Shelf Recommendations: Pulitzer Favorites

One of our staff favorites, The Underground Railroad, was just announced as the Pulitzer Winner! We are so excited for Colson Whitehead and his breathtaking novel. We decided to pick some other Pulitzer authors and books we've been loving. 

This 2017 Pulitzer Nominee for Fiction is a story of  wealth, poverty, and race. This tale is about Hellsmouth, a thoroughbred, who runs for the Forge family. The Forge family is one of Kentucky's oldest familial dynasties. The father of the household is working with his daughter to breed the ultimate racing horse, but when they hire a new worker on the farm, a young, ambitious black man Allmon Shaughnessy, the three are entangled in a web of history, anger, and prejudice. They put all their efforts towards Hellsmouth's racing glory as they are faced with the Forge's violent past. 

This 2017 Pulitzer Nominee for Fiction is a story of  wealth, poverty, and race. This tale is about Hellsmouth, a thoroughbred, who runs for the Forge family. The Forge family is one of Kentucky's oldest familial dynasties. The father of the household is working with his daughter to breed the ultimate racing horse, but when they hire a new worker on the farm, a young, ambitious black man Allmon Shaughnessy, the three are entangled in a web of history, anger, and prejudice. They put all their efforts towards Hellsmouth's racing glory as they are faced with the Forge's violent past. 

From Pulitzer winning author, Adam Haslett, You Are Not A Stranger Here, is a collection of fantastic stories. This collection follows stories of people shattered by loss as they discover the meaning behind the events that impacted them. With harrowing storytelling, Haslett packs a punch with his tales of people broken by tragedy but who gain the courage to rise above it. 

From Pulitzer winning author, Adam Haslett, You Are Not A Stranger Here, is a collection of fantastic stories. This collection follows stories of people shattered by loss as they discover the meaning behind the events that impacted them. With harrowing storytelling, Haslett packs a punch with his tales of people broken by tragedy but who gain the courage to rise above it. 

Another collection of stories! From Pulitzer-winner, Adam Johnson, Fortune Smiles is a great pick. In just six stories, Johnson explores themes of loss, technology in our lives, politics impacting the personal, and natural disaster. In the riviteting title story, he recounts a tale about North Korea and two defectors who escape to Seoul. Truly an unforgettable read! 

Another collection of stories! From Pulitzer-winner, Adam Johnson, Fortune Smiles is a great pick. In just six stories, Johnson explores themes of loss, technology in our lives, politics impacting the personal, and natural disaster. In the riviteting title story, he recounts a tale about North Korea and two defectors who escape to Seoul. Truly an unforgettable read! 

Pulitzer Prize winner for History (2017), Blood in the Water, is the first definitive account of the infamous 1971 Attica Prison uprising. On September 9, 1971, nearly 1,300 prisoners took over the prison. They held guards and civilians hostage for four days and nights. The prison sent heavily armed troopers and officers to retake the prison by force. Thirty-nine men were killed, which included both prisoners and hostages. Heather Ann Thompson sheds light on one of the most important civil rights stories within the past century and its legacy. 

Pulitzer Prize winner for History (2017), Blood in the Water, is the first definitive account of the infamous 1971 Attica Prison uprising. On September 9, 1971, nearly 1,300 prisoners took over the prison. They held guards and civilians hostage for four days and nights. The prison sent heavily armed troopers and officers to retake the prison by force. Thirty-nine men were killed, which included both prisoners and hostages. Heather Ann Thompson sheds light on one of the most important civil rights stories within the past century and its legacy. 

2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama winner, Hamilton, took the country by storm. Hamilton: The Revolution, gives fans an inside look at the production of the Tony Award-Winning musical. There are exclusive photos, emails, and interviews. Don't throw away your shot, and read this one! 

2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama winner, Hamilton, took the country by storm. Hamilton: The Revolution, gives fans an inside look at the production of the Tony Award-Winning musical. There are exclusive photos, emails, and interviews. Don't throw away your shot, and read this one! 

The story of Margaret and John is complicated, the two are engaged, but soon John is hospitalized for depression. Taking place in London, in the 1960s, Margaret decides, despite society's stigmatization of mental illness, that she wants to marry John. A story of love and faith that spans generations, this novel will test the limits of family and marriage. The story focuses on their son, Micheal, and his interactions with his younger siblings. 

The story of Margaret and John is complicated, the two are engaged, but soon John is hospitalized for depression. Taking place in London, in the 1960s, Margaret decides, despite society's stigmatization of mental illness, that she wants to marry John. A story of love and faith that spans generations, this novel will test the limits of family and marriage. The story focuses on their son, Micheal, and his interactions with his younger siblings. 

When Breath Becomes Air, is a memoir written by training neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi. His memoir details his experiences with coming to terms with his mortality. He wrote, “I began to realize that coming face to face with my own mortality, in a sense, had changed nothing and everything.” The memoir has a Foreword written by Dr. Abraham Verghese and an Epilogue by Paul's wife, Lucy. This is an incredibly moving, and poignant memoir written by a man who was training to become a neurosurgeon; he transitioned from a doctor saving lives, to a patient struggling for his own.

When Breath Becomes Air, is a memoir written by training neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi. His memoir details his experiences with coming to terms with his mortality. He wrote, “I began to realize that coming face to face with my own mortality, in a sense, had changed nothing and everything.” The memoir has a Foreword written by Dr. Abraham Verghese and an Epilogue by Paul's wife, Lucy. This is an incredibly moving, and poignant memoir written by a man who was training to become a neurosurgeon; he transitioned from a doctor saving lives, to a patient struggling for his own.