Minnesota Book Award Finalists 2019

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The finalists for the 30th anniversary of the Minnesota Book Awards were chosen on Saturday, January 26, 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. 


Sally Franson
Description: Casey Pendergast, once a book-loving English major, is now a clothes-loving brand strategist at a top ad agency. When her hard-to-please boss assigns her to a top-secret marketing campaign that pairs authors with corporations hungry for creative copy and upmarket cache, Casey can't help but question the cost on her conscience. This is the story of a young woman untangling the contradictions of our culture, and finding her way out of the rat race by returning to her first love: literature.
Call Number: FIC Fra
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 28, 2019
Stephanie Watson, LeUyen Pham
Description: Hector and Louie are writing a book to explain the many reasons that they are the best friends in the universe--but will their friendship, and their book, survive when they start to reveal each others secrets?
Call Number: E Wat
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 28, 2019
Maya Dusenbery
Description: "In this shocking, hard-hitting expose in the tradition of Naomi Klein and Barbara Ehrenreich, the editorial director of Feministing.com, reveals how gender bias infects every level of medicine and healthcare today--leading to inadequate, inappropriate, and even dangerous treatment that threatens women's lives and well-being. Modern medicine is failing women. Half of all American women suffer from at least one chronic health condition--from autoimmune disorders and asthma to depression and Alzheimer's disease--and the numbers are increasing. A wealth of research has revealed that women often exhibit different symptoms than their male counterparts, suffer disproportionately from many debilitating conditions, and may react differently to prescription drugs and other therapies. Yet more thantwenty years after the law decreed that women be included in all health-related research and drug development, doctors are still operating with a lingering knowledge gap when it comes to women's health. And they're not immune to unconscious biases and stereotypes that can undermine the doctor-patient relationship. The consequences can be catastrophic: Too often, women are misdiagnosed, poorly treated, and find their complaints dismissed as "just stress" or "all in your head." Meanwhile, they're getting sicker. Maya Dusenbery brings together scientific and sociological research, interviews with experts within and outside the medical establishment, and personal stories from regular women to provide the first comprehensive, accessible look at how sexism in medicine harms women today. In addition to offering a clear-eyed explanation of the root causes of this insidious and entrenched bias and laying out its effects, she suggests concrete steps we can take to cure it. Eye-opening and long-overdue, Doing Harm is an empowering call to action for health care providers and all women"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 613.0424 Dus
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 28, 2019
Kelly Regan Barnhill
Description: "A stunning collection of reality-bending stories, teeming with uncanny characters whose lives unfold in worlds at once strikingly human and eerily original"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Bar
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 28, 2019
Shannon Gibney
Description: "Spanning two centuries and two continents, Dream Country is the story of five generations of young people caught in a spiral of death and exile between Liberia and the United States."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: YA FIC Gib
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 28, 2019
Timothy Cochrane
Call Number: 977.675 Coc
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 28, 2019
Cary J. Griffith
Description: On May 5, 2007, two days into his twenty-seventh trip to the Boundary Waters, Stephen Posniak found a perfect spot on Ham Lake and set about making a campfire. Over the next two weeks, the fire he set would consume 75,000 acres of forest and 144 buildings. More than one thousand firefighters would rally to extinguish the blaze, at a cost of 11 million dollars. Gunflint Burning is a comprehensive account of the dramatic events around the Ham Lake fire, one of the largest wildfires in Minnesota history. Cary J. Griffith describes what happened in the minutes, hours, and days after Posniak struck that fateful match-- from the first hint of danger to the ensuing race to flee the fire or defend imperiled property to the incredible efforts of firefighters and residents battling a blaze that lit up the Gunflint Trail like the fuse to a powder keg. We meet locals faced with losing everything: the sheriff and his deputy tasked with getting everyone out alive; tourists caught unawares; men and women using every piece of equipment and modern firefighting technique against impossibly high winds and dry conditions to suppress a wildfire as it grew to historic proportions; and, finally, Stephen Posniak, who in the aftermath tragically took his own life-- the fire's only fatality. In sharp detail, Gunflint Burning describes the key events of the Ham Lake fire as they unfold, providing readers with a sense of being on the front lines of an epic struggle that was at times heroic, tragic, and sublime.
