Centennial Pulitzer Prize Winners

sympathizerLast month, winners were announced for the 100th year of the Pulitzer Prize. The centennial celebration focuses on all of the prize winners, both past and present, and the cultural value that the prize itself represents. In the past century, hundreds of books have been awarded the honor of the Pulitzer.

You can check out any of these 2016 prize-winning titles from the JMRL catalog:

Fiction: The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen – Follows a Viet Cong agent as he spies on a South Vietnamese army general and his compatriots as they start a new life in 1975 Los Angeles.

History: Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America by T.J. Stiles – A biography of the iconic Civil War commander examines his contributions to politics and the Industrial Revolution, sharing insights into his turbulent relationships, perspectives on Native Americans, and conflicts with the military.

Biography: Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan – Describes the author’s experiences as a lifelong surfer, from his early years in Honolulu through his culturally sophisticated pursuits of perfect waves in some of the world’s most exotic locales.

Nonfiction: Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS by Joby Warrick – Traces how the strain of militant Islam behind ISIS first arose under the leadership of terrorist mastermind Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and spread through the strategic mistakes of Presidents Bush and Obama.

Poetry: Ozone Journal by Peter Balakian – In this book, Peter Balakian aims at the bigger picture of humanity’s history of atrocity and trauma, but through short vignettes grounded in everyday situations, and in particular times and places.

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