National Book Awards 2017

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Enjoy the finalists of the National Book Awards for 2017, as voted by the National  Book Foundation.


Robin Benway
Description: Winner: Young People's Literature -- Three teenagers, biological siblings separated by adoption, explore the meaning of family in all its forms--how to find it, how to keep it, and how to love it."Being the middle child has its ups and downs. But for Grace, an only child who was adopted at birth, discovering that she is a middle child is a different ride altogether. After putting her own baby up for adoption, she goes looking for her biological family, including-- Maya, her loudmouthed younger bio sister, who has a lot to say about their newfound family ties. Having grown up the snarky brunette in a house full of chipper redheads, she's quick to search for traces of herself among these not-quite-strangers. And when her adopted family's long-buried problems begin to explode to the surface, Maya can't help but wonder where exactly it is that she belongs. And Joaquin, their stoic older bio brother, who has no interest in bonding over their shared biological mother. After seventeen years in the foster care system, he's learned that there are no heroes, and secrets and fears are best kept close to the vest, where they can't hurt anyone but him. Don't miss this moving novel that addresses such important topics as adoption, teen pregnancy, and foster care." --book cover.
Call Number: YA FIC Ben
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 9, 2017
Jesmyn Ward
Description: Winner: Fiction -- "Jojo and his toddler sister, Kayla, live with their grandparents, Mam and Pop, and the occasional presence of their drug-addicted mother, Leonie, on a farm on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. Leonie is simultaneously tormented and comforted by visions of her dead brother, which only come to her when she's high; Mam is dying of cancer; and quiet, steady Pop tries to run the household and teach Jojo how to be a man. When the white father of Leonie's children is released from prison, she packs her kids and a friend into her car and sets out across the state for Parchman farm, the Mississippi State Penitentiary, on a journey rife with danger and promise."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC War
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 9, 2017
Masha Gessen
Description: Winner: Nonfiction -- In The Future Is History, Masha Gessen follows the lives of four people born at what promised to be the dawn of democracy. Each of them came of age with unprecedented expectations, some as the children and grandchildren of the very architects of the new Russia, each with newfound aspirations of their ownas entrepreneurs, activists, thinkers, and writers, sexual and social beings. Gessen charts their paths against the machinations of the regime that would crush them all, and against the war it waged on understanding itself, which ensured the unobstructed reemergence of the old Soviet order in the form of today's terrifying and seemingly unstoppable mafia state.
Call Number: 947.086 Ges
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 9, 2017
Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
Description: "Evelyn is a Creole woman who comes of age in New Orleans at the height of World War II. Her family inhabits the upper echelon of Black society, and when she falls for no-account Renard, she is forced to choose between her life of privilege and the man she loves. In 1982, Evelyn's daughter, Jackie, is a frazzled single mother grappling with her absent husband's drug addiction. Just as she comes to terms with his abandoning the family, he returns, ready to resume their old life. Jackie's son, T.C., loves the creative process of growing marijuana more than the weed itself. He was a square before Hurricane Katrina, but the New Orleans he knew didn't survive the storm. Fresh out of a four-month stint for drug charges, T.C. decides to start over--until an old friend convinces him to stake his new beginning on one last deal."-- Dust jacket.
Call Number: FIC Sex
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 9, 2017
Mai Der Vang
Description: Afterland is a collection of poetry that recounts with detail the Hmong exodus from Laos and the fate of thousands of refugees seeking asylum. Mai Der Vang is telling the story of her own family, and by doing so, she also provides a history of the Hmong culture's ongoing resilience in exile. Many of these poems are written in the voices of those fleeing unbearable violence after U.S. forces recruited Hmong fighters in Laos in the Secret War against communism, only to abandon them after that war went awry. That history is little known or understood, but the three hundred thousand Hmong now living in the United States are living proof of its aftermath. With poems of force and grace, Afterland holds an original place in American poetry and lands with a sense of humanity saved, of outrage, of a deep tradition broken by war and ocean but still intact, remembered, and lived.--From statement at Amazon.com.
Call Number: 811 Van
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 18, 2017
Samantha Mabry
Description: Sarah Jac Crow and James Holt have fallen in love working in the endless fields that span a bone-dry Southwest in the near-future--a land that's a little bit magical, deeply dangerous, and bursting with secrets. To protect themselves, they've learned to work hard and--above all--keep their love hidden from the people who might use it against them. Then, just when Sarah Jac and James have settled in and begun saving money for the home they dream of near the coast, a horrible accident sends them on the run. With no choice but to start over on a new, possibly cursed ranch, the delicate balance of their lives begins to give way--and they may have to pay a frighteningly high price for their love.
