National Book Awards 2018

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Enjoy the finalists of the National Book Awards for 2018, as voted by the National  Book Foundation.


Jamel Brinkley
Call Number: FIC Bri
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 10, 2018
Victoria Johnson
Description: Whether collecting specimens along the banks of the Hudson River, lecturing before a class of medical students, or breaking the fever of a young Philip Hamilton, David Hosack was an American visionary who has been too long forgotten. Alongside other towering figures of the post-Revolutionary generation, he took the reins of a nation. In unearthing the story of his life, Victoria Johnson offers a depiction of the man who gave a new voice to the powers and perils of nature.--From statement at Amazon.com.
Call Number: 580.973 Joh
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 10, 2018
Terrance Hayes
Description: "In seventy poems bearing the same title, Terrance Hayes explores the meanings of American, of assassin, and of love in the sonnet form. These poems are haunted by the country's past and future eras and errors, its dreams and nightmares"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 811 Hay
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 10, 2018
Négar Djavadi, Tina A. Kover
Description: "Kimiâ Sadr fled Iran at the age of ten in the company of her mother and sisters to join her father in France. Now twenty-five and facing the future she has built for herself as well as the prospect of a new generation, Kimiâ is inundated by her own memories and the stories of her ancestors, which come to her in unstoppable, uncontainable waves. In the waiting room of a Parisian fertility clinic, generations of flamboyant Sadrs return to her, including her formidable great-grandfather Montazemolmolk, with his harem of fifty-two wives, and her parents, Darius and Sara, stalwart opponents of each regime that befalls them"--Amazon.
Call Number: FIC Dja
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 10, 2018
Lauren Groff
Description: A collection of stories spanning centuries of time in mercurial Florida examines the decisions and connections behind life-changing events in characters ranging from two abandoned sisters to a conflicted family woman.
Call Number: FIC Gro
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 10, 2018
Sarah Smarsh
Description: During Smarsh's turbulent childhood in Kansas in the '80s and '90s, the forces of cyclical poverty and the country's changing economic policies solidified her family's place among the working poor. Her personal history affirms the corrosive impact intergenerational poverty can have on individuals, families, and communities. Combining memoir with powerful analysis and cultural commentary, this is an uncompromising look at class, identity, and the particular perils of having less in a country known for its excess.
Call Number: 305.562 Sma
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Oct 10, 2018
Jarrett Krosoczka
Description: "In kindergarten, Jarrett Krosoczka's teacher asks him to draw his family, with a mommy and a daddy. But Jarrett's family is much more complicated than that. His mom is an addict, in and out of rehab, and in and out of Jarrett's life. His father is a mystery -- Jarrett doesn't know where to find him, or even what his name is. Jarrett lives with his grandparents -- two very loud, very loving, very opinionated people who had thought they were through with raising children until Jarrett came along"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: YA 362.2913 Kro
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 10, 2018
Hanne Ørstavik, Martin Aitken
Description: "Love is the story of Vibeke and Jon, a mother and son who have just moved to a small place in the north of Norway. It's the day before Jon's birthday, and a travelling carnival has come to the village. Jon goes out to sell lottery tickets for his sports club, and Vibeke is going to the library. From here on we follow the two individuals on their separate journeys through a cold winter's night - while a sense of uneasiness grows. Love illustrates how language builds its own reality, and thus how mother and son can live in completely separate worlds. This distance is found not only between human beings, but also within each individual"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Ors
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 10, 2018
M. T. Anderson, Eugene Yelchin
Description: "Uptight elfin historian Brangwain Spurge is on a mission: survive being catapulted across the mountains into goblin territory, deliver a priceless peace offering to their mysterious dark lord, and spy on the goblin kingdom -- from which no elf has returned alive in more than a hundred years. Brangwain's host, the goblin archivist Werfel, is delighted to show Brangwain around. They should be the best of friends, but a series of extraordinary double crosses, blunders, and cultural misunderstandings throws these two bumbling scholars into the middle of an international crisis that may spell death for them -- and war for their nations. Witty mixed media illustrations show Brangwain's furtive missives back to the elf kingdom, while Werfel's determinedly unbiased narrative tells an entirely different story." -- From publisher.
