National Book Awards 2019

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Enjoy the finalists and winners  of the National Book Awards for 2019, as voted by the National  Book Foundation. 


Winner!
Martin W. Sandler
Description: Some of the most important issues of our time were no less important 100 years ago. America in 1919, at the close of World War I, was shaken from the events of large-scale warfare, fearing a Communist takeover, and facing an incredible amount of social and political change. From Prohibition to women's suffrage, the labor strikes to the violence of the Red Summer and the Red Scare, this book explores each major movement of 1919. Showing how these events were interrelated and examining their continued relevance to our country a century later, Martin Sandler offers a historical perspective on the trajectory of the major movements of the 20th century. Showing readers how every current event has unique and fascinating history preceding it, this book will help them better understand the world they live in and the change many still seek today.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: YA 973.913 San
Format: Book
Date Added: May 7, 2020
Winner!
László Krasznahorkai, Ottilie Mulzet
Description: "Set in contemporary times, Baron Wenckheim's Homecoming tells the story of a Prince Myshkin-like figure, Baron Bela Wenckheim, who decides to return at the end of his life to the provincial Hungarian town of his birth. Having escaped from his many casino debts in Buenos Aires, where he was living in exile, he wishes to be reunited with his high school sweetheart Marika. What follows is an endless storm of gossip, con men, and local politicians, vividly evoking the small town's alternately drab and absurd existence. All along, the Professor--a world-famous natural scientist who studies mosses and inhabits a bizarre Zen-like shack in a desolate area outside of town--offers long rants and disquisitions on his own attempts to immunize himself from thought. Spectacular actions are staged, death and the abyss loom, until finally doom is brought down on the unsuspecting residents of the town"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Kra
Format: Book
Date Added: May 7, 2020
Carmen Giménez Smith
Description: Be Recorder offers readers a blazing way forward into an as yet unmade world. The many times and tongues in these poems investigate the precariousness of personhood in lines that excoriate and sanctify. Carmen Giménez Smith turns the increasingly pressing urge to cry out into a dream of rebellion--against compromise, against inertia, against self-delusion, and against the ways the media dream up our complacency in an America that depends on it. This reckoning with self and nation demonstrates that who and where we are is as conditional as the fact of our compliance.
Call Number: 811 Gim
Format: Book
Date Added: May 7, 2020
Marlon James
Description: "Tracker is known far and wide for his skills as a hunter: "He has a nose," people say. Engaged to track down a mysterious boy who disappeared three years earlier, Tracker breaks his own rule of always working alone when he finds himself part of a group that comes together to search for the boy. The band is a hodgepodge, full of unusual characters with secrets of their own, including a shape-shifting man-animal known as Leopard. As Tracker follows the boy's scent--from one ancient city to another; into dense forests and across deep rivers--he and the band are set upon by creatures intent on destroying them. As he struggles to survive, Tracker starts to wonder: Who, really, is this boy? Why has he been missing for so long? Why do so many people want to keep Tracker from finding him? And perhaps the most important questions of all: Who is telling the truth, and who is lying? " -- Jacket flap.
Call Number: FIC Jam
Format: Book
Date Added: May 7, 2020
Pajtim Statovci, David Hackston
Description: The death of Enver Hoxha and the loss of his father leave Bujar growing up in the ruins of Communist Albania and of his own family. Only his fearless best friend Agim--who is facing his own realizations about his gender and sexuality--gives him hope for the future. Together the two decide to leave everything behind and try their luck in Italy. But the struggle to feel at home--in a foreign country and even in one's own body--will have corrosive effects, spurring a dangerous search for new identities.
Call Number: FIC Sta
Format: Book
Date Added: May 7, 2020
Ilya Kaminsky
Description: Deaf Republic opens in an occupied country in a time of political unrest. When soldiers breaking up a protest kill a deaf boy, Petya, the gunshot becomes the last thing the citizens hear--they all have gone deaf, and their dissent becomes coordinated by sign language. The story follows the private lives of townspeople encircled by public violence. At once a love story, an elegy, and an urgent plea, these poems confronts our time's vicious atrocities and our collective silence in the face of them.
