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Archive - 2009 Nominations

Selected Book:

  • Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace...One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin

Selection Finalists:


The Interpreters by Wole Soyinka
In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alverez
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace ... One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
When a Crocodile Eats the Sun: A Memoir of Africa by Peter Godwin
Maus: A Survivor's Tale by Art Spiegelman
Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World by Tracy Kidder
The Two Cultures by C.P. Snow
There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America by Alex Kotlowitz
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
The Brief Wondorous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation by Eboo Patel


Additional Nominations:


1984 by George Orwell
90 Minutes in Heaven by Don Piper
A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter Miller
A Hope in the Unseen by Ron Suskind
A Personal Matter by Kensaburo Oe
A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
A Star Called Henry by Roddy Doyle
A Thousand Spendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
A Void by Georges Perec
A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers will Rule the Future by Daniel Pink
A Woman in Jerusalem by A.B. Yehoshua
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Admission by Travis Thrasher
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
The Alchemist by Paulo Coello
An Ordinary Man by Paul Rusesabagina
Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
Animal Vegetable Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver
Ask the Dust by John Fante
The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X
The Awakening by Kate Chopin
The Bastard of Istanbul by Elif Shafak
Beasts of No Nation by Usodinma Iweala
Becoming Naomi Leon by Pam Muñoz Ryan
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
The Boat by Nam Le
Candide by Francois-Marie Arouet (Voltaire)
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Choosing Civility: The Twenty-five Rules of Considerate Conduct by P.M. Forni
The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean Auel
The Color of Water by James McBride
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Crossing the Unknown Sea: Work at a Pilgrimage of Identity by David White
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddan
Cyrano De Bergerac by Edmond Rostand
Death Be Not Proud: A Memoir by John Gunther
Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil by Hannah Arendt
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing
Escape From Saddam: The Incredible True Story of One Man's Journey to Freedom by Lewis Alsamari
The Fall of Constantinople 1453 by Steven Runciman
Falling Free by Lois McMaster Bujold
Falling Leaves: The Memoir of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter by Adeline Yen Mah
Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser
Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climage Change by Elizabeth Kolbert
The Giver by Lois Lowery
The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
Grayson by Lynne Cox
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond
The Gunslinger by Stephen King
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Hiroshima by John Hershey
The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution by Thomas Friedman
Houseboy by Ferdinand Leopold Oyono
The Ice Palace by Tarjei Vesaas
The Intention Experiment: Using Your Thoughts to Change Your Life and the World by Lynne McTaggart
The Intuitionist by Colson Whitehead
Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit by Daniel Quinn
Island by Aldous Huxley
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
The Last Shot: City Streets, Basketball Dreams by Darcy Frey
Like Water for Chocolate: A Novel in Monthly Installments with Recipes, Romances, and Home Remedies by Laura Esquivel
The Lost: A Search for Six of the Six Million by Daniel Mendelsohn
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
The Mayan Code: Time Acceleration and Awakening the World Mind by Barbara Hand Clow
Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
Miracle at St. Anna by James McBride
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein
My Brain Is Open: The Mathematical Journey of Paul Erdos by Bruce Schechter
Night by Elie Wiesel
Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
No Logo: No Space, No Choice, No Jobs by Naomi Klein
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan
On the Road by Jack Kerouac
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marques
The Party's Over: Oil, War, and the Fate of Industrial Societies by Richard Heinberg
Passion for the Possible: A Guide to Realizing Your True Potential by Jean Houston
The People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
The Post-American World by Fareed Zakaria
The Power of Now - A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle
Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld
Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Adichie
The Ravaging Tide: Strange Weather, Future Katrinas, and the Coming Death of America's Coastal Cities by Mike Tidwell
The Razor's Edge by W. Somerset Maugham
Run by Ann Patchett
Saturday by Ian McEwan
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein
Shogun by James Clavell
Silent Snow: The Slow Poisoning of the Arctic by Marla Cone
Soul of a Citizen: Living With Conviction in a Cynical Time by Paul Rogat Loeb
The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein
The Pact by Sampson Davis
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
Think Big: Unleashing Your Potential for Excellence by Ben Carson
This I Believe: The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women by Jay Allison
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Tortilla Curtain by T.C. Boyle
Tuesdays with Morie by Mitch Albom
The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael Singer
Watch Your Mouth by Daniel Handler
What Are Old People For? by William Thomas
The Word for World is Forest by Ursula LeGuin
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks
The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dustbowl by Timothy Egan
The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story by Diane Ackerman

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