The Thurber House literary center and museum awards the prize each year. The house is the boyhood home of humorist James Thurber. Comedian Trevor Noah won last year for "Born a Crime," his memoir about growing up in South Africa.
This year's other finalists were: Jenny Allen, author of the essay collection "Would Everybody Please Stop? Reflections on Life and Other Bad Ideas," and John Hodgman, author of the collection of true stories, "Vacationland."