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Recent Award Winners

In order of publication date, newest first.

Award/Category noted in the review section for each book.

Covered with Night: A Story of Murder and Indigenous Justice in Early America Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781324092162
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Published: Liveright - July 26th, 2022

2022 Pulitzer Prize Winner for: HISTORY
Ms. Eustace’s book, also a finalist for the National Book Award, explores how the 1722 killing of an Indigenous hunter profoundly influenced the American justice system.


Clark and Division Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781641293693
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Published: Soho Crime - June 28th, 2022

2022 Edgar Award Winner: The Simon & Shuster Mary Higgins Clark Award

The Simon & Schuster Mary Higgins Clark Award: The winner will be selected by a Special MWA Committee for the book most closely written in the Mary Higgins Clark tradition according to guidelines set forth by Mary Higgins Clark:

  • The protagonist is a nice young woman whose life is suddenly invaded.
  • She’s self-made and independent, with primarily good family relationships.
  • She has an interesting job.
  • She is not looking for trouble–she is doing exactly what she should be doing and something cuts across her bow.
  • She solves her problem by her own courage and intelligence.
  • The story has no on-scene violence
  • The story has no strong four-letter words or explicit sex scenes.

We were lucky to have author Naomi Hirhara as part of an author event in February! In conversation with Kim Fay about her new book, "Love and Saffron." A link to the event is here -- it was a lovely conversation between authors!


The Book of Form and Emptiness: A Novel Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780399563669
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Published: Penguin Books - June 14th, 2022

2022 Winner Women’s Prize for Fiction


Cuba (Winner of the Pulitzer Prize): An American History Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781501154560
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Published: Scribner - June 28th, 2022

2022 Pulitzer Prize Winner for: HISTORY
Spanning more than 500 years, Ms. Ferrer’s account traces Cuba’s colonial history, revolutions and cultural shifts, with a focus on its relationship with the United States.


The Twelve Lives of Alfred Hitchcock: An Anatomy of the Master of Suspense Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781324022121
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 7th, 2022

2022 Edgar Award Winner: Best Critical/Biographical


Last Call: A True Story of Love, Lust, and Murder in Queer New York Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250833020
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Published: Celadon Books - June 7th, 2022

2022 Edgar Award Winner: Best Fact Crime


Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival & Hope in an American City (Pulitzer Prize Winner) Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780812986952
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - May 17th, 2022

2022 Pulitzer Prize Winner for: GENERAL NONFICTION
Ms. Elliott’s intimately reported book expands on her acclaimed 2013 series for The Times about Dasani Coates, a homeless New York schoolgirl, and her family. In addition to a portrait of the family, it’s about a city and country that have repeatedly failed to address the issues of poverty and addiction.


The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois: A Novel Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780062942951
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 10th, 2022

The 2021 National Book Critics Circle Award: Fiction


The Promise: A Novel (Booker Prize Winner) Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781609457440
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Published: Europa Editions - March 15th, 2022

2021 Booker Prize Winner!

All the information at thebookerprizes.com


All That She Carried: The Journey of Ashley's Sack, a Black Family Keepsake Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781984855015
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - February 1st, 2022

2021 National Book Award Winner for Nonfiction


Last Night at the Telegraph Club Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9780525555278
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - December 28th, 2021

2021 National Book Award Winner for Young People's Literature


The Writer's Library: The Authors You Love on the Books That Changed Their Lives Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062968494
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Published: HarperOne - November 16th, 2021

2021 National Book Award Winner: Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community


Five Decembers Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9781789096118
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Published: Hard Case Crime - October 26th, 2021

2022 Edgar Award Winner: Best Novel


Concealed Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338647204
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Published: Scholastic Press - October 19th, 2021

2022 Edgar Award Winner: Best Juvenile


The Last Cuentista Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781646140893
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Published: Levine Querido - October 12th, 2021

Winner of  the 2022 John Newbery Medal, which honors the "most outstanding contribution to children's literature."
Fun fact! Higuera’s book is the 100th winner of the Newbery.

ALSO... Winner of the 2022 Pura Belpré Awards honoring Latinx writers and illustrators whose children's and young adult books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience.

Great interview with Ms. Higuera here.

[All part of the ALA Youth Media Awards. More information here.]