Call Number: YA FIC And
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 10, 2018
Yōko Tawada, Margaret Mitsutani
Description: Japan, after suffering from a massive irreparable disaster, cuts itself off from the world. Children are so weak they can barely stand or walk: the only people with any get-go are the elderly. Mumei lives with his grandfather Yoshiro, who worries about him constantly. They carry on a day-to-day routine in what could be viewed as a post-Fukushima time, with all the children born ancient--frail and gray-haired, yet incredibly compassionate and wise. Mumei may be enfeebled and feverish, but he is a beacon of hope, full of wit and free of self-pity and pessimism. Yoshiro concentrates on nourishing Mumei, a strangely wonderful boy who offers "the beauty of the time that is yet to come.
Call Number: FIC Taw
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 10, 2018
Sigrid Nunez
Description: When a woman unexpectedly loses her lifelong best friend and mentor, she finds herself burdened with the unwanted dog he has left behind. Her own battle against grief is intensified by the mute suffering of the dog, a huge Great Dane traumatized by the inexplicable disappearance of its master, and by the threat of eviction: dogs are prohibited in her apartment building. While others worry that grief has made her a victim of magical thinking, the woman refuses to be separated from the dog except for brief periods of time. Isolated from the rest of the world, increasingly obsessed with the dog's care, determined to read its mind and fathom its heart, she comes dangerously close to unraveling. But while troubles abound, rich and surprising rewards lie in store for both of them.
Call Number: LP FIC Nun
Format: Large Print
Date Added: Oct 10, 2018
Rebecca Makkai
Description: "In 1985, Yale Tishman, the development director for an art gallery in Chicago, is about to pull off an amazing coup, bringing in an extraordinary collection of 1920s paintings as a gift to the gallery. Yet as his career begins to flourish, the carnage of the AIDS epidemic grows around him. One by one, his friends are dying and after his friend Nico's funeral, the virus circles closer and closer to Yale himself. Soon the only person he has left is Fiona, Nico's little sister. Thirty years later, Fiona is in Paris tracking down her estranged daughter who disappeared into a cult. While staying with an old friend, a famous photographer who documented the Chicago crisis, she finds herself finally grappling with the devastating ways AIDS affected her life and her relationship with her daughter. The two intertwining stories take us through the heartbreak of the eighties and the chaos of the modern world, as both Yale and Fiona struggle to find goodness in the midst of disaster"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Mak
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 10, 2018
Colin G. Calloway
Description: "An authoritative, sweeping, and fresh new biography of the nation's first president, Colin G. Calloway's book reveals fully the dimensions and depths of George Washington's relations with the First Americans."--Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 323.1197 Cal
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 10, 2018
Christopher Paul Curtis, Michael Crouch, narrator
Description: When his poor sharecropper father is killed in an accident and leaves the family in debt, twelve-year-old Little Charlie agrees to accompany fearsome plantation overseer Cap'n Buck north in pursuit of people who have stolen from him; Cap'n Buck tells Little Charlie that his father's debt will be cleared when the fugitives are captured, which seems like a good deal until Little Charlie comes face-to-face with the people he is chasing.
Call Number: J FIC Cur
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Oct 10, 2018
Jeffrey C. Stewart
Description: Alain Locke emerged from Black Philadelphia around the turn of the century to mentor a generation of young artists including Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, and Jacob Lawrence and call them the New Negro--the creative African Americans whose art, literature, music, and drama would inspire Black people to greatness. Stewart offers the definitive biography of the father of the Harlem Renaissance. From the education of Locke, his becoming the first African American Rhodes Scholar, and his long career as a professor at Howard University to Locke's cosmopolitan, aesthetic education through his travels in continental Europe, where he came to appreciate the beauty of art and experienced a freedom unknown to him in the United States, he has yet became most closely associated with the flowering of Black culture in Jazz Age America and his promotion of the literary and artistic work of African Americans as the quintessential creations of American modernism. Shifting the discussion of race from politics and economics to the arts, he helped establish the idea that Black urban communities could be crucibles of creativity. This illustrious, enigmatic man who, in promoting the cultural heritage of Black people, became--in the process--a New Negro himself.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: B Loc
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 10, 2018
Elizabeth Acevedo
Description: Harlem. Ever since her body grew into curves, Xiomara Batista has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking. She pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayers-- especially after she catches feelings for a boy in her bio class named Aman, who her family can never know about. Mami is determined to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, and Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself. When she is invited to join her school's slam poetry club, she can't stop thinking about performing her poems.