Call Number: YA FIC Mab
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 9, 2017
Ibi Aanu Zoboi
Description: When Fabiola's mother is detained upon their arrival to the United States, Fabiola must navigate her loud American cousins, the grittiness of Detroit's west side, a new school, and a surprising romance all on her own.
Call Number: YA FIC Zob
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 9, 2017
Kevin Young
Call Number: ordered 083117
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 9, 2017
Rita/ Morrison Williams-Garcia
Call Number: J FIC Wil
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 9, 2017
Elliot Ackerman
Description: "Haris Abadi is a man in search of a cause. An Arab American with a conflicted past, he is now in Turkey, attempting to cross into Syria and join the fight against Bashar al-Assad's regime. But he is robbed before he can make it, and is taken in by Amir, a charismatic Syrian refugee and former revolutionary, and Amir's wife, Daphne, a sophisticated beauty haunted by grief. As it becomes clear that Daphne is also desperate to return to Syria, Haris's choices become ever more wrenching: Whose side is he really on? Is he a true radical or simply an idealist? And will he be able to bring meaning to a life of increasing frustration and helplessness?" -- back cover.
Call Number: FIC Ack
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 9, 2017
Nancy MacLean
Description: "Behind today's headlines of billionaires taking over our government is a secretive political establishment with long, deep, and troubling roots. The capitalist radical right has been working not simply to change who rules, but to fundamentally alter the rules of democratic governance. But billionaires did not launch this movement; a white intellectual in the embattled Jim Crow South did. Democracy in Chains names its true architect--the Nobel Prize-winning political economist James McGill Buchanan--and dissects the operation he and his colleagues designed over six decades to alter every branch of government to disempower the majority. In a brilliant and engrossing narrative, Nancy MacLean shows how Buchanan forged his ideas about government in a last gasp attempt to preserve the white elite's power in the wake of Brown v. Board of Education. In response to the widening of American democracy, he developed a brilliant, if diabolical, plan to undermine the ability of the majority to use its numbers to level the playing field between the rich and powerful and the rest of us. Corporate donors and their right-wing foundations were only too eager to support Buchanan's work in teaching others how to divide America into "makers" and "takers." And when a multibillionaire on a messianic mission to rewrite the social contract of the modern world, Charles Koch, discovered Buchanan, he created a vast, relentless, and multi-armed machine to carry out Buchanan's strategy. Without Buchanan's ideas and Koch's money, the libertarian right would not have succeeded in its stealth takeover of the Republican Party as a delivery mechanism. Now, with Mike Pence as Vice President, the cause has a longtime loyalist in the White House, not to mention a phalanx of Republicans in the House, the Senate, a majority of state governments, and the courts, all carrying out the plan. That plan includes harsher laws to undermine unions, privatizing everything from schools to health care and Social Security, and keeping as many of us as possible from voting. Based on ten years of unique research, Democracy in Chains tells a chilling story of right-wing academics and big money run amok. This revelatory work of scholarship is also a call to arms to protect the achievements of twentieth-century American self-government"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 320.53 Mac
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 9, 2017
Danez Smith
Description: Smith's poetry addresses race, class, sexuality, faith, social justice, mortality, and the challenges of living HIV positive at the intersection of black and queer identity. The collection opens with a sequence that imagines an afterlife for black men shot by police, a place where suspicion, violence, and grief are forgotten and replaced with the safety, love, and longevity they deserved on earth. "Dear White America," which Smith performed at the 2014 Rustbelt Midwest Region Poetry Slam, has as strong an impact on the page as it did on the spoken word stage. Smith's courage and hope amidst the struggle for unity in America will humble and uplift you.
Call Number: 811 Smi
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 9, 2017
Carmen Maria Machado, Amy Landon
Description: In this debut, Carmen Maria Machado bends genre to shape startling narratives that map the realities of women's lives and the violence visited upon their bodies. A wife refuses her husband's entreaties to remove the green ribbon from around her neck. A woman recounts her sexual encounters as a plague slowly consumes humanity. A salesclerk in a mall makes a horrifying discovery within the seams of the store's prom dresses. One woman's surgery-induced weight loss results in an unwanted houseguest. And in the bravura novella Especially Heinous, Machado reimagines every episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, a show naively assumeded had shown it all, generating a phantasmagoric police procedural full of doppelgangers, ghosts, and girls with bells for eyes.
