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The Sympathizer: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802124944
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Published: Grove Press - April 12th, 2016

2016 Pulitzer Prize - Fiction

"The Sympathizer" is a blistering exploration of identity, politics, and America, wrought in electric prose. The narrator, a Vietnamese army captain, is a man of divided loyalties, a half-French, half-Vietnamese communist sleeper agent in America after the end of the Vietnam War. A powerful story of love and friendship, and a gripping espionage novel, "The Sympathizer" examines the legacy of the Vietnam War in literature, film, and the wars we fight today.


Custer's Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307592644
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - October 27th, 2015

2016 Pulitzer Prize - History

In this magisterial biography, T. J. Stiles paints a portrait of Custer both deeply personal and sweeping in scope, proving how much of Custer's legacy has been ignored. He demolishes Custer's historical caricature, revealing a volatile, contradictory, intense person capable yet insecure, intelligent yet bigoted, passionate yet self-destructive, a romantic individualist at odds with the institution of the military (he was court-martialed twice in six years).


Black Flags: The Rise of Isis Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385538213
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Published: Doubleday Books - September 29th, 2015

2016 Pulitzer Prize - General Nonfiction

When the government of Jordan granted amnesty to a group of political prisoners in 1999, it little realized that among them was Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a terrorist mastermind and soon the architect of an Islamist movement bent on dominating the Middle East. In "Black Flags, " an unprecedented character-driven account of the rise of ISIS, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Joby Warrickshows how the zeal of this one man and the strategic mistakes of Presidents Bush and Obama led to the banner of ISIS being raised over huge swaths of Syria and Iraq.

Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143109396
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Published: Penguin Books - April 26th, 2016

2016 Pulitzer Prize - Biography

"Barbarian Days"is William Finnegan's memoir of an obsession, a complex enchantment. Surfing only looks like a sport. To initiates, it is something else: a beautiful addiction, a demanding course of study, a morally dangerous pastime, a way of life.
Raised in California and Hawaii, Finnegan started surfing as a child. He has chased waves all over the world, wandering for years through the South Pacific, Australia, Asia, Africa. A bookish boy, and then an excessively adventurous young man, he went on to become a distinguished writer and war reporter."Barbarian Days"takes us deep into unfamiliar worlds, some of them right under our noses off the coasts of New York and San Francisco. It immerses the reader in the edgy camaraderie of close male friendships forged in challenging waves.


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ISBN: 9780226207032
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Published: University of Chicago Press - March 26th, 2015

2016 Pulitzer Prize - Poetry

The title poem of Peter Balakian's "Ozone Journal" is a sequence of fifty-four short sections, each a poem in itself, recounting the speaker's memory of excavating the bones of Armenian genocide victims in the Syrian desert with a crew of television journalists in 2009. These memories spark othersthe dissolution of his marriage, his life as a young single parent in Manhattan in the nineties, visits and conversations with a cousin dying of AIDScreating a montage that has the feel of history as lived experience.


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ISBN: 9780553448184
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Published: Hogarth - February 2nd, 2016

2016 Man Booker International Prize

A beautiful, unsettling novel about rebellion and taboo, violence and eroticism, and the twisting metamorphosis of a soul
Before the nightmares began, Yeong-hye and her husband lived an ordinary, controlled life. But the dreams invasive images of blood and brutality torture her, driving Yeong-hye to purge her mind and renounce eating meat altogether. It's a small act of independence, but it interrupts her marriage and sets into motion an increasingly grotesque chain of events at home. As her husband, her brother-in-law and sister each fight to reassert their control, Yeong-hye obsessively defends the choice that's become sacred to her. Soon their attempts turn desperate, subjecting first her mind, and then her body, to ever more intrusive and perverse violations, sending Yeong-hye spiraling into a dangerous, bizarre estrangement, not only from those closest to her, but also from herself.

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Bone Gap Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062317629
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Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - April 26th, 2016

2016 Printz Award

Ruby's novel deserves to be read and reread. It is powerful, beautiful, extraordinary. School Library Journal

Everyone knows Bone Gap is full of gaps.

So when young, beautiful Roza went missing, the people of Bone Gap weren t surprised. But Finn knows what really happened to Roza. He knows she was kidnapped by a dangerous man whose face he cannot remember.

As we follow the stories of Finn, Roza, and the people of Bone Gap, acclaimed author Laura Ruby weaves a tale of the ways in which the face the world sees is never the sum of who we are.


