National Book Critics Circle
2016 (Fiction)
LaRose
Click to search this book in our catalog   Louise Erdrich
2016 (General NonFiction)
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
Click to search this book in our catalog   Matthew Desmond
 
2016 (Biography)
Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life
 Ruth Franklin
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2016 (Poetry)
House of Lords and Commons
 Ishion Hutchinson
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2016 (Criticism)
White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide
Click to search this book in our catalog   Carol Anderson
2015 (Fiction)
The Sellout: A Novel
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2015 (General NonFiction)
Dreamland: The True Tale of Americas Opiate Epidemic
 Sam Quinones
Book list *Starred Review* Heroin addiction has evolved from back-alley ghettos to suburban shopping malls, changing hearts and minds about how it is...More
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2015 (Biography)
Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley
 Charlotte Gordon
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2015 (Autobiography)
Negroland: A Memoir
Click to search this book in our catalog   Margo Jefferson
Library Journal Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Jefferson relates her upbringing among America's black elite. (LJ 9/15/15) © Copyright 2015. Libra...More
2015 (Poetry)
Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude
Click to search this book in our catalog   Ross Gay
Book list The Bloomington Community Orchard must have spread its roots into Ross Gay, an Indiana University English professor, as the organic poems i...More
 
2015 (Criticism)
The Argonauts
 Maggie Nelson
Publishers Weekly In a fast-shifting terrain of "homonormativity," Nelson, poet and author of numerous works of gender and sexuality (The A...More
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2014 (Fiction)
Lila
 Marilynne Robinson
Publishers Weekly This third of three novels set in the fictional plains town of Gilead, Iowa, is a masterpiece of prose in the service of the mora...More
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2014 (General NonFiction)
A brief history of seven killings : a novel
Click to search this book in our catalog   Marlon James
Library Journal In his novels, Jamaican-born James centers on his homeland while giving larger scope to the African diaspora in caustically beautiful...More
2014 (Biography)
Tennessee williams : mad pilgrimage of the flesh.
Click to search this book in our catalog   John Lahr
Publishers Weekly Writing with sympathy and insight, former New Yorker drama critic Lahr (Prick Up Your Ears) invests the Tennessee Williams of thi...More
 
2014 (Autobiography)
Cant we talk about something more pleasant?
 Roz Chast
School Library Journal Adult/HS-Veteran New Yorker cartoonist Chast powerfully recounts her parents' decline through weakness, senility, and deat...More
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2014 (Poetry)
Citizen : an american lyric.
 Claudia Rankine
Library Journal Longlisted for the 2014 National Book Award in poetry, this follow up to Don't Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric brings togethe...More
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2014 (Criticism)
The Essential Ellen Willis
Click to search this book in our catalog   Ellen Willis
2013 (Fiction)
Americanah
Click to search this book in our catalog   Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Library Journal Ifemelu, the Nigerian expat and Princeton lecturer at the heart of this latest novel by Orange Prize winner Adichie (Half of a Yell...More
 
2013 (General Nonfiction)
Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital
 Sheri Fink
Book list *Starred Review* As the floodwaters rose after Hurricane Katrina, patients, staff, and families who sheltered in New Orleans' Memorial ...More
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2013 (Biography)
Jonathan Swift: His Life and His World
 Leo Damrosch
Choice More than 50 years after the first volume appeared and 30 after the set was completed, Irvin Ehrenpreis's Swift: The Man, His Works, and t...More
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2013 (Autobiography)
Farewell, Fred Voodoo: A Letter from Haiti
Click to search this book in our catalog   Amy Wilentz
Library Journal Haiti has been marked by colonial oppression, revolution, dictators, and foreign occupation by American imperialism-to say nothing ...More
2013 (Poetry)
Metaphysical Dog: Poems
Click to search this book in our catalog   Frank Bidart
Publishers Weekly "At seventy-two, the future is what I mourn," Bidart announces in this starkly inspiring eighth collection. The poet'...More
 
