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Read Up on the Recipients of the 2016 Pulitzer Prizes

The Pulitzer Prizes were awarded Monday and, as we’re sure you’ve already heard, the big poster child this year was everyone’s favorite, Lin-Manuel Miranda, for his unstoppable musical HamiltonIn your completely justified celebration, however, you might’ve missed some other, wonderful works that deserve your attention as well. There was The Sympathizer, the debut novel about a Vietnamese spy in wartime, and Black Flags, the extensive chronicle on the rise of ISIS that beat out popular favorite Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. If you consider yourself a book aficionado, these 18 books beckon at least a read-through. Check out the full list of non-book winners and finalists here

Fiction:

Winner:

The Sympathizer, by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Finalists:

Get in Trouble: Stories, by Kelly Link

Maud’s Line, by Margaret Verble

 

Drama:  

Winner:

Hamilton, by Lin-Manuel Miranda

Finalists:

Gloria, by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

The Humans, by Stephen Karam 

 

History:  

Winner:

Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America, by T.J. Stiles

Finalists:

Marching Home: Union Veterans and Their Unending Civil War, by Brian Matthew Jordan 

Target Tokyo: Jimmy Doolittle and the Raid That Avenged Pearl Harborby James M. Scott 

The Pentagon’s Brain: An Uncensored History of DARPA, America’s Top-Secret Military Research Agency, by Annie Jacobsen 

 

Biography/Autobiography: 

Winner:

Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life, by William Finnegan

Finalists:

Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America, by T.J. Stiles

The Light of the World: A Memoir, by Elizabeth Alexander

 

Poetry: 

Winner:

Ozone Journal, by Peter Balakian

Finalists:

Alive: New and Selected Poems, by Elizabeth Willis

Four-Legged Girl, by Diane Seuss

 

General Nonfiction: 

Winner:

Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS, by Joby Warrick 

Finalists:

Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates

If the Oceans Were Ink: An Unlikely Friendship and a Journey to the Heart of the Quran, by Carla Power