Awards & Honors

National Humanities Medal

Orange Prize for Fiction

Dayton Literary Peace Prize

Pulitzer Prize finalist

American Booksellers Book of the Year


Audiofile Best Audiobook

American Library Association Award

PEN / Faulkner Award

Poets & Writers “Writers for Writers” Award

100 Best Writers of the 20th Century, Writers Digest

Oprah’s Book Club selection

Oprah’s one of “the ten books that have mattered the most to her in the past decade”

United Nations National Council of Women citation of accomplishment

National Book Prize of South Africa

Edward Abbey EcoFiction Award

James Beard Award

Patterson Fiction Prize, The Poetry Center

Los Angeles Times Book Prize

John P. McGovern Award for the Family

Physicians for Social Responsibility National Award

Frank Waters Award

National Writers Union, Andrea Egan Award

Arizona Civil Liberties Union Award

Time Magazine Top 10 commencement speaker

Washington Post A List

Book Sense 2007 bestseller