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Gustine Awards

The Gustine Awards were named in honor of the main character in one of our favorite books—The Dress Lodger, by Sheri Holman. Awards have been given out yearly since 2002 in three categories: fiction, nonfiction, and memoir.


2013 Winners


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Fiction: The Night Guest, by Fiona McFarlane
Nonfiction: Pilgrim’s Wilderness, by Tom Kizzia
Memoir: Free Spirit, by Joshua Safran


Shortlisted Books

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot
What Remains, by Carole Radziwill
The Golem and the Jinni, by Helene Wecker
The Orchard, by Theresa Weir
This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage, by Ann Patchet
A Lucky Child, by Thomas Buergenthal


2012 Winners


Fiction: The Snow Child, by Eowyn Ivey
Nonfiction: The Murder of the Century, by Paul Collins
Memoir: After the Falls, by Catherine Gildiner

Shortlisted Books


Rumors of Peace, by Ella Leffland
The Orphan Master’s Son, by Adam Johnson
Once Upon a River, by Bonnie Jo Campbell
Trespass, by Rose Tremain
Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard, by Kiran Desai
Too Close to the Falls, by Catherine Gildiner
Mortality, by Christopher Hitchens


2011 Winners


Fiction: The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine, by Alina Bronsky
Nonfiction:  Endgame, by Frank Brady
Memoir:  Epileptic, by David B.

Shortlisted Books


Citrus County, by John Brandon
The Invisible Mountain, by Carolina de Robertis
Rin Tin Tin, by Susan Orlean
Blood, Bones, and Butter, by Gabrielle Hamilton

2010 Winners

Fiction: Under This Unbroken Sky, by Shandi Mitchell

Nonfiction: (No Winner)

Memoir: A Mountain of Crumbs, by Elena Gorokhova

Shortlisted Books


The God of Animals, by Aryn Kyle
Broken Glass Park, by Alina Bronsky
The Lampshade, by Mark Jacobson
1491, by Charles C. Mann
The Lost City of Z, by David Grann
All Souls, by Michael MacDonald
The House at Sugar Beach, by Helene Cooper

2009 Winners

Fiction: Coraline, by Neil Gaiman

Nonfiction: A Land So Strange, Andres Resendez

Memoir: Stitches, by David Small

Shortlisted Books

Pharmakon, by Dirk Wittenborn

Bone China, by Roma Tearne

Fruitless Fall, by Rowan Jacobson

The Tender Bar, by J.R. Moehringer

When Skateboards Will Be Free, by Said Sayrafiezadeh

Strength in What Remains, by Tracy Kidder

2008 Winners

Fiction: (A tie) The Book of Lost Things, by John Connolly

Stardust, by Neil Gaiman

Nonfiction: Dog Man: An Uncommon Life on a Faraway Mountain, by Martha Sherrill

Memoir: A Wolf at the Table, by Augusten Burroughs

Shortlisted Books

City of Thieves, by David Benioff

What Was She Thinking?: Notes on a Scandal, by Zoe Heller

Nine Parts of Desire, by Geraldine Brooks

In Defense of Food, by Michael Pollan

Merle’s Door, by Ted Kerasote

House of Happy Endings, by Leslie Garis

House Rules, by Rachel Sontag

2007 Winners

Fiction: The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak

Nonfiction: The Omnivore’s Dilemma, by Michael Pollan

Memoir: Infidel, by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Shortlisted Books

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, by Kate DiCamillo

The People’s Act of Love, by James Meek

Strange Piece of Paradise, by Terri Jentz

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, by Anne Fadiman

Finding Manana, by Mirta Ojito

The Invisible Wall, by Harry Bernstein

2006 Winners

Fiction: Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides

Nonfiction: The Golden Spruce, by John Vaillant

Memoir: When All the World Was Young, by Barbara Holland

Shortlisted Books

The Shadow of the Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

The Darkest Child, by Delores Phillips

Listening to Whales, by Alexandra Morton

This Boy’s Life, by Tobias Wolff

Leaving Mother Lake, by Yang Erche Namu

2005 Winners

Fiction: The Ninth Life of Louis Drax, by Liz Jensen

Nonfiction: The Devil’s Teeth, by Susan Casey

Memoir: Dry, by Augusten Burroughs

Shortlisted Books

The Way the Crow Flies, by Anne-Marie MacDonald

As Hot As It Was You Ought to Thank Me, by Nanci Kincaid

Beauty, by Robin McKinley

The Great Mortality, by John Kelly

Running With Scissors, by Augusten Burroughs

The Glass Castle, by Jeanette Walls

Autobiography of a Face, by Lucy Grealy

2004 Winners

Fiction: The True Story of Hansel and Gretel, by Louise Murphy

Nonfiction: Under the Banner of Heaven, by Jon Krakauer

Memoir: Sickened, by Julie Gregory

Shortlisted Books

The Crimson Petal and the White, by Michel Faber

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, by Mark Haddon

The Children’s Blizzard, by David Laskin

Turning Stones, Marc Parent

The Only Girl in the Car, by Kathy Dobie

Wasted, by Marya Hornbacher

2002-2003 Winners

Fiction: Life of Pi, by Yann Martel


Nonfiction: Seabiscuit, by Laura Hillenbrand


Memoir: Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight, by Alexandra Fuller

Shortlisted Books

Fingersmith, by Sarah Waters

Lucky, by Alice Sebold

City of Dreams, by Beverly Swerling

Bel Canto, by Ann Patchett

Slammerkin, by Emma Donoghue

A Dog Year, by Jon Katz

Change Me into Zeus’s Daughter, by Barbara Moss

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