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National Book Awards Longlist: Nonfiction

Cynthia Barnett, “Rain: A Natural and Cultural History”
Crown/Penguin Random House

Ta-Nehisi Coates, “Between the World and Me”
Spiegel and Grau/Penguin Random House

Martha Hodes, “Mourning Lincoln”
Yale University Press

Sally Mann, “Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs”
Little, Brown/Hachette Book Group

Sy Montgomery, “The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration Into the Wonder of Consciousness”
Atria/Simon and Schuster

Susanna Moore, “Paradise of the Pacific: Approaching Hawai’i”
Farrar, Straus and Giroux/Macmillan

Michael Paterniti, “Love and Other Ways of Dying”
The Dial Press/Penguin Random House

Carla Power, “If the Oceans Were Ink: An Unlikely Friendship and a Journey to the Heart of the Quran”
Henry Holt and Company/Macmillan

Tracy K. Smith, “Ordinary Light: A Memoir”
Alfred A. Knopf


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Book on Tokyo raid is right on target
Ray Locker, USA TODAY, June 7, 2015

"..."The Doolittle mission promised a potent tonic to the frustration brought on by Pearl Harbor, Wake, Guam, and now Bataan," author James Scott writes in Target Tokyo (***1/2 out of four). "But the recent disaster in the Philippines only magnified the enormous political risk of a mission grounded in the promise not of tactical gains but of positive headlines."

Generate headlines it did. Doolittle and his raiders were feted across the country. Even before the end of the war, the raid was part of the American legend. Doolittle was awarded the Medal of Honor, and Spencer Tracy played him in the 1944 movie Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo. The morale-building value for a nation uncertain of how to take on a war on two fronts was immeasurable.

Scott doesn't try to rebuild or tear down the legend, but to reshape it and provide the kind of clarity that emerges 73 years after the fact. He...

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Fiction: Pushcart Prize winner and author of Blood and Milk, Sharon Solwitz's ONCE, IN LOURDES, set near Chicago in 1968 against the backdrop of the Democratic Convention and the accelerating Vietnam War, the story of four high school seniors in the weeks that they approach the date they set for a suicide pact, to Cindy Spiegel at Spiegel & Grau, in a good deal, in a pre-empt, by Lauren MacLeod at The Strothman Agency (world).

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2015 Pulitzer Winners
Biography or Autobiography — “The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe” by David I. Kertzer

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'Target Tokyo' offers a gripping retelling of the Doolittle raid, complete with new detail
James Scott has written the definitive account of the 1942 Doolittle raid on Tokyo.
By Terry Hartle, The Christian Science Monitor, APRIL 15, 2015

"... But in Target Tokyo: Jimmy Doolittle and the Raid that Avenged Pearl Harbor, James Scott provides an extraordinarily complete account of the mission and its aftermath. The story is still familiar, of course, but he tells it in a gripping, compulsively readable way that will have great appeal to anyone with even a passing interest in the Second World War. "

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The Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards recognize books that have made important contributions to our understanding of racism and our appreciation of the rich diversity of human cultures. For over 80 years, the distinguished books earning Anisfield-Wolf prizes have opened and challenged our minds.

For more about David Brion Davis' Lifetime Achievement Award, click here.

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Book Party
150 years ago, Lincoln's death brought grief, fear and glee
Review of "Mourning Lincoln" by Martha Hodes

By Carlos Lozada, Washington Post April 1 at 6:00 AM

By Martha Hodes. Yale University Press. 396 pp. $30

"National reactions to great tragedy often seem captured in history-ready scenes. A president with a bullhorn, pledging vengeance in front of the rubble. A 3-year-old standing in salute, watching his slain father’s coffin go by. These images simplify and unify, replacing the mess of conflicting emotions that national traumas invariably produce.

Martha Hodes prefers the mess. The assassination of Abraham Lincoln, 150 years ago this month, has its own sacred texts, with Walt Whitman’s “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d” and “O Captain! My Captain!” foremost among them. But Hodes, a historian at New York University, has collected many more. “Mourning Lincoln” draws on letters and...

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2014 Awards

General Nonfiction Winner

David Brion Davis, The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation (Alfred A. Knopf)

General Nonfiction Finalists

Peter Finn and Petra Couvee, The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle over a Forbidden Book (Pantheon)
Elizabeth Kolbert, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History (Henry Holt & Co.)
Thomas Piketty, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, translated from the French by Arthur Goldhammer (Belknap Press/Harvard University Press)
Hector Tobar, Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle that Set Them Free (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

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BOOKSHELF -- The Wall Street Journal

When Black Americans Lost Their Moses
Feb. 6, 2015 5:14 p.m. ET

"On April 11, 1865, Abraham Lincoln addressed a crowd gathered outside the
White House. Speaking only days after Robert E. Lee ’s surrender, he not only
discussed the thorny issue of Reconstruction but publicly endorsed black
suffrage for the first time. Upon hearing Lincoln’s words, John Wilkes Booth
turned to a companion and declared: “That means nigger citizenship. Now by
God I’ll put him through!” He added: “That is the last speech he will ever make.”
Thus Lincoln was killed because he dared to speak out for black suffrage,
becoming a martyr to African-American equal rights, an important point that is
widely under appreciated.

In surveying the extraordinary outpouring of grief that followed Lincoln’s
murder, Martha Hodes ’s “Mourning Lincoln” highlights a pair of...

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HARDCOVER NONFICTION - February 22, 2015

#10. THE TEENAGE BRAIN, by Frances E. Jensen with Amy Ellis Nutt. (Harper/HarperCollins.) What neuroscience has learned about brain development in the teenage years, and practical suggestions for parents based on those findings.

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