Best Book Awards

2006
March by Geraldine Brooks (winner)

2005
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson (winner)

2004
The Known World by Edward P Jones (winner)

2003
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides (winner)

2002
Empire Falls by Richard Russo (winner)

2001
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon (winner)

2000
Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri (winner)

1999
The Hours by Michael Cunningham (winner)

1998
American Pastoral by Philip Roth (winner)

1996
Independence Day by Richard Ford (winner)

1995
The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields (winner)

1994
The Shipping News by Annie Proulx (winner)

1993
A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain by Robert Olen Butler (winner)

1992
A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley (winner)

1991
Rabbit at Rest by John Updike (winner)

1990
The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love by Oscar Hijuelos (winner)

1989
Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler (winner)

1988
Beloved by Toni Morrison (winner)

1987
A Summons to Memphis by Peter Taylor (winner)

1986
Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry (winner)

1985
Foreign Affairs by Alison Lurie (winner)

1984
Ironweed by William Kennedy (winner)

1983
The Color Purple by Alice Walker (winner)

1982
Rabbit Is Rich by John Updike (winner)

1981
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole (winner)

1980
The Executioner’s Song by Norman Mailer (winner)

1979
The Stories of John Cheever by John Cheever (winner)

1978
Elbow Room by James Alan McPherson (winner)

1976
Humboldt’s Gift by Saul Bellow (winner)

1975
The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara (winner)

1973
The Optimist’s Daughter by Eudora Welty (winner)

1972
Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner (winner)

1970
Collected Stories by Jean Stafford (winner)

1969
House Made of Dawn by N Scott Momaday (winner)