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Less (Winner of the Pulitzer Prize): A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316316125
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Published: Lee Boudreaux Books - July 18th, 2017

2018 Pulitzer Prize - Fiction

A scintillating satire of the American abroad, a rumination on time and the human heart, a bittersweet romance of chances lost, by an author The New York Times has hailed as "inspired, lyrical," "elegiac," "ingenious," as well as "too sappy by half," Less shows a writer at the peak of his talents raising the curtain on our shared human comedy.


Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781627792769
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Published: Metropolitan Books - November 21st, 2017

2018 Pulitzer Prize - Biography

A deeply researched and elegantly written portrait of Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the Little House on the Prairie series, that describes how Wilder transformed her family’s story of poverty, failure and struggle into an uplifting tale of self-reliance, familial love and perseverance.


Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374189976
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - April 18th, 2017

2018 Pulitzer Prize - General Non-Fiction

An examination of the historical roots of contemporary criminal justice in the U.S., based on vast experience and deep knowledge of the legal system, and its often-devastating consequences for citizens and communities of color.


The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781631494024
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - March 20th, 2018

2018 Pulitzer Prize - History

An important environmental history of the Gulf of Mexico that brings crucial attention to Earth’s 10th-largest body of water, one of the planet’s most diverse and productive marine ecosystems.


Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016 Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374125950
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 15th, 2017

2018 Pulitzer Prize - Poetry

A volume of unyielding ambition and remarkable scope that mixes long dramatic poems with short elliptical lyrics, building on classical mythology and reinventing forms of desires that defy societal norms.


Hello, Universe Cover Image
By Erin Entrada Kelly, Isabel Roxas (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780062414151
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Published: Greenwillow Books - March 14th, 2017

2018 Newbery Winner

Newbery Medalist Erin Entrada Kelly's Hello, Universe is a funny and poignant neighborhood story about unexpected friendships.

Told from four intertwining points of view--two boys and two girls--the novel celebrates bravery, being different, and finding your inner bayani (hero). "Readers will be instantly engrossed in this relatable neighborhood adventure and its eclectic cast of misfits."--Booklist

 


Wolf in the Snow Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250076366
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - January 3rd, 2017

2018 Caldecott Winner

A girl is lost in a snowstorm. A wolf cub is lost, too. How will they find their way home?

Paintings rich with feeling tell this satisfying story of friendship and trust. Here is a book set on a wintry night that will spark imaginations and warm hearts, from Matthew Cordell, author of Trouble Gum and Another Brother.


You Don't Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316270755
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - June 13th, 2017

2018 PNBA Award

A searing, deeply moving memoir about family, love, loss, and forgiveness from the critically acclaimed, bestselling National Book Award-winning author of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.

 

Family relationships are never simple. But Sherman Alexie's bond with his mother Lillian was more complex than most. She plunged her family into chaos with a drinking habit, but shed her addiction when it was on the brink of costing her everything. She survived a violent past, but created an elaborate facade to hide the truth. She selflessly cared for strangers, but was often incapable of showering her children with the affection that they so desperately craved. She wanted a better life for her son, but it was only by leaving her behind that he could hope to achieve it. It's these contradictions that made Lillian Alexie a beautiful, mercurial, abusive, intelligent, complicated, and very human woman.

 

When she passed away, the incongruities that defined his mother shook Sherman and his remembrance of her. Grappling with the haunting ghosts of the past in the wake of loss, he responded the only way he knew how: he wrote. The result is a stunning memoir filled with raw, angry, funny, profane, tender memories of a childhood few can imagine, much less survive. An unflinching and unforgettable remembrance, YOU DON'T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME is a powerful, deeply felt account of a complicated relationship.

 


American War: A novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780451493583
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Published: Knopf - April 4th, 2017

2018 PNBA Award

An audacious and powerful debut novel: a second American Civil War, a devastating plague, and one family caught deep in the middle--a story that asks what might happen if America were to turn its most devastating policies and deadly weapons upon itself.

 

Sarat Chestnut, born in Louisiana, is only six when the Second American Civil War breaks out in 2074. But even she knows that oil is outlawed, that Louisiana is half underwater, and that unmanned drones fill the sky. When her father is killed and her family is forced into Camp Patience for displaced persons, she begins to grow up shaped by her particular time and place. But not everyone at Camp Patience is who they claim to be. Eventually Sarat is befriended by a mysterious functionary, under whose influence she is turned into a deadly instrument of war. The decisions that she makes will have tremendous consequences not just for Sarat but for her family and her country, rippling through generations of strangers and kin alike.


The Book of Mistakes Cover Image
By Corinna Luyken, Corinna Luyken (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780735227927
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Published: Dial Books - April 18th, 2017

2018 PNBA Award

One eye was bigger than the other. That was a mistake.
The weird frog-cat-cow thing? It made an excellent bush.
And the inky smudges... they look as if they were always meant to be leaves floating gently across the sky.


As one artist incorporates accidental splotches, spots, and misshapen things into her art, she transforms her piece in quirky and unexpected ways, taking readers on a journey through her process. Told in minimal, playful text, this story shows readers that even the biggest "mistakes" can be the source of the brightest ideas--and that, at the end of the day, we are all works in progress, too.


Dead Feminists: Historic Heroines in Living Color Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781632170576
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Published: Sasquatch Books - October 11th, 2016

2018 PNBA Award

A national bestseller, this gorgeously illustrated letterpress-inspired book combines feminist history with a vision for a better future. Dead Feminists is a lushly illustrated and inclusive celebration of inspiring women who transformed the world and created social change.

