Started in 1950, the National Book Awards are among the country's most eminent literary prizes. The winners are selected by an independent, expert and volunteer five-member judging panel (where can I volunteer?) and the winners each receive a $10,000 cash prize and a bronze sculpture; finalists each receive $1,000, a medal, and a citation from the panel jury. Semi-finalists? A rejection letter suitable for framing. ;-)
by Peter Matthiessen
by Annette Gordon-Reed
You probably know that Sally Heming was Thomas Jefferson's slave (and mistress), but did you also know she was the half-sister of his late wife, Martha Wayles? This scholarly book brings Sally (and the entire Hemings family) to life.
by Judy Blundell
Amy Ward from Lawrence County, OH says:
Absolutely jaw-dropping and gut-wrenching. Great characters, great mystery.
by Mark Doty
Fans of contemporary American poetry will find this an indispensable addition to their library: he "makes the damnably difficult look deceptively simple."
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