2013 Winners


Richard Ford


(Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers)

Book cover: CanadaFord sets his riveting Canada in motion with this striking opening sentence: “First, I’ll tell about the robbery our parents committed. Then about the murders, which happened later.” It is a haunting tale of an improbable marriage; ludicrous, criminal, and doomed schemes to make money; exile in a harsh if beautiful land; and epic endurance. Told in the precise and searching voice of Dell Parsons, a man looking back on his fractured, harrowing youth in Great Falls, Montana, during the 1950s, Ford’s novel is a tour de force of psychological and social acuity.

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Timothy Egan

Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis

(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Book cover: Short Nights of the Shadow CatcherPopular historian Egan turns the life and work of master photographer Edward Curtis into a gripping and heroic story of one man’s commitment to the three-decade project that ultimately resulted in The North American Indian, a 20-volume collection of words and pictures documenting the Native American peoples of the American West.

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Book cover: This Is How You Lose Her

Junot Díaz

This Is How You Lose Her

(Riverhead Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA), Inc.)

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Louise Erdrich

The Round House

(Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers)

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Richard Ford


(Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers)


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Jill Lepore

The Mansion of Happiness: A History of Life and Death

(Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House, Inc.)

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David Quammen

Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic

(W. W. Norton & Company)



Chabon, Michael. Telegraph Avenue. (Harper)

Díaz, Junot. This Is How You Lose Her. (Riverhead)

Doig, Ivan. The Bartender’s Tale. (Riverhead)

Donoghue, Emma. Astray. (Little, Brown)

Edugyan, Esi. Half-Blood Blues. (Picador)

Eggers, Dave. A Hologram for the King. (McSweeney’s)

Erdrich, Louise. The Round House. (Harper)

Ford, Richard. Canada. (Harper/Ecco)

Fountain, Ben. Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. (Harper/Ecco) Groff,

Lauren. Arcadia. (Hyperion/Voice)

Heller, Peter. The Dog Stars. (Knopf)

Irving, John. In One Person. (Simon & Schuster)

Johnson, Adam. The Orphan Master’s Son. (Random House)

Joyce, Rachel. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. (Random House)

Kingsolver, Barbara. Flight Behavior. (Harper)

Lam, Vincent. The Headmaster’s Wager. (Random/Hogarth)

Mantel, Hilary. Bring Up the Bodies. (Holt)

McEwan, Ian. Sweet Tooth. (Random/Nan A. Talese)

Morrison, Toni. Home. (Knopf)

Munro, Alice. Dear Life. (Knopf)

Rash, Ron. The Cove. (Harper/Ecco)

Theroux, Paul. The Lower River. (Houghton)

Tóibín, Colm. The Testament of Mary. (Scribner)

Tropper, Jonathan. One Last Thing before I Go. (Dutton)

Tyler, Anne. The Beginner’s Goodbye. (Knopf)

Walter, Jess. Beautiful Ruins. (Harper)

Watkins, Claire Vaye. Battleborn. (Riverhead)


Boo, Katherine. Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity. (Random House)

Bowker, Gordon. James Joyce: A New Biography. (Farrar Straus Giroux)

Cain, Susan. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. (Crown)

Caro, Robert A. The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson. (Knopf)

Colby, Tanner. Some of My Best Friends Are Black: The Strange Story of Integration in America. (Viking)

Dyson, George. Turing’s Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe. (Pantheon)

Egan, Timothy. Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis. (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Holt, Jim. Why Does the World Exist? An Existential Detective Story. (Norton/Liveright)Ingrassia, Paul. Engines of Change: A History of the American Dream in Fifteen Cars. (Simon & Schuster)

Iversen, Kristen. Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats. (Crown)King, Ross. Leonardo and the Last Supper. (Walker)

Kozol, Jonathan. Fire in the Ashes: Twenty-Five Years among the Poorest Children in America. (Crown)

Lepore, Jill. The Mansion of Happiness: A History of Life and Death. (Knopf)

Maraniss, David. Barack Obama: The Story. (Simon & Schuster) Meacham, Jon. Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power. (Random House)

Murphy, Paul Thomas. Shooting Victoria: Madness, Mayhem, and the Rebirth of the British Monarchy. (Pegasus)

Nasaw, David. The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy. (Penguin)

Quammen, David. Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic. (Norton)

Roberts, Callum. Ocean of Life: The Fate of Man and the Sea. (Viking) Rushdie, Salman. Joseph Anton: A Memoir. (Random House)

Toobin, Jeffrey. The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court. (Doubleday)

Wilson, Edward O. The Social Conquest of Earth. (Norton/Liveright) Winterson, Jeanette. Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? (Grove/Atlantic)