Minnesota Book Award Finalists 2018

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The finalists for the 30th anniversary of the Minnesota Book Awards were chosen on Saturday, January 27, by 27 judges from around the state - writers, teachers, librarians, booksellers, and others from the literary community. The winners will be announced at the Book Awards Ceremony on Saturday, April 21. 


Marcia G. Anderson
Description: "Bandolier bags, or gashkibidaaganag--the large, heavily beaded shoulder bags made and worn by several North American Indian tribes around the Great Lakes--are prized cultural icons. Marcia G. Anderson shares the results of thirty years of study, in which she learned from the talented bead artists who keep the form alive, from historical records, and from the bags themselves. Anderson examines the history, forms, structure, and motifs of the bags, giving readers the tools to understand a bag's makeup and meaning. She also offers a tour of Minnesota's seven Ojibwe reservations, showing the beautiful beaded bags associated with each along with the personal insights of six master beadworkers."--Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 970.3 And
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 30, 2018
H. M. Bouwman
Description: "Pip, a young boy who can speak to fish, and his sister Kinchen set off on a great adventure, joined by twins with magical powers, refugees fleeing post-war Vietnam, and some helpful sea monsters"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: J FIC Bou
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 30, 2018
Bao Phi, Thi Bui
Description: "As a young boy, Bao Phi awoke early, hours before his father's long workday began, to fish on the shores of a small pond in Minneapolis. Unlike many other anglers, Bao and his father fished for food, not recreation. Between hope-filled casts, Bao's father told him about a different pond in their homeland of Vietnam"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: E Phi
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 30, 2018
Alice M. O'Brien, Nancy O'Brien Wagner
Description: "The lively and revealing letters of a Minnesota woman who, with thousands of others, volunteered for service in World War I Europe, taking on jobs that freed men for the trenches"--Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 940.531 OBr
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 30, 2018
Elaine Tyler May
Description: "Fear has seeped into every area of American life: Americans own more guns than citizens of any other country, sequester themselves in barricaded houses and gated communities, and retreat from public spaces. And yet, since the 1990s crime rates have plummeted. Why then, are Americans so afraid? In Fortress America, award-winning historian Elaine Tyler May demonstrates how our obsession with security has made citizens fear each other and distrust the government, eroding American democracy. This trend is not merely an aftershock of 9/11--indeed, it dates back to the end of World War II. Cold War anxieties resulted in widespread nuclear panic. Officials encouraged Americans to build bunkers in their backyards and shun anyone they suspected of communist sympathies. In the 1960s and 1970s, Atomic Age anxieties gave way to misplaced fear of crime, leading to a preoccupation with "law and order." The media pointed to black men as dangerous and women as vulnerable, inaccurate claims that nevertheless led to mass incarceration of African Americans and women's exaggerated distrust of strangers. The threat of terrorism is only the most recent in a series of overblown fears that set Americans against each other. With fear on the rise, the concept of citizenship has deteriorated and concern for the common good has all but disappeared. In this remarkable work of history May charts the rise of a muscular national culture grounded in fear. Instead of a thriving democracy of engaged citizens, we have become a paranoid, bunkered, militarized, and divided vigilante nation."--Dust jacket flap.
Call Number: 364.10973 May
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 30, 2018
Louise Erdrich
Description: A tale set in a world of reversing evolution and a growing police state follows pregnant thirty-two-year-old Cedar Hawk Songmaker, who investigates her biological family while awaiting the birth of a child who may emerge as a member of a primitive human species.
