted in Book Talk tagged , , , at 2:42 pm by The Word Jar

Summer beach read season is just around the corner. Before you gorge yourself on those trashy romance novels, try a diet of lean, mean literary greatness.  Add one (or two) of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize winners to your reading plate. (Even if you don’t feel like actually reading one, you can always make yourself look more literary, and feel less guilty, by hiding your real beach read between the covers.)

2010 Pulitzer Prize Winners and Finalists

Fiction Winner
Tinkers by Paul Harding

Fiction Finalists
Love in Infant Monkeys by Lydia Millet
In Other Rooms, Other Wonders by Daniyal Mueenuddin

General Nonfiction Winner
The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and Its Dangerous Legacy by David E. Hoffman

General Nonfiction Finalists
How Markets Fail: The Logic of Economic Calamities by John Cassidy
The Evolution of God by Robert Wright

History Winner
Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World by Liaquat Ahamed

History Finalists
Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford’s Forgotten Jungle City
by Greg Grandin
Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815
by Gordon S. Wood

Biography Winner
 The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt by T. J. Stiles

Biography Finalists
Cheever: A Life by Blake Bailey
Woodrow Wilson: A Biography by John Milton Cooper Jr.

Poetry Winner
Versed by Rae Armantrout

Poetry Finalists
Tryst by Angie Estes
Inseminating the Elephant by Lucia Perillo

Find the complete list of Pulitzer Prize winners here.