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2019 NAUTILUS GRAND & GOLD WINNERS

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GRAND WINNER 

ECOLOGY & ENVIRONMENT

The Big Thaw: Ancient Carbon, Modern Science, and a Race to Save the World

Photography by science & natural history photographer Chris Linder

Text by science writer Eric Scigliano; with Dr. Robert Max Holmes, Dr. Susan Natali, and Dr. John Schade (leaders of Woods Hole Research Center's Polaris Project)
Braided River /Mountaineers


SPECIAL HONORS AS BEST OF SELF-PUBLISHED

ALL WORLD CULTURES' CONSCIOUS GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT

Fractured Grace: How to Create Beauty, Peace, and Healing for Yourself and the World 
Julie Krull, PhD
Best Seller Publishing

 


SPECIAL HONORS AS BEST OF SMALL PRESS

RELATIONSHIPS & COMMUNICATION

Truthspeaking: Ancestral Ways to Hear and Speak the Voice of the Heart  
Tamarack Song
Snow Wolf Publishing

 


SPECIAL HONORS AS BEST OF CHILDREN'S BOOKS

CHILDREN'S ILLUSTRATED | FICTION STORY

Dorje the Yak
Caryn Hartman; Lexi Vay, Illustrator
Pema Publishing

 

CHILDREN'S ILLUSTRATED | NON-FICTION

Migration: Incredible Animal Journeys 
Mike Unwin; Jennie Desmond, Illustrator
Bloomsbury Children's Books

 


SPECIAL HONORS FOR LIFETIME CONTRIBUTION

TONI MORRISON

Toni Morrison's rich literary legacy has instilled in us a greater awareness, as she gave voice to a multitude of complex issues, including discussions of race, black identity and, in particular, the experience of black women in America.  Her luminous prose speaks boldly to the bonds of humanity and family, the impact of generational links, and the redemptive power of community.  Her voice and presence will be profoundly missed.


The Measure of Our Lives: A Gathering of Wisdom (2019)
Toni Morrison
KNOPF | Penguin RandomHouse

2019 NAUTILUS GOLD WINNERS

1

Aging consciously

ThisChairRocks

This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism
Ashton Applewhite
Celadon Books

Aging consciously

FightingForMyLife

Fighting for My Life: How to Thrive in the Shadow of Alzheimer's
Jamie Tyrone & Marwan Sabbagh MD, with John Hanc
W Publishing | Thomas Nelson

2

ANIMALS & NATURE

SuperNavigators

SuperNavigators: Exploring the Wonders of How Animals Find Their Way
David Barrie
The Experiment

ANIMALS & NATURE

BringingBackBirdds

Bringing Back the Birds: Exploring Migration & Preserving Birdscapes Throughout the Americas
American Bird Conservancy; photos by Owen Deutsch
Braided River | Mountaineers

3

BODY, MIND & SPIRIT PRACTICES

Signs

SIGNS: The Secret Language of the Universe
Laura Lynne Jackson
Spiegal & Grau | Penguin RH

BODY, MIND & SPIRIT PRACTICES

HealingNatureTrail

The Healing Nature Trail: Forest Bathing for Recovery and Awakening  
Tamarack Song
Snow Wolf Publishing

4

BUSINESS & LEADERSHIP

Reboot

Reboot:  Leadership and the Art of Growing Up
Jerry Colonna
HarperBusiness | HC

BUSINESS & LEADERSHIP

GiftOfStruggle

The Gift of Struggle: Life-Changing Lessons About Leading
Bobby Herrera
Bard Press

5

CREATIVITY & INNOVATION

DeepCreativity

Deep Creativity: Seven Ways to Spark Your Creative Spirit
 Deborah Anne Quibell, Jennifer Leigh Selig, & Dennis Patrick Slattery
Shambhala Publications

CREATIVITY & INNOVATION

CreativityTakesCourage

Creativity Takes Courage: Dare to Think Differently
Irene Smit, & Astrid van der Hulst
Workman Publishing

6

ECOLOGY & ENVIRONMENT

BigThaw

THE BIG THAW: Ancient Carbon, Modern Science, and a Race to Save the World
Photography by Chris Linder; text by Eric Scigliano, Dr. R. Max Holmes, & leaders of Woods Hole Research Center's Polaris Project 
Braided River | Mountaineers

