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The Madonnas of Echo Park

Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award 2011

by Brando Skyhorse Free Press (June 01, 2010)

We slipped into this country like thieves, onto the land that once was ours.

With these words, spoken by an illegal Mexican day laborer, The Madonnas of Echo Park takes us into the unseen world of Los Angeles,...


The Memory Palace

National Book Critics Circle Award for Memoir/Autobiography 2011

by Mira Bartok Free Press (January 11, 2011)

In the tradition of The Glass Castle, two sisters confront schizophrenia in this poignant literary memoir about family and mental illness. Through stunning prose and original art, The Memory Palace captures...


A Crime So Monstrous

Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Nonfiction 2009

by E. Benjamin Skinner Free Press (March 11, 2008)

To be a moral witness is perhaps the highest calling of journalism, and in this unforgettable, highly readable account of contemporary slavery, author Benjamin Skinner travels around the globe to personally...


William Golding: The Man Who Wrote Lord of the Flies

James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Biography 2009

by John Carey Free Press (June 01, 2010)

In 1953, William Golding was a provincial schoolteacher writing books on his breaks, lunch hours and holidays. His work had been rejected by every major publisher—until an editor at Faber and Faber pulled...


The White Tiger: A Novel

Man Booker Prize 2008

by Aravind Adiga Free Press (April 22, 2008)

A stunning literary debut critics have likened to Richard Wright’s Native Son, The White Tiger follows a darkly comic Bangalore driver through the poverty and corruption of modern India’s caste society....


Waiting for Snow in Havana

National Book Award for Non-Fiction 2003

by Carlos Eire Free Press (February 05, 2003)

“Have mercy on me, Lord, I am Cuban.” In 1962, Carlos Eire was one of 14,000 children airlifted out of Havana—exiled from his family, his country, and his own childhood by Fidel Castro’s revolution....


Ernie Pyles War

National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography/Autobiography 1997

by James Tobin Free Press (January 15, 1999)

When a machine-gun bullet ended the life of war correspondent Ernie Pyle in the final days of World War II, Americans mourned him in the same breath as they mourned Franklin Roosevelt. To millions, the loss...


Fall On Your Knees

Commonwealth Best First Book Prize 1997

by Ann-Marie MacDonald Free Press (January 25, 2011)

The Piper family is steeped in secrets, lies, and unspoken truths. At the eye of the storm is one secret that threatens to shake their lives -- even destroy them.

Set on stormy Cape Breton Island off Nova Scotia,...


The Prize

Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction 1992

by Daniel Yergin Free Press (April 05, 2011)

Deemed "the best history of oil ever written" by Business Week and with more than 300,000 copies in print, Daniel Yergin’s Pulitzer Prize–winning account of the global pursuit of oil, money, and power has...


The Denial of Death

Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction 1974

by Ernest Becker Free Press (November 01, 2007)

Winner of the Pulitzer prize in 1974 and the culmination of a life's work, The Denial of Death is Ernest Becker's brilliant and impassioned answer to the "why" of human existence. In bold contrast to the predominant...