National Book Award for Fiction Winners
The National Book Award for Fiction is one of four annual National Book Awards, which recognize outstanding literary work by United States citizens. Since 1987 they have been administered and presented by the National Book Foundation, but they are awards "by writers to writers." The panelists are five "writers who are known to be doing great work in their genre or field."
National Book Award for Fiction Winners
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2013 - The Good Lord Bird by James McBride - 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.
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The Good Lord Bird, by James McBride - F McBride or preloaded onto Kindle. National Book Award 2013.
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2012 - The Round House by Louise Erdrich - 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.
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“Now that I knew fear, I also knew it was not permanent." #reading Some people have skydiving on their bucket lists. But since I've already done that, I have a list of books to read... amongst other things. ;)
The Round House by Louise Erdrich, winner of the 2012 National Book Award. When his mother, a tribal enrollment specialist living on a reservation in North Dakota, slips into an abyss of depression after being brutally attacked, fourteen-year-old Joe Coutz sets out with his three friends to find the person that destroyed his family.
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the Round House by Louis Erdrich, winner of the National Book Award. Perspective on legal issues related to violence vs. Native American women.
2011 - Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward - 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.
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Winner of the 2011 National Book Award and selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review as a notable book of 2012.
This is on my reading list - a fictional family's experiences in the days prior to and after hurricane Katrina
Winner of the National Book Award set in the days leading up to Hurricane Katrina.
"I will not let him see until none of us have any choices about what can be seen, what can be avoided, what is blind & what will turn us to stone." Salvage the Bones, Jesmyn Ward. Pinner writes: "Enduring a hardscrabble existence as the children of alcoholic & absent parents, siblings from a coastal Mississippi town prepare their meager stores for the arrival of Hurricane Katrina. 14-year-old Esch's captivation w/ Greek mythology, & tenacity in spite of her pregnancy, make a memorable narrator."
5/12: plunks you down solidly into coastal Mississipi's rural poverty and you feel it instead of read it, takes place over the 12 days leading up to and immediately after Katrina. Esch, 15 and pregnant, lover of mythology, sister of 3 brothers, motherless, might as well be fatherless and another girl unaware of her intelligence/beauty/power narrates the sory.
2010 - Lord of Misrule by Jaimy Gordon - In the early 1970s, trainer Tommy Hansel attempts a horse racing scam at a small, backwoods track in West Virginia, but nothing goes according to his plan when the horses refuse to cooperate and nearly everyone at the track seems to know his scheme.
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Won National Book Award in 2010
2009 - Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann - In 1974 Manhattan, a radical young Irish monk struggles with personal demons while making his home among Bronx prostitutes, a group of mothers shares grief over their lost Vietnam soldier sons, and a young grandmother attempts to prove her worth.
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In the dawning light of a late-summer morning, the people of lower Manhattan stand hushed, staring up in disbelief at the Twin Towers. It is August 1974, and a mysterious tightrope walker is running, dancing, leaping between the towers, suspended a quarter mile above the ground. In the streets below, a slew of ordinary lives become extraordinary in bestselling novelist Colum McCann’s stunningly intricate portrait of a city and its people. Let the Great World Spin is the critically acclaimed author’s most ambitious novel yet: a dazzlingly rich vision of the pain, loveliness, mystery, and promise of New York City in the 1970s. Corrigan, a radical young Irish monk, struggles with his own demons as he lives among the prostitutes in the middle of the burning Bronx. A group of mothers gather in a Park Avenue apartment to mourn their sons who died in Vietnam, only to discover just how much divides them even in grief. A young artist finds herself at the scene of a hit-and-run that sends her own life careening sideways. Tillie, a thirty-eight-year-old grandmother, turns tricks alongside her teenage daughter, determined not only to take care of her family but to prove her own worth. Elegantly weaving together these and other seemingly disparate lives, McCann’s powerful allegory comes alive in the unforgettable voices of the city’s people, unexpectedly drawn together by hope, beauty, and the “artistic crime of the century.” A sweeping and radical social novel, Let the Great World Spin captures the spirit of America in a time of transition, extraordinary promise, and, in hindsight, heartbreaking innocence. Hailed as a “fiercely original talent” (San Francisco Chronicle), award-winning novelist McCann has delivered a triumphantly American masterpiece that awakens in us a sense of what the novel can achieve, confront, and even heal.
Book Club - March 2014 - Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
Worth Reading. As a complement to the book, watch the documentary "Man on Wire."
Let the Great World Spin, by Colum McCann - F McCann. National Book Award 2009. A rich vision of the pain, loveliness, mystery, and promise of New York City in the 1970s.
2008 - Shadow Country by Peter Matthiessen - Inspired by a near-mythic event of the wild Florida frontier at the turn of the twentieth century, Shadow Country reimagines the legend of the inspired Everglades sugar planter and notorious outlaw E.J. Watson.
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Shadow Country: A New Rendering of the Watson Legend by Peter Matthiessen. National Book Award, 2008. http://libcat.bentley.edu/record=b1257643~S0
Peter Matthiessen's Shadow Country reimagines the legend of the Everglades sugar planter and notorious outlaw E. J. Watson.
2007 - Tree of Smoke by Denis Johnson - The lives of Skip Sands, a spy-in-training engaged in psychological operations against the Vietcong, and brothers Bill and James Houston, young men who drift out of the Arizona desert into a war, intertwine in a novel of America during the Vietnam War.
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2006 - The Echo Maker by Richard Powers - Twenty-seven-year-old Mark Schluter, suffering from a rare brain disorder that causes him to believe his sister to be an impostor, endeavors to discover the cause of the motor vehicle accident that resulted in his head injury.
