2017 Nominees: nonfiction

ROSSET by Barney Rosset
Released: Jan. 15, 2017

"Vivid and informative—a must for anyone interested in 20th-century American publishing and culture."
A posthumous memoir nicely captures the Grove Press publisher's free-wheeling ways and rebel heart. Read full book review >
MUSLIM GIRL by Amani Al-Khatahtbeh
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"Part political essay, part open love letter to little girls growing up afraid to claim their identities, this fresh memoir is an important read for Americans of all backgrounds."
The founder of Muslimgirl.com writes a searing memoir of her young life as a Muslim-American girl growing up in an era of Islamophobia. Read full book review >
GLASS HOUSE by Brian Alexander
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A devastating and illuminating book that shows how a city and a country got where they are and how difficult it can be to reverse course."
A journalist examines how corporate America and the politics enabling it have corroded an Ohio city to its very foundation. Read full book review >
Released: July 25, 2017

"Essential reading full of remarkable emotional wealth."
The Nobel laureate (2015) writes about "the wrong kind of war": oral confessions from Russian women intimately involved with fighting for the motherland. Read full book review >
SHATTERED by Jonathan Allen
Released: April 18, 2017

"A top-notch campaign examination. If, like so many others, you wonder what on earth happened in November 2016, this is all the explanation you need."
An in-depth dissection of Hillary Clinton's second campaign for the presidency, a failure on many counts—except, of course, that of the popular vote. Read full book review >
DESTINED FOR WAR by Graham Allison
Released: May 30, 2017

"A timely, reasoned treatise by a keen observer and historian."
A pertinent study of the relationship between the United States and China, in which "a rapidly ascending China [is] challeng[ing] America's accustomed predominance." Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"An endlessly fascinating kaleidoscope of American history. A fantastic historical resource."
From the Dutch to the British, featuring a concentration on the waves of Irish and German in the late 19th century, this thoroughgoing work offers a host of immigrant sagas that were integral to the creation of the New York City cauldron. Read full book review >
CASEY STENGEL by Marty Appel
Released: March 28, 2017

"One of the more skilled biographies baseball fans could hope to find."
Sports journalist Appel (Pinstripe Empire: The New York Yankees from Before the Babe to After the Boss, 2012, etc.) delves deeply into the baseball career and personal life of Casey Stengel (1890-1975), a solid player and legendary manager. Read full book review >
TREEGIRL by Julianne Skai Arbor
Released: Jan. 15, 2017

"A vital, visually stunning photographic volume."
A conservationist and art photographer explores the erotic aspects of trees. Read full book review >
SPOILER ALERT by Michael  Ausiello
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A heartbreaking memoir infused with dark humor and composed with true love."
A veteran entertainment journalist shares the bittersweet story of his relationship with his husband and his tragic death from cancer. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A thoughtful consideration of Washington's wisdom that couldn't be timelier."
Why George Washington's last message proves apposite to our own time. Read full book review >
Released: April 11, 2017

"From horror to fatigue to indifference, an important look forward and back that provides a grass-roots sense that one state needs to satisfy sovereignty for all."
An honest and troubling snapshot of Israel—both Palestinian and Israeli—that reveals the creeping realization that a two-state solution may no longer be possible. Read full book review >



The Kirkus Prize is one of the richest literary awards in the world, with a prize of $50,000 bestowed annually to authors of fiction, nonfiction and young readers’ literature. It was created to celebrate the 81 years of discerning, thoughtful criticism Kirkus Reviews has contributed to both the publishing industry and readers at large. Books that earned the Kirkus Star with publication dates between Sept. 1, 2016 to Aug. 31, 2017 (see FAQ for exceptions), are automatically nominated for the 2017 Kirkus Prize, and the winners will be selected on November 2, 2017, by an esteemed panel composed of nationally respected writers and highly regarded booksellers, librarians and Kirkus critics.