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Andrew Solomon Wins Lukas Book Prize


Andrew Solomon has won the Lukas Book Prize for Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity (Scribner). His book, published last year, is an in-depth study of parents and their children with serious medical problems or unusual conditions.

The $10,000 prize, administered by the Columbia Journalism School and the Nieman Foundation, recognizes “excellence in nonfiction that exemplifies the literary grace and commitment to serious research and social concern that characterized the work of the awards’ Pulitzer Prize-winning namesake, J. Anthony Lukas, who died in 1997.”

The judges described Solomon’s book as “a tour de force of heart, head, shoe leather, and terrific writing, gives us a moving and deeply nuanced mural of the American family today.”

(To read the rest of the report, please visit the Washington Post website.)