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ISBN: 9781250083258
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Published: Picador USA - March 1st, 2016

2015 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction

A biting satire about a young man's isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court, Paul Beatty's "The Sellout "showcases a comic genius at the top of his game. It challenges the sacred tenets of the United States Constitution, urban life, the civil rights movement, the father-son relationship, and the holy grail of racial equality the black Chinese restaurant.


Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic Cover Image
ISBN: 9781620402528
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - April 5th, 2016

2015 National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction

In 1929, in the blue-collar city of Portsmouth, Ohio, a company built a swimming pool the size of a football field; named Dreamland, it became the vital center of the community. Now, addiction has devastated Portsmouth, as it has hundreds of small rural towns and suburbs across America--addiction like no other the country has ever faced. How that happened is the riveting story of "Dreamland."


Negroland: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307378453
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Published: Pantheon Books - September 8th, 2015

2015 National Book Critics Circle Award - Autobiography

At once incendiary and icy, mischievous and provocative, celebratory and elegiac here is a deeply felt meditation on race, sex, and American culture through the prism of the author's rarefied upbringing and education among a black elite concerned with distancing itself from whites and the black generality while tirelessly measuring itself against both.

Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft & Mary Shelley Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812980479
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Published: Random House Trade - February 2nd, 2016

2015 National Book Critics Circle Award - Biography

This groundbreaking dual biography brings to life a pioneering English feminist and the daughter she never knew. Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley have each been the subject of numerous biographies, yet no one has ever examined their lives in one book until now. In "Romantic Outlaws, "Charlotte Gordon reunites the trailblazing author who wrote "A Vindication of the Rights of Woman" and the Romantic visionary who gave the world "Frankenstein" two courageous women who should have shared their lives, but instead shared a powerful literary and feminist legacy.


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ISBN: 9781555977351
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Published: Graywolf Press - January 26th, 2016

2015 National Book Critics Circle Award - Criticism

Maggie Nelson's "The Argonauts "is a genre-bending memoir, a work of "autotheory" offering fresh, fierce, and timely thinking about desire, identity, and the limitations and possibilities of love and language. At its center is a romance: the story of the author's relationship with the artist Harry Dodge. This story, which includes Nelson's account of falling in love with Dodge, who is fluidly gendered, as well as her journey to and through a pregnancy, offers a firsthand account of the complexities and joys of (queer) family-making.
Writing in the spirit of public intellectuals such as Susan Sontag and Roland Barthes, Nelson binds her personal experience to a rigorous exploration of what iconic theorists have said about sexuality, gender, and the vexed institutions of marriage and child-rearing. Nelson's insistence on radical individual freedom and the value of caretaking becomes the rallying cry of this thoughtful, unabashed, uncompromising book.


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ISBN: 9780822963318
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Published: University of Pittsburgh Press - January 7th, 2015

2015 National Book Critics Circle Award - Poetry

"Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude" is a sustained meditation on that which goes away loved ones, the seasons, the earth as we know it that tries to find solace in the processes of the garden and the orchard. That is, this is a book that studies the wisdom of the garden and orchard, those places where all death, sorrow, loss is converted into what might, with patience, nourish us.

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ISBN: 9780399257742
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - January 8th, 2015

2016 Newbery Winner

Every Sunday after church, CJ and his grandma ride the bus across town. But today, CJ wonders why they don't own a car like his friend Colby. Why doesn t he have an iPod like the boys on the bus? How come they always have to get off in the dirty part of town? Each question is met with an encouraging answer from grandma, who helps him see the beauty and fun in their routine and the world around them.
This energetic ride through a bustling city highlights the wonderful perspective only grandparent and grandchild can share, and comes to life through Matt de la Pena's vibrant text and Christian Robinson's radiant illustrations.


Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear Cover Image
By Lindsay Mattick, Sophie Blackall (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780316324908
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 20th, 2015

2016 Caldecott Winner

Before Winnie-the-Pooh, there was a real bear named Winnie. And she was a girl
In 1914, Harry Colebourn, a veterinarian on his way to tend horses in World War I, followed his heart and rescued a baby bear. He named her Winnie, after his hometown of Winnipeg, and he took the bear to war.
Harry Colebourn's real-life great-granddaughter tells the true story of a remarkable friendship and an even more remarkable journey--from the fields of Canada to a convoy across the ocean to an army base in England...
And finally to the London Zoo, where Winnie made another new friend: a real boy named Christopher Robin.
Here is the remarkable true story of the bear who inspired Winnie-the-Pooh.


