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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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.
Interior Chinatown
Artist/Author/Cast:
Yu, Charles
Call Number:
F Yu
Description:

(Fiction, 2020) Willis stumbles into the spotlight and discovers the secret history of Chinatown and the buried legacy of his own family.

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.
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.
Artist/Author/Cast:
Klay, Phil
Call Number:
F Klay
Description:

(Fiction, 2014)  A collection of stories that asks the reader to look into the lives of the soldiers asked to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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.
Stamped from the beginning: the definitive history of racist ideas in America
Artist/Author/Cast:
Kendi, Ibram X.
Call Number:
305.800973 K3354s 2016
Description:

(Nonfiction, 2016)  Author Ibram X. Kendi explores the history of racists thoughts and its development into American culture.

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:

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

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