Call Number: FIC Erd
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 30, 2018
Amy Thielen
Description: "A beautifully written memoir that follows one woman from her childhood in a dysfunctional Midwestern family to becoming a chef in New York City and finally her triumphant return home to reclaim and redeem Midwestern cooking. Amy Thielen, author of the James Beard Award-winning cookbook The New Midwestern Table, traces her journey from Park Rapids, Minnesota, to cooking professionally under some of New York City's finest chefs--including David Bouley, Daniel Boulud, and Jean-Georges Vongerichten--and thenback home again. A love of food and an overwhelming desire to get the hell out of small-town America drive Thielen to New York to seek out its intense culinary world, which she embraces enthusiastically, while her boyfriend finds success in its fickle art world. After years of living in the city, with frequent trips back home in the summertime, the couple eventually chooses life deep in the woods in a cabin Thielen's husband built by hand. There Aaron can practice his craft while Amy takes the skills shelearned cooking professionally and turns them to undoing years of processed foods to uncover true Midwestern cooking, which begins simply with humble workhorse ingredients such as potatoes and onions. Give a Girl a Knife offers a fresh look into New York's fine dining scene while also acknowledging a universal nostalgia for home--and a yearning to remake that home so it's even better than you remember."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: B Thi
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 5, 2017
Andrea Swensson
Description: Beginning in the year of Prince's birth, 1958, with the recording of Minnesota's first R&B record by a North Minneapolis band, Got to Be Something Here traces the rise of that distinctive sound through two generations of political upheaval, rebellion, and artistic passion. Funk and soul become a lens for exploring three decades of Minneapolis and St. Paul history as Swensson takes us through the neighborhoods and venues, and the lives and times, that produced the Minneapolis Sound. --From jacket flap.
Call Number: 781.64 Swe
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 30, 2018
Mary Losure
Description: Before Isaac Newton became the father of physics, an accomplished mathematician, or a leader of the scientific revolution, he was a boy living in an apothecary's house, observing and experimenting, recording his observations of the world in a tiny notebook. As a young genius living in a time before science as we know it existed, Isaac studied the few books he could get his hands on, built handmade machines, and experimented with alchemy--a process of chemical reactions that seemed, at the time, to be magical. Mary Losure's riveting narrative nonfiction account of Isaac's early life traces his development as a thinker from his childhood, in friendly prose that will capture the attention of today's budding scientists--as if by magic.
Call Number: YA B New
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 30, 2018
Tom Rademacher, Dave Eggers
Call Number: 371.1 Rad
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 30, 2018
Carolyn Porter, Marcel Heuzé
Description: A graphic designer's search for inspiration leads to a cache of letters and the mystery of one man's fate during World War II. Seeking inspiration for a new font design in an antique store in Stillwater, Minnesota, graphic designer Carolyn Porter stumbled across a bundle of letters and was drawn to their expressive pen-and-ink handwriting. She could not read them, written in French, but she noticed all of them had been signed by a man named Marcel and mailed from Berlin to his family in France during the middle of World War II. --From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 940.5472 Por
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 30, 2018
Ed Young, Barbara DaCosta
Description: The classic tale of the hunt for Moby Dick, the whale, with a new twist.
Call Number: E You
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 30, 2018
Roberta Walburn
Call Number: B Lor
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 30, 2018
P. J. Tracy
Description: "When Minneapolis homicide detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth are called to a crime scene in a heavily wooded city park, everything about the setting is all too familiar. And when they discover a playing card on the victim's body, their worst fears are confirmed--there's a serial killer operating in the city for the first time in years. . .As a baffling tangle of evidence accumulates, the cops and Monkeewrench make the unlikely connections among a farmer's missing daughter, a serial killer, and a decades-old stabbing that brings them face-to-face with pure evil."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Tra
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 30, 2018
Linda LeGarde Grover
Description: "Long before the land at the western tip of Lake Superior came to be known as Duluth, it was known to the Ojibwe as Onigamiising, "the place of the small portage." There, the Ojibwe lived in keeping with the seasons, moving among different camps for hunting and fishing, cultivating and gathering, and harvesting wild rice and maple sugar. Linda LeGarde Grover accompanies us through this cycle of the season in Onigamiising, one year in a lifelong journey on the path to Mino Bimaadiziwin: the living of a good life."--Inside book cover.
Call Number: 970.3 Gro
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 30, 2018
Kurtis Scaletta
Description: Follows the lives of Maya, a girl from Minnesota who is concerned about the world's bees, and Rafael, a young Dominican baseball player who works hard to hone his skills, as they uncover the same truths.