2013 (Criticism)
Distant Reading
 Franco Moretti
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2012 (Fiction)
Billy Lynns Long Halftime Walk
 Ben Fountain
Library Journal Lots of underground anticipation for this first novel from PEN/Hemingway winner Fountain, helped by this movie pitch: "A Catch...More
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2012 (General Nonfiction)
Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity
Click to search this book in our catalog   Andrew Solomon
Publishers Weekly A profoundly moving new work of research and narrative by National Book Award-winner Solomon (The Noonday Demon) explores the way...More
2012 (Biography)
The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson
Click to search this book in our catalog   Robert Caro
Publishers Weekly Caro's Pulitzer-winning multivolume biography reaches a magisterial climax (though not its Vietnam era denouement) in this ri...More
 
2012 (Autobiography)
Swimming Studies
 Leanne Shapton
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2012 (Poetry)
Useless Landscape/A Guide for Boys
 D. A. Powell
Library Journal Poems by Powell (Chronic) are the Apple products of the literary world: sleek, urbane, well-designed marvels. They are so startling...More
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2012 (Criticism)
Strange Magic: Charmed States and the Arabian Nights
Click to search this book in our catalog   Marina Warner
Book list This learned, lively, and well-written book concerns the wide-ranging influence of The Arabian Nights a polyvocal anthology of world myths,...More
2011 (Fiction)
Binocular Vision: New and Selected Stories
Click to search this book in our catalog   Edith Pearlman
Publishers Weekly A finely tuned collection by writer's writer Pearlman combines the best of previous collections (How to Fall; etc.) with aust...More
 
2011 (General Nonfiction)
Libertys Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World
 Maya Jasanoff
Choice Jasanoff (Harvard) calls this the "first global history of the loyalist diaspora," but greater value lies in her meticulous tracking...More
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2011 (Biography)
George F. Kennan: An American Life
 John Lewis Gaddis
Book list *Starred Review* Diplomat and historian Kennan (1904-2005) cooperated with this biography that in its documentary thoroughness and lucidity...More
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2011 (Autobiography)
The Memory Palace: A Memoir
Click to search this book in our catalog   Mira Bartok
Publishers Weekly This moving, compassionately candid memoir by artist and children's book author Bartok describes a life dominated by her gift...More
2011 (Poetry)
Space, in Chains
Click to search this book in our catalog   Laura Kasischke
Publishers Weekly Frightening in its confrontations with death-that of a father and, eventually, of everything-Kasischke's new work is also amb...More
 
2011 (Criticism)
Otherwise Known as the Human Condition: Selected Essays and Reviews
 Geoff Dyer
Publishers Weekly In this new collection of previously published writings, Dyer (Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi) traverses a broad territory str...More
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2010 (Fiction)
A Visit from the Goon Squad
 Jennifer Egan
Book list *Starred Review* Egan is a writer of cunning subtlety, embedding within the risky endeavors of seductively complicated characters a curious...More
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2010 (General Nonfiction)
The Warmth of Other Suns
Click to search this book in our catalog   Isabel Wilkerson
Publishers Weekly Ida Mae Brandon Gladney, a sharecropper's wife, left Mississippi for Milwaukee in 1937, after her cousin was falsely accused o...More
2010 (Biography)
How to Live OR a life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty
Click to search this book in our catalog   Sarah Bakewell
Publishers Weekly Bakewell's biography of Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), the French nobleman and father of the exploratory, free-floating ess...More
 
2010 (Autobiography)
Half a Life
 Darin Strauss
Book list Although the accident was what insurers call a no fault fatality, the moment Strauss' car struck and killed his classmate Celine, a g...More
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2010 (Poetry)
One with Others
 CD Wright
Book list Wright revisits her native Arkansas, during the 1960s, to pay homage to V, a friend and mentor. We learn in a percussively expressive mix o...More
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2010 (Criticism)
Lyric Poetry and Modern Politics
Click to search this book in our catalog   Clare Cavanagh
Choice Extraordinarily rich and sophisticated in its comparative grasp of poetry, this volume may establish a new standard in literary criticism. Ca...More
2009 (Fiction)
Wolf Hall
Click to search this book in our catalog   Hilary Mantel
Book list Mantel fictionalizes the life and times of Thomas Cromwell, crafty architect of Henry VIII's annulment from Catherine of Aragon, the ex...More
 