Target Age Group: 10 to 13
Juvenile Fiction | Dystopian | Science Fiction | Space Exploration | Fairy Tales & Folklore | Country & Ethnic | Fantasy & Magic


The Cold Millions: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780062868091
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Published: Harper Perennial - October 5th, 2021

2021 Washington State Book Awards: Fiction. More information here.


Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival & Hope in an American City (Pulitzer Prize Winner) Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780812986945
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Published: Random House - October 5th, 2021

2022 Pulitzer Prize Winner for: GENERAL NONFICTION
Ms. Elliott’s intimately reported book expands on her acclaimed 2013 series for The Times about Dasani Coates, a homeless New York schoolgirl, and her family. In addition to a portrait of the family, it’s about a city and country that have repeatedly failed to address the issues of poverty and addiction.


Cloud Cuckoo Land: A Novel Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781982168438
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Published: Scribner - September 28th, 2021

2022 PNBA Award Winner.

Anthony Doerr. From Boise, ID.

A masterpiece spanning multiple characters, time periods, and places. Readers will be drawn into this clever literary puzzle and repeatedly satisfied every time one piece is revealed to relate to another. "Cloud Cuckoo Land" celebrates the power of stories and how they connect us as well as comfort us during difficult times.


Time is a Flower Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780735267541
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Published: Tundra Books - September 21st, 2021

2022 PNBA Award Winner.

Julie Morstad. From Vancouver, BC.

A brilliant and beautiful invitation to think about our relationship to time and how we spend it. Pages of bright, saturated color flow with a rhythm that allows space to breathe, inviting the reader to turn the pages over and over again.
ages 3+


Iron Widow Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780735269934
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Published: Penguin Teen Canada - September 21st, 2021

2022 PNBA Award Winner.

Xiran Jay Zhao. From Vancouver, BC

Giant transforming robots fueled by the life force of their pilots; a system which exploits gender norms and sacrifices girls in the name of empire; a protagonist who will do anything to put an end to it. A fierce retelling of the life of the Chinese Empress Wu Zetian and an iron strong debut.
ages 14+


Cuba (Winner of the Pulitzer Prize): An American History Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9781501154553
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Published: Scribner - September 7th, 2021

2022 Pulitzer Prize Winner for: HISTORY
Spanning more than 500 years, Ms. Ferrer’s account traces Cuba’s colonial history, revolutions and cultural shifts, with a focus on its relationship with the United States.


Unfollow Me: Essays on Complicity Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781635577112
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - September 7th, 2021

2022 PNBA Award Winner.
Jill Louise Busby. From Olympia, WA.

Busby's essays show, not just tell, why it may ultimately be better to be unfollowed than embraced. Her transparency as a Southern-raised Black LGBTQ woman now living in the Pacific Northwest provides a perspective most readers won’t realize they needed until they encounter her illuminating voice.


Chasing Me to My Grave: An Artist's Memoir of the Jim Crow South Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781635576597
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - September 7th, 2021

2022 Pulitzer Prize Winner for: BIOGRAPHY
This memoir, which was told to a Tufts University philosopher, blends Mr. Rembert’s life story with his artwork. In images and in Mr. Rembert’s own words before he died in March last year, the narrative recounts his life in the Jim Crow-era Deep South, his close escape from an attempted lynching in Georgia, his time in prison working on chain gangs and his late-in-life discovery of his artistic talent.


Deer Season (Flyover Fiction) Cover Image
$21.95
ISBN: 9781496226815
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Published: University of Nebraska Press - September 1st, 2021

2022 Edgar Award Winner: Best First Novel by an American Author


Clark and Division Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781641292498
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Published: Soho Crime - August 3rd, 2021

2022 Edgar Award Winner: The Simon & Shuster Mary Higgins Clark Award

The Simon & Schuster Mary Higgins Clark Award: The winner will be selected by a Special MWA Committee for the book most closely written in the Mary Higgins Clark tradition according to guidelines set forth by Mary Higgins Clark:

  • The protagonist is a nice young woman whose life is suddenly invaded.
  • She’s self-made and independent, with primarily good family relationships.
  • She has an interesting job.
  • She is not looking for trouble–she is doing exactly what she should be doing and something cuts across her bow.
  • She solves her problem by her own courage and intelligence.
  • The story has no on-scene violence
  • The story has no strong four-letter words or explicit sex scenes.