Call Number: FIC Mac
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 9, 2017
David/ Patton Grann
Call Number: 976.6 Gra
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Nov 9, 2017
James Forman
Description: "An original and consequential argument about race, crime, and the law Today, Americans are debating our criminal justice system with new urgency. Mass incarceration and aggressive police tactics -- and their impact on people of color -- are feeding outrage and a consensus that something must be done. But what if we only know half the story? In Locking Up Our Own, the Yale legal scholar and former public defender James Forman Jr. weighs the tragic role that some African Americans themselves played in escalating the war on crime. As Forman shows, the first substantial cohort of black mayors, judges, and police chiefs took office around the country amid a surge in crime. Many came to believe that tough measures -- such as stringent drug and gun laws and "pretext traffic stops" in poor African American neighborhoods -- were needed to secure a stable future for black communities. Some politicians and activists saw criminals as a "cancer" that had to be cut away from the rest of black America. Others supportedharsh measures more reluctantly, believing they had no other choice in the face of a public safety emergency. Drawing on his experience as a public defender and focusing on Washington, D.C., Forman writes with compassion for individuals trapped in terrible dilemmas -- from the young men and women he defended to officials struggling to cope with an impossible situation. The result is an original view of our justice system as well as a moving portrait of the human beings caught in its coils. "-- Provided by publisher."Recounts the tragic role that some African Americans--as judges, prosecutors, politicians, police officers, and voters--played in escalating the war on crime"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 364.973 For
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 9, 2017
Jason Reynolds
Description: As Will, fifteen, sets out to avenge his brother Shawn's fatal shooting, seven ghosts who knew Shawn board the elevator and reveal truths Will needs to know.
Call Number: YA FIC Rey
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 9, 2017
Marie Howe
Description: Magdalene imagines the biblical figure of Mary Magdalene as a woman who embodies the spiritual and sensual, alive in a contemporary landscape
Call Number: 811 How
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 9, 2017
Jennifer Egan
Description: Manhattan Beach opens in Brooklyn during the Great Depression. Anna Kerrigan, nearly twelve years old, accompanies her father to the house of Dexter Styles, a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family. Years later, her father has disappeared and the country is at war. Anna works at the Brooklyn Naval Yard, where women are allowed to hold jobs that had always belonged to men. She becomes the first female diver, the most dangerous and exclusive of occupations, repairing the ships that will help America win the war. She is the sole provider for her mother, a farm girl who had a brief and glamorous career with the Ziegfeld Follies, and her lovely, severely disabled sister. At a nightclub, she chances to meet Dexter Styles again, and she begins to understand the complexity of her father's life, the reasons he might have vanished.
Call Number: LP FIC Ega
Format: Large Print
Date Added: Nov 9, 2017
Charmaine Craig
Description: "Miss Burma tells the story of modern-day Burma through the eyes of Benny and Khin, husband and wife, and their daughter Louisa. After attending school in Calcutta, Benny settles in Rangoon, then part of the British Empire, and falls in love with Khin, a woman who is part of a long-persecuted ethnic minority group, the Karen. World War II comes to Southeast Asia, and Benny and Khin must go into hiding in the eastern part of the country during the Japanese Occupation, beginning a journey that will lead them to change the country's history. After the war, the British authorities make a deal with the Burman nationalists, led by Aung San, whose party gains control of the country. When Aung San is assassinated, his successor ignores the pleas for self-government of the Karen people and other ethnic groups, and in doing so sets off what will become the longest-running civil war in recorded history. Benny and Khin's eldest child, Louisa, has a danger-filled, tempestuous childhood and reaches prominence as Burma's first beauty queen, soon before the country falls to dictatorship. As Louisa navigates her new-found fame, she is forced to reckon with her family's past, the West's ongoing covert dealings in her country, and her own loyalty to the cause of the Karen people."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Cra
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 9, 2017
Erica Armstrong Dunbar
Description: When George and Martha Washington moved from their beloved Mount Vernon in Virginia to Philadelphia, then the seat of the nation's capital, they took nine enslaved people with them. They would serve as cooks and horsemen, as house servants and personal attendants. The North was different for the entire household, free and enslaved, white and black. There was a new climate to adjust to, and new mores as well. Slavery, in Philadelphia at least, was looked down upon. Indeed, there was even a law requiring slaveholders to free their slaves after six months. Yet George Washington thought he could outwit and circumvent the law by sending his slaves south every six months, thereby resetting the clock. Among the slaves to figure out this subterfuge was Ona Judge, Martha Washington's chief attendant. Having interacted with Philadelphia's sizable free black community, Ona Judge observed and soon longed for liberation. And, risking everything she knew, leaving behind everyone she loved and had known her entire life, she fled. Here, then, is the story not only of the powerful lure of freedom but also of George Washington's determination to recapture his property by whatever means necessary.