2009 (General Nonfiction)
The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science
 Richard Holmes
Book list As a researcher of British science during the Romantic period of English literature, Holmes suitably emphasizes the individual facing natur...More
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2009 (Biography)
Cheever: A life
 Blake Bailey
Library Journal Bailey, author of a biography of Richard Yates (A Tragic Honesty) and editor of the Library of America's John Cheever: Complete...More
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2009 (Autobiography)
Somewhere Towards the End
Click to search this book in our catalog   Diana Athill
Publishers Weekly When it comes to facing old age, writes Athill, "there are no lessons to be learnt, no discoveries to be made, no solutions t...More
2009 (Poetry)
Versed
Click to search this book in our catalog   Rae Armantrout
Publishers Weekly In recent years, Armantrout's reputation has soared-she began in the '70s as an obscure, early practitioner of language po...More
 
2009 (Criticism)
Notes from No Mans Land: American Essays
 Eula Biss
Book list *Starred Review* Biss calls our attention to things so intrinsic to our lives they have become invisible, such as telephone poles and our a...More
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2008 (Criticism)
Childrens Literature: A Readers History from Aesop to Harry Potter (University of Chicago Press)
 Seth Lerer
Library Journal Apropos of his subject matter, Lerer (English & comparative literature, Stanford; Inventing English) has accomplished something mag...More
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2008 (Poetry)
Sleeping It Off in Rapid City (Farrar, Strauss)
Click to search this book in our catalog   August Kleinzahler
Publishers Weekly The witty, gritty poet and memoirist Kleinzahler (The Strange Hours Travellers Keep) has produced chiseled, sometimes curt and fi...More
2008 (Poetry)
Half the World in Light(University of Arizona Press)
Click to search this book in our catalog   Juan Felipe Herrera
Library Journal Herrera has been honing his writing for 40 years, through 12 collections, so it's hardly surprising that it's so deep. Just ...More
 
2008 (Autobiography)
My Fathers Paradise: A Sons Search for His Jewish Past in Kurdish Iraq
 Ariel Sabar
Book list For almost 3,000 years, a tiny Jewish enclave existed in what is now the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq. The Jews and their Chr...More
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2008 (Biography)
The World Is What It Is: The Authorized Biography of V.S. Naipaul
 Patrick French
Book list *Starred Review* Nobel laureate Naipaul's readers know of his fierce intellect and literary prowess, his irascibility and pitiless cond...More
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2008 (General Nonfiction)
The Forever War
Click to search this book in our catalog   Dexter Filkins
Book list Filkins, foreign correspondent for the New York Times, has covered the struggle against Islamic extremism in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Ira...More
2008 (Fiction)
2666
Click to search this book in our catalog   Roberto Bolaño
Library Journal This sprawling, digressive, Jamesian "loose, baggy monster" reads like five independent but interrelated novels, connected...More
 
2009 (Fiction)
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
 Junot Diaz
Library Journal Having caught everyone's attention with his short stories, D!az offers a debut novel starring ghetto geek Oscar, whose family l...More
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2008 (Nonfiction)
Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experiments on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present
 Harriet Washington
Publishers Weekly This groundbreaking study documents that the infamous Tuskegee experiments, in which black syphilitic men were studied but not tr...More
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2008 (Biography)
Stanley, the Impossible Life of Africas Greatest Explorer
Click to search this book in our catalog   Tim Jeal
Book list *Starred Review* The great European colonial empires are long gone, and imperialist is usually used as a pejorative term. So it is perhaps ...More
2007 (Fiction)
The Inheritance of Loss
Click to search this book in our catalog   Kiran Desai
Publishers Weekly This stunning second novel from Desai (Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard) is set in mid-1980s India, on the cusp of the Nepalese mo...More
 
