The Five People You Meet In Heaven Mitch Albom
The Devil in the White City Erik Larson
Lolita Vladimir Nabokov
The Bookseller of Kabul Asne Seierstad
Mrs. Kimble Jennifer Haigh
Birds Without Wings Louis de Bernieres
The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness Simon Wiesenthal
Cold Sassy Tree Olive Ann Burns
Truth & Beauty: A Friendship Ann Patchett
Gilead Marilynne Robinson
A Thread of Grace Mary Doria Russell
Also considered
Reading Lolita in Tehran Azar Nafisi
Mountains Beyond Mountains: Healing the World: The Quest of Doctor Paul Farmer Tracy Kidder
Daughter of Fortune Isabel Allende
Infinite Plan Isabel Alende
Gut Symmetries Jeanette Winterson
No Great Mischief Alistair MacLeod
Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy
Henderson The Rain King Saul Bellow
Brideshead Revisited Evelyn Waugh
The Dive From Clausen's Pier Ann Packer
Wicked Gregory Maguire
The Color of Water James McBride
A Confederacy of Dunces John Kennedy Toole
Little Women Louisa May Alcott
Daughter of Persia Sattareh Farman Farmaian
The Master Butchers Singing Club Louise Erdych
Fidelity Wendell Berry
The Audacity of Hope Barack Obama
The Historian Elizabeth Kostova
And Then There Were None Agatha Christie
Also considered
Bad Blood Lorna Sage
March Geraldine Brooks
Inheritance of Loss Kiran Desai
Angle of Repose Wallace Stegner
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close Jonathan Safran Froer
The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency Alexander McCall Smith
[Sorry -- I didn't get the title] Alexander McCall Smith
Palace of Desire Naguib Mahfouz
Rock and Roll Radical Chuck Laszevsky
Biography of a Face Lucy Grealy
Facts Behind Helsinki… Yann Martell
Eat, Pray, Love Elizabeth Gilbert
A Canticle for Liebowitz Walter M. Miller, Jr.
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan Lisa See
Matrimony Joshua Henkin
Seduction of Water Carol Goodman
The Sparrow Mary Doria Russell
The Wild Birds Wendell Berry
Interpreter of Maladies Jhumpa Lahiri
Water for Elephants Sara Gruen
Small Island Andrea Levy
Reluctant Fundamentalist Mohsin Hamid
Also considered
A Thousand Splendid Suns Khaled Hosseini
Bel Canto Ann Patchett
My Antonia Willa Cather
House of Sand and Fog Andre Dubus III
Atonement Ian McEwan
Temple of My Familiar Alice Walker
A Fine Balance Rohinton Mistry
Why Gender Matters Leonard Sax
Deadwood Beetle Mylene Dressler
Time Travelers Wife Audrey Niffenegger
Suite Francaise Irene Nemirovsky
2008-2009 (All Award Winners)
Watership Down Richard Adams
The Human Stain Philip Roth
All the King's Men Robert Penn Warren
Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay Michael Chabon
One of Ours Willa Cather
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell Susanna Clark
Echo Maker Richard Powers
The Old Man and the Sea Hemingway
The War of Don Emmanuel's Nether Parts Louise de Bernieres
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
Snow Falling on Cedars David Guterson
Also considered
The Real Thing
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
The Green Grass Sea
Tree of Smoke
The Janissary Tree
A Thousand Acres
The Year of Magical Thinking
What the Thunder Said
For the Classics slot
One of Ours
To Kill a Mockingbird
Wuthering Heights
Old Man and the Sea
Mentioned (but not put up for voting)
Celestine Prophecy
Cold Mountain
This Republic of Suffering
Dracula Bram Stoker
Award Winners
The Emperor's Children Claire Messud
Unaccustomed Earth Jhumpa Lahiri
Olive Kitteridge Elizabeth Strout
Bel Canto Ann Patchett
Dreamers of the Day Mary Doria Russell
Sula Toni Morrison
Yiddish Policeman's Union Michael Chabon
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle David Wroblewski
Three Novels: Nathan + 2 others Wendell Berry
An American Childhood Anne Dillard
Also considered
Grapes of Wrath Steinbeck
Brothers Karamazov Dostoyevsky
Cousin Bette Balzac
Award winners
Disgrace J.M. Coetzee
Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks E. Lockhart
Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Junot Diaz
Home Marilynne Robinson
Plague of Doves Louise Erdrich
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress Dai Siijie
The Great Man Kate Christensen
Out Stealing Horses Per Patterson
So Long, See You Tomorrow William Maxwell
The Janissary Tree Jason Goodwin
Inez of My Soul Isabelle Allende
I Am the Messenger Markus Zusak
Lost City of Z David Grann
What is the What Dave Eggers
Known World Edward P. Jones
America, America Ethan Canin
Madame Bovary Flaubert
A Short History of Nearly Everything Bill Bryson
Little Bee Chris Cleeve
The Brothers Karamazov Dostoyevsky
Alias Grace Margaret Atwood
Out Stealing Horses Per Patterson
My Antonia Willa Cather
I'm Not Scared Niccolo Ammaniti
Pillars of the Earth Ken Follett
Hunger Games Suzanne Collins
Their Eyes Were Watching God Zora Neale Hurston
Also Considered
Cutting for Stone Abraham Verghese
Zertoun Dave Eggers
The Dog Says How Kevin Kling
Pass the Polenta Teresa Lust
The Farming of Bone Edwidge Danticat
Founding Mothers Coki Roberts
Kitchen Confidential Anthony Bourdain
The Glass Castle: A Memoir Jeanette Walls
One Good Turn Kate Atkinson
Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
The Elegance of the Hedgehog Muriel Burbery
Ordinary Wolves Seth Kantner
Murder in the Cathedral T.S. Eliot
Links Nuruddin Farah
The Maples Stories John Updike
Death Comes for the Archbishop Willa Cather
The History of Love Nicole Krauss
Cleopatra Stacy Schiff
Never Let Me Go Kazuo Ishiguro
Cutting for Stone Abraham Verghese
Also Considered
The Good Earth Pearl S. Buck
Angle of Repose Wallace Stegner
Middlemarch George Eliot
State of Wonder Ann Patchett
Road from Coorain Jill Ker Conway
The Art of Racing in the Rain Garth Stein
Blindness Jose Saramago
Atonement Ian McEwan
The Tiger's Wife Tea Obreht
Freedom Jonathan Franzen
Hummingbird's Daughter Luis Alberto Urrea
God of Carnage Yasmina Reza
A Novel Bookstore Laurence Cossa and Alison Anderson
Zeitoun Dave Eggers

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