2018 Winners


Jennifer Egan

Manhattan Beach


Book cover: Manhattan BeachFrom New York mobsters to the first woman diver at the Brooklyn Naval Station during WWII to the archetypally motley crew of a merchant-marine ship in U-boat-infested waters, Egan’s insightful and propulsive saga portrays complex and intriguing individuals navigating the rising tides of war.

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No medal was awarded in 2018.



Book cover:Manhattan Beach

Jennifer Egan

Manhattan Beach


Book cover: Lincoln in the Bardo

George Saunders

Lincoln in the Bardo

(Random House)

Book cover: Sing, Unburied, Sing

Jesmyn Ward

Sing, Unburied, Sing





Aslam, Nadeem. The Golden Legend. (Knopf)

Auster, Paul. 4 3 2 1. (Henry Holt)

Barry, Sebastian. Days without End. (Viking)

Boyne, John. The Heart’s Invisible Furies. (Crown/Hogarth)

Clemmons, Zinzi. What We Lose. (Viking)

Dawkins, Curtis. The Graybar Hotel. (Scribner)

Egan, Jennifer. Manhattan Beach. (Scribner)

El Akkad, Omar, American War. (Knopf)

Erdrich, Louise. Future Home of the Living God. (HarperCollins)

Eugenides, Jeffrey. Fresh Complaint. (Farrar Straus & Giroux)

Fridlund, Emily. History of Wolves. (Atlantic Monthly)

Garcia, Cristina. Here in Berlin. (Counterpoint)

Greer, Andrew Sean. Less. (Little, Brown/Lee Boudreaux)

Hamid, Mohsin. Exit West. (Riverhead)

Kang, Han. Human Acts. (Crown/Hogarth)

Kunzru, Hari. White Tears. (Knopf)

La Farge, Paul. The Night Ocean. (Penguin)

McBride, James. Five-Carat Soul. (Riverhead)

McDermott, Alice. The Ninth Hour. (Farrar Straus & Giroux)

Miller, Kei. Augustown. (Pantheon)

Roy, Arundhati. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness. (Knopf)

Rushdie, Salman. The Golden House. (Random House)

Saunders, George. Lincoln in the Bardo. (Random House)

Van Reet, Brian. Spoils. (Little, Brown/Lee Boudreaux)

Ward, Jesmyn. Sing, Unburied, Sing. (Scribner)


Alexie, Sherman. You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir. (Little, Brown)

Bowden, Mark. Hué 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam. (Atlantic Monthly)

Chernow, Ron. Grant. (Penguin)

Coates, Ta-Nehisi. We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy. (Random/One World)

Davis, Jack E. The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea. (Norton/Liveright)

Ellsberg, Daniel. The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner. (Bloomsbury)

Else, Jon. True South: Henry Hampton and Eyes on the Prize, the Landmark Television Series That Reframed the Civil Rights Movement. (Viking)

Farrell, John A. Richard Nixon. (Doubleday)

Forman Jr., James. Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America. (Farrar Straus & Giroux)

Gay, Roxane. Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body. (HarperCollins)

Grann, David. Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI. (Doubleday)

Greenblatt, Stephen. The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve. (Norton)

Isaacson, Walter. Leonardo Da Vinci. (Simon & Schuster)

Kolhatkar, Sheelah. Black Edge: Inside Information, Dirty Money, and the Quest to Bring Down the Most Wanted Man on Wall Street. (Random House)

Pearlman, Wendy. We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled: Voices from Syria. (Morrow/Custom House)

Sedaris, David. Theft by Finding: Diaries, 1977-2002. (Little, Brown)

Tan, Amy. Where the Past Begins: A Writer's Memoir. (Ecco)

Taubman, William. Gorbachev: His Life and Times. (Norton)

Wadman, Meredith. The Vaccine Race: Science, Politics, and the Human Costs of Defeating Disease. (Viking)

Wallis, Michael. The Best Land Under Heaven: The Donner Party in the Age of Manifest Destiny. (Norton/Liveright)

Young, Kevin. Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News. (Graywolf)