Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Finalists for 2010 LA Times Book Prizes

The finalists for the 2010 Los Angeles Times Book Prizes have just been announced. Some surprises in the bunch and some not-so-surprising (such as more kudos for Rebecca's Skloot's fabulous book -- coming in paperback in two weeks). The winners will be announced in a ceremony at the LA Times on April 29. Several of these books are on my to-be-read list, including The Lotus Eaters, which arrived recently in paperback and looks intriguing. Here is the complete list of finalists; how many have you read?

  • Miranda Carter, George, Nicholas and Wilhelm: Three Royal Cousins and the Road to World War I (Knopf)
  • Selina Hastings, The Secret Lives of Somerset Maugham (Random House)
  • Laura Hillenbrand, Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience & Redemption (Random House)
  • Christopher Hitchens, Hitch-22: A Memoir (TWELVE/Hachette Book Group)
  • Edmund Morris, Colonel Roosevelt (Random House)
Current Interest:
  • Jonathan Alter, The Promise: President Obama, Year One (Simon & Schuster)
  • Sebastian Junger, War (TWELVE/Hachette Book Group)
  • Michael Lewis, The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine (W. W. Norton & Company)
  • Joe Nocera & Bethany McLean, All the Devils Are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis (Portfolio/Penguin Group)
  • Patti Smith, Just Kids (Ecco/HarperCollins)
  • Rick Bass, Nashville Chrome (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  • Richard Bausch, Something is Out There: Stories (Knopf)
  • Jennifer Egan, A Visit From the Goon Squad (Knopf)
  • Jonathan Franzen, Freedom (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
  • Frederick Reiken, Day for Night (Reagan Arthur Books/Hachette Book Group)
Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction:
  • Peter Bognanni, The House of Tomorrow (Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam)
  • Leslie Jamison, The Gin Closet (Free Press/Simon & Schuster)
  • Michael Sledge, The More I Owe You (Counterpoint)
  • Christine Sneed, Portraits of a Few People I’ve Made Cry: Stories (University of Massachusetts Press)
  • Tatjana Soli, The Lotus Eaters (St. Martin’s Press)
Graphic Novel:
  • Adam Hines, Duncan the Wonder Dog: Show One (Adhouse Books)
  • Dash Shaw, Bodyworld (Pantheon)
  • Karl Stevens, The Lodger (KSA Publishing)
  • C. Tyler, You’ll Never Know, Book Two: Collateral Damage (Fantagraphics)
  • Jim Woodring, Weathercraft (Fantagraphics)
  • Ron Chernow, Washington: A Life (The Penguin Press)
  • John W. Dower, Cultures of War: Pearl Harbor/Hiroshima/9-11/Iraq (W. W. Norton & Company and The New Press)
  • Susan Dunn, Roosevelt’s Purge: How FDR Fought To Change the Democratic Party (The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press)
  • Thomas Powers,The Killing of Crazy Horse (Knopf)
  • Steven Solomon,Water: The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power, and Civilization (HarperCollins)
Mystery / Thriller:
  • Tom Franklin, Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter (William Morrow)
  • Tana French, Faithful Place (Viking)
  • Laura Lippman, I’d Know You Anywhere (William Morrow)
  • Stuart Neville, Collusion (SoHo Press)
  • Kelli Stanley, City of Dragons (Minotaur Books/A Thomas Dunne Book)
  • Henri Cole, Pierce the Skin: Selected Poems, 1982-2007 (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
  • Maxine Kumin, Where I Live: New & Selected Poems 1990-2010 (W. W. Norton & Company)
  • Yehoshua November, God’s Optimism (Main Street Rag)
  • Craig Santos Perez, From Unincorporated Territory {Saina} (Omnidawn)
  • Ed Roberson, To See the Earth Before the End of the World (Wesleyan University Press)
Science & Technology:
  • Oren Harman, The Price of Altruism: George Price and the Search for the Origins of Kindness (W. W. Norton & Company)
  • Siddhartha Mukherjee, The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer (Scribner)
  • Naomi Oreskes & Erik M. Conway, Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming (Bloomsbury USA)
  • Lauren Redniss, Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout (It Books/HarperCollins)
  • Rebecca Skloot, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Crown)
Young Adult Literature:
  • Marc Aronson & Marina Budhos, Sugar Changed the World: A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom and Science (Clarion Books)
  • Stephanie Hemphill, Wicked Girls: A Novel of the Salem Witch Trials (Balzer & Bray/HarperCollins)
  • Jonathan Stroud, The Ring of Solomon (Disney/Hyperion Books for Children)
  • Megan Whalen Turner, A Conspiracy of Kings (Greenwillow/HarperCollins)
  • Rick Yancey, The Curse of the Wendigo (The Monstrumologist) (Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing)

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