Call Number: 811 Kam
Format: Book
Date Added: May 7, 2020
Khālid Khalīfah, Leri Price
Description: Abdel Latif, an old man from the Aleppo region, dies peacefully in a hospital bed in Damascus. His final wish, conveyed to his youngest son, Bolbol, is to be buried in the family plot in their ancestral village of Anabiya. Though Abdel was hardly an ideal father, and though Bolbol is estranged from his siblings, this conscientious son persuades his older brother Hussein and his sister Fatima to accompany him and the body to Anabiya, which is--after all--only a two-hour drive from Damascus. There's only one problem: Their country is a war zone. With the landscape of their childhood now a labyrinth of competing armies whose actions are at once arbitrary and lethal, the siblings' decision to set aside their differences and honor their father's request quickly balloons from a minor commitment into an epic and life-threatening quest. Syria, however, is no longer a place for heroes, and the decisions the family must make along the way--as they find themselves captured and recaptured, interrogated, imprisoned, and bombed--will prove to have enormous consequences for all of them.
Call Number: FIC Kha
Format: Book
Date Added: May 7, 2020
Julia Phillips
Description: "One August afternoon, on the shoreline of the Kamchatka peninsula at the northeastern edge of Russia, two girls -- sisters, eight and eleven -- go missing. In the ensuing weeks, then months, the police investigation turns up nothing. Echoes of the disappearance reverberate across a tightly woven community, with the fear and loss felt most deeply among its women. Taking us through a year in Kamchatka, Disappearing Earth enters with astonishing emotional acuity the worlds of a cast of richly drawn characters, all connected by the crime: a witness, a neighbor, a detective, a mother. We are transported to vistas of rugged beauty -- densely wooded forests, open expanses of tundra, soaring volcanoes, and the glassy seas that border Japan and Alaska -- and into a region as complex as it is alluring, where social and ethnic tensions have long simmered, and where outsiders are often the first to be accused." -- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: LP FIC Phi
Format: Large Print
Date Added: May 7, 2020
Jason Reynolds, Heather Alicia Simms, Chris (Christopher Eugene) Chalk, Bahni Turpin, Adenrele Ojo
Description: Jason Reynolds conjures ten tales (one per block) about what happens after the dismissal bell rings, and weaves them into one funny, poignant look at the detours we face on the walk home, and in life.
Call Number: J FIC Rey
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: May 7, 2020
Randy Ribay
Description: "Jay Reguero plans to spend the last semester of his senior year playing video games before heading to the University of Michigan in the fall. But when he discovers that his Filipino cousin Jun was murdered as part of President Duterte's war on drugs, and no one in the family wants to talk about what happened, Jay travels to the Philippines to find out the real story. Hoping to uncover more about Jun and the events that led to his death, Jay is forced to reckon with the many sides of his cousin before he can face the whole horrible truth -- and the part he played in it." -- Jacket
Call Number: YA FIC Rib
Format: Book
Date Added: May 7, 2020
Pet
Akwaeke Emezi
Description: "There are no monsters anymore, or so the children in the city of Lucille are taught. Jam and her best friend, Redemption, have grown up with this lesson all their life. But when Jam meets Pet, a creature made of horns and colors and claws, who emerges from one of her mother's paintings and a drop of Jam's blood, she must reconsider what she's been told. Pet has come to hunt a monster, and the shadow of something grim lurks in Redemption's house. Jam must fight not only to protect her best friend, but also to uncover the truth, and the answer to the question--How do you save the world from monsters if no one will admit they exist?" -- Jacket flap
Call Number: YA FIC Eme
Format: Book
Date Added: May 7, 2020
Kali Fajardo-Anstine
Description: Kali Fajardo-Anstine's magnetic story collection breathes life into her Latina characters of indigenous ancestry and the land they inhabit in the American West. Against the remarkable backdrop of Denver, Colorado--a place that is as fierce as it is exquisite--these women navigate the land the way they navigate their lives: with caution, grace, and quiet force.
