Outstanding Book

ASJA Writing Awards Recipients

Category = Outstanding Book

2018 Biography or History
Stefan Bechtel and Laurence Roy Stains
Through a Glass, Darkly: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the Quest to Solve the Greatest Mystery of All

2018 Children
Tricia Martineau Wagner
50 Wacky Things Animals Do

2018 General Nonfiction
Lenora Chu
Little Soldiers: An American Boy, A Chinese School and the Global Race to Achieve
HarperCollins Books

2018 Memoirs/Biography/Autobiography
Mary Collins
At the Broken Places: A Mother and Trans Son Pick Up the Pieces
Beacon Press

2018 Service/self-help
Allison Engel, Reise Moore and Margaret Engel
Thriftstyle: the Ultimate Bargain Shopper’s Guide to Smart Fashion
Imagine Books

2016 Biography or History
Marvin J. Wolf
Abandoned in Hell: The Fight for Vietnam's Firebase Kate

2016 Children
Andrea Warren
The Boy Who Became Buffalo Bill: Growing Up Billy Cody in Bleeding Kansas
Two Lions

2016 General Nonfiction
Kim Cross
What Stands In a Storm: Three Days in the Worst Superstorm to Hit the South's Tornado Alley
Atria Books

2016 Memoir/Autobiography
Kimberly Meyer
The Book of Wanderings: A Mother- Daughter Pilgrimage
Little, Brown and Company

2016 Service, Self-Help, Collaboration
Beverly Blair Harzog
The Debt Escape Plan: How to Free Yourself From Credit Card Balances, Boost Your Credit Score, and Live Debt-Free
Career Press

2016 Service, Self-Help, Collaboration
Sandra Lamb
Writing Well for Business Success: A Complete Guide to Style, Grammar, and Usage at Work
St. Martin's Griffin

2015 General Nonfiction
John Pollack
Shortcut: How Analogies Reveal Connections, Spark Innovation, and Sell

2015 Service, Self-Help, Collaboration
Catherine Dold and Howard Eisenberg
The Recovery Book

2015 Children
Matt Chandler
Side-by-Side Baseball Stars

2015 Memoir/Autobiography
Gabrielle Selz
Unstill Life

2014 General Nonfiction
Meg Lukens Noonan
The Coat Route

2014 Service, Self-Help, Collaboration
Anne Marie Albano, Ph.D with Leslie Pepper
You and Your Anxious Child

2014 Children
Aline Alexander Newman
Animal Superstars

2014 Memoir/Autobiography
Pamela Gerhardt
Lucky That Way, Rediscovering My Father's World

2013 General Nonfiction
Peter Zuckerman and Amanda Padoan
Buried in the Sky: The Extraordinary Story of the Sherpa Climbers on K

2013 Service, Self-Help, Collaboration
Kelly James-Enger
Writer for Hire: 101 Secrets to Freelance Success

2013 Children
Aline Alexander Newman
National Geographic Kids Chapter: Ape Escapes!: And More True Stories

2013 Memoir/Autobiography
Dorothy Foltz-Gray
With and Without Her: A Memoir of Being and Losing a Twin

2012 General Nonfiction
Jennifer Wilson
Running Away to Home, St. Martin's Press

2012 Service, Self-Help, Collaboration
Joan Price
Naked at Our Age
Seal Press

2012 Memoir/Autobiography
Kathleen Flinn
The Kitchen Counter Cooking School, Viking

2011 General Nonfiction
Jonathan Green
Murder in the High Himalaya
Public Affairs

2011 Service, Self-Help, Collaboration
Kevin Daum
Green Sense
The Taunton Press

2011 Children
Echo Garrett
My Orange Duffle Bag

2011 Memoir/Autobiography
Julian Smith
Crossing the Heart of Africa
Harper Perennial

2010 General Nonfiction
Andrea Warren
Under Siege! Three Children at the Civil War Battle for Vicksburg
Farrar, Straus & Giroux

2010 Service, Self-Help, Collaboration
Dara Chadwick
You'd Be So Pretty If. . .
De Capo Press

2010 Memoir/Autobiography
Jessica DuLong
My River Chronicles: Rediscovering America on the Hudson
Free Press/Simon & Schuster

