Friday, April 19, 2013

2013 Pulitzer Prize winners

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The Pulitzer Prizes announced their winners for the year this week. Named for famed newspaperman Joseph Pulitzer (1847-1911), the prizes go to examples of excellence in American writing. Below are the books that received the honor and comments from the judges.

Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America's Vietnam
By Fredrik Logevall
959.7041 LOGEVALL
"A balanced, deeply researched history of how, as French colonial rule faltered, a succession of American leaders moved step by step down a road toward full-blown war."

The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo
by Tom Reiss
"A compelling story of a forgotten swashbuckling hero of mixed race whose bold exploits were captured by his son, Alexander Dumas, in famous 19th century novels."

Stag's Leap
by Sharon Olds
811.54 OLDS
"Unflinching poems on the author’s divorce that examine love, sorrow and the limits of self-knowledge."

Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America
by Gilbert King
305.896 KING
"A richly detailed chronicle of racial injustice in the Florida town of Groveland in 1949, involving four black men falsely accused of rape and drawing a civil rights crusader, and eventual Supreme Court justice, into the legal battle.

The Orphan Master's Son
By Adam Johnson
"An exquisitely crafted novel that carries the reader on an adventuresome journey into the depths of totalitarian North Korea and into the most intimate spaces of the human heart."

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