Call Number: FIC Faj
Format: Book
Date Added: May 7, 2020
Arthur Sze
Description: "From the current phenomenon of drawing calligraphy with water in public parks in China to Thomas Jefferson laying out dinosaur bones on the White House floor, from the last sighting of the axolotl to a man who stops building plutonium triggers, Sight Lines moves through space and time and brings the disparate and divergent into stunning and meaningful focus. In this new work, Arthur Sze employs a wide range of voices--from lichen on a ceiling to a man behind on his rent--and his mythic imagination continually evokes how humans are endangering the planet; yet, balancing rigor with passion, he seizes the significant and luminous and transforms these moments into riveting and enduring poetry." -- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 811 Sze
Format: Book
Date Added: May 8, 2020
Albert Woodfox, Leslie George
Description: Nearly forty years in solitary confinement in a 6-foot by 9-foot cell for 23 hours a day for a crime he did not commit, Albert Woodfox survived and emerged with his humanity and sense of hope for the future intact.Arrested often as a teenager in New Orleans, inspired behind bars in his early twenties to join the Black Panther Party because of its social commitment and code of living, Woodfox was serving a 50-year sentence in Angola for armed robbery when on April 17, 1972, a white guard was killed. Albert and another member of the Panthers were accused of the crime and put in solitary confinement without a shred of actual evidence against them. Released in February 2016, Woodfox turned his anger into activism and resistance. This is his chronicle of rare power and humanity that proves the better spirits of our nature can thrive against any odds. -- adapted from jacket
Call Number: 365.9763 Woo
Format: Book
Date Added: May 7, 2020
Scholastique Mukasonga, Jordan Stump
Description: "A moving, unforgettable tribute to a Tutsi woman who did everything to protect her children from the Rwandan genocide, by the daughter who refuses to let her family's story be forgotten. The story of the author's mother, a fierce, loving woman who for years protected her family from the violence encroaching upon them in pre-genocide Rwanda. Recording her memories of their life together in spare, wrenching prose, Mukasonga preserves her mother's voice in a haunting work of art."--Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 967.571 Muk
Format: Book
Date Added: May 7, 2020
David Treuer
Description: The received idea of Native American history has been that it essentially ended with the 1890 massacre at Wounded Knee: Not only did more than 150 Sioux die at the hands of the U.S. Cavalry, but Native civilization did as well. David Treuer has uncovered a different narrative. Not despite but rather because of American Indians' intense struggles to preserve their tribes, their cultures, and their very existence, the true story has been one of unprecedented resourcefulness and reinvention. Treuer melds history with reportage and memoir to explore how the depredations of each era spawned new modes of survival. The devastating seizures of land gave rise to increasingly sophisticated legal and political maneuvering. The forced assimilation of children at government-run boarding schools incubated a unifying Native identity. Conscription in the military and the pull of urban life brought Indians into the mainstream and at the same time steered the emerging shape of self-rule and inspired a new generation of resistance. This is the essential, intimate story of a resilient people in a transformative epoch.--From dust jacket.
Call Number: 970.004 Tre
Format: Book
Date Added: May 7, 2020
Yōko Ogawa, Stephen Snyder
Description: "On an unnamed island off an unnamed coast, things are disappearing. First, animals and flowers. Then objects--ribbons, bells, photographs. Then, body parts. Most of the island's inhabitants fail to notice these changes, while those few imbued with the power to recall the lost objects live in fear of the mysterious 'memory police,' who are committed to ensuring that the disappeared remain forgotten. When a young novelist realizes that more than her career is in danger, she hides her editor beneath her floorboards, and together, as fear and loss close in around them, they cling to literature as the last way of preserving the past"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Oga
Format: Book
Date Added: May 7, 2020
Laila Lalami
Description: "Nora Guerraoui, a jazz composer, returns home to a small town in the Mojave after hearing that her father, owner of a popular restaurant there, has been killed in a suspicious hit-and-run car accident. Told by multiple narrators--Nora herself, Jeremy (the Iraq war veteran with whom she develops an intimacy), widow Maryam, Efrain (an immigrant witness to the accident who refuses to get involved for fear of deportation), Coleman (the police investigator), and Driss (the dead man himself), The Other Americans deftly explores one family's secrets and hypocrisies even as it offers a portrait of Americans riven by race, class, and religion, living side by side, yet ignorant of the vicissitudes that each tribe, as it were, faces"--Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Lal
Format: Book
Date Added: May 7, 2020
Jericho Brown
Description: Jericho Brown's new book details the normalization of evil and its history at the intersection of the past and the personal. Brown's poetic concerns are both broad and intimate, and at their very core a distillation of the incredibly human: What is safety? Who is this nation? Where does freedom truly lie? Brown makes mythical pastorals to question the terrors to which we've become accustomed, and to celebrate how we survive. Poems of fatherhood, legacy, blackness, queerness, worship, and trauma are propelled into stunning clarity by Brown's mastery, and his invention of the duplex--a combination of the sonnet, the ghazal, and the blues--testament to his formal skill. -- From statement at Goodreads.com.
