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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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.

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 Corrections
Artist/Author/Cast:
Franzen, Jonathan
Call Number:
F Franzen
Description:

(Fiction, 2001) Franzen's novel revolves around the troubled lives of the Lamberts who are getting together for "one last Christmas" as the family patriarch is showing signs of dementia.

The Echo Maker
Artist/Author/Cast:
Powers, Richard
Call Number:
F Powers
Description:

(Fiction, 2006) After a near fatal accident, Mark wakes up from a coma with a rare case of Capgras Syndrome and must face the aftermath of the accident.

The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt
Artist/Author/Cast:
Stiles, T. J.
Call Number:
92 Vanderbilt 2009
Description:

(Nonfiction, 2009) Read about the life of the father of modern capitalism in this work that illustrates an important financial and economic movement.

The Great Fire
Artist/Author/Cast:
Hazzard, Shirley
Call Number:
F Hazzard
Description:

(Fiction, 2003) At the end of WWII, the men and women of Europe and Asia struggle to put their lives back together.

The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family
Artist/Author/Cast:
Gordon-Reed, Annette
Call Number:
973.460922 G6657h 2008
Description:

(Nonfiction, 2008) The author examines the complex and often ignored relationship between the Hemings family and President Thomas Jefferson in this historical work.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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