5 of the Most Popular Pulitzer Prize Winning Books of All Time

5 of the Most Popular Pulitzer Prize Winning Books of All Time

Pulitzer Prize

Established in 1917, the Pulitzer Prize honours excellence in journalism and the arts.

1. The Goldfinch: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) – Donna Tartt

Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don’t know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his longing for his mother, he clings to the one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

2. The Orphan Master’s Son: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) – Adam Johnson

The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson is set in modern day North Korea. North Korea epitomizes Orwellian horror. This is a country where you can be condemned for no more reason than that the poster of Kim Jong Il on your wall has a torn corner, where children spy on their parents and starvation is a way of life.

3. Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides

A moving portrait of the Stephanides family and their immigration to America from Greece, the novel focuses primarily on the character of Calliope Stephanides, whose agonizingly awkward adolescence is both embarrassingly familiar and simultaneously foreign and astonishing. 

4. The Road – Cormac McCarthy

The Road is a work of stunning, savage, heartbreaking beauty. Set in the post-apocalyptic hell of an unending nuclear winter, Cormac McCarthy writes about a nameless man and his young son, wandering through a world gone crazy; bleak, cold, dark, where the snow falls down gray; moving south toward the coast, looking somewhere, anywhere, for life and warmth.

5. The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer – Siddhartha Mukherjee

Dr Siddhartha Mukherjee, a medical oncologist, has written a definitive history of cancer. It may be one of the best medical books I have read. Complex but simple in terms of understanding.

5 Non-Fiction Pulitzer Prize Winning Must Read Books

5 Non-Fiction Pulitzer Prize Winning Must Read Books

Pulitzer Prize Winners

The Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction is one of the seven Pulitzer Prizes that are annually awarded. They have been awarding the prize since 1917, and below we have compiled the best of the non-fiction winners that we believe are a must read for anyone who is interested in politcal science and the current affairs of the world.

These books are about our history, both as humans and as civilizations, as well as charting some of the most serious issues that we have had to deal with as a global society in the previous 50 years.

5 Pulitzer Prize Winning Books To Read Before You Die

1. 1998 Pulitzer Prize Winner:

Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies Jared Diamond

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Jared Diamonds book on the history of the worlds civilizations is not an easy read, but for such a vast subject matter, it takes time and a lot of detail to show how the world became the way it is now, and how certain civilizations thrived while others were destroyed by either guns, germs or steel.

2. 1992 Pulitzer Prize Winner:

The Prize: The Epic Quest For Oil, Money & Power – Daniel Yergin

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Deemed “the best history of oil ever written” by Business Week, Daniel Yergin’s Pulitzer Prize–winning account of the global pursuit of oil, money, and power has been extensively updated to address the current energy crisis.

3. 1978 Pulitzer Prize Winner:

The Dragons of Eden: Speculations on the Evolution of Human Intelligence – Carl Sagan

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Carl Sagan really does a great job of going step by step, through the brain, explaining the processes, and giving a clear understanding to the reader of how we can see the evolution of our brains from those of lowly worms, to fish, reptiles, mammals, and eventually us.

4. 2011 Pulitzer Prize Winner:

The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer – Siddhartha Mukherjee

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This is a very interesting study of the history of cancer treatment and research.

5. 2007 Pulitzer Prize Winner:

The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 – Lawrence Wright

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A gripping narrative that spans five decades, The Looming Tower explains in unprecedented detail the growth of Islamic fundamentalism, the rise of al-Qaeda, and the intelligence failures that culminated in the attacks on the World Trade Center.

Nobel Prize in Literature: 6 Classic Winners You Must Read

Nobel Prize in Literature: 6 Classic Winners You Must Read

The Nobel Prize in Literature is considered the highest honor for any author to accomplish, and as you would expect, some of the best pieces of literature of the last hundred years have been awarded the prize (See Man Booker Prize Winners here). There have been 101 winners of the prize and below, we have compiled the 6 books that have won and must be read by everyone. Let us know what you think in the comments beow.

Nobel Prize in Literature: 6 Top Winning Books You Must Read

1. Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck

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Nobel Prize winning author John Steinbeck gives us the story of a two lonely and alienated men who work as farm laborers, drifting from job to job in California. Lennie is gentle giant, physically strong but mentally retarded. George guides and protects Lennie but also depends on him for companionship. Together, they have a dream to someday buy a little farm where they can grow crops and raise rabbits and live happily ever after.

2. Lord of the Flies – William Golding

Nobel Prize in Literature

Lord of the Flies is much more than an adventure story about good little boys. It is an exploration into the darker side of man and the true source of the “beast,” or the Devil.

Meet Ralph, who represents sanity, common sense, and the conscience of man; Jack, who loves nothing more than hunting, blood, and power, and who Freudians might say embodies the Id; Piggy, who personifies intelligence, logic, and reason; and Simon, who discovers the true nature of the beast and represents a ray of hope for mankind.

3. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

Nobel Prize in Literature

One Hundred Years of Solitude, the greatest of all Latin American novels is the magic and multi-layered epic of the Buendia family and the story of their jungle settlement, Macondo.
Like many other epics, this book has deeply-rooted connections with historical reality, i.e., the development of Colombia since its independence from Spain in the early 19th century. The story of the Buendia family is obviously a metaphor for Colombia in the neocolonial period as well as a narrative concerning the myths in Latin American history.

4. The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway

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With “The Old Man and the Sea,” it is so easy to see why Hemingway was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, and why he deserves all of his accolades. This short novel is fierce, full of vibrant energy and humanity, all the while being a slave to the realities of finite power, of the inability to struggle against something greater than yourself. Of course, this is the standard “man against nature” story, but it is told with such craft that even cliches ring true.

5. Siddhartha – Hermann Hesse

Nobel Prize in Literature

Set in ancient India, Siddhartha clearly owes much to both Buddhism and Hinduism, however the philosophy embodied in Siddhartha is both unique and quite complex, despite the lyrically beautiful simplicity of the plot. Siddhartha is that most unusual of all stories — one that follows a character throughout most of his life . . . and describes that life in terms of a spiritual journey. For those who are ready to think about what their spiritual journey can be, Siddhartha will be a revelation.

6. The Plague Albert Camus

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The plague is said to be an allegory for fascism and totalitarianism. The novel deals largely with individuals’ varying reactions to the plague as it emerges and settles in on the city of Oran. Only those who act or are important in the development of the scene are named, and though many of the characters perceive reality differently, we are able to sympathize with where they are coming from.