Call Number: 811 Bro
Format: Book
Date Added: May 7, 2020
Tressie McMillan Cottom
Description: In these eight explorations on beauty, media, money, and more, Tressie McMillan Cottom embraces her role as a purveyor of wit, wisdom, and Black Twitter snark about all that is right and much that is wrong with this thing we call society.--From dust jacket flap.
Call Number: 814 Cot
Format: Book
Date Added: May 7, 2020
Laura Ruby
Description: When Frankie's mother died and her father left her and her siblings at an orphanage in Chicago, it was supposed to be only temporary -- just long enough for him to get back on his feet and be able to provide for them once again. That's why she is not prepared for the day that he arrives for his weekend visit with a new woman on his arm and out-of-state train tickets in his pocket. Now Frankie and her sister, Toni, are abandoned alongside so many other orphans, two young, unwanted women doing everything they can to survive. And as the embers of the Great Depression are kindled into the fires of World War II, and the shadows of injustice, poverty, and death walk the streets in broad daylight, Frankie must find something worth holding on to in the ruins of this shattered America -- every minute of every day spent wondering if the life she's able to carve out will be enough. I will admit I do not know if it will be. But I will be watching, waiting to find out. That's what ghosts do. -- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: YA FIC Rub
Format: Book
Date Added: May 7, 2020
Winner!
Susan Choi, Jennifer Lim, Suehyla El-Attar, Adina Verson
Description: In 1982 in a southern city, David and Sarah, two freshmen at a highly competitive performing arts high school, thrive alongside their school peers in a rarified bubble, ambitiously devoting themselves to their studies in music, movement, Shakespeare and, particularly, to classes taught by the magnetic acting teacher Mr. Kingsley. It is here in these halls that David and Sarah fall innocently and powerfully into first love. And also where, as this class of students rises through the ranks of high school, the outside world of family life and economic status, of academic pressure and the future, does not affect them, until it does, in a sudden spiral of events that brings a startling close to the first part of this novel.
Call Number: FIC Cho
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: May 7, 2020
Carolyn Forché
Description: Describes the author's deep friendship with a mysterious intellectual who introduced her to the culture and people of El Salvador in the 1970s, a tumultuous period in the country's history, inspiring her work as an unlikely activist.
Call Number: 972.84 For
Format: Book
Date Added: May 7, 2020
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1919 The Year That Changed America
Martin W. Sandler
YA 973.913 San
Sight Lines
Arthur Sze
811 Sze
Baron Wenckheim's Homecoming
László Krasznahorkai, Ottilie Mulzet
FIC Kra
Solitary : Unbroken By Four Decades In Solitary Confinement : My Story Of Transformation And Hope
Albert Woodfox, Leslie George
365.9763 Woo
Be Recorder : Poems
Carmen Giménez Smith
811 Gim
The Barefoot Woman
Scholastique Mukasonga, Jordan Stump
967.571 Muk
Black Leopard, Red Wolf
Marlon James
FIC Jam
The Heartbeat Of Wounded Knee : Native America From 1890 To The Present
David Treuer
970.004 Tre
Crossing
Pajtim Statovci, David Hackston
FIC Sta
The Memory Police : A Novel
Yōko Ogawa, Stephen Snyder
FIC Oga
Deaf Republic : Poems
Ilya Kaminsky
811 Kam
The Other Americans
Laila Lalami
FIC Lal
Death Is Hard Work
Khālid Khalīfah, Leri Price
FIC Kha
The Tradition
Jericho Brown
811 Bro
Disappearing Earth : A Novel
Julia Phillips
LP FIC Phi
Thick : And Other Essays
Tressie McMillan Cottom
814 Cot
Look Both Ways [Audiobook] : A Tale Told In Ten Blocks
Jason Reynolds, Heather Alicia Simms, Chris (Christopher Eugene) Chalk, Bahni Turpin, Adenrele Ojo
J FIC Rey
Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All
Laura Ruby
YA FIC Rub
Patron Saints Of Nothing
Randy Ribay
YA FIC Rib
Trust Exercise [Audiobook]
Susan Choi, Jennifer Lim, Suehyla El-Attar, Adina Verson
FIC Cho
Pet
Akwaeke Emezi
YA FIC Eme
What You Have Heard Is True : A Memoir Of Witness And Resistance
Carolyn Forché
972.84 For
Sabrina & Corina : Stories
Kali Fajardo-Anstine
FIC Faj