Pulitzer Prizes 2023: A Guide to the Winning Books and Finalists

Recognized as Pulitzer Prize winners or finalists on Monday were 19 books in the categories of general history, biography, poetry, general non-fiction and fiction, with a surprising 2. There was an award winner.


Kingsolver’s story is a retelling of Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield, with an Appalachian focus. It follows a young man named Damon who battles poverty and addiction in his rural community, but also tracks the development of his artistic consciousness. “The devil blossoms into a true artist and obtains all the rewards associated with his mission in modern-day America.


This thrilling novel traces the history of wealth in the 20th century and focuses on the marriage of a reclusive financier to his eccentric and brilliant wife. Each of his four sections of the book subverts everything the reader thought they knew about the story, making them question the human cost of wealth. Diaz’s debut, In the Distance, Pulitzer Prize Finalist 2018.

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fiction finalist: Immortal King Raoto Vahini Vala

This debut novel deals with climate change, capitalism (corporations have replaced the US government), family ties, and centers on Athena’s relationship with her aging father. Our reviewer called the book “not only beautiful and brilliant, heartbreaking and wise, but it may be controversial to list it on its list of virtues, but it is in fact essential to its success.” ‘ he called.



This compelling book revisits four notable moments in a generational conflict between Alabama whites and the federal government. These periods, including the Jim Crow era and attempts by Governor George Wallace and others to override the civil rights reforms of his 1950s and 1960s, have led Cowie to believe that the exercise of liberty is often white supremacist. We can explore how it was tied to the politics of the ism. As Jeff Chessol wrote in his review, “This is essential reading for anyone wishing to understand the 200-plus-year-old unholy nexus between racism and a bitter hatred of government.”

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history finalist: Watergate: A New History» Garrett M. Graff

The chart provides a detailed account of the scandal that has captivated America for 50 years. Our reviewer Douglas Brinkley praised this “thrilling” history, writing, “Graff delves into the white-collar criminals, hatchet men and rogues who lived in the outer circles of Nixon’s covert operations.” I am writing,” he said.

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history finalist: “Seeing Red: Indigenous Lands, American Expansion, and the Political Economy of Plunder in North America” ​​by Michael John Wittgen

Wittgen Historian at Columbia Universitythe story of the Anisinabegs who resisted colonial advances in their lands (now Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin) and used their cultural and political knowledge to protect their members.

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Hoover’s first large-scale study in decades complicates Hoover’s legacy and urges readers to pay more attention to the former longtime FBI director. Critic Jennifer Zalai wrote, “This is a human biography.”


biography finalist: His name is George Floyd,Robert Samuels and Torce Orolnipa

Two Washington Post journalists offer a thoughtful and nuanced study of Floyd’s life and his murder by police in 2020. A dream with a muscular exterior and a gentle soul that fights pain, anxiety, claustrophobia and depression. (This title won the Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction this year.)


biography finalist: Mr. B: George Balanchine’s Twentieth Century,Jennifer Homans

This book is a sensitive portrait of George Balanchine, the Russian-born choreographer who still has a profound influence on ballet today. Our critic Dwight Garner said the book “knows when to expand and when to collapse, makes unexpected connections, and knows when its subject will pinch, borrow, or steal.” It is a serious act of cultural restoration by a writer who

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“Stay True” is about the intense college friendship between Su, the son of immigrants from Taiwan, and Ken, a Japanese-American whose family has lived in the United States for generations. In her review, critic Jennifer Zalai called it a “silent suffering” memoir, adding, “To say this book is about grief or growing up doesn’t do it justice.” I got

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memoir finalist: “The Man Who Moved the Clouds”, Ingrid Rojas Contreras

In what Miguel Salazar, who reviewed the book for The Times, called “a fascinating, genre-bending ancestral history” that reads like a Gabriel Garcia Marquez novel, Rojas Contreras tells the story of her family. Stories include a grandfather who was a respected shaman, an aunt who was a fortune teller, abuse and alcoholism, and violent encounters with Colombian militias. I’m here.

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memoir finalist: ‘Easy Beauty’ by Chloe Cooper Jones

Jones, who was born with sacral agenesis, is excluded from “easy beauty,” writes Kate Tuttle in The New York Times. “By rejecting the negative gaze of others on her, Jones stands in the light of her own highly capable self.”

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The collection includes a selection of Philippe’s work from the past few years, the lyrical prose memoir ‘Among the Trees’ and the chapbook ‘Star Map with Action Figures’.

From his poem “In a Field, at Sunset”:

“When he asked if I still loved him, I didn’t answer/I didn’t answer./Of course I loved him./By then, he was lost/and It was almost like a rhyme between.

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poetry finalist: “Still Life” by Jay Hopler

After receiving a terminal cancer diagnosis, Hopler put together this heartbreaking, dark and funny collection. Hopler said he passed away in June 2022.


poetry finalist: “Blood Snow”, dg nanouk okpik

Alaska Native poet Okpick wrote about the loss of his homeland to rising temperatures.


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Samuels and Orolnipa, Washington Post journalists conducted hundreds of interviews to piece together the life and family history of George Perry Floyd, Jr., who was murdered by police in Minneapolis in 2020, citing structural racism and It sparked outcry and public acclaim for police violence. In their biography, the nuanced, shy, open-minded, troubled man who dreamed of becoming an athlete but had to contend with “the cruel reality of growing up black and poor.” I am painting a portrait.


General Nonfiction Finalist: “Wild and Broken Sounds: Sonic Wonders, Evolutionary Creativity, and the Perils of Sensory Extinction” by David George Haskell

Haskell explores the evolution of animal communication and bird song, and delves into human language and music. It also delves into how civilization seeks to disrupt rich soundscapes through ocean noise pollution and the destruction of animal ecosystems.


General Nonfiction Finalist: “The Kingdom of Letters: The Language Revolution That Modernized China,” by Jing Tsu

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A cultural historian and literary scholar of contemporary China, Tsu examines how language helped China evolve into a global superpower. The book follows the linguistic pioneers who contributed to the modernization of the Chinese script and language, including a Chinese Muslim poet, his computer engineer, and an exiled political reformer.

General Nonfiction Finalist: “Under the Skin: The Hidden Cost of Racism to American Lives and the Health of Our Nation,” by Linda Villarosa

In “Under the Skin,” Villarosa, professor of journalism at the City University of New York and contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, explores racial prejudice and disparities in healthcare in America, and how the healthcare system differentiates itself. We are investigating whether Mistreatment of black patients stems from structural and environmental racism.

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