SPECIAL HONOR AS OUR 2019 GRAND PRIZE WINNER

 

ECOLOGY & ENVIRONMENT

FantasticFungi

Fantastic Fungi
Paul Stamets, with contributors. Photography by Louie Schwartzberg

Earth Aware Editions

 

7A

FICTION: SELF-PUBLISHED & SMALL PRESS

BusaraRoad

Busara Road
David Hallock Sanders

New Door Books

7B

FICTION: LARGE PUBLISHER

RiskOfUs

The Risk of Us 
Rachel Howard
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt HMH 

FICTION: LARGE PUBLISHER

Unsheltered2

Unsheltered 
Barbara Kingsolver
Harper | HC

8

FOOD, COOKING & HEALTHY EATING

MediterraneanFunctional

The Mediterranean Functional Lifestyle 
Nikos Ligidakis
Inkwell Books

FOOD, COOKING & HEALTHY EATING

FateOfFood

The Fate of Food: What We'll Eat in a Bigger, Hotter, Smarter World  
Amanda Little
Harmony Books | Crown Penguin RH 

9

GIFT & SPECIALTY

BoyMoleFoxHorse

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
Charlie Mackesy
HarperOne | HC

10

GREEN LIVING & SUSTAINABILITY

Renewal

Renewal: How Nature Awakens Our Creativity, Compassion, and Joy
Andres R. Edwards
New Society Publishers NSP

GREEN LIVING & SUSTAINABILITY

ZeroWasteLife

A Zero Waste Life: In Thirty Days
Anita Vandyke
Penguin RandomHouse

11

DEATH & DYING / GRIEF & LOSS

ReimaginingDeath

Reimagining Death
Lucinda Herring
North Atlantic Books

DEATH & DYING / GRIEF & LOSS

DandelionsBlooming

Dandelions Blooming in the Cracks of Sidewalks: Stories from the Bedside of the Dying
Amita Lhamo
Mandorla Publication

12

HEALTH, HEALING, WELLNESS & VITALITY

GravityGrace

Gravity & Grace: How to Awaken Your Subtle Body and the Healing Power of Yoga
Peter Sterios
Sounds True

HEALTH, HEALING, WELLNESS & VITALITY

AbundantlyWell

Abundantly Well: The Wise Woman Way 
Susun S. Weed
Ash Tree Publishing

13

HEROIC JOURNEYS

Missing

MISSING: A World War II Story of Love, Friendship, Courage, and Survival
Kenneth D. Evans
Starhaven Publishing

HEROIC JOURNEYS

YourHeartMyHands

Your Heart, My Hands: An Immigrant’s Remarkable Journey to Become one of America’s Preeminent Cardiac Surgeons
Arun K. Singh MD, with John Hanc
Center Street | Hachette Book Group

14

INNER PROSPERITY & RIGHT LIVELIHOOD

NightThreads

Night Threads: A Weaving of Soul Stories from the Dreamtime
Susan Andra Lion
Sue Lion Ink & Art Publishing

INNER PROSPERITY & RIGHT LIVELIHOOD

Kintsugi

Kintsugi: Finding Strength in Imperfection
Celine Santini
Andrews McMeel Publishing

15

JOURNALISM & INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING

OpenSeason

OPEN SEASON 
Ben Crump
Amistad | HarperCollins

JOURNALISM & INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING

Blowout

BLOWOUT
Rachel Maddow
Crown | RandomHouse

JOURNALISM & INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING

ElegantDefense

An Elegant Defense: The Extraordinary New Science of the Immune System 
Matt Richtel
Wm Morrow | HarperCollins

16A

MEMOIR & PERSONAL JOURNEY
(Self-Published & Small Press)

Trove

Trove: A Woman's Search for Truth & Buried Treasure
Sandra A. Miller
Brown Paper Press

MEMOIR & PERSONAL JOURNEY
(Self-Published & Small Press)

SoonerThanTomorrow

Sooner Than Tomorrow: A Mother's Diary About Mental Illness, Family, and Everyday Life
Dede Ranahan
Self-Published