Undermajordomo Minor Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062281203
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Published: Ecco Press - September 15th, 2015

2016 PNBA Award

When Lucy leaves his childhood home to accept a vague position at Castle Von Aux, the decision guarantees his life will never be the same. A demented Baron, a secret letter, a couple of pickpockets, a very large hole, and true love all play integral parts in this quirky quasi-modern fairytale. Weird, funny, dark and delightful.


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ISBN: 9780545668347
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - April 28th, 2015

2016 PNBA Award

Like a perfectly paced black-and-white film on a lazy Sunday afternoon, this magical, romantic story is about love in all its variations, soaring and musical, sad and beautiful all at once. Published for YA, this sophisticated story will also be loved by adults lucky enough to discover it somewhere other than their usual shelf.

Children & Other Wild Animals: Notes on Badgers, Otters, Sons, Hawks, Daughters, Dogs, Bears, Air, Bobcats, Fishers, Mascots, Charles Darwin, Newts, Cover Image
By Brian Doyle, Cort Conley (Editor), Mary Miller Doyle (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780870717543
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Published: Oregon State University Press - October 2014

2016 PNBA Award

From Herman the Sturgeon to his own children, in his signature poetic prose, Doyle observes the fascinating creatures that share his world. This is a work of gratitude, a book that celebrates others—human or otherwise—and their unique ways of coloring our world. As a reader, you cannot help but catch Doyle’s contagious appreciation.


The Triumph of Seeds: How Grains, Nuts, Kernels, Pulses, and Pips Conquered the Plant Kingdom and Shaped Human History Cover Image
ISBN: 9780465055999
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Published: Basic Books - March 24th, 2015

2016 PNBA Award

This is the kind of accessible science writing that keeps readers engrossed, never realizing how much knowledge they’re picking up along the way. Who knew that seeds could be so fascinating? Hanson’s narrative voice and personal anecdotes make for easy and enjoyable reading—and learning.

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By Megan Kruse, Elizabeth Gilbert (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780990437000
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Published: Hawthorne Books - March 3rd, 2015

2016 PNBA Award

In this beautifully written, haunting family drama, Kruse explores themes of abuse, fear, love, longing and home. An absolutely gripping read from an amazing debut author also recognized as a 2015 National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree.

Unicorn on a Roll: Another Phoebe and Her Unicorn Adventure Cover Image
ISBN: 9781449470760
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - May 26th, 2015

2016 PNBA Award

Simpson perfectly captures what it’s like to be a fourth-grader. But the real magic of this book is not the spot-on depiction of childhood or even the self-enamored unicorn; it’s her use of whip-smart humor and pop culture mining to appeal to both kids and adults that makes this book sparkle.

Fortune Smiles: Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812997477
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Published: Random House - August 18th, 2015

2015 National Book Award- Fiction

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his acclaimed novel about North Korea, "The Orphan Master's Son, " Adam Johnson is one of America's most provocative and powerful authors. Critics have compared him to Kurt Vonnegut, David Mitchell, and George Saunders, but Johnson's new book will only further his reputation as one of our most original writers. Subtly surreal, darkly comic, both hilarious and heartbreaking, "Fortune Smiles" is a major collection of stories that gives voice to the perspectives we don t often hear, while offering something rare in fiction: a new way of looking at the world.

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ISBN: 9780812993547
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - July 14th, 2015

2015 National Book Award Nonfiction

“Coates writes about fear and its corrosive effects on our culture from a very personal perspective. He persuades us that we need a new way of understanding American history, a new story, and new names for ourselves and others in order for humanity to survive and thrive. Between the World and Me is urgently needed and should be required reading for everyone in America: high school and college students, church group members, business people, and especially all law enforcement and justice department personnel. This is a book I wish did not need to be written, but I am grateful to Coates for having the courage to share his views.”
— Liza Bernard (M), Norwich Bookstore, Norwich, VT

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ISBN: 9780061134111
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Published: Harper Teen - April 21st, 2015

2015 National Book Award-Young People's Literature

A captivating novel about mental illness that lingers long beyond the last page, Challenger Deepis a heartfelt tour de force by New York Timesbestselling author Neal Shusterman.

Voyage of the Sable Venus: And Other Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101875438
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - September 29th, 2015

2015 National Book Award - Poetry

A stunning poetry debut: this meditation on the black female figure throughout time introduces us to a brave and penetrating new voice.