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2014

Redeployment

by Klay, Phil

Winner of the 2014 National Book Award for Fiction. Phil Klay's Redeployment takes readers to the frontlines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, asking us to understand what happened there, and what happened to the soldiers who returned.

Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China

by Osnos, Evan

A vibrant, colorful, and revelatory inner history of China during a moment of profound transformation.

Faithful And Virtuous Night: Poems

by Glück, Louise

Winner of the 2014 National Book Award for Poetry. Faithful and Virtuous Night tells a single story but the parts are mutable, the great sweep of its narrative mysterious and fateful, heartbreaking and charged with wonder.

Brown Girl Dreaming

by Woodson, Jacqueline

Winner of the 2014 National Book Award for Young People's Literature. Jacqueline Woodson, one of today's finest writers, tells the moving story of her childhood in mesmerizing verse.

2013

The Good Lord Bird

by Mcbride, James

Henry Shackleford is a young slave living in the Kansas Territory in 1857, when the region is a battleground between anti- and pro-slavery forces. When John Brown, the legendary abolitionist, arrives in the area, an argument between Brown and Henry's master quickly turns violent. Henry is forced to leave town--with Brown, who believes he's a girl.

The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America, First Edition

by Packer, George

The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America is an unsettling history of the US that attempts to document the massive political and economic changes that have taken place in the last three decades in the United States.

Incarnadine: Poems

by Szybist, Mary

In Incarnadine, Mary Szybist restlessly seeks out places where meaning might take on new color.

The Thing About Luck

by Kadohata, Cynthia

'Kouun is "good luck" in Japanese, and one year my family had none of it.' Just when Summer thinks nothing else can possibly go wrong, an emergency whisks her parents away to Japan, right before harvest season.

2012

The Round House

by Erdrich, Louise

One Sunday in the spring of 1988, a woman living on a reservation in North Dakota is attacked.

Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity

by Boo, Katherine

From Pulitzer Prize-winner Katherine Boo, a landmark work of narrative nonfiction that tells the dramatic and sometimes heartbreaking story of families striving toward a better life in one of the twenty-first century's great, unequal cities.

Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations

by Ferry, David

The passionate nature and originality of Ferry's prosodic daring works are transformations that take your breath away.

Goblin Secrets

by Alexander, William

A boy joins a theatrical troupe of goblins to find his missing brother.In the town of Zombay, there is a witch named Graba who has clockwork chicken legs and moves her house around--much like the fairy tale figure of Baba Yaga.

2011

Salvage the Bones

by Ward, Jesmyn

Winner of the 2011 National Book Award. As Hurricane Katrina is building over the Gulf of Mexico, a poor family deals with the life and breeding of a winner pitbull and a teen's hidden pregnancy. Each family member has their own story and strong character.

The Swerve: How the World Became Modern

by Greenblatt, Stephen

This engaging history of the birth of modernity and the Renaissance explores the rediscovery and popularization of Lucretious' poem On The Nature of Things, by the book collector Poggio Bracciolini in the fifteenth century, and the impact of the ideas of humanism and science it contained on future generations form Galileo to Einstein.

Head Off & Split: Poems

by Finney, Nikky

Poetry from an African-American.

Inside Out and Back Again

by Lai, Thanhha

No one would believe me but at times I would choose wartime in Saigon over peacetime in Alabama.

2010

Lord of Misrule

by Gordon, Jaimy

A brilliant novel that captures the dusty, dark, and beautiful world of small-time horse racing, where trainers, jockeys, grooms and grifters vie for what little luck is offered at a run-down West Virginia track .

Just Kids

by Smith, Patti

Patti Smith would evolve as a poet and performer, and Robert Mapplethorpe would direct his highly provocative style toward photography.

Lighthead

by Hayes, Terrance

From the award-winning poet, a new collection in which the political and the personal converge in innovative and beautiful ways. In his fourth collection, Terrance Hayes investigates how we construct experience.

Mockingbird

by Erskine, Kathryn

Ten-year-old Caitlin, who has Asperger's syndrome, struggles to understand emotions, show empathy, and make friends at school, while at home she seeks closure by working on a project with her father.

2009

Let The Great World Spin: A Novel

by Mccann, Colum

In the dawning light of a late-summer morning, the people of lower Manhattan stand hushed, staring up in disbelief at the Twin Towers.

The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt

by Stiles, T. J.

A biography of the combative man whose genius and force of will created modern capitalism. Founder of a dynasty, builder of the original Grand Central, creator of an impossibly vast fortune, Cornelius "Commodore" Vanderbilt is an American icon.

Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice

by Hoose, Phillip M.

When it comes to justice, there is no easy way to get it. You can't sugarcoat it. You have to take a stand and say, 'This is not right.' 2009 National Book Award winner for Children's Literature.

2008

Shadow Country

by Matthiessen, Peter

The author has rewritten and shortened much of his Watson trilogy (Killing Mister Watson, Lost Man's River and Bone by Bone) and combined them into one volume. National Book Award winner.

The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family

by Gordon-Reed, Annette

Not only a biography of Sally Hemings, who bore 7 children by Thomas Jefferson, this book details the extraordinary lives of her ancestors and descendants also. Winner of the National Book award, and the Pulitzer Prize for History.

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