Best Books of 1981

The New York Times Book Review

Here are the New York Times Book Review’s top books of 1981:

Fiction Selections:

The Chaneysville IncidentDavid Bradley
HousekeepingMarilynne Robinson
Midnight’s ChildrenSalman Rushdie
A Flag for SunriseRobert Stone
The White HotelD.M. Thomas
Rabbit Is RichJohn Updike
Zuckerman UnboundPhilip Roth
World Without EndFrancine du Plessix Gray

Nonfiction Selections:

Bad Blood: The Tuskegee Syphilis ExperimentJames H. Jones
Haydn: Chronicle and WorksH.C. Robbins Landon
Philosophical ExplanationsRobert Nozick
Old Glory: A Voyage Down the MississippiJonathan Raban
The Gate of Heavenly Peace: The Chinese and Their RevolutionJonathan Spence
Prisoner Without a Name, Cell Without a NumberJacobo Timmerman

Pulitzer Prize Winning Books of 1981

Here are the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction books of 1981:

Winner: A Confederacy of DuncesJohn Kennedy Toole
Finalist: GodricFrederick Buechner
Finalist: So Long, See You TomorrowWilliam Maxwell

Here are the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction books of 1981:

Winner: Fin-De-Siecle Vienna: Politics and CultureCarl E. Schorske
Finalist: China MenMaxine Hong Kingston
Finalist: Goodbye, Darkness: A Memoir of the Pacific WarWilliam Manchester
Finalist: Southerners: A Journalist’s OdysseyMarshall Frady