2007 (Nonfiction)
Rough Crossings: Britain, the Slaves and the American Revolution
 Simon Schama
Choice This powerful, engaging narrative tells the rich story of African American loyalists, their British supporters, and their adversaries from the...More
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2007 (Biography)
James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon
 Julie Phillips
Publishers Weekly Journalist Phillips has achieved a wonder: an evenhanded, scrupulously documented, objective yet sympathetic portrait of a delibe...More
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2006 (Fiction)
The March
Click to search this book in our catalog   E. L. Doctorow
Library Journal The author who made the historical novel a real literary event returns with the story of General Sherman's march through Georgi...More
2006 (Nonfiction)
Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of Nuclear Disaster
Click to search this book in our catalog   Svetlana Alexievich
Publishers Weekly A chorus of fatalism, stoic bravery and black, black humor is sounded in this haunting oral history of the 1986 nuclear reactor c...More
 
2006 (Biography)
American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer
 Kai Bird
Publishers Weekly Though many recognize Oppenheimer (1904-1967) as the father of the atomic bomb, few are as familiar with his career before and af...More
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2005 (Fiction)
Gilead
 Marilynne Robinson
Library Journal As his life winds down, Rev. John Ames relates the story of his own father and grandfather, both preachers but one a pacifist and o...More
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2005 (Nonfiction)
The Reformation: A History
Click to search this book in our catalog   Diarmaid MacCulloch
Library Journal Does the world really need another general history of the Reformation? MacCulloch (history of the Church, Oxford Univ.; Thomas Cran...More
2005 (Biography)
De Kooning: An American Master
Click to search this book in our catalog   Mark Stevens
Publishers Weekly This sweeping biography, 10 years in the making, chronicles in fastidious detail de Kooning's rise from his humble beginnings ...More
 
2004 (Fiction)
The Known World
 Edward P. Jones
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2004 (Nonfiction)
Sons of Mississippi
 Paul Hendrickson
Library Journal Hendrickson (The Living and the Dead) uses a photograph published in the July 1962 Life magazine as a focus for examining race and ...More
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2004 (Biography)
Khrushchev: The Man and His Era
Click to search this book in our catalog   William Taubman
Publishers Weekly Amherst College political science professor Taubman's thorough and nuanced account is the first full-length American biography...More
2003 (Fiction)
Atonement
Click to search this book in our catalog   Ian McEwan
 
2003 (Nonfiction)
A Problem From Hell
 Samantha Power
Publishers Weekly Power, a former journalist for U.S. News and World Report and the Economist and now the executive director of Harvard's Carr ...More
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2003 (Biography)
Charles Darwin
 Janet Browne
Publishers Weekly When Browne published her first volume on the life of Darwin seven years ago (Charles Darwin: Voyaging), she secured her reputati...More
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2002 (Fiction)
Austerlitz
Click to search this book in our catalog   W. G. Sebald
School Library Journal Winner of the Berlin Literature and Literatur Nord prizes and the Los Angeles Times Book Award, Sebald has previously been p...More
2002 (Nonfiction)
Double Fold
Click to search this book in our catalog   Nicholson Baker
Book list Is it the librarian's job to preserve books as intrinsically valuable objects in themselves, or is it more important for a librarian to...More
 
2002 (Biography)
Boswells Presumptious Task
 Adam Sisman
Choice Sisman's biography of the famous biographer invites comparison with Peter Martin's A Life of James Boswell (CH, Apr'01). Whereas ...More
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2001 (Fiction)
Being Dead
 Jim Crace
Book list In his latest novel, Crace (author of Quarantine, 1998) archly explores life and death and the effect of chance upon the two. From the very...More
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2001 (Nonfiction)
Newjack: Guarding Sing-Sing
Click to search this book in our catalog   Ted Conover
Library Journal Having already documented the lives of illegal aliens (Coyotes) and hoboes (Rolling Nowhere), journalist Conover gives a compelling f...More
2001 (Biography)
Hirohito and the Making of Modern Japan
Click to search this book in our catalog   Herbert Bix
Book list Most postwar histories have portrayed Emperor Hirohito in one of two ways: a shy, hands-off monarch who preferred marine biology to affairs...More
 
