Book Prizes, 2017

How Emotions are Made; The Secret Life of the Brain by Lisa Barrett. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Pen Americana.

The Butchering At; Joseph Lister’s Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine by Lindsey Fitzharris. Scientific American.

The Greatest Story Ever Told – So Far; Why are we Here? By Lawrence Krauss. Atria Books. Pen Americana.

The Climate Swerve; Reflections on Mind, Hope, and Survival by Robert Lifton . The New Press. Pen Americana.

Growing a Revolution; Bringing Our Soil Back to Life by David Montgomery. W.W. Norton. Pen Americana.

Where the Water Goes; Life and Death Along the Colorado River by David Owen. Riverhead Books. Pen Americana.

No One Cares about Crazy People; The Chaos and Heartbreak of Mental Health in America by Ron Powers. Hachette. Pen Americana.

The Evolution of Beauty; How Darwin’s Forgotten Theory of Mate Choice Shapes the Animal World – And Us by Richard Prum. Doubleday. Pen Americana.

Behave; The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst by Robert Sapolsky. Penguin Press. Pen Americana.

Book Prizes, 2017.

Grant by Ron Chernow. Penguin Press. Pen Americana.

Richard Nixon; The Life by John Farrell. Doubleday. Pen Americana.

Chester B. Himes; A Biography by Lawrence Jackson. W.W. Norton. Pen Americana.

You Say to Brick; The Life of Louis Kahn by Wendy Lesser. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. Pen Americana.

The Kelloggs; The Battling Brothers of Battle Creek by Howard Market. Pantheon Press. Pen Americana.

The Far Away Brothers; Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life by Lauren Markiham. Crown. Pen Americana.

Housman Country; Into the Heart of England by Peter Parker. Farrar, Straus & Giroux.

Martin Luther; Renegade and Prophet by Lyndal Roper. Random House. Pen Americana.

Lenin; The Man, the Dictator, and the Master of Terror by Victor Sebestyen Pantheon. Pen Americana.

The Trials of a Scold; The Incredible True Story of Writer Anne Royall by Jeff Biggers. Thomas Dunne Press. Pen Americana.

American Eclipse; A Nation’s Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World by David Baron. Liveright. Pen Americana.

Book Prizes, 2017

Lioness; Golda Meir and the Nation of Israel by Francine Klagsbrun. Schocken Books. Jewish Studies Award.

Hollywood’s Spies; The Undercover Surveillance of Nazis in Los Angeles by Laura Rosenzweig. New York University Press. Jewish Studies Award.

The Choice; Embrace the Possible by Edith Eva Eger. Scribner. Jewish Studies Award.

No Room for Small Dreams; Courage, Imagination, and the Making of Modern Israel by Shimon Peres. Custom House. Jewish Studies Award.

Jews on the Frontier; Religion and Mobility in Nineteenth-Century America by Shari Rabini. New York University Press. Jewish Studies Award.

Who Will Lead Us? The Story of Five Hasidic Dynasties in America by Samuel Heilman. University of California Press. Jewish Studies Awards. Jewish Studies Award.

City on a Hilltop; American Jews and the Israeli Settler Movement by Sara Yael Hirschhon. Harvard University Press. Jewish Studies Award.

Jewish Justices of the Supreme Court; From Brandeis to Kagan by David Dalin. Brandeis University Press. Jewish Studies Award.

No Room for Small Dreams; Courage, Imagination, and the Making of Modern Israel by Shimon Peres. Custom House. Jewish Studies Award.

Lassoing the Sun; A Year in A merica’s National Parks by Mark Woods. Thomas Dunne Books. Florida Book Award.

Beyond Integration; The Black Freedom Struggle in Escambia County Florida, 1960 to 1980 by Michael Butler. University of North Carolina Press. Florida Book Award.

Kingdoms in the Air; Dispatches from the Far Away by Bob Shacochis. Grove Atlantic.

Oh, Florida !; How America’s Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the Country by Craig Pittman. St. Martin’s Press. Florida Book Award.