We were lucky to have author Naomi Hirhara as part of an author event in February! In conversation with Kim Fay about her new book, "Love and Saffron." A link to the event is here -- it was a lovely conversation between authors!


Afterparties: Stories Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780063049901
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Published: Ecco - August 3rd, 2021

The 2021 National Book Critics Circle Award: The John Leonard Prize:  for a first book in any genre.


All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days: The True Story of the American Woman at the Heart of the German Resistance to Hitler Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780316561693
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - August 3rd, 2021

The 2021 National Book Critics Circle Award: Biography


What Strange Paradise: A novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525657903
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Published: Knopf - July 20th, 2021

2022 PNBA Award Winner.

Omar El Akkad. From Portland, OR.

The difficult topic of immigration is navigated thoughtfully through the story of a young boy's accidental ocean voyage with a group of refugees, where, as a lone survivor of the journey, he becomes one himself. With great heart, El Akkad demonstrates the curiosity and compassion the young bring to bear upon the cruel and absurd world adults have created.


A Daughter of the Samurai: A Memoir (Modern Library Torchbearers) Cover Image
By Etsu Inagaki Sugimoto, Karen Tei Yamashita (Introduction by), Yuki Obayashi (Introduction by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593242667
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Published: Modern Library - July 6th, 2021

2021 National Book Award Winner: lifetime achievement medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters


Funeral for Flaca Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9781892061874
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Published: Future Tense Books - July 1st, 2021

2022 PNBA Award Winner.

Emilly Prado. From Portland, OR.

A deeply personal and often hilarious collection about coming of age, family, and identity. Prado pours her heart and soul into these essays and readers are likely to recognize a piece of themselves within these pages. Emerging voices like Prado's keep the literary landscape of the PNW fresh and exciting!


Hell of a Book: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593330968
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Published: Dutton - June 29th, 2021

2021 National Book Award Winner for Fiction


The Netanyahus: An Account of a Minor and Ultimately Even Negligible Episode in the History of a  Very Famous Family Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781681376073
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Published: New York Review Books - June 22nd, 2021

2022 Pulitzer Prize Winner for: FICTION
Mr. Cohen’s book imagines a college job interview in the 1950s for Benzion Netanyahu, academic and father of the future Israeli prime minister. The novel explores themes of Jewishness and diaspora as Netanyahu’s fatalistic view of Jewish history bumps up against that of the narrator, an assimilated American Jewish professor.


Get a Grip, Vivy Cohen! Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780525554196
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Published: Dial Books - June 8th, 2021

2021 Washington State Book Awards: Books for Young Readers. More information here.


How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780316492935
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - June 1st, 2021

The 2021 National Book Critics Circle Award: NonFiction


Winter in Sokcho Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781948830416
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Published: Open Letter - April 27th, 2021

2021 National Book Award Winner for Translated Literature


Covered with Night: A Story of Murder and Indigenous Justice in Early America Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781631495878
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Published: Liveright - April 27th, 2021

2022 Pulitzer Prize Winner for: HISTORY
Ms. Eustace’s book, also a finalist for the National Book Award, explores how the 1722 killing of an Indigenous hunter profoundly influenced the American justice system.


The Twelve Lives of Alfred Hitchcock: An Anatomy of the Master of Suspense Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9781324002390
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 13th, 2021

2022 Edgar Award Winner: Best Critical/Biographical


Bobby March Will Live Forever Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781609456856
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Published: World Noir - April 6th, 2021

2022 Edgar Award Winner: Best Paperback Original


Girlhood Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781635572520
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - March 30th, 2021

The 2021 National Book Critics Circle Award: Criticism


Watercress Cover Image
By Andrea Wang, Jason Chin (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780823446247
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Published: Neal Porter Books - March 30th, 2021

Winner of the 2022 Randolph Caldecott Medal, given to the "most distinguished American picture book for children."
[part of the ALA Youth Media Awards. All the information here.]
An autobiographical story that tracks a first-generation girl rediscovering her Chinese heritage by foraging for the titular leafy green in Ohio.
Author Andrea Wang said she was "screaming with joy" at the news, and that illustrator Jason Chin's "incredible, luminous, exquisite art not only brought the story to life but also brought lost family back to me."