2000 (Fiction)
Motherless Brooklyn
 Jonathan Lethem
Book list Here's a detective story with a unique twist: the narrator-protagonist, Lionel Essrog, out to solve the murder of his boss and mentor, ...More
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2000 (Nonfiction)
Time, Love, Memory
 Jonathan Weiner
Book list Geneticist Seymour Benzer is little known outside his specialty, but Weiner lifts him from obscurity in this exploration of Benzer's st...More
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2000 (Biography)
The Hairstons
Click to search this book in our catalog   Henry Wiencek
Library Journal This profile of the Hairstons, a large family of planters and slaves spreading from Virginia and North Carolina to Mississippi, exami...More
1999 (Fiction)
The Love of a Good Woman
Click to search this book in our catalog   Alice Munro
Library Journal In the title story, set in the early spring of 1951, three young boys on a lark make a grim discovery?the drowned body of the town op...More
 
1999 (Nonfiction)
We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families
 Philip Gourevitch
Library Journal In 1994, the world was informed of the inexplicable mass killings in Rwanda, in which over 800,000 were killed in 100 days. Gourevitc...More
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1999 (Biography)
A Beautiful MInd
 Sylvia Nasar
Book list The shadowy line between genius and madness is exemplified in the life of mathematician John Nash, Strangelovian game theorist of nuclear w...More
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1998 (Fiction)
The Blue Flower
Click to search this book in our catalog   Penelope Fitzgerald
Library Journal Fitzgerald never repeats herself, and her latest novel, named Book of the Year by 19 British newspapers in 1995, is her most original...More
1998 (Nonfiction)
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down
Click to search this book in our catalog   Anne Fadiman
Library Journal Award-winning reporter Fadiman has turned what began as a magazine assignment into a riveting, cross-cultural medicine classic in thi...More
 
1998 (Biography)
Ernie Pyles War
 James Tobin
Book list Tobin pays homage to Ernie Pyle, America's most celebrated and beloved war correspondent. Living and working among the troops he so viv...More
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1997 (Fiction)
Women in their Beds
 Gina Berriault
Publishers Weekly Whether focusing on yuppies or drifters, social workers or Indian restaurateurs, heroin addicts or teenage baby-sitters, Berriault ...More
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1997 (Nonfiction)
Bad Land
Click to search this book in our catalog   Jonathan Raban
Library Journal Hunting Mister Heartbreak (LJ 4/15/91) told of British-born Raban's last journey through the United States. Bad Land, emanating f...More
1997 (Biography)
Angelas Ashes
Click to search this book in our catalog   Frank McCourt
School Library Journal YA?Despite impoverishing his family because of his alcoholism, McCourt's father passed on to his son a gift for superb sto...More
 
1996 (Fiction)
Mrs. Ted Bliss
 Stanley Elkin
Library Journal After her husband's death, Dorothy Bliss stays on alone in The Towers, their Miami Beach retirement condo. Everyone continues to ...More
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1996 (Nonfiction)
A Civil Action
 Jonathan Harr
Publishers Weekly This tale of a somewhat quixotic quest by an idealistic young lawyer concerns his efforts to secure damages from two corporate gian...More
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1996 (Biography)
Savage Art
Click to search this book in our catalog   Robert Polito
Publishers Weekly A series of Vintage reprints and Hollywood films like The Getaway and The Grifters have helped develop a wider popular and critical...More
1995 (Fiction)
The Stone Diaries
Click to search this book in our catalog   Carol Shields
Publishers Weekly Canadian writer Shields's novels and short stories ( Swann ; The Republic of Love , etc.) are intensely imagined, humanely gene...More
 
1995 (Nonfiction)
The Rape of Europa
 Lynn Nicholas
Publishers Weekly ``Never had works of art been so important to a political movement and never had they been moved about on such a vast scale.'&#...More
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1995 (Biography)
Shot in the Heart
 Mikal Gilmore
Publishers Weekly Executed by firing squad in Utah in 1977 after murdering two young Mormon men, Gary Gilmore, who insisted he be put to death, gaine...More
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