Call Number: J FIC Sca
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 30, 2018
Joyce Sidman, Taeeun Yoo
Description: Readers are invited to search their worlds for round objects in nature. -- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: E Sid
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 30, 2018
Charles Chamblis, Davu Seru
Call Number: 977.6579 Cha
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 30, 2018
Carter Meland
Description: The summer before going into high school, Fiona receives a mysterious box in the mail, one that she hopes will answer her questions about her Anishinaabe Indian heritage. It contains stories written by the grandfather she never knew, an Anishinaabe man her mother refuses to talk about.
Call Number: FIC Mel
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 30, 2018
William Kent Krueger
Description: "On the Fourth of July, just as fireworks are about to go off in Aurora, Minnesota, Cork O'Connor and his new bride Rainy Bisonette listen to a desperate voicemail left by Rainy's son, Peter. The message is garbled and full of static, but they hear Peter confess to the murder of someone named Rodriguez. When they try to contact him, they discover that his phone has gone dead. The following morning, Cork and Rainy fly to Coronado County in southern Arizona, where Peter has been working as a counselor in a well-known drug rehab center. When they arrive, they learn that Peter was fired six months earlier and hasn't been heard from since."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Kru
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 30, 2018
Benjamin Percy
Description: "The Dark Net is real. An anonymous and often criminal arena that exists in the secret, far reaches of the Web, some use it to manage Bitcoins, pirate movies and music, or traffic in drugs and stolen goods. And now, an ancient darkness is gathering there as well. These demons are threatening to spread virally into the real world unless they can be stopped by members of a ragtag crew: Twelve-year-old Hannah, who has been fitted with the Oculus, a high-tech visual prosthetic to combat her blindness...Lela, a technophobic journalist,... Mike Juniper--a one-time child evangelist who suffers from personal and literal demons--has an arsenal of weapons stored in the basement of the homeless shelter he runs. And Derek, a hacker with a cause, believes himself a soldier of the Internet, part of a cyber army akin to Anonymous. They have no idea what the Dark Net really contains."-- ǂc Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Per
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 30, 2018
Wendy Webb
Description: "When Eleanor Harper becomes the director of a renowned artists' retreat, she knows very little of Cliffside Manor's dark past as a tuberculosis sanatorium, a "waiting room for death." After years of covering murder and violence as a crime reporter, Eleanor hopes that being around artists and writers in this new job will be a peaceful retreat for her as much as for them. But from her first fog-filled moments on the manor's grounds, Eleanor is seized by a sense of impending doom and realizes there's more to the instution than its reputation of being a haven for creativity. After the arrival of the new group of artists-- including the intriguing, handsome photographer Richard Banks-- she beings to suspect that her predecessor chose the group with a dangerous purpose in mind. As the chilling mysteries of Cliffside Manor unravel and the eerie sins of the past are exposed, Eleanor must fight to save the artists-- and herself-- from sinister forces." -- back cover.
Call Number: FIC Web
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 30, 2018
Nicole Lea Helget
Description: "Eleven-year-old Fern helps to take care of her impoverished family by foraging for food in the forest, but when a fracking company rolls into town, she realizes that her peaceful woods and her family's livelihood could be threatened"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: J FIC Hel
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 30, 2018
Steve Sack, David Banks, Minneapolis Star and Tribune Company
Call Number: 817 Sac
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 30, 2018
Sara L. Biren
Description: When Trixie dies, her brother and her best friend, who are falling in love, struggle with grief and guilt which threatens their fledgling romance.
Call Number: YA FIC Bir
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 30, 2018
K. L. Going, Lauren Stringer (Illustrator)
Description: "A little boy who loves to find shapes in nature grows up to be one of America's greatest architects, Frank Lloyd Wright"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: E Goi
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 30, 2018
Sarah Ahiers
Description: All her life, Allegra, niece of the infamous assassin Lea Saldana, has had to keep her identity hidden. She and her family are constantly watching their backs for an attack from the Da Vias, a rival family whose thirst for retaliation has lasted for almost two decades. But what really happened the night Lea made the Da Vias pay for murdering her family?-- Adapted from publisher description.
