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March 8, 2021
By PW Staff

Forty-nine books from four genres advanced to the quarterfinal round of the 2020 BookLife Prize Nonfiction Contest. Stay tuned for the announcement of the semifinalists on March 15. Selected by the editorial staffs of Publishers Weekly and Booklife, the quarterfinalists are as follows:



Blood Money

Cooking for Her Eyes

Compassion Mandala

Dance of the Deities

Dementia, a Love Story

Generation Zero

On The Way to Casa Lotus

Return to Ithaca

Stealing Baby Jesus

Ten Thousand Shells and Counting: A Memoir

Walking in Circles




The Art of Failure: The Anti Self-Help Guide

Awakening the Soul of Power

Calm Brain, Powerful Mind

Check Your Reality: Transforming Distorted Thinking For Lasting Empowerment & Well-Being

Get the Word Out

Good Grammar is the Life of the Party: Tips for a Wildly Successful Life

I Hear Some People Just Have Sex

Leaning Out

Let Go and Heal

Life In Full Colors

The Pono Principle

Sincerely, Life: A Conversation to Find Yourself

The Write to Happiness



Boldly into the Darkness


False Heroes: Held Hostage by Heritage

First Generation Father: How to Build a Healthy and Happy Home When You Come from a Broken One

How Are You Feeling, Momma? (You Don't Need to Say, "I'm Fine.")

I Know You By Heart: Navigating the Dementia Journey

Into the Garden: Lessons on a Spiritual Journey

Living Love:The Yoga of Yama & Niyama

A New Silence: Spiritual Practices and Formation for the Monk Within

Our Road to Damascus: 7 Lessons for a Life of Purpose and Meaning


Sparkle & Shine: 108 M.A.N.T.R.A.s to Brighten Your Day and Lighten Your Way

Steady, Calm, and Brave

Uprooting Fear

A World Without Identity


Business/Personal Finance

Amplify Your Job Search: Strategies for Finding Your Dream Job

Build Wealth With Common Stocks

The Career Toolkit

Foresight Investing

Hackable: How to Do Application Security Right

Mind Management, Not Time Management

Reimagining Collaboration

Rough Diamonds

The Surprising Power of Not Knowing What to Do

TSP Investing Strategies