Call Number: 363.379 Gri
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 28, 2019
Geoff Herbach
Description: For Adam Reed, basketball is a passport. Adam's basketball skills have taken him from an orphanage in Poland to a loving adoptive mother in Minnesota. When he's tapped to play on a select AAU team along with some of the best players in the state, it just confirms that basketball is his ticket to the good life: to new friendships, to the girl of his dreams, to a better future.
Call Number: YA FIC Her
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 28, 2019
Mary Casanova, Nick Wroblewski
Description: Illustrations and easy-to-read, rhyming text show how, throughout autumn, forest animals prepare for winter as shadows lengthen, the ground freezes, and northern lights begin to appear.
Call Number: E Cas
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 28, 2019
Sarah Stonich
Description: "Bitter winters are nothing new in Hatchet Inlet, hard up against the ridge of the Laurentian Divide, but the advent of spring can't thaw the community's collective grief, lingering since a senseless tragedy the previous fall. What is different this year is what's missing: Rauri Paar, the last private landowner in the Reserve, whose annual emergence from his remote iced-in islands marks the beginning of spring and the promise of a kinder season. The town's residents gather at the local diner and, amid talk of spring weather, the latest gossip, roadkill, and the daily special, take bets on when Rauri will appear -- or imagine what happened to him during the long and brutal winter. Retired union minor and widower Alpo Lahti is about to wed the diner's charming and lively waitress, Sissy Pavlova, but, with Rauri still unaccounted for, celebration seems premature. Alpo's son Pete struggles to find his straight and narrow, then struggles to stay on it, and even Sissy might be having second thoughts."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Sto
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 28, 2019
Mindy Mejia
Description: "There is a place in Minnesota with hundreds of miles of glacial lakes and untouched forests called the Boundary Waters. Ten years ago a man and his son trekked into this wilderness and never returned. Search teams found their campsite ravaged by what looked like a bear. They were presumed dead until a decade later, the son appeared. Discovered while ransacking an outfitter store, he was violent and uncommunicative and sent to a psychiatric facility. Maya Stark, the assistant language therapist, is charged with making a connection with their high-profile patient. No matter how she tries, however, he refuses to answer questions about his father or the last ten years of his life But Maya, who was abandoned by her own mother, has secrets, too. And as she's drawn closer to this enigmatic boy who is no longer a boy, she'll risk everything to reunite him with his father who has disappeared from the known world"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Mej
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 28, 2019
Kate DiCamillo
Description: Louisiana Elefante's granny wakes her up in the middle of the night and tells her they need to leave home immediately, and this time Granny intends for them never to return.
Call Number: J FIC DiC
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 28, 2019
Hieu Minh Nguyen
Description: Not Here is a flight plan for escape and a map for navigating home; a queer Vietnamese American body in confrontation with whiteness, trauma, family, and nostalgia; and a big beating heart of a book. Nguyen's poems ache with loneliness and desire and the giddy terrors of allowing yourself to hope for love, and revel in moments of connection achieved. --amazon.com
Call Number: 811 Ngu
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 28, 2019
Gary Eldon Peter
Call Number: FIC Pet
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 28, 2019
Pete Hautman
Description: "'Hatred combined with lies and secrets can break the world.' Grandpa Zach used to say that before he died, but Stuey never really knew what he meant. It was kind of like how he used to talk about quantum physics, or how he used to say ghosts haunted the overgrown golf course. But then one day, when Stuey and his best friend, Elly Rose, are playing in the deadfall in the middle of the woods, something totally unbelievable happens. As Stuey and Elly Rose struggle to come to grips with their lives after that moment, all the things Grandpa Zach used to say started to make sense.
Call Number: J FIC Hau
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 28, 2019
Maureen Aitken
Description: It's the Midwest in the 1970-80s, and Mary is growing up in Detroit, where the recession hits hard and jobs are scarce. In this set of linked stories, Mary tries to conjure the spirits of protection to confront economic struggle, violence, addiction, and death. Mary moves to cities across the Midwest looking for work, all the while learning the healing power of dignity from the true patrons: her community of friends and family who teach her to love better, live fuller, and question power.
