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Leonardo and the Last Supper

Governor General's Award for Non-Fiction 2012

by Ross King

Early in 1495, Leonardo da Vinci began work in Milan on what would become one of history's most influential and beloved works of art--The Last Supper. After a dozen years at the court of Lodovico Sforza, the...


Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin: Forty Years of Funny Stuff

Thurber Prize for American Humor 2012

by Calvin Trillin

For at least forty years, Calvin Trillin has committed blatant acts of funniness all over the place—in The New Yorker, in one-man off-Broadway shows, in his “deadline poetry” for The Nation, in comic novels...


Strands

Portico Prize for Non-Fiction 2012

by Jean Sprackland

Strands describes a year's worth of walking on the ultimate beach: inter-tidal and constantly turning up revelations: mermaid's purses, lugworms, sea potatoes, messages in bottles, buried cars, beached whales...


Books to Die For: The World's Greatest Mystery Writers on the World's Greatest Mystery Novels

Macavity Best Mystery-Related Nonfiction 2013, Agatha Award for Best Non-Fiction 2012

by John Connolly & Declan Burke

The world’s greatest mystery writers on the world’s greatest mystery novels:

Michael Connelly on The Little Sister . . .

Kathy Reichs on The Silence of the Lambs . . .

Mark Billingham on The Maltese Falcon...


Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Science and Technology 2012

by Florence Williams

A 2012 New York Times Notable Book

A 2013 Los Angeles Times Book Award Winner in the Science & Technology category

An engaging narrative about an incredible, life-giving organ and its imperiled modern fate....


America's Great Debate: Henry Clay, Stephen A. Douglas, and the Compromise That Preserved the Union

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for History 2012

by Fergus M. Bordewich

The Mexican War introduced vast new territories into the United States, among them California and the present-day Southwest. When gold was discovered in California in the great Gold Rush of 1849, the population...


Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity

Wellcome Book Prize 2014, Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Nonfiction 2013, National Book Critics Circle Award for General Non-fiction 2012

by Andrew Solomon

From the National Book Award–winning author of The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression comes a monumental new work, a decade in the writing, about family. In Far from the Tree, Andrew Solomon tells the stories...


Swimming Studies

National Book Critics Circle Award for Memoir/Autobiography 2012

by Leanne Shapton

Winner of the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award, Autobiography

Swimming Studies is a brilliantly original, meditative memoir that explores the worlds of competitive and recreational swimming. From her...


The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson IV

The Years of Lyndon Johnson #4

National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography 2012, Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography 2012

by Robert A. Caro

WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD,  THE LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZE, THE MARK LYNTON HISTORY PRIZE, THE NEW-YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY AMERICAN HISTORY BOOK PRIZE

 ONE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES TEN...


Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity

National Book Award for Non-Fiction 2012, Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Current Interest 2012

by Katherine Boo

In this brilliant, breathtaking book by Pulitzer Prize winner Katherine Boo, a bewildering age of global change and inequality is made human through the dramatic story of families striving toward a better life...


Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest

Samuel Johnson Prize 2012

by Wade Davis

On June 6, 1924, two men set out from a camp perched at 23,000 feet on an ice ledge just below the lip of Mount Everest’s North Col. George Mallory, thirty-seven, was Britain’s finest climber. Sandy Irvine...


Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention

Pulitzer Prize for History 2012

by Manning Marable

Selected by The New York Times Book Review as a Notable Book of the Year Years in the making-the definitive biography of the legendary black activist.

Of the great figure in twentieth-century American history...


In the Place of Justice: A Story of Punishment and Deliverance

Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Nonfiction 2011

by Wilbert Rideau

From Wilbert Rideau, the award-winning journalist who spent forty-four years in Louisiana prisons working against unimaginable odds to redeem himself, the story of a remarkable life: a crime, its punishment,...


My Father's Fortune

PEN/Ackerley Prize 2011

by Michael Frayn

For the first time, Michael Frayn, the "master of what is seriously funny,"* turns his humor and narrative genius on his own family's story, to re-create the world that made him who he is

Whether he is deliriously...


The Inner Life of Empires: An Eighteenth-Century History

Saltire Award for Scottish History Book of the Year 2011

by Emma Rothschild

They were abolitionists, speculators, slave owners, government officials, and occasional politicians. They were observers of the anxieties and dramas of empire. And they were from one family. The Inner Life...


Dazzled and Deceived: Mimicry and Camouflage

Warwick Prize for Writing 2011

by Peter Forbes

Nature has perfected the art of deception. Thousands of creatures all over the world—including butterflies, moths, fish, birds, insects and snakes—have honed and practiced camouflage over hundreds of millions...


A Life In Pictures

Saltire Award for Scottish Book of the Year 2011

by Alasdair Gray

Alasdair Gray is Scotland's best known polymath. Born 1934 in Glasgow, he graduated in design and mural art from Glasgow School of Art in 1957. After decades of surviving by painting and writing TV and radio...


Thinking, Fast and Slow

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Current Interest 2011

by Daniel Kahneman

Major New York Times bestseller

Winner of the National Academy of Sciences Best Book Award in 2012

Selected by the New York Times Book Review as one of the best books of 2011

A Globe and Mail Best Books of the...


Grand Pursuit: The Story of Economic Genius

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Science and Technology 2011

by Sylvia Nasar

In a sweeping narrative, the author of the megabestseller A Beautiful Mind takes us on a journey through modern history with the men and women who changed the lives of every single person on the planet. It’s...


Clarence Darrow: Attorney for the Damned

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography 2011

by John A. Farrell

Drawing on untapped archives and full of fresh revelations, here is the definitive biography of America’s legendary defense attorney and progressive hero.

Clarence Darrow is the lawyer every law school student...