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'The Echo Maker' by Richard Powers. National Book Award winner for Fiction & a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction finalist.
2005 - Europe Central by William T. Vollmann - A series of interconnected stories seeks to contrast the moral decisions made by famous and everyday individuals with regard to the warring authoritarian cultures of Germany and the USSR in the twentieth century.
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2005 National Book Award Winner - Fiction
William T. Vollmann - Europe Central (2005)
2005: Europe Central by William T. Vollmann. In his newest work, Vollmann presents a mesmerizing series of intertwined paired stories that compare and contrast the moral decisions made by various figures associated with the warring authoritarian cultures of Germany and the USSR in the 20th century.
2004 - The News from Paraguay by Lily Tuck - Pursued by the future dictator of Paraguay, Irish courtesan Ella Lynch struggles with isolation in spite of her power as his mistress, and witnesses the nation's victimization due to her lover's arrogant ambitions.
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The News from Paraguay by Lily Tuck, 2004 National Book Award Winner for Fiction
2003 - The Great Fire by Shirley Hazzard - In the aftermath of World War II, young men and women living in Europe and Asia reconstruct their lives, including a soldier who learns that material goods and success are not enough, and a woman in Japan who tends to her dying brother.
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Won National Book Award in 2003
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2002 - Three Junes by Julia Glass - Reveals the interconnected lives, loves, and relationships of different generations of the McLeod family over the course of three crucial summers.
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Won National Book Award in 2002
2001 - The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen - Enid Lambert begins to worry about her husband when he begins to withdraw and lose himself in negativity and depression as he faces Parkinson's disease.
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2000 - In America by Susan Sontag - Poland's greatest living actress leads a utopian community to the wilds of 1876 California, where she will struggle to maintain love, hope, and idealism in the harsh reality of the American West.
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Heavy yet intricate. Probably not for everyone but I am a lover of historical novels.
Won National Book Award in 2000
1999 - Waiting by Ha Jin - An ambitious and dedicated Chinese doctor, Lin Kong finds himself torn between two very different women - the educated and dynamic nurse with whom he has fallen in love and the traditional, meek, and humble woman to whom his family married him when they were both very young.
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Won National Book Award in 1999
1998 - Charming Billy by Alice McDermott - When the late Billy Lynch's relatives and friends gather together to keep his memory alive, stories are woven and memories relived detailing his life in the close Irish-American community and the intricate feelings that resurface.
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Won National Book Award in 1998
1997 - Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier - Inman, a wounded soldier, walks away from the front during the Civil War to return to his prewar sweetheart, Ada, who desperately works to revive a struggling farm.
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Won National Book Award in 1997
Beautiful book. As always, so much better than the movie!
1999 & 2003: Inman, a wounded soldier, walks away from the front during the Civil War to return to his prewar sweetheart, Ada, who desperately works to revive a struggling farm.
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1996 - Ship Fever: Stories by Andrea Barrett - A collection of stories that consider the struggles of love and science includes the title work, in which a young Canadian doctor, treating Irish immigrants who have been driven out by the Great Famine, experiences one of history's most tragic epidemics.
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Richard Holmes, author of FALLING UPWARDS, recommends reading SHIP FEVER by Andrea Barrett. Click for two more suggestions!
1995 - Sabbath's Theater by Philip Roth - The death of his mistress sends Mickey Sabbath, an audacious libertine and onetime producer, on a psychic journey into his past.
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Worth reading in your lifetime.
Sabbath's Theater by Philip Roth. National Book Award, 1995. http://libcat.bentley.edu/record=b1132038~S0
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1994 - A Frolic of His Own by William Gaddis - A satirically jaundiced view of modern law and justice chronicles the fortunes of Oscar Crease, a middle-aged college instructor and playwright, as he sues a Hollywood producer for pirating a play.
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A Frolic of His Own by William Gaddis 1994 National Book Award for Fiction With dazzling wit, William Gaddis brings his unmatched powers of observation and satirical sensibilities to bear on the American legal system. A Frolic of His Own is a tour de force. It is a profound entertainment. It is scalding and Swiftian . . . darkly hilarious. Book Location:Law Library (PS3557.A28 F76 1994) #AwardWinningReads
Gaddis tender as Sterne. And read Agape Agape, which is perfect.
Catalog - A frolic of his own : a novel
1993 - The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx - Surprising transformations take place when a newspaperman's elderly aunt and two daughters decide to move back to their family home on the coast of Newfoundland.
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1993. The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx - An unsuccessful newspaperman, his aunt, and his two young daughters experience delicately evoked changes in a poignant novel set in a Newfoundland fishing town.
1996 Book Club Book - The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx. To see this book in LCL catalogue click on the book cover.
1992 - All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy - Cut off from the life of ranching he has come to love by his grandfather's death, John Grady Cole flees to Mexico, where he and his two companions embark on a rugged and cruelly idyllic adventure.
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1991 - Mating by Norman Rush - While in Africa to work on her thesis project, an American anthropologist falls for Nelson Denoon, the charismatic intellectual who is rumored to have founded a highly secretive unorthodox utopian society.
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Won National Book Award in 1991
Mating: A Novel: Norman Rush
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1990 - Middle Passage by Charles Johnson - A stowaway aboard the slave ship "Republic" during its journey from the Americas to West Africa in 1830, freed slave Rutherford Calhoun is intent on escaping his debts and an unwanted marriage.
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1989 - Spartina by John Casey - A commercial fisherman, husband, father, and lover, Dick Pierce upsets the placidity of his family when he finds himself in love with two people at the same time.