March

  • Marjorie Harris Carr: Defender of Florida’s Environment by Peggy Macdonald (University Press of Florida)
    Suffer and Grow Strong: The Life of Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas, 1834–1907 by Carolyn Newton Curry (Mercer University Press)
  • Stephen Ward: Scapegoat by Douglas Thompson (John Blake)
  • Rachel Carson and Her Sisters: Extraordinary Women Who Have Shaped America’s Environment by Robert K. Musil (Rutgers University Press)
  • Leaving Home: The Remarkable Life of Peter Jacyk by John Lawrence Reynolds (Figure 1 Publishing)
  • The Unknown Henry Miller: A Seeker in Big Sur by Arthur Hoyle (Arcade Publishing)
  • Menachem Begin: The Battle for Israel’s Soul by Daniel Gordis (Schocken Books)
  • A Man Called Destruction: The Life and Music of Alex Chilton, From Box Tops to Big Star to Backdoor Man by Holly George-Warren (Viking)
  • Pete Rose: An American Dilemma by Kostya Kennedy (Sports Illustrated Books)
  • Stokely by Peniel E. Joseph (Basic Books)
  • Faisal I of Iraq by Ali A. Allawi (Yale University Press)
  • American Saint: The Life of Elizabeth Seton by Joan Barthel (Thomas Dunne)
  • Brooks: The Biography of Brooks Robinson by Doug Wilson (Thomas Dunne)
  • Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong by Juliet Macur (Harper)
  • The Scarlet Sisters: Sex, Suffrage, and Scandal in the Gilded Age by Myra MacPherson (Twelve)
  • Alvin York: A New Biography of the Hero of the Argonne by Douglas V. Mastriano (University Press of Kentucky)
  • The Crusades of Cesar Chavez: A Biography by Miriam Pawel  (Bloomsbury)
  • The Double Life of Paul De Man by Evelyn Barish (William Morrow)
  • Collecting Shakespeare: The Story of Henry and Emily Folger by Stephen H. Grant (Johns Hopkins University Press)

April

  • Bertolt Brecht: A Literary Life by Stephen Parker (Bloomsbury)
  • The Butcher of Poland: Hitler’s Lawyer by Hans Frank, Garry O’Connor, and Michael Holroyd (Spellmount)
  • Jane Austen: Her Life, Her Times, Her Novels by Janet Todd (Andre Deutsch)
  • Russell Long: A Life in Politics by Michael S. Martin (University Press of Mississippi)
  • The Most Dangerous Man in America: The Making of Douglas MacArthur by Mark Perry (Basic Books)
  • Julian Hawthorne: The Life of a Prodigal Son by Gary Scharnhorst (University of Illinois Press)
  • Louisa Catherine: The Other Mrs. Adams by Margery M. Heffron and David L. Michelmor (Yale University Press)
  • Strange Glory: A Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer by Charles Marsh (Knopf)
  • Woodrow Wilson and World War I: A Burden Too Great To Bear by Richard Striner (Rowan & Littlefield)
  • Malthus: The Life and Legacies of an Untimely Prophet by Robert J. Mayhew (Belknap Press)
  • No End Save Victory: How FDR Led the Nation Into War by David Kaiser (Basic Books)
  • A Very Principled Boy: The Life of Duncan Lee, Red Spy and Cold Warrior by Mark A. Bradley (Basic Books)
  • James Gandolfini: The Real Life of the Man Who Made Tony Soprano by Dan Bischoff (St. Martin’s Press)
  • John Wayne: The Life and Legend by Scott Eyman (Simon & Schuster)
  • Updike by Adam Begley (Harper)
  • Winnie Davis: Daughter of the Lost Cause by Heath Hardage Lee  (Potomac Books)
  • A Taste for Intrigue: The Multiple Lives of François Mitterrand by Philip Short (Henry Holt)
  • Tom Horn in Life and Legend by Larry D. Ball  (University of Oklahoma Press)

