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.

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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