Target Age Group: 4 to 7
Juvenile Fiction | Asian American & Pacific Islander | Emigration & Immigration | Cooking & Food | Multigenerational


Firekeeper's Daughter Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250766564
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - March 16th, 2021

Winner of the 2022 William C. Morris Award for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens. [part of the ALA Youth Media Awards. All the information here.]

ALSO... Winner of the 2022 Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults.

ALSO... 2022 Edgar Award Winner: Best Young Adult

Angeline Boulley's debut novel is a groundbreaking YA thriller about a Native teen who must root out the corruption in her community, perfect for readers of Angie Thomas and Tommy Orange.

For ages 14 to 18.

Young Adult Fiction | Thrillers & Suspense | Indigenous | Indians of North America


Last Call: A True Story of Love, Lust, and Murder in Queer New York Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781250224354
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Published: Celadon Books - March 9th, 2021

2022 Edgar Award Winner: Best Fact Crime


frank: sonnets Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781644450451
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Published: Graywolf Press - March 2nd, 2021

2022 Pulitzer Prize Winner for: POETRY
Ms. Seuss has described this collection, her fifth, as a memoir composed of sonnets, with poems that touch on death, birth, loss and addiction.

The collection also won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the PEN/Voelcker Award.


Gay Bar: Why We Went Out Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316458733
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - February 9th, 2021

The 2021 National Book Critics Circle Award: Autobiography


Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781541581203
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Published: Carolrhoda Books (R) - February 2nd, 2021

Winner of the 2022 Coretta Scott King Book Award!
The award named for King, the civil rights activist and wife of Martin Luther King Jr., is awarded to Black authors and illustrators whose works "demonstrate an appreciation of African-American culture and universal human values," according to the ALA.

[part of the ALA Youth Media Awards. All the information here.]
This year, the author and illustrator awards went toward the same book: "Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre," written by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by Floyd Cooper.
The nonfiction book introduces young readers to the prosperous Black community of Greenwood in Oklahoma and its destruction in 1921 at the hands of a White mob.

For ages 8 to 12.
Juvenile Nonfiction | History | United States | African American & Black | Prejudice & Racism | Violence


What I Carry Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9780553537741
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Published: Ember - January 26th, 2021

2021 Washington State Book Awards: Young Adult Literature. More information here.


Floaters: Poems Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780393541038
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 19th, 2021

2021 National Book Award Winner for Poetry


The Magical Language of Others: A Memoir Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781951142278
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Published: Tin House Books - January 19th, 2021

2021 Washington State Book Awards: Biography/Memoir. More information here.

2021 Winner Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Book Awards.

All the information here.


Think Black: A Memoir Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062890573
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Published: Amistad - December 8th, 2020

2021 Washington State Book Awards: Creative Nonfiction. More information here.


Alone Together: Love, Grief, and Comfort in the Time of COVID-19 Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781771682282
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Published: Central Avenue Publishing - September 1st, 2020

2021 Washington State Book Awards: General Nonfiction. More information here.


A Prayer for Travelers: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
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ISBN: 9780525537021
Published: Riverhead Books - July 7th, 2020

2020 PEN/Hemingway Award for best debut novel, honoring books published in 2019.


The Camping Trip Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781536207361
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Published: Candlewick - April 14th, 2020

2021 Washington State Book Awards: Picture Book. More information here.


We Are Water Protectors Cover Image
By Carole Lindstrom, Michaela Goade (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250203557
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - March 17th, 2020

2021 Caldecott Medal Winner!


Take a Stand, Art Against Hate: A Raven Chronicles Anthology Cover Image
By Anna Bálint (Editor), Bosche Phoebe (Editor), Hubbard Thomas (Editor)
$26.99
ISBN: 9780997946871
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Published: Raven Chronicles - February 10th, 2020

2021 Washington State Book Awards: Poetry. More information here.


When You Trap a Tiger: (Winner of the 2021 Newbery Medal) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781524715700
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - January 28th, 2020

2021 Newbery Medal Winner!


George and Lizzie: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781501162909
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Published: Touchstone - July 17th, 2018

2021 National Book Award Winner: Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community


Tropic of Orange Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781566894869
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Published: Coffee House Press - September 12th, 2017

2021 National Book Award Winner: lifetime achievement medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters