National Book Awards

The National Book Award is awarded by the Association of American Publishers. The following is a list of the winners for Fiction and Nonfiction; other categories include Poetry, Young People's Literature and the medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. Awards are announced in November of each year.

A Frolic of His Own
Artist/Author/Cast:
Gaddis, William
Call Number:
F Gaddis
Description:

(Fiction, 1994) This novel focuses on history professor, Oscar Crease, and the litigious nature of society.

All the Pretty Horses
Artist/Author/Cast:
McCarthy, Cormac
Call Number:
F McCarthy
Description:

(Fiction, 1992) When his grandfather and the home he grew up in is sold, John Grady Cole leaves his hometown with his best friend and heads to Mexico on horseback.

American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson
Artist/Author/Cast:
Ellis, Joseph J.
Call Number:
92 Jefferson
Description:

(Nonfiction, 1997) Ellis explores the complex world of Thomas Jefferson and separates fact from myth.

An American Requiem: God, My Father, and the War That Came Between Us
Artist/Author/Cast:
Carroll, James
Call Number:
959.7043 C3195a
Description:

(Nonfiction, 1996) This memoirs looks at a father and son who try to navigate their lives as they conflict with each others.

Becoming a Man: Half a Life Story
Artist/Author/Cast:
Monette, Paul
Call Number:
92 Monette
Description:

(Nonfiction, 1992) This memoir reflects on the author's life as "perfect Paul" Monette as he struggles to find himself and come out of the closet.

Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
Artist/Author/Cast:
Boo, Katherine
Call Number:
305.5 B7245b 2011
Description:

(Nonfiction, 2012) Based on three years of research and reporting, this book looks at the dramatic story of families working toward a better life in Mumbai.

Charming Billy
Artist/Author/Cast:
McDermott, Alice
Call Number:
F McDermott
Description:

(Fiction, 1998) Billy Lynch's friends and family gather to eulogize him, but even after death his life sparks revelations of disappointment and love.

Cold Mountain
Artist/Author/Cast:
Frazier, Charles
Call Number:
F Frazier
Description:

(Fiction, 1997) A deserting Confederate soldier risks his life to return to his sweetheart, who is fighting her own battle to save her farm from worsening conditions.

Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II
Artist/Author/Cast:
Dower, John W.
Call Number:
952.04 D7464e
Description:

(Nonfiction, 1999) This book explores the aftermath of the Japanese defeat in WWII, including the affects it had on its society.

Europe Central
Artist/Author/Cast:
Vollmann, William T.
Call Number:
F Vollmann
Description:

(Fiction, 2005) Set in central Europe in the 20th century, this novel explores a wide array of characters and reflects on decisions made by those in difficult situations.

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