May

  • The Hiltons: The True Story of an American Dynasty by J. Randy Taraborrelli (Grand Central Publishing)
  • Ain’t It Time We Said Goodbye: The Rolling Stones on the Road to Exile by Robert Greenfield (Da Capo)
  • The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames by Kai Bird (Crown)
  • John Quincy Adams: American Visionary by Fred Kaplan (Harper)
  • The Odd Couple: The Curious Friendship between Kingsley Amis and Philip Larkin by Richard Bradford (Biteback Publishing)
  • The Extraordinary Life of Rebecca West: A Biography by Lorna Gibb (Counterpoint)
  • Michael Jordan: The Life by Roland Lazenby (Little, Brown and Company)
  • Sons of Wichita: How the Koch Brothers Became America’s Most Powerful and Private Dynasty by Daniel Schulman (Grand Central Publishing)
  • The Phantom of Fifth Avenue: The Mysterious Life and Scandalous Death of Heiress Huguette Clark by Meryl Gordon (Grand Central Publishing)
  • The Little Girl Who Fought the Great Depression: Shirley Temple and 1930s America by John F. Kasson (W.W. Norton & Company)
  • Martin Freeman: The Biography by Nick Johnstone (Andre Deutsch)
  • Mildred on the Marne: Mildred Aldrich, Front-line Witness 1914-1918 by David Slattery-Christy (Spellmount)
  • Becoming Freud: The Making of a Psychoanalyst by Adam Phillips (Yale University Press)
  • The Literary Churchill: Author, Reader, Actor by Jonathan Rose (Yale University Press)
  • Jabotinsky: A Life by Hillel Halkin (Yale University Press)
  • The Intellectual Life of Edmund Burke: From the Sublime and Beautiful to American Independence by David Bromwich (Belknap Press)
  • The Map Thief: The Gripping Story of an Esteemed Rare-Map Dealer Who Made Millions Stealing Priceless Maps by Michael Blanding (Gotham)
  • James Madison: A Life Reconsidered by Lynne Cheney (Viking)
  • The Mantle of Command: FDR at War, 1941-1942 by Nigel Hamilton (Houghton Mifflin)

June

  • A Man Called Harris: The Life of Richard Harris by Michael Sheridan, Anthony Galvin (History Press)
  • Scalia: A Court of One by Bruce Allen Murphy (Simon & Schuster)
  • Sally Ride: America’s First Woman in Space by Lynn Sherr (Simon & Schuster)
  • Price of Fame: The Honorable Clare Boothe Luce by Sylvia Jukes Morris (Random House)
  • Hans Christian Andersen: European Witness by Paul Binding (Yale University Press)
  • Stephen Crane: A Life of Fire by Paul Sorrentino (Belknap Press)
  • Young Ovid: A Life Recreated by Diane Middlebrook (Counterpoint)
  • Brando’s Smile: His Life, Thought, and Work by Susan L. Mizruchi (W.W. Norton & Company)
  • Man on the Run: Paul McCartney in the 1970s by Tom Doyle (Ballantine Books)
  • The Real Custer: From Boy General to Tragic Hero by James S. Robbin (Regnery)
  • Olivier by Philip Ziegler (MacLehose Press)
  • Queen Victoria: A Life of Contradictions by Matthew Dennison (St. Martin’s Press)

July

  • The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose from the Dead to Create America’s New Majority by Patrick J. Buchanan (Crown)
  • Michelangelo: A Life in Six Masterpieces by Miles J. Unger (Simon & Schuster)
  • Robert Morris’s Folly: The Architectural and Financial Failures of an American Founder by Ryan K. Smith (Yale University Press)
  • The Search for Anne Perry: The Hidden Life of a Bestselling Crime Writer by Joanne Drayton (Arcade Publishing)
  • Fierce Patriot : The Tangled Lives of William Tecumseh Sherman by Robert L. O’Connell, (Random House)
  • Maeve Binchy: The Biography by Piers Dudgeon (Thomas Dunne Books)
  • Neil Armstrong: A Life of Flight by Jay Barbree,  (Thomas Dunne Books)
  • Joe and Marilyn by C. David Heymann (Atria/Emily Bestler Books)

 

August

  • Robert Cantwell and the Literary Left : A Northwest Writer Reworks American Fiction by T.V. Reed (University of Washington Press)
  • Gods and Kings: The Rise and Fall of Alexander McQueen and John Galliano by Dana Thomas (Penguin)
  • Beethoven: Anguish and Triumph by Jan Swafford (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  • William Wells Brown: An African-American Life by Ezra Greenspan (W.W. Norton & Company)
  • Bolano: A Biography by Monica Maristain (Melville House)
  • The Good Son by Christopher Andersen (Gallery Books)