 

Based on the beloved letterpress poster series of the same name, Dead Feminists interweaves intricate broadside art with archival photographs and ephemera. This book brings feminist history to life, profiling 27 unforgettable forebears of the modern women's movement such as Eleanor Roosevelt, Gwendolyn Brooks, Rachel Carson, and more. Across eras and industries, passions and geographies, this collection of diverse, progressive, and perseverant women faced what looked like insurmountable odds and yet, still, they persisted.


Idaho: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812984460
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - November 7th, 2017

2018 PNBA Award

Ann and Wade have carved out a life for themselves from a rugged landscape in northern Idaho, where they are bound together by more than love. With her husband's memory fading, Ann attempts to piece together the truth of what happened to Wade's first wife, Jenny, and to their daughters. In a story written in exquisite prose and told from multiple perspectives--including Ann, Wade, and Jenny, now in prison--we gradually learn of the mysterious and shocking act that fractured Wade and Jenny's lives, of the love and compassion that brought Ann and Wade together, and of the memories that reverberate through the lives of every character in Idaho.

 

In a wild emotional and physical landscape, Wade's past becomes the center of Ann's imagination, as Ann becomes determined to understand the family she never knew--and to take responsibility for them, reassembling their lives, and her own.


Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean Cover Image
By Jonathan White, Peter Matthiessen (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9781595348050
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Published: Trinity University Press - January 31st, 2017

2018 PNBA Award

In Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean, writer, sailor, and surfer Jonathan White takes readers across the globe to discover the science and spirit of ocean tides. In the Arctic, White shimmies under the ice with an Inuit elder to hunt for mussels in the dark cavities left behind at low tide; in China, he races the Silver Dragon, a twenty-five-foot tidal bore that crashes eighty miles up the Qiantang River; in France, he interviews the monks that live in the tide-wrapped monastery of Mont Saint-Michel; in Chile and Scotland, he investigates the growth of tidal power generation; and in Panama and Venice, he delves into how the threat of sea level rise is changing human culture--the very old and very new. Tides combines lyrical prose, colorful adventure travel, and provocative scientific inquiry into the elemental, mysterious paradox that keeps our planet's waters in constant motion. Photographs, scientific figures, line drawings, and sixteen color photos dramatically illustrate this engaging, expert tour of the tides.


Improvement Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781619029606
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - November 14th, 2017

2017 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction

 


The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781439131343
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 24th, 2018

2017 National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction

 


Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder Cover Image
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Published: Metropolitan Books - November 21st, 2017

2017 National Book Critics Circle Award - Biography

 


You Play the Girl: On Playboy Bunnies, Stepford Wives, Train Wrecks, & Other Mixed Messages Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780544648944
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Published: Mariner Books - August 8th, 2017

2017 National Book Critics Circle Award - Criticism


Nine Continents: A Memoir in and Out of China Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802127136
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Published: Grove Press - October 3rd, 2017

2017 National Book Critics Circle Award - Autobiography


WHEREAS: Poems Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781555977672
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Published: Graywolf Press - March 7th, 2017

2017 National Book Critics Circle Award - Poetry


Sing, Unburied, Sing: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501126062
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Published: Scribner - September 5th, 2017

2017 National Book Award- Fiction

“Sing, Unburied, Sing is a dark and gorgeous song of love and heartbreak, haunting and tragic and disorienting in its timelessness. The Deepwater Horizon oil spill anchors Ward's tale to Mississippi today, which is almost indistinguishable from its notorious yesterday, a present and past (ironically) made more alive in the novel by ghosts and where everyone suffers from the cancers of buried sins. On Jojo's 13th birthday, while Mam is dying and Pop struggles to keep everyone safe, Leonie plans a road trip to the prison to pick up Michael, Jojo and baby Kayla's father. It's The Odyssey meets the Delta blues meets William Faulkner and Toni Morrison and some ineffable something that is Jesmyn Ward's own magic.”
— Sara Hinckley (E), Hudson Booksellers, Marietta, GA


The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594634536
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 3rd, 2017

2017 National Book Award Nonfiction

Award-winning journalist Masha Gessen's understanding of the events and forces that have wracked Russia in recent times is unparalleled. In The Future Is History, Gessen follows the lives of four people born at what promised to be the dawn of democracy. Each of them came of age with unprecedented expectations, some as the children and grandchildren of the very architects of the new Russia, each with newfound aspirations of their own--as entrepreneurs, activists, thinkers, and writers, sexual and social beings.

 

Gessen charts their paths against the machinations of the regime that would crush them all, and against the war it waged on understanding itself, which ensured the unobstructed reemergence of the old Soviet order in the form of today's terrifying and seemingly unstoppable mafia state. Powerful and urgent, The Future Is History is a cautionary tale for our time and for all time.


Far from the Tree Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062330628
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Published: HarperTeen - October 3rd, 2017

2017 National Book Award-Young People's Literature

Being the middle child has its ups and downs.

But for Grace, an only child who was adopted at birth, discovering that she is a middle child is a different ride altogether. After putting her own baby up for adoption, she goes looking for her biological family, including--

Maya, her loudmouthed younger bio sister, who has a lot to say about their newfound family ties. Having grown up the snarky brunette in a house full of chipper redheads, she's quick to search for traces of herself among these not-quite-strangers. And when her adopted family's long-buried problems begin to explode to the surface, Maya can't help but wonder where exactly it is that she belongs.

And Joaquin, their stoic older bio brother, who has no interest in bonding over their shared biological mother. After seventeen years in the foster care system, he's learned that there are no heroes, and secrets and fears are best kept close to the vest, where they can't hurt anyone but him.

Don't miss this moving novel that addresses such important topics as adoption, teen pregnancy, and foster care.


Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016 Cover Image
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 15th, 2017

2017 National Book Award - Poetry

Visionary and revelatory, intimate and unguarded, Bidart's Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2017 are a radical confrontation with human nature, a conflict eternally renewed and reframed, restless line by restless line.