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Nominations 2009

Selected Book:

  • Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace…One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
Selection Finalists:
  • The Interpreters by Wole Soyinka
  • In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alverez
  • Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace … One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
  • When a Crocodile Eats the Sun: A Memoir of Africa by Peter Godwin
  • Maus: A Survivor’s Tale by Art Spiegelman
  • Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World by Tracy Kidder
  • The Two Cultures by C.P. Snow
  • There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America by Alex Kotlowitz
  • Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
  • The Brief Wondorous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
  • Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation by Eboo Patel
Additional Nominations:
  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • 90 Minutes in Heaven by Don Piper
  • A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter Miller
  • A Hope in the Unseen by Ron Suskind
  • A Personal Matter by Kensaburo Oe
  • A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
  • A Star Called Henry by Roddy Doyle
  • A Thousand Spendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
  • A Void by Georges Perec
  • A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
  • A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers will Rule the Future by Daniel Pink
  • A Woman in Jerusalem by A.B. Yehoshua
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  • Admission by Travis Thrasher
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coello
  • An Ordinary Man by Paul Rusesabagina
  • Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
  • Animal Vegetable Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver
  • Ask the Dust by John Fante
  • The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X
  • The Awakening by Kate Chopin
  • The Bastard of Istanbul by Elif Shafak
  • Beasts of No Nation by Usodinma Iweala
  • Becoming Naomi Leon by Pam Muñoz Ryan
  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  • Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
  • The Boat by Nam Le
  • Candide by Francois-Marie Arouet (Voltaire)
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  • Choosing Civility: The Twenty-five Rules of Considerate Conduct by P.M. Forni
  • The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean Auel
  • The Color of Water by James McBride
  • Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Crossing the Unknown Sea: Work at a Pilgrimage of Identity by David White
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddan
  • Cyrano De Bergerac by Edmond Rostand
  • Death Be Not Proud: A Memoir by John Gunther
  • Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil by Hannah Arendt
  • Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  • Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing
  • Escape From Saddam: The Incredible True Story of One Man’s Journey to Freedom by Lewis Alsamari
  • The Fall of Constantinople 1453 by Steven Runciman
  • Falling Free by Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Falling Leaves: The Memoir of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter by Adeline Yen Mah
  • Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser
  • Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climage Change by Elizabeth Kolbert
  • The Giver by Lois Lowery
  • The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
  • Grayson by Lynne Cox
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond
  • The Gunslinger by Stephen King
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • Hiroshima by John Hershey
  • The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
  • Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution by Thomas Friedman
  • Houseboy by Ferdinand Leopold Oyono
  • The Ice Palace by Tarjei Vesaas
  • The Intention Experiment: Using Your Thoughts to Change Your Life and the World by Lynne McTaggart
  • The Intuitionist by Colson Whitehead
  • Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit by Daniel Quinn
  • Island by Aldous Huxley
  • The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  • The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
  • The Last Shot: City Streets, Basketball Dreams by Darcy Frey
  • Like Water for Chocolate: A Novel in Monthly Installments with Recipes, Romances, and Home Remedies by Laura Esquivel
  • The Lost: A Search for Six of the Six Million by Daniel Mendelsohn
  • The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
  • The Mayan Code: Time Acceleration and Awakening the World Mind by Barbara Hand Clow
  • Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
  • Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
  • Miracle at St. Anna by James McBride
  • Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis
  • The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein
  • My Brain Is Open: The Mathematical Journey of Paul Erdos by Bruce Schechter
  • Night by Elie Wiesel
  • Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
  • No Logo: No Space, No Choice, No Jobs by Naomi Klein
  • The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan
  • On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marques
  • The Party’s Over: Oil, War, and the Fate of Industrial Societies by Richard Heinberg
  • Passion for the Possible: A Guide to Realizing Your True Potential by Jean Houston
  • The People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
  • The Post-American World by Fareed Zakaria
  • The Power of Now – A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle
  • Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld
  • Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Adichie
  • The Ravaging Tide: Strange Weather, Future Katrinas, and the Coming Death of America’s Coastal Cities by Mike Tidwell
  • The Razor’s Edge by W. Somerset Maugham
  • Run by Ann Patchett
  • Saturday by Ian McEwan
  • The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
  • The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein
  • Shogun by James Clavell
  • Silent Snow: The Slow Poisoning of the Arctic by Marla Cone
  • Soul of a Citizen: Living With Conviction in a Cynical Time by Paul Rogat Loeb
  • The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
  • Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein
  • The Pact by Sampson Davis
  • The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  • The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
  • Think Big: Unleashing Your Potential for Excellence by Ben Carson
  • This I Believe: The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women by Jay Allison
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Tortilla Curtain by T.C. Boyle
  • Tuesdays with Morie by Mitch Albom
  • The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael Singer
  • Watch Your Mouth by Daniel Handler
  • What Are Old People For? by William Thomas
  • The Word for World is Forest by Ursula LeGuin
  • World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks
  • The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dustbowl by Timothy Egan
  • The Zookeeper’s Wife: A War Story by Diane Ackerman