Call Number: 306.362 Dun
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 9, 2017
Naomi Klein
Description: Remember when it all seemed to be getting better? Before Trump happened? What went wrong, and what can we do about it? Naomi Klein shows us how we got to this surreal and dangerous place, how to stop it getting worse and how, if we keep our heads, we can seize the opportunity to make it better. She reveals how Trump is an extension of the trend of the last century: celebrity and CEO-worship, Vegas and Guantanamo, soft porn and hard power, fake news and vulture bankers, all rolled into one. His election was not a peaceful transit but a corporate takeover, by people who've knowingly harmed people, societies and our planet. Now their shock tactics are generating wave after wave of crises, designed to disorientate us and stop us fighting back. This book is the toolkit for shock resistance, giving all of us what we need to win the argument and right their wrongs.--From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 303.61 Kle
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 9, 2017
Laurel Snyder
Call Number: J FIC Sny
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 9, 2017
Min Jin Lee
Description: "Pachinko follows one Korean family through the generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea with Sunja, the prized daughter of a poor yet proud family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them all. Deserted by her lover, Sunja is saved when a young tubercular minister offers to marry and bring her to Japan. So begins a sweeping saga of an exceptional family in exile from its homeland and caught in the indifferent arc of history. Through desperate struggles and hard-won triumphs, its members are bound together by deep roots as they face enduring questions of faith, family, and identity."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Lee
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 9, 2017
Timothy B Tyson
Call Number: LP 364.134 Tys
Format: Large Print
Date Added: Nov 9, 2017
Richard Rothstein
Description: In this history of the modern American metropolis, Richard Rothstein explodes the myth that America's cities came to be racially divided through de facto segregation--that is, through individual prejudices, income differences, or the actions of private institutions like banks and real estate agencies. Rather, The Color of Law makes it clear that it was segregation by the laws and policy decisions passed by local, state, and federal governments that actually promoted the discriminatory patterns that continue to this day. The story begins in the 1920s, and shows how this process of de jure segregation began with explicit racial zoning, as millions of African Americans moved in a great historical migration from the South to the North. Rothstein shows how government policies led to the creation of officially segregated public housing and the demolition of previously integrated neighborhoods. While urban areas rapidly deteriorated, the great American suburbanization of the post-World War II years was spurred on by federal subsidies for builders on the condition that no homes be sold to African Americans. Finally, Police and prosecutors brutally upheld these standards by supporting violent resistance to black families in white neighborhoods. The Fair Housing Act of 1968 that prohibited future discrimination did nothing to reverse residential patterns that had become deeply embedded. Recent outbursts of violence in cities like Baltimore, Ferguson, and Milwaukee show us how the legacy of these earlier eras contributes to persistent racial unrest.--From inside jacket flaps.
Call Number: 305.8 Rot
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 9, 2017
Frances FitzGerald
Call Number: 277.3 Fit
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 9, 2017
Angie Thomas
Description: After witnessing her friend's death at the hands of a police officer, Starr Carter's life is complicated when the police and a local drug lord try to intimidate her in an effort to learn what happened the night Kahlil died.
