Ten Pulitzer Prize winning books that I've read:
- Michael Chabon, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
- James M. McPherson, Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era
- Katharine Graham, Personal History
- Anne Tyler, Breathing Lessons
- Oscar Hijuelos, The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love
- Paul Zindel, The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds
- Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
- Richard Russo, Empire Falls
- Jane Smiley, A Thousand Acres
- Garry Wills, Lincoln at Gettysburg
Chronologically, the first of these I read was The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds, which I read in junior high school. The only one I read before it won the Pulitzer Prize was Empire Falls. Richard Russo is one of my favorite authors; it's always very exciting when he releases a new book. Empire Falls is not my favorite of his novels—that would be Straight Man—but it is an excellent book.
Speaking of excellent books, Lincoln at Gettysburg is not one. I wouldn't wish that one on my worst enemy.