Call Number: YA FIC Ahi
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 30, 2018
Peter Bognanni
Description: "When tragedy strikes, Tess drops out of school and moves in with her funeral director dad, forcing her to examine life, death, and the boy she thought she knew and loved in a brand new light"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: YA FIC Bog
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 30, 2018
Bao Phi
Description: "Thousand Star Hotel confronts the silence around racism, police brutality, and the invisibility of the Asian American urban poor, writing into that void. It is both a poetic resistance to being erased and a loving history meant for a daughter."-- Back cover.
Call Number: 811 Phi
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 30, 2018
Lesley Nneka Arimah
Description: "A dazzlingly accomplished debut collection explores the ties that bind parents and children, husbands and wives, lovers and friends to one another and to the places they call home. In "Who Will Greet You at Home," a National Magazine Award finalist for The New Yorker, A woman desperate for a child weaves one out of hair, with unsettling results. In "Wild," a disastrous night out shifts a teenager and her Nigerian cousin onto uneasy common ground. In "The Future Looks Good," three generations of women are haunted by the ghosts of war, while in "Light," a father struggles to protect and empower the daughter he loves. And in the title story, in a world ravaged by flood and riven by class, experts have discovered how to "fix the equation of a person" - with rippling, unforeseen repercussions. Evocative, playful, subversive, and incredibly human, What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky heralds the arrival of a prodigious talent with a remarkable career ahead of her"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Ari
Format: Book
Date Added: May 23, 2018
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A Bag Worth A Pony: The Art Of The Ojibwe Bandolier Bag
Marcia G. Anderson
970.3 And
Rooting For Rafael Rosales
Kurtis Scaletta
J FIC Sca
A Crack In The Sea
H. M. Bouwman
J FIC Bou
Round
Joyce Sidman, Taeeun Yoo
E Sid
A Different Pond
Bao Phi, Thi Bui
E Phi
Sights, Sounds, Soul: The Twin Cities Through The Lens Of Charles Chamblis
Charles Chamblis, Davu Seru
977.6579 Cha
Alice In France: The World War I Letters Of Alice M. O'Brien
Alice M. O'Brien, Nancy O'Brien Wagner
940.531 OBr
Stories For A Lost Child
Carter Meland
FIC Mel
Fortress America: How We Embraced Fear And Abandoned Democracy
Elaine Tyler May
364.10973 May
Sulfur Springs
William Kent Krueger
FIC Kru
Future Home Of The Living God
Louise Erdrich
FIC Erd
The Dark Net
Benjamin Percy
FIC Per
Give A Girl A Knife: A Memoir
Amy Thielen
B Thi
The End Of Temperance Dare
Wendy Webb
FIC Web
Got To Be Something Here : The Rise Of The Minneapolis Sound
Andrea Swensson
781.64 Swe
The End Of The Wild
Nicole Lea Helget
J FIC Hel
Isaac The Alchemist: Secrets Of Isaac Newton, Reveal'd
Mary Losure
YA B New
The First And Only Book Of Sack: 36 Years Of Cartoons For The Star Tribune
Steve Sack, David Banks, Minneapolis Star and Tribune Company
817 Sac
It Won't Be Easy: An Exceedingly Honest (And Slightly Unprofessional) Love Letter To Teaching
Tom Rademacher, Dave Eggers
371.1 Rad
The Last Thing You Said
Sara L. Biren
YA FIC Bir
Marcel's Letters: A Font And The Search For One Man's Fate
Carolyn Porter, Marcel Heuzé
940.5472 Por
The Shape Of The World: A Portrait Of Frank Lloyd Wright
K. L. Going, Lauren Stringer (Illustrator)
E Goi
Mighty Moby
Ed Young, Barbara DaCosta
E You
Thief's Cunning
Sarah Ahiers
YA FIC Ahi
Miles Lord: The Maverick Judge Who Brought Corporate America To Justice
Roberta Walburn
B Lor
Things I'm Seeing Without You
Peter Bognanni
YA FIC Bog
Nothing Stays Buried
P. J. Tracy
FIC Tra
Thousand Star Hotel
Bao Phi
811 Phi
Onigamiising: Seasons Of An Ojibwe Year
Linda LeGarde Grover
970.3 Gro
What It Means When A Man Falls From The Sky
Lesley Nneka Arimah
FIC Ari