Call Number: FIC Ait
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 28, 2019
Elizabeth Verdick, Marc Rosenthal
Description: Walt the snowplow learns that, while his work is very important, there are some things he cannot do without the help of his new tow truck friend, Mo.
Call Number: E Ver
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 28, 2019
Patricia Hampl
Description: "The Art of the Wasted Day is a picaresque travelogue of leisure written from a lifelong enchantment with solitude. Patricia Hampl visits the homes of historic exemplars of ease who made repose a goal, even an art form. She begins with two celebrated eighteenth-century Irish ladies who ran off to live a life of "retirement" in rural Wales. Her search then leads to Moravia to consider the monk-geneticist, Gregor Mendel, and finally to Bordeaux for Michel Montaigne--the hero of this book--who retreated from court life to sit in his chateau tower and write about whatever passed through his mind, thus inventing the personal essay. Hampl's own life winds through these pilgrimages, from childhood days lazing under a neighbor's beechnut tree, to a fascination with monastic life, and then to love--and the loss of that love which forms this book's silver thread of inquiry. Finally, a remembered journey down the Mississippi near home in an old cabin cruiser with her husband turns out, after all her international quests, to be the great adventure of her life. The real job of being human, Hampl finds, is getting lost in thought, something only leisure can provide. The Art of the Wasted Day is a compelling celebration of the purpose and appeal of letting go"--Book jacket.
Call Number: 818.5409 Ham
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 28, 2019
Susan Bartlett Foote
Description: "The Crusade for Forgotten Souls recounts Minnesota's reform movement that broke the stigma surrounding mental illness, publicized the painful truth about the state's asylums, and resulted in the first legislative steps toward a modern mental health system. Susan Bartlett Foote tells the story of the early advocates for compassionate care of the mentally ill who made the crusade a success."--Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 362.21 Foo
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 28, 2019
Kimberly J. Brown (Journalist)
Description: On August 1, 2007, Kimberly J. Brown was one of the 180 people on the I-35W bridge when it collapsed. It killed thirteen motorists, injured 145, and left a collective wound on the city's psyche and infrastructure. In the aftermath of the disaster, Brown became an advocate for survivors and an unofficial whistle-blower about decaying infrastructure.
Call Number: 363.125 Bro
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 28, 2019
Pat Schmatz
Description: "Tash doesn't want to go to camp, doesn't want to spend the summer with a bunch of strangers, doesn't want to be separated from the only two people she has ever been able to count on: her uncle Kevin, who saved her from foster care, and Cap'n Jackie, who lives next door. Camp turns out to be pretty fun, actually, but when Tash returns home, Cap'n Jackie is gone. And Tash needs her -- the made-up stories of dolphin-dragons, the warm cookies that make everything all right after a fight, the key Cap'n Jackie insists has magic in it. The Captain has always said that all Tash has to do is hold it tight and the magic will come. Is it true? And can the key bring Cap'n Jackie back?"--from dust jacket.
