Annette Gordon-Reed, a professor of history at Rutgers-Newark, has won the 2008 National Book Award for Non-fiction for her work "The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family."
Gordon-Read is the first African American woman to win the nonfiction award.
In addition to teaching at Rutgers, Gordon-Reed is a law professor at New York Law School.
She co-wrote with Vernon Jordan, Vernon Can Read: A Memoir.
Gordon-Reed is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School and lives with her family in New York City.
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