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.

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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.

How We Die: Reflections on Life`s Final Chapter
Artist/Author/Cast:
Nuland, Sherwin B.
Call Number:
616.078 N9693h
Description:

(Nonfiction, 1994) Through personal stories, the author, Sherwin Nuland, explores death and the process of dying.

In America
Artist/Author/Cast:
Sontag, Susan
Call Number:
F Sontag
Description:

(Fiction, 2000) This novel follows the life of Maryna Zalezowska as she emigrates to the United States, and her transformation into an actress on the American stage.

In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex
Artist/Author/Cast:
Philbrick, Nathaniel
Call Number:
910.9164 P5457i
Description:

(Nonfiction, 2000) This book details the events of the whaleship Essex, its shipwreck, and the crew's subsequent tragic attempts to get to South America.

Just Kids
Artist/Author/Cast:
Smith, Patti
Call Number:
92 Smith 2010
Description:

(Nonfiction, 2010) In this memoir, singer-songwriter Patti Smith shares tales of events that changed her life.

Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA
Artist/Author/Cast:
Weiner, Tim
Call Number:
327.1273 W4234L 2007
Description:

(Nonfiction, 2007) This book offers the first definitive history of the CIA, from managing world affairs to maintaining its reputation despite many blunders while trying to change the world.

Let the Great World Spin
Artist/Author/Cast:
McCann, Colum
Call Number:
F McCann
Description:

(Fiction, 2009) This book focuses on a tightrope walker as he moves between the Twin Towers 110 stories up and the people below who live seemingly ordinary lives.

Lord of Misrule
Artist/Author/Cast:
Gordon, Jaimy
Call Number:
F Gordon
Description:

(Fiction, 2010) This book revolves around a young woman living through a year of horse racing at a half-mile track, and the scheming nature of those around her.

Sabbath`s Theater
Artist/Author/Cast:
Roth, Philip
Call Number:
F Roth
Description:

(Fiction, 1995) The novel revolves around a former puppeteer who, after a tragic loss, reflects on his life of manipulating others.

Salvage the Bones
Artist/Author/Cast:
Ward, Jesmyn
Call Number:
F Ward
Description:

(Fiction, 2011) Enduring a meager existence as the children of alcoholic and absent parents, four siblings from a Mississippi town prepare for the arrival of Hurricane Katrina.

Shadow Country: A New Rendering of the Watson Legend
Artist/Author/Cast:
Matthiessen, Peter
Call Number:
F Matthiessen
Description:

(Fiction, 2008) Based on the life of sugar plantation owner and outlaw E. J. Watson, this novel reimagines his life and violent death.

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