Call Number: YA FIC Tho
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 9, 2017
Daniel Alarcón
Description: "A slyly political collection of stories about immigration, broken dreams, Los Angeles gang members, Latin American families, and other tales of high stakes journeys, from the award-winning author of War by Candlelight and At Night We Walk in Circles. Migration. Betrayal. Family secrets. Doomed love. Uncertain futures. In Daniel Alarcon's hands, these are transformed into deeply human stories with high stakes. In "The Thousands," people are on the move and forging new paths; hope and heartbreak abound. A man deals with the fallout of his blind relatives' mysterious deaths and his father's mental breakdown and incarceration in "The Bridge." A gang member discovers a way to forgiveness and redemption through the haze of violence and trauma in "The Ballad of Rocky Rontal." And in the tour de force novella, "The Auroras", a man severs himself from his old life and seeks to make a new one in a new city, only to find himself seduced and controlled by a powerful woman. Richly drawn, full of unforgettable characters, The King is Always Above the People reveals experiences both unsettling and unknown, and yet eerily familiar in this new world"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC ordered 081817
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 9, 2017
Lisa Ko
Description: "One morning, Deming Guo's mother, an undocumented Chinese immigrant named Polly, goes to her job at the nail salon and never comes home. With his mother gone, eleven-year-old Deming is left with no one to care for him. He is eventually adopted by two white college professors who move him from the Bronx to a small town upstate. Set in New York and China, the Leavers is the story of how one boy comes into his own when everything he's loved has been taken away--and how a mother learns to live with the mistakes of her past"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Ko
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 9, 2017
Elana K Arnold
Description: Sixteen-year-old Nina Faye navigates the difficult world of teenage relationships and dysfunctional family dynamics.
Call Number: YA FIC Arn
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 9, 2017
Layli Long Soldier
Call Number: 811.6 Lon
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 9, 2017
Mitali Perkins
Description: Ranee worries that her children are losing their Indian culture. Sonia is wrapped up in a forbidden biracial love affair Tara seeks the limelight to hide her true self. Shanti desperately tries to make peace in the family. Anna fights to preserve Bengal tigers and her Bengali identity. As each Das woman decides which Bengali traditions to uphold in America, one hard truth remains: some scars take generations to heal.
Call Number: YA FIC Per
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 9, 2017
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Far From The Tree
Robin Benway
YA FIC Ben
Magdalene : Poems
Marie Howe
811 How
Sing, Unburied, Sing : A Novel
Jesmyn Ward
FIC War
Manhattan Beach [Large Print]
Jennifer Egan
LP FIC Ega
The Future Is History : How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia
Masha Gessen
947.086 Ges
Miss Burma
Charmaine Craig
FIC Cra
A Kind Of Freedom : A Novel
Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
FIC Sex
Never Caught : The Washingtons' Relentless Pursuit Of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge
Erica Armstrong Dunbar
306.362 Dun
Afterland : Poems
Mai Der Vang
811 Van
No Is Not Enough : Resisting Trump's Shock Politics And Winning The World We Need
Naomi Klein
303.61 Kle
All The Wind In The World
Samantha Mabry
YA FIC Mab
Orphan Island
Laurel Snyder
J FIC Sny
American Street
Ibi Aanu Zoboi
YA FIC Zob
Pachinko
Min Jin Lee
FIC Lee
Bunk : The Rise Of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, And Fake News
Kevin Young
ordered 083117
The Blood Of Emmett Till [Large Print]
Timothy B Tyson
LP 364.134 Tys
Clayton Byrd Goes Underground
Rita/ Morrison Williams-Garcia
J FIC Wil
The Color Of Law : A Forgotten History Of How Our Government Segregated America
Richard Rothstein
305.8 Rot
Dark At The Crossing
Elliot Ackerman
FIC Ack
The Evangelicals : The Struggle To Shape America
Frances FitzGerald
277.3 Fit
Democracy In Chains : The Deep History Of The Radical Right's Stealth Plan For America
Nancy MacLean
320.53 Mac
The Hate U Give
Angie Thomas
YA FIC Tho
Don't Call Us Dead : Poems
Danez Smith
811 Smi
The King Is Always Above The People : Stories
Daniel Alarcón
FIC ordered 081817
Her Body And Other Parties : Stories [Audiobook]
Carmen Maria Machado, Amy Landon
FIC Mac
The Leavers
Lisa Ko
FIC Ko
Killers Of The Flower Moon : The Osage Murders And The Birth Of The FBI [Audiobook]
David/ Patton Grann
976.6 Gra
What Girls Are Made Of
Elana K Arnold
YA FIC Arn
Locking Up Our Own : Crime And Punishment In Black America
James Forman
364.973 For
Whereas : Poems
Layli Long Soldier
811.6 Lon
Long Way Down
Jason Reynolds
YA FIC Rey
You Bring The Distant Near
Mitali Perkins
YA FIC Per