Law School Alumna Wins National Book Award
Annette Gordon-Reed’s book on a slave family owned by Thomas Jefferson takes the nonfiction prize.
This year’s National Book Award for nonfiction went to The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family, by Annette Gordon-Reed, J.D. ’84.
The book follows three generations of a slave family owned by Thomas Jefferson. It beat out This Republic of Suffering—University president Drew Faust’s account of the Civil War’s staggering death toll and how it changed Americans’ view of death—which was also a finalist in the nonfiction category. (Read an excerpt from Faust’s book in the Harvard Magazine archives.)
Other finalists with Harvard connections included Joan Wickersham, author of this magazine’s 2007 cover story “Bricks and Politics: What gets built at Harvard, what doesn’t, and why,” a nonfiction nominee for her memoir, The Suicide Index: Putting My Father’s Death in Order; and Frank Bidart, A.M. ’67, nominated for his book of poems, Watching the Spring Festival.
You might also like
Genetic analysis reveals a culture enriched from both sides of the Danube.
Harvard researchers illuminate a longstanding epidemiological connection.
Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences broaches two tough topics.
More to explore
Expect massive job losses in industries associated with fossil fuels. The time to get ready is now.
A third-generation French baker on legacy loaves and the "magic" of baking
Generative AI can enhance teaching and learning but augurs a shift to oral forms of student assessment.