Call Number: J FIC Sch
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 28, 2019
Cori Doerrfeld
Description: "When Taylor's block castle is destroyed, all the animals think they know just what to do, but only the rabbit quietly listens to how Taylor is feeling"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: E Doe
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 28, 2019
Martin Case
Description: The United States was the first country to be founded with private property as an organizing principle. The westward growth of the U.S.--the business of territory making--was essentially the expansion of a system of property. This required supplanting any other relationships to the landscape, not on an individual level, but as an organizing principle. The U.S. enterprise was so successful that today it can be difficult for Americans to think of land as anything other than real estate. This book explores how making treaties for land cessions with Native American nations transformed human relationships to the land and became a profitable family business--for speculators, traders, industrialists, politicians, bureaucrats, and journalists.--Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 323.1197 Cas
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 28, 2019
Allen Eskens
Description: "Joe Talbert, Jr. has never once met his namesake. Now out of college, a cub reporter for the Associated Press in Minneapolis, he stumbles across a story describing the murder of a man named Joseph Talbert in a small town in southern Minnesota. Full of curiosity about whether this man might be his father, Joe is shocked to find that none of the town's residents have much to say about the dead man--other than that his death was long overdue. Joe discovers that the dead man was a loathsome lowlife who cheated his neighbors, threatened his daughter, and squandered his wife's inheritance after she, too, passed away--an inheritance that may now be Joe's. Mired in uncertainty and plagued by his own devastated relationship with his mother, who is seeking get back into her son's life, Joe must put together the missing pieces of his family history before his quest for discovery threatens to put him in a grave of his own"--Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Esk
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 28, 2019
Brian Freeman
Description: Four years after serial killer Rudy Cutter was sent away for life, San Francisco homicide inspector Frost Easton uncovers a terrible lie: his closest friend planted false evidence to put Cutter behind bars. When he's forced to reveal the truth, his sister's killer is back on the streets. Desperate to take Cutter down again, the detective finds a new ally in Eden Shay. She wrote a book about Cutter and knows more about him than anyone. And she's terrified. Because for four years, Cutter has been nursing revenge day after stolen day. Staying ahead of the game of a killer whos determined to strike again is not going to be easy. Not when Frost is battling his own demons. Not when the game is becoming so personal. And not when the killers next move is unlike anything Frost expected.
Call Number: FIC Fre
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 28, 2019
Bryan Bliss
Description: "Toby and Luke are best friends, bound by a goal of leaving their hometown for Luke's wrestling scholarship, but a series of events during their senior year will test their resolve"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: YA FIC Bli
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 28, 2019
Alison McGhee
Description: Since his father's suicide, Will, sixteen, has mainly walked, worked at Dollar Only, and tried to replicate his father's cornbread recipe, but the rape of his childhood friend shakes things up.
Call Number: YA FIC McG
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 28, 2019
Dianna Hunter
Call Number: 630.86643 Hun
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 28, 2019
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A Lady's Guide To Selling Out: A Novel
Sally Franson
FIC Fra
Otherwood
Pete Hautman
J FIC Hau
Best Friends In The Universe
Stephanie Watson, LeUyen Pham
E Wat
Patron Saint Of Lost Girls
Maureen Aitken
FIC Ait
Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine And Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, And Sick
Maya Dusenbery
613.0424 Dus
Small Walt And Mo The Tow
Elizabeth Verdick, Marc Rosenthal
E Ver
Dreadful Young Ladies And Other Stories
Kelly Regan Barnhill
FIC Bar
The Art Of The Wasted Day
Patricia Hampl
818.5409 Ham
Dream Country
Shannon Gibney
YA FIC Gib
The Crusade For Forgotten Souls: Reforming Minnesota's Mental Institutions, 1946-1954
Susan Bartlett Foote
362.21 Foo
Gichi Bitobig, Grand Marais: Early Accounts Of The Anishinaabeg And The North Shore Fur Trade
Timothy Cochrane
977.675 Coc
The I-35W Bridge Collapse: A Survivor's Account Of America's Crumbling Infrastructure
Kimberly J. Brown (Journalist)
363.125 Bro
Gunflint Burning: Fire In The Boundary Waters
Cary J. Griffith
363.379 Gri
The Key To Every Thing
Pat Schmatz
J FIC Sch
Hooper
Geoff Herbach
YA FIC Her
The Rabbit Listened
Cori Doerrfeld
E Doe
Hush Hush, Forest
Mary Casanova, Nick Wroblewski
E Cas
The Relentless Business Of Treaties: How Indigenous Land Became Us Property
Martin Case
323.1197 Cas
Laurentian Divide: A Novel
Sarah Stonich
FIC Sto
The Shadows We Hide
Allen Eskens
FIC Esk
Leave No Trace: A Novel
Mindy Mejia
FIC Mej
The Voice Inside
Brian Freeman
FIC Fre
Louisiana's Way Home
Kate DiCamillo
J FIC DiC
We'll Fly Away
Bryan Bliss
YA FIC Bli
Not Here
Hieu Minh Nguyen
811 Ngu
What I Leave Behind
Alison McGhee
YA FIC McG
Oranges
Gary Eldon Peter
FIC Pet
Wild Mares: My Lesbian Back-To-The-Land Life
Dianna Hunter
630.86643 Hun