Summer Reading Challenge – Read a Pulitzer Winner

Girl_OutdoorsHow’s your Summer Reading going? Hopefully, you’ve carved a few minutes out of barbecuing, swimming, landscaping, running-the kids all over, and general dealing-with-the-heat-time to sit down and read. And though it may be easy to pick up a fluffy read, we’ve challenged you to read something with a bit more substance. But that doesn’t mean it has to be boring or dry.

The Pulitzers are awarded each year to recognize achievement in American writing, which means that you’re getting a critically acclaimed read. But some of those can be fun, or exciting, or just plain unputdownable. Here are our choices for some Pulitzer winners that should keep you interested (even if you only have a few minutes between coming and going this summer).

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FICTION:

All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr (2015)

Andersonville by MacKinlay Kantor (1956)

Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler (1989)

The Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz (2008)

The Color Purple by Alice Walker (1983)

Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry (1986)

Tales of the South Pacific by James Michener (1948)

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GENERAL NONFICTION:

The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee (2011)

Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond (1998)

The Guns of August by Barbara W. Tuchman (1963)

Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words That Remade America by Garry Wills (1993)

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard (1975)

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HISTORY:

Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People by Elizabeth A. Fenn (2015)

Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation by Joseph J. Ellis (2001)

The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family by Annette Gordon-Reed (2009)

A Midwife’s Tale by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich (1991)

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BIOGRAPHY:

Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt (1997)

The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss (2013)

Growing Up by Russell Baker (1983)

John Adams by David McCullough (2002)

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POETRY:

The Simple Truth by Philip Levine (1995)

Time and Materials by Robert Hass (2008)

The Wild Iris by Louise Gluck (1993)

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