Reading Guides: Award Winners

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Award Winners

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PP- Pulitzer Prize | NBA - National Book Award | NBCC - National Book Critic's Circle | MBP - Man Booker Prize | CM - Carnegie Medal | PEN/ Faulkner Award


All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr --- PS3604.O34 A77 2014 - PP, CM
The lives of a blind girl in France and a member of the Hitler youth assigned to track the Resistance through their radios converge during World War II.

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie --- PR9387.9.A34354 A44 2013 - PP
A young woman from Nigeria leaves behind her home and her first love to start a new life in America, only to find her dreams are not all she expected.

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain --- PS3606.O844 B55 2012 - NBCC
A satire set in Texas during America's war in Iraq that explores the gaping national disconnect between the war at home and the war abroad.

Binocular Vision: New & Selected Stories by Edith Pearlman --- PS3566.E2187 B56 2011 - NBCC
Spanning four decades and three prize-winning collections, these 21 vintage selected stories and 13 scintillating new ones take us around the world… these charged locales, and the lives of the endlessly varied characters within them, are evoked with a tenderness and incisiveness found in only our most observant seers.

Brief History of Seven Killings by James Marlon --- PR9265.9.J358 B75 2014 - MBP
Historical novelization about the attempted assassination of Jamaican reggae artist Bob Marley in the late 1970s

Bring Up the Bodies: A Novel by Hilary Mantel --- PR6063.A438 B75 2012 - MBP
The sequel to Hilary Mantel's 2009 Man Booker Prize winner and New York Times bestseller, Wolf Hall, delves into the heart of Tudor history with the downfall of Anne Boleyn.

Budhha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka --- PS3615.T88B83 2011 - PF
Presents the stories of six Japanese mail-order brides whose new lives in early twentieth-century San Francisco are marked by backbreaking migrant work, cultural struggles, children who reject their heritage, and the prospect of wartime internment.

Canada by Richard Ford --- PS3556.O713 C36 2013 - CM
After his parents are arrested and imprisoned for robbing a bank, fifteen-year-old Dell Parsons is taken in by Arthur Remlinger who, unbeknownst to Dell, is hiding a dark and violent nature that interferes with Dell’s quest to find grace and peace on the prairie of Saskatchewan.

Delicious Foods by James Hannaham --- PS3608.A71573D45 2015 - PF
Held captive by her employers--and by her own demons--on a mysterious farm, a widow struggles to reunite with her young son in this uniquely American story of freedom, perseverance, and survival.

Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club by Benjamin Alire Saenz --- PS3569.A27E94 2012 - PF
Sometimes the border is a mirror, sometimes an escape, and sometimes it's just the bridge you cross to go home.

The Forgotten Waltz by Anne Enright --- PR6055.N73 F67 2011 - CM
During a snowstorm, Gina Moynihan reminisces the string of events that brought her the love of her life, Sean Vallely, and recalls their affair.

Fortune Smiles by Adam Johnson --- PS3610.O3 A6 2015 - NBA
A collection of stories that delve deeply into love, loss, the decisions we make for ourselves, and the decisions we make for others.

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt --- PS3570.A657 G65 2013 - PP, CM
First-person story of Theodore Decker, an art dealer whose New York adventures revolve around a Dutch masterwork, The Goldfinch.

The Good Lord Bird by James McBride --- PS3613.C28 G66 2013 - NBA
Fleeing his violent master at the side of abolitionist John Brown at the height of the slavery debate in mid-nineteenth-century Kansas Territory, Henry pretends to be a girl to hide his identity throughout the raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859.

LaRose by Louise Erdrich --- PS3555.R42L36 2016 - NBCC
In 1999, after a man accidentally shoots and kills his friend’s young son while hunting, he offers his own son in exchange in native tradition.

Lila by Marilyn Robinson --- PS3568.O3125 L55 2014 - NBCC
Lila tries to reconcile the tumultuous life she led before wedding a minister and making a new life in a small town.

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton --- PR9639.4.C39 L86 2013 - MBP
Arriving in New Zealand in 1866 to seek his fortune in the goldfields, Walter Moody finds himself drawn into a series of unsolved crimes and complex mysteries.

The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan --- PR9619.3.F525 N37 2014 - MBP
An Australian surgeon is haunted by a past affair while imprisoned in a Japanese POW camp in WWII.

Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson --- PS3610.O3 O76 2012 - PP
The son of an influential father who runs an orphan work camp, Pak Jun Do rises to prominence using instinctive talents and eventually becomes a professional kidnapper and romantic rival to Kim Jong Il.

Redeployment by Phil Klay --- PS3611.L4423 A6 2014 - NBA
Collection of fictional characters serving in Iraq and Afghanistan and the very real issues they face.

The Round House by Louise Erdrich --- PS3555.R42 R68 2012 - NBA
When his mother, a tribal enrollment specialist living on a reservation in North Dakota, slips into an abyss of depression after being brutally attacked, 14-year-old Joe Coutz sets out with his three friends to find the person that destroyed his family.

Salvage the Bones: A Novel by Jesmyn Ward --- PS3623.A7323 S36 2011 - NBA
Enduring a hardscrabble existence as the children of alcoholic and absent parents, four siblings from a coastal Mississippi town prepare their meager stores for the arrival of Hurricane Katrina while struggling with such challenges as a teen pregnancy and a dying litter of prize pups.

The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes --- PR6052.A6657 S46 2012 - MBP
Follows a middle-aged man as he reflects on a past he thought was behind him, until he is presented with a legacy that forces him to reconsider different decisions, and to revise his place in the world.

The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen --- PS3614.G97S96 2015 - CM
Follows a Viet Cong agent as he spies on a South Vietnamese army general and his compatriots as they start a new life in 1975 Los Angeles.

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler --- PS3556.O844W4 2013 - PF
A middle-class American family, ordinary in every way but one...

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel --- PR6063.A438 W65 2010 - NBCC · MBP
In the ruthless arena of King Henry VIII's court, only one man dares to gamble his life to win the king's favor and ascend to the heights of political power.


PP- Pulitzer Prize
PF - PEN/Faulkner Award
NBA - National Book Award
NBCC - National Book Critic's Circle
MBP - Man Booker Prize
CM - Carnegie Medal

Last Updated: March 2017

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