Congratulations to the book winners of the 2022 Pulitzer Prizes:
The Netanyahus: An Account of a Minor and Ultimately Even Negligible Episode in the History of a Very Famous Family by Joshua Cohen (New York Review Books). "A mordant, linguistically deft historical novel about the ambiguities of the Jewish-American experience, presenting ideas and disputes as volatile as its tightly-wound plot."
Fiction finalists: Monkey Boy by Francisco Goldman (Grove Press) and Palmares by Gayl Jones (Beacon Press)
Covered with Night by Nicole Eustace (Liveright/Norton) "A gripping account of Indigenous justice in early America, and how the aftermath of a settler's murder led to the oldest continuously recognized treaty in the United States."
Cuba: An American History by Ada Ferrer (Scribner). "An original and compelling history, spanning five centuries, of the island that became an obsession for many presidents and policy makers, transforming how we think about the U.S. in Latin America, and Cuba in American society."
History finalist: Until Justice Be Done: America's First Civil Rights Movement, from the Revolution to Reconstruction by Kate Masur (Norton)
Chasing Me to My Grave: An Artist's Memoir of the Jim Crow South, by the late Winfred Rembert as told to Erin I. Kelly (Bloomsbury). "A searing first-person illustrated account of an artist's life during the 1950s and 1960s in an unreconstructed corner of the deep South--an account of abuse, endurance, imagination, and aesthetic transformation."
Biography finalists: Pessoa: A Biography by Richard Zenith (Liveright/Norton) and The Doctors Blackwell: How Two Pioneering Sisters Brought Medicine to Women and Women to Medicine by Janice P. Nimura (Norton)
frank: sonnets by Diane Seuss (Graywolf Press). "A virtuosic collection that inventively expands the sonnet form to confront the messy contradictions of contemporary America, including the beauty and the difficulty of working-class life in the Rust Belt."
Poetry finalists: Refractive Africa: Ballet of the Forgotten by Will Alexander (New Directions) and Yellow Rain by Mai Der Vang (Graywolf Press)
Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival & Hope in an American City by Andrea Elliott (Random House). "An affecting, deeply reported account of a girl who comes of age during New York City's homeless crisis--a portrait of resilience amid institutional failure that successfully merges literary narrative with policy analysis."
General nonfiction finalists: Home, Land, Security: Deradicalization and the Journey Back from Extremism by Carla Power (One World/Random House) and The Family Roe: An American Story by Joshua Prager (Norton)
Fat Ham by James Ijames. "A funny, poignant play that deftly transposes Hamlet to a family barbecue in the American South to grapple with questions of identity, kinship, responsibility, and honesty."
Drama finalists: Kristina Wong, Sweatshop Overlord by Kristina Wong and Selling Kabul by Sylvia Khoury