White Sand, Black Beach; Civil Rights, Public Space and Miami’s Virginia Key by Gregory Bush. University Press of Florida. Florida Book Award.

Music Everywhere; The Rock and Roll Roots of a Southern Town by Marty Jourard. University Press of Florida. Florida Book Award.

Far and Away; Reporting from the Brink of Change by Andrew Solomon. Simon & Schuster. Florida Book Award.

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Book Prizes, 2017.

Gulf; The Making of An American Sea by Jack Davis. Liveright. National Book Critics Award.

Border; A Journey to the Edge of Europe by Kapka Kassaabova. Graywolf Press. National Book Critics Award.

A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived; The Human Story Retold Through Our Genes by Adam Rutherford & Siddhartna Mukerjee. The Experiment. National Book Critics Award.

Prairie Fires; The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser. Metropolitan. National Book Critics Award.

The Invention of Angela Carter; A Biography by Edmund Gordon. Oxford University Press. National Book Critics Award.

The Kelloggs; The Battling Brothers of Battle Creek by Howard Markel. Vintage. National Book Critics Award.

Gorbachev; His Life and Times by William Taubman. W.W. Norton. National Book Critics Award.

Hoover; An Extraordinary Life in Extraordinary Times by Kenneth Whyte. Knopf. National Book Critics Award.

The Art of Death; Writing the Final Story by Edwidge Danticat. Graywolf Press. National Book Critics Award.

You Play the Girl; On Playboy Bunnies, Stepford Wives, Train Wrecks, and Other Mixed Messages by Carina Chocano. Mariner Books. National Book Critics Award.

Guidebook to Relative Strangers; Journeys into Race, Motherhood, and History by Camille Dungy. W.W. Norton. National Book Critics Award.

Tell Me How It Ends; An Essay in Forty Questions by Valeria Luiselli. Coffee House Press. National Book Critics Award.

Book Prizes, 2017

Blood in the Water; The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy by Heather Thompson. Pantheon. Pulitzer Prize.

Brothers at Arms; American Independence and the Men of France and Spain Who Saved it by Larrie Ferreiro. Knopf. Pulitzer Prize.

 Adnan’s Story; The Search for Truth and Justice after Serial by Rabia Chaudry. St. Martin’s Press. American Book Award.

Invisible Men; A Contemporary Slave Narrative in the Era of Mass Incarceration by Flores Forbes. Skyhorse Publishing. American Book Award.

Blood at the Root; A Racial Cleansing in America by Patrick Phillips. W.W. Norton. American Book Award.

Race and the Totalitarian Century; Geopolitics in the Black Literary Imagination by Vaughn Rasberry. Harvard University Press. American Book Award.

See You in the Streets; Art, Action, and Remembering the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire. University of Iowa Press. American Book Award.

Seeing the Light; Four Decades in Chinatown by Dean Wong. Chin Music Press. American Book Award.

Film-The Zookeeper’s Wife

The Zookeeper’s Wife; A War Story by Diane Ackerman. W.W. Norton, 2017 paper. Movie Tie-In. First published in 2007. After the Germans bombed Warsaw including the Warsaw Zoo, Polish zookeepers, Jan and Antonina Zabinski, managed to keep most of the animals alive. Eventually they also began hiding Warsaw’s Jews, saving perhaps three hundred from certain death. Ackerman and the script-writer, Angela Workman, have skillfully woven together this story with the sad history of war-time Warsaw and the fate of Polish Jews in the General Government.

Jan was later a member of the Home Army, part of the Polish resistance. The couple’s two children were involved in Ackerman’s book and the film.

The Zabinskis were honored by the State of Israel as Righteous Gentiles or “Righteous Amongst the Nations.” Ackerman‘s book would also explain the complicated story of Warsaw, the Warsaw Ghetto, and the German and Russian occupation and destruction of the city. The Zoo was located on the east bank of the Vistula, and hence subject to occupation by the Russian army.

Jan Gross, Princeton University, gave an interesting talk in the University of Florida Library on 2 April, “The Jews and their Neighbors in German Occupied Poland.”