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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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.

The News from Paraguay
Artist/Author/Cast:
Tuck, Lily
Call Number:
F Tuck
Description:

(Fiction, 2004) Ella Lynch is courted by the future dictator of Paraguay, Francisco Solano, and follows him to Paraguay, an isolated and new world.

The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression
Artist/Author/Cast:
Solomon, Andrew
Call Number:
616.8527 S6896n
Description:

(Nonfiction, 2001) This candid memoir focuses on depression through interviews with sufferers, doctors, and researchers.

The Round House
Artist/Author/Cast:
Erdrich, Louise
Call Number:
F Erdrich
Description:

(Fiction, 2012) When his mother slips into an abyss of depression after being brutally attacked, Joe Coutz sets out to find the person that destroyed his family.

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.

Ship Fever and Other Stories
Artist/Author/Cast:
Barrett, Andrea
Call Number:
F Barrett
Description:

(Fiction, 1996) These stories about the love of science and the science of love, look at the complexities of ambition, failure, achievement, and shattered dreams.

The Shipping News
Artist/Author/Cast:
Proulx, Annie
Call Number:
F Proulx
Description:

(Fiction, 1993) The novel centers on Quoyle, a newspaper worker in New York, who, after multiple disturbing events transpire in his life, moves to his homeland of Newfoundland.

Slaves in the Family
Artist/Author/Cast:
Ball, Robert Edward
Call Number:
975.7 B187s
Description:

(Nonfiction, 1998) This is the story of black and white families who lived side by side for five generations, and of everyday Americans who confront their vexed inheritance together.

The Swerve: How the World Became Modern
Artist/Author/Cast:
Greenblatt, Stephen
Call Number:
940.21 G7988s 2011
Description:

(Nonfiction, 2011) Scholar Stephen Greenblatt writes about the discovery of Lucretius’ poem, "On the Nature of Things," and how it changed the world.

Three Junes
Artist/Author/Cast:
Glass, Julia
Call Number:
F Glass
Description:

(Fiction, 2002) This gentle read features Fenno, a wry and introspective gay man, as he narrates the events of an unforeseen family reunion.

Tree of Smoke
Artist/Author/Cast:
Johnson, Denis
Call Number:
F Johnson
Description:

(Fiction, 2007) Set in 1965, this novel depicts characters working in the CIA during the United States' involvement in Vietnam.

United States: Essays, 1952-1992
Artist/Author/Cast:
Vidal, Gore
Call Number:
814.54 V6487u
Description:

(Nonfiction, 1993) From Eisenhower to Clinton, Gore Vidal looks at American history, politics, and culture through 114 essays.

Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy
Artist/Author/Cast:
Eire, Carlos M. N.
Call Number:
972.91 E3594w 2004
Description:

(Nonfiction, 2003) The author reminisces about his childhood in 1950s Havana and the overnight upheaval of his world in January 1959 when the Batista government was toppled.

Waiting: A Novel
Artist/Author/Cast:
Jin, Ha
Call Number:
F Ha
Description:

(Fiction, 1999) Set in China as its society is slowly moving away from its traditional ways, the novel focuses on the lives of three characters in a love triangle.

The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
Artist/Author/Cast:
Egan, Timothy
Call Number:
978.032 E282w 2006
Description:

(Nonfiction, 2006) Egan details the stories of those who lived through the Great Depression's Dust Bowl.

The Year of Magical Thinking
Artist/Author/Cast:
Didion, Joan
Call Number:
813.54 D5565y 2005
Description:

(Nonfiction, 2005) Joan Didion explores her intensely personal yet universal experience of a life, family, and marriage in both good times and bad.

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