2010 General Nonfiction
Mary Collins
American Idle: A Journey Through Our Sedentary Culture
Capital Books

2010 General Nonfiction
Susan Golant
The Alzheimer's Project: Momentum in Science
Public Affairs

2010 MemorMemoir/Autobiography
Jessica DuLong
My River Chronicles: Rediscovering America on the Hudson
Free Press/Simon & Schuster

2010 MemorMemoir/Autobiography
John Hanc
The Coolest Race on Earth
Chicago Review Press

2009 General Nonfiction
Kimberly Lisagor and Heather Hansen
Disappearing Destinations

2009 Service, Self-Help, Collaboration
Kathy Seal and Wendy Grolnick
Pressured Parents, Stressed Out Kids

2009 General Nonfiction
John Rosengren
Hammerin' Hank, George Almighty & The Say Hey Kid

2009 General Nonfiction
Cheryl Harris Sharman
Nightshift NYC
U. of California

2009 Service, Self-Help, Collaboration
Tina Adler
Alzheimer's Action Plan
St. Martin's Press

2008 Service, Self-Help, Collaboration
Wendy Lyons Sunshine
The Connected Child

2007 General Nonfiction
Edwin Black
Internal Combustion

2007 General Nonfiction
Victor Chase
Shattered Nerves

2007 Service, Self-Help, Collaboration
Allen and Linda Anderson
Rescued: Saving Animals from Disaster

2007 Service, Self-Help, Collaboration
Carol Evans
This is How We Do It, The Working Mother's Manifesto

2006 General Nonfiction
Charles Henderson
Goodnight Saigon

2006 General Nonfiction
Nancy Rubin Stuart
The Reluctant Spiritualist

2006 Service, Self-Help, Collaboration
Catherine Wald
The Resilient Writer

2006 Service, Self-Help, Collaboration
Judi Culbertson and Marj Decker
Scaling Down

2006 Children
Rachel Dickinson
Tools of Navigation

2005 General Nonfiction
Robin Marantz Henig
Pandora's Baby: How the First Test Tube Babies Sparked the Reproductiv

2005 General Nonfiction
Kathryn Black
Mothering Without a Map

2005 Service, Self-Help, Collaboration
Barbara DeMarco-Barrett
Pen on Fire

2004 General Nonfiction
Kristin Ohlson
Stalking the Divine

2004 General Nonfiction
Andrea King Coller
Still with Me: A Daughter's Journey of Love and Loss

2004 General Nonfiction
Steve Kemper
Code Name Ginger: The Story Behind Segway and Dean Kamen's Quest to In

2004 Service, Self-Help, Collaboration
Betty Rothbart
Healthy Teens, Body and Soul: A Parent's Complete Guide to Adolescent

2004 Service, Self-Help, Collaboration
Jennier Lawler
Dojo Wisdom: 100 Simple Ways to Become a Stronger, Calmer, More Courag

2004 Children
Mary Collins
Airborne: A Photobiography of Wilbur and Orville Wright

2003 General Nonfiction
Edwin Black
IBM and the Holocaust: The Strategic Alliance between Nazi Germany and

2002 General Nonfiction
Erich Hoyt
Creatures of the Deep
Firefly Books

2002 General Nonfiction
Bruce Henderson
Fatal North

2002 Service, Self-Help, Collaboration
Dianne Partie Lange et al
Informed Decisions

2002 Children
Andrea Warren
Surviving Hitler

2001 General Nonfiction
Cathy Crimmins
Where is the Mango Princess?

2001 Service, Self-Help, Collaboration
Michael Smolensky, Ph.D. and Lynne Lamberg
The Body Clock Guide to Better Health

2000 Service, Self-Help, Collaboration
Dr. Barbara Luke and Tamara Eberlein
When You're Expecting Twins, Triplets or Quads
Harper Perrenial

2000 Service, Self-Help, Collaboration
Anonymous and Timothy Harper
License to Steal

1999 Service, Self-Help, Collaboration
Susan K. Golant and Rosalynn Carter
Helping Someone with Mental Illness: A Compassionate Guide for Family,
Times Books

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