Call Number: YA FIC Ace
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 10, 2018
Leslie Connor
Description: As he grieves his best friend Benny's death, Mason and his friend Calvin, who are targeted by the neighborhood bullies, create an underground haven for themselves, but when Calvin goes missing Mason finds himself in trouble.
Call Number: J FIC Con
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 10, 2018
Domenico Starnone, Jhumpa Lahiri, Dario Maglionico
Description: Trick is a stylish drama about ambition, family, and old-age that goes beyond the ordinary and predictable. Imagine a duel between two men. One, Daniele Mallarico, is a successful illustrator who, in the twilight of his years, feels that his reputation and his artistic prowess are fading. The other, Mario, is Daniele's four-year-old grandson. Daniele has been living in a cold northern city for years, in virtual solitude, focusing obsessively on his work, when his daughter asks if he would come to Naples for a few days and babysit Mario while she and her husband attend a conference. Shut inside his childhood home--an apartment in the center of Naples that is filled with the ghosts of Mallarico's past--grandfather and grandson match wits as Daniele heads toward a reckoning with his own ambitions and life choices. Outside the apartment, pulses Naples, a wily, violent, and passionate city whose influence can never be shaken.
Call Number: FIC Sta
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 10, 2018
Adam Winkler
Description: Traces the two-hundred-year history of corporate America's battle to achieve constitutional freedom from federal control, examining the civil rights debates and key events that shaped the controversial 2010 Supreme Court decision to extend constitutional protections to businesses.
Call Number: 346.7306 Win
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 10, 2018
Brandon Hobson
Description: "A spare, lyrical Native American coming of age story set in rural Oklahoma in the late 1980s. With his single mother in jail, Sequoyah, a fifteen-year-old Cherokee boy, is placed in foster care with the Troutt family. Literally and figuratively scarred by his unstable upbringing, Sequoyah has spent years mostly keeping to himself, living with his emotions pressed deep below the surface--that is, until he meets the seventeen-year-old Rosemary, another youth staying with the Troutts. Sequoyah and Rosemary bond over their shared Native American backgrounds and tumultuous paths through the foster care system, but as Sequoyah's feelings toward Rosemary deepen, the precariousness of their lives and the scars of their pasts threaten to undo them both."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Hob
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 10, 2018
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A Lucky Man : Stories
Jamel Brinkley
FIC Bri
The Friend [Large Print]
Sigrid Nunez
LP FIC Nun
American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, And Medicine In The Garden Of The Early Republic
Victoria Johnson
580.973 Joh
The Great Believers
Rebecca Makkai
FIC Mak
American Sonnets For My Past And Future Assassin
Terrance Hayes
811 Hay
The Indian World Of George Washington: The First President, The First Americans, And The Birth Of The Nation
Colin G. Calloway
323.1197 Cal
Disoriental
Négar Djavadi, Tina A. Kover
FIC Dja
The Journey Of Little Charlie [Audiobook]
Christopher Paul Curtis, Michael Crouch, narrator
J FIC Cur
Florida
Lauren Groff
FIC Gro
The New Negro: The Life Of Alain Locke
Jeffrey C. Stewart
B Loc
Heartland: A Memoir Of Working Hard And Being Broke In The Richest Country On Earth [Audiobook]
Sarah Smarsh
305.562 Sma
The Poet X
Elizabeth Acevedo
YA FIC Ace
Hey, Kiddo
Jarrett Krosoczka
YA 362.2913 Kro
The Truth As Told By Mason Buttle
Leslie Connor
J FIC Con
Love
Hanne Ørstavik, Martin Aitken
FIC Ors
Trick
Domenico Starnone, Jhumpa Lahiri, Dario Maglionico
FIC Sta
The Assassination Of Brangwain Spurge
M. T. Anderson, Eugene Yelchin
YA FIC And
We The Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights
Adam Winkler
346.7306 Win
The Emissary
Yōko Tawada, Margaret Mitsutani
FIC Taw
Where The Dead Sit Talking
Brandon Hobson
FIC Hob