16B

MEMOIR & PERSONAL JOURNEY (LARGE PUBLISHER)

WhenToyDog

When a Toy Dog Became a Wolf and the Moon Broke Curfew: A Memoir 
Hendrika de Vries
She Writes Press

17

MULTICULTURAL & INDIGENOUS

Barracoon

Barracoon: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo"
Zora Neale Hurston; edited & with an Intro by Deborah G Plant
Amistad | HarperCollins

MULTICULTURAL & INDIGENOUS

MixedHarvest

Mixed Harvest: Stories from the Human Past
Rob Swigart
Berghahn Books

18

PARENTING & FAMILY

GoodNews

The Good News About Bad Behavior
Katherine Reynolds Lewis
Hachette Book Group

19A

PERSONAL GROWTH (self-published & small press)

DantesRoad

Dante's Road: The Journey Home for the Modern Soul
Marc Thomas Shaw
Anamchara Books

19B

PERSONAL GROWTH (Large publisher)

YearOfLivingKindly

A Year of Living Kindly: Choices that will Change Your Life and the World Around You
Donna Cameron
She Writes Press

 

PERSONAL GROWTH (Large publisher)

LittleBook

The Little Book of Big Lies: A Journey into Inner Fitness
Tina Lifford
Amistad | HarperCollins

20

PSYCHOLOGY

WoundsIntoWisdom

Wounds into Wisdom: Healing Intergenerational Jewish Trauma
Tirzah Firestone
Monkfish Book Publishing

PSYCHOLOGY

SoundMind

Sound Mind: My Bipolar Journey from Chaos to Composure
Erika Nielsen
Trigger Publishing

21

PHOTOGRAPHY & ARTS

Earthforms

EARTHFORMS: Intimate Portraits of Our Planet
Joel Simpson; with Daniel Sheehan, Chase Iron Eyes, Lyle Rexer & John Farndon
JSS Books

PHOTOGRAPHY & ARTS

SilentKingdom

Silent Kingdom: A World Beneath the Waves 
Chris Vizi
EarthAware Editions 

22A

POETRY

TapOut

Tap Out
Edgar Kunz
Mariner Books | Houghton Mifflin Harcourt HMH

22B

Lyric Prose

AllTheFierceTethers

All the Fierce Tethers
Lia Purpura
Sarabande Books

Lyric Prose

Ridgelines

RidgeLines: A View of Nature and Human Nature
Jamie K. Reaser
Talking Waters Press

23

RELATIONSHIPS & COMMUNICATION

EightDates

Eight Dates: Essential Conversations for a Lifetime of Love
John Gottman, Julie Schwartz Gottman; Doug Abrams, & Rachel Carlton Abrams
Workman Publishing

RELATIONSHIPS & COMMUNICATION

RadicalKindness

Radical Kindness: The Life-Changing Power of Giving and Receiving
Angela C. Santomero
HarperWave | HC

24A

RELIGION / SPIRITUALITY OF EASTERN THOUGHT

WhenBadLands

When Bad Lands: How Not to Numb Out, Freak Out, or Bottom Out ~ Buddhist Style  
Alan Kent Anderson
HenschelHAUS

RELIGION / SPIRITUALITY OF EASTERN THOUGHT

KindnessForAll

Kindness for All Creatures: Buddhist Advice for Compassionate Animal Care
Sarah C. Beasley
Shambhala Publishing

24B

RELIGION / SPIRITUALITY OF WESTERN THOUGHT

WhenGod

When God Was a Bird: Christianity, Animism, and the Re-Enchantment of the World
Mark I. Wallace
Fordham Univ. Press

24C

RELIGION / SPIRITUALITY OF other traditions

HolyEnvy

Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others

Barbara Brown Taylor
HarperOne | HC

RELIGION / SPIRITUALITY OF other traditions

SoulConversations

Soul Conversations: A Medium Reveals How to Cultivate Your Intuition, Heal Your Heart, and Connect with the Divine

Austyn Wells
Reveal Press | New Harbinger Publications 

25

SCIENCE & COSMOLOGY

OptimistsTelescope

The Optimist's Telescope: Thinking Ahead in a Reckless Age
Bina Venkataraman
Riverhead Books | Penguin RH

