While there are many courses and tutorials online, learning from a book is still one of the best ways to greatly improve your skills. Below I have selected top Pulitzer Prize books.
- Less (Winner of the Pulitzer Prize): A Novel (2018)
- The Goldfinch: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) (2015)
- The Overstory: A Novel (2019)
- Moments: The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photographs (2015)
- Pachinko (National Book Award Finalist) (2017)
- The Guns of August: The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Classic About the Outbreak of World War I (2004)
- The Return (Pulitzer Prize Winner): Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between (2017)
- Beneath a Scarlet Sky: A Novel (2017)
- Imagine Me Gone (2017)
- The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration (2011)
- The Narrow Road to the Deep North (2015)
- The Sympathizer: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) (2016)
- Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City (2017)
Less (Winner of the Pulitzer Prize): A Novel (2018)
A New York Times Notable Book of 2017 “I could not love LESS more.”–Ron Charles, Who says you can’t run away from your problems? You are a failed novelist about to turn fifty. A wedding invitation arrives in the mail: your boyfriend of the past nine years is engaged to someone else. You can’t say yes–it would be too awkward–and you can’t say no–it would look like defeat.
The Goldfinch: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) (2015)
Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend.
The Overstory: A Novel (2019)
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction Shortlisted for the Man Booker PrizeNew York Times Bestseller A New York Times Notable Book and a Washington Post, Time, Oprah Magazine, Newsweek, Chicago Tribune, and Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2018 “The best novel ever written about trees, and really just one of the best novels, period.” ―Ann PatchettThe Overstory, winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction, is a sweeping, impassioned work of activism and resistance that is also a stunning evocation o…
Moments: The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photographs (2015)
Organized by year, the photographs in this stunning and emotional work create a poignant visual chronicle of our times. The images here, many of which are seared into our collective consciousness, include raising the flag at Iwo Jima, a young Vietnamese girl fleeing her village, her body burned by napalm, and the collapse of the World Trade towers.
Pachinko (National Book Award Finalist) (2017)
“There could only be a few winners, and a lot of losers. And yet we played on, because we had hope that we might be the lucky ones.” In the early 1900s, teenaged Sunja, the adored daughter of a crippled fisherman, falls for a wealthy stranger at the seashore near her home in Korea. He promises her the world, but when she discovers she is pregnant–and that her lover is married–she refuses to be bought.
The Guns of August: The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Classic About the Outbreak of World War I (2004)
In this landmark, Pulitzer Prize–winning account, renowned historian Barbara W. Tuchman re-creates the first month of World War I: thirty days in the summer of 1914 that determined the course of the conflict, the century, and ultimately our present world. Beginning with the funeral of Edward VII, Tuchman traces each step that led to the inevitable clash. And inevitable it was, with all sides plotting their war for a generation.
The Return (Pulitzer Prize Winner): Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between (2017)
• When Hisham Matar was a nineteen-year-old university student in England, his father went missing under mysterious circumstances. Hisham would never see him again, but he never gave up hope that his father might still be alive. Twenty-two years later, he returned to his native Libya in search of the truth behind his father’s disappearance. The Return is the story of what he found there.
Beneath a Scarlet Sky: A Novel (2017)
Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He’s a normal Italian teenager—obsessed with music, food, and girls—but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior.In an attempt to protect him, Pino’s parents force him to enlist as a German soldier—a move they think will keep him out of combat.
Imagine Me Gone (2017)
WINNER of the LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZE FINALIST for the NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDFINALIST for the KIRKUS PRIZELONG-LISTED for the ANDREW CARNEGIE MEDAL When Margaret’s fiancé, John, is hospitalized for depression in 1960s London, she faces a choice: carry on with their plans despite what she now knows of his condition, or back away from the suffering it may bring her. She decides to marry him.
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration (2011)
From 1915 to 1970, this exodus of almost six million people changed the face of America. Wilkerson compares this epic migration to the migrations of other peoples in history.
The Narrow Road to the Deep North (2015)
Nothing since Cormac McCarthy’s The Road has shaken me like this.” —The Washington PostIn The Narrow Road to the Deep North, Richard Flanagan displays the gifts that have made him one of the most acclaimed writers of contemporary fiction.
The Sympathizer: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) (2016)
The winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, as well as seven other awards, The Sympathizer is the breakthrough novel of the year. With the pace and suspense of a thriller and prose that has been compared to Graham Greene and Saul Bellow, The Sympathizer is a sweeping epic of love and betrayal.
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City (2017)
In Evicted, Princeton sociologist and MacArthur “Genius” Matthew Desmond follows eight families in Milwaukee as they each struggle to keep a roof over their heads.
Best Pulitzer Prize Books: The Ultimate Collection
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Wilmington's Lie (Winner of the 2021 Pulitzer Prize): The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy
Author(s): David Zucchino, David Zucchino
ID: 3384998, Publisher: Grove Atlantic, Year: 2020, Size: 7 Mb, Format: epub
Listening to Jennifer Higdon: The Musical Style of the Pulitzer Prize Winning Composer
Author(s): Christina L Reitz
ID: 2401148, Publisher: McFarland & Company, Year: 2018, Size: 6 Mb, Format: pdf
Crusading Iowa Journalist Verne Marshall: Exposing Graft and the 1936 Pulitzer Prize
Author(s): Jerry Harrington
ID: 3563162, Publisher: Arcadia Publishing Inc., Year: 2017, Size: 1 Mb, Format: epub
Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are truly best-sellers according to Los Angeles Times, others are written by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant links you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.