26

SOCIAL SCIENCES & EDUCATION

CallOfTheWildFree

The Call of the Wild and Free: Reclaiming Wonder in Your Child's Education
Ainsley Arment
HarperOne | HC

SOCIAL SCIENCES & EDUCATION

Range

RANGE: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World
David Epstein
Riverhead Books | Penguin RH

27

SOCIAL CHANGE & Social justice

ThinkBlack

Think Black
Clyde W. Ford
Amistad | HarperCollins

SOCIAL CHANGE & Social justice

ItsNotYou

It's Not You, It's the Workplace: Women's Conflict at Work and the Bias That Built It
Andrea S. Kramer, & Alton B Harris
Nicholas Brealey | Hachette Book Group

28

ALL WORLD CULTURES' CONSCIOUS GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT

FracturedGrace

Fractured Grace: How to Create Beauty, Peace, and Healing for Yourself and the World
Julie Krull, PhD
Best Seller Publishing

SPECIAL HONOR AS OUR 2019 BEST OF SELF PUBLISHED

ALL WORLD CULTURES' CONSCIOUS GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT

PoliticsOfLove

Politics of Love: A Handbook for a New American Revolution
Marianne Williamson
HarperOne | HC

29

WOMEN & MEN IN THE 21st Century

Fierce

FIERCE:  Essays by and About Dauntless Women
Nancy Agabian; and 14 co-Authors
Nauset Press

CHILDREN'S CATEGORIES

30A

CHILDREN'S PICTURE BOOKS - FICTION STORY

WhenGodMadeLigh

When God Made Light
Matthew Paul Turner, & David Catrow, Illustrator
WaterBrook-Crown | Penguin RH

CHILDREN'S PICTURE BOOKS - FICTION STORY

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Maybe: A Story about the Endless Potential in All of Us
Kobi Yamada
Compendium Inc.

30B

CHILDREN'S PICTURE BOOKS - NONFICTION

WelcomeToJazz

Welcome to Jazz:  A Swing-along Celebration of America's Music
Carolyn Sloan, & Jessica Gibson, Illustrator
Workman Publishing

31A

CHILDREN'S ILLUSTRATED - FICTION

DorjeTheYak

Dorje the Yak
Caryn Hartman; & Lexi Vay, Illustrator
Pema Publishing

SPECIAL HONORS AS A 2019 BEST OF CHILDREN'S BOOKS

31B

CHILDREN'S ILLUSTRATED - NONFICTION

BeKind

Be Kind: You can make the world a happier place!
Naomi Shulman; Hsinping Pan, Illustrator
Storey Publishing

CHILDREN'S ILLUSTRATED - NONFICTION

Migration

Migration: Incredible Animal Journeys
Mike Unwin; Jennie Desmond, Illustrator
Bloomsbury Children's Books

SPECIAL HONORS AS A 2019 BEST OF CHILDREN'S BOOKS

32

MIDDLE GRADES - FICTION

Wizenard

Wizenard Series: Training Camp
Kobe Bryant, & Wesley King
Granity Studios | Rogers & Cowan

MIDDLE GRADES - FICTION

Imijoo2

Umijoo: The Wondrous Tale of a Curious Girl and Her Journey Under the Sea
Casson Trenor; & Caia Koopman, Illustrator
Shark & Siren Press

33

MIDDLE GRADES - NONFICTION

FightingForJustice

Fighting for Justice: Biddy Mason Speaks Up
Arisa White, Laura Atkins; & Laura Freeman, Illustrator
Heyday Books (non-profit)

34

YOUNG ADULT FICTION

BeautyOfTheMoment

The Beauty of the Moment
Tanaz Bhathena
Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers

YOUNG ADULT FICTION

IndigoGirl2

Indigo Girl
Suzanne Kamata
GemmaMedia

35

YOUNG ADULT NON-FICTION

IndigenousPeople2

An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States ~ For Young People
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz; Debbie Reese, and Jean Mendoza
Beacon Press

YOUNG ADULT NON-FICTION

Warhead

Warhead:  The True Story of One Teen Who Almost Saved the World
Jeff Henigson
Delacorte | Penguin RH