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Pen/Faulkner Award Three noted writers of fiction each year select the winner and four runners-up of the PEN/Faulkner Awards for Fiction.

National Book Critics Circle Award
Awards given in American fiction, general nonfiction, biography/autobiography, poetry, and criticism of exceptional literary value.

Bancroft Prize Winners
Awarded by Columbia University for outstanding books on American History (including biography) and Diplomacy.

Man Booker Prize
The Man Booker Prize for Fiction, first awarded in 1969, promotes the finest in fiction by rewarding the very best book of the year.


Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
The Pulitzer Prize for Fiction recognizes distinguished fiction published in book form by an American author, preferably dealing with American life.

Nobel Prize for Fiction
Awarded to the author who has, in the words of the will of Alfred Nobel, produced "in the field of literature the most outstanding work in an ideal direction". One of the "ideal direction" which is the homage paid to those great artistic achievements that are characterized by uncompromising "integrity" in the depiction of the human predicament.

 

Genre Awards

MYSTERY FICTION
The Edgar Award
The Mystery Writers of America awards authors of mystery fiction.

SCIENCE FICTION
Philip K. Dick Award
Award given annually for best American science fiction in paperback.
Hugo Awards
Awarded by the World Science Fiction Society (WSFS).
CHRISTIAN FICTION
The Christy Award
Recognizing excellence in Christian Fiction written by contemporary authors.
ROMANCE LITERATURE
RITA Awards
Presented annually to the best published romance novels in thirteen catagories by the Romance Writers of America.

Updated: July 16, 2015

Summertime:  Long Days, Short Stories 
Summer is the perfect time to relax and get lost in a nice, long novel.  Or not.  More likely, you’re lucky if you get to squeeze in a few pages of reading between family vacations, pool parties, and barbecues.  If that’s the case, these short stories might be just the ticket.
 

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Let me be frank with you
by Richard Ford

Frank Bascombe was the protagonist of The Sportswriter (1986), Independence Day (1995), and The Lay of the Land (2006), all highly praised, and now Ford explores his behavior in four linked stories set in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The aging and often inappropriate Bascombe is providing “counsel” to his former real-estate clients, whose beachfront properties are now devastated. Meanwhile, his ex-wife has moved into an assisted living center in town and his wife is working with hurricane victims. Whether doing the right thing reluctantly or indulging in a savage but funny rail against cultural failures, Bascombe is always entertaining and Ford’s writing is full of little “gotcha” moments. Is this the last stand for Frank Bascombe? Readers should hope not.

Call Number: F Ford

Format: Book, Large Print



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Redeployment
by Phil Klay

The stories are set in Afghanistan and Iraq, or sometimes after the fighting, when the soldiers have returned home. Critics have already hailed the book as a classic of war writing. Klay explores a variety of vantages—chaplain, PsyOps, infantry, artillery, and “mortuary affairs”—and finds the commonalities, even as each voice is different. The feelings here are raw: impotent anger, psychic numbing, gallows humor used to mask pain. It’s a book that many have singled out as the best fictional accounting of the Iraq War.

Call Number: F Klay

Format: Book, large print, audio CD, downloadable audio, e-book



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The assassination of Margaret Thatcher
by Hilary Mantel

One of the most accomplished, acclaimed, and garlanded writers, Hilary Mantel delivers a brilliant collection of contemporary stories.  In The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher , Hilary Mantel's trademark gifts of penetrating characterization, unsparing eye, and rascally intelligence are once again fully on display. Stories of dislocation and family fracture, of whimsical infidelities and sudden deaths with sinister causes, brilliantly unsettle the reader in that unmistakably Mantel way. Cutting to the core of human experience, Mantel brutally and acutely writes about marriage, class, family, and sex. Unpredictable, diverse, and sometimes shocking, The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher displays a magnificent writer at the peak of her powers.

Call number: F Mantel

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One more thing: stories and other stories
by B.J. Novak
 
A boy wins a $100,000 prize in a box of Frosted Flakes--only to discover that claiming the winnings might unravel his family. A woman sets out to seduce motivational speaker Tony Robbins--turning for help to the famed motivator himself. A new arrival in Heaven, overwhelmed with options, procrastinates over a long-ago promise to visit his grandmother. We meet Sophia, the first artificially intelligent being capable of love, who falls for a man who might not be ready for it himself; a vengeance-minded hare, obsessed with scoring a rematch against the tortoise who ruined his life; and post-college friends who try to figure out how to host an intervention in the era of Facebook.  Along the way, we learn why wearing a red T-shirt every day is the key to finding love, how February got its name, and why the stock market is sometimes just . . . down . Finding inspiration in questions from the nature of perfection to the icing on carrot cake, One More Thing has at its heart the most human of phenomena: love, fear, hope, ambition, and the inner stirring for the one elusive element just that might make a person complete. Across a dazzling range of subjects, themes, tones, and narrative voices, the many pieces in this collection are like nothing else, but they have one thing in common: they share the playful humor, deep heart, sharp eye, inquisitive mind, and altogether electrifying spirit of a writer with a fierce devotion to the entertainment of the reader.

Call Number: F Novak

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Trigger warning: short stories and disturbances
by Neil Gaiman

Multiple award winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman returns to dazzle, captivate, haunt, and entertain with this third collection of short fiction following Smoke and Mirrors and Fragile Things--which includes a never-before published American Gods story, "Black Dog," written exclusively for this volume. In this new anthology, Neil Gaiman pierces the veil of reality to reveal the enigmatic, shadowy world that lies beneath. Trigger Warning includes previously published pieces of short fiction--stories, verse, and a very special Doctor Who story that was written for the fiftieth anniversary of the beloved series in 2013--as well "Black Dog," a new tale that revisits the world of American Gods, exclusive to this collection. Trigger Warning explores the masks we all wear and the people we are beneath them to reveal our vulnerabilities and our truest selves. Here is a rich cornucopia of horror and ghosts stories, science fiction and fairy tales, fabulism and poetry that explore the realm of experience and emotion. Full of wonder and terror, surprises and amusements, Trigger Warning is a treasury of delights that engage the mind, stir the heart, and shake the soul from one of the most unique and popular literary artists of our day.

Call Number: F Gaiman

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Staff Reviews 

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added: 7/16/2015

The Boston girl
Anita Diamant
Looking back on her formative years during the quickly changing times of the early 20th century, 85 year old Addie recalls stories of family and friendship, as well as times of joy and sadness. Reinescent of Betty Smith's "A tree grows in Brooklyn" this novel is an enjoyable coming of age story that comes alive when the main character begins to develop a social conscience.

-Tricia Brown, Library Assistant

 

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added: 7/16/2015

A God in ruins
Kate Atkinson
This novel is very engaging. It is told from the point of view of Teddy, who served as a Royal Air Force bomber pilot in WWII. Th author studied first-hand accounts of pilots who would have been contemporaries of Teddy to make the portrayal more realistic.

-Cathy Day, Library Assistant

 

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added: 4/30/2015

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his years of pilgrimage
Haruki Murakami
This most recent novel by Japanese writer Haruki Murakami begins a bit slower than some of his other stories, however by sticking with it, you are treated to a story that unfolds as unpredictably as many of his other writings. The storyline follows Tsukuru Tazaki through his painful journey of discovering why his 4 best friends in high school suddenly refuse to speak with him not long after he leaves for college in another city. Tsukuru agonizes over why he was summarily dismissed from the group of close-knit friends and none of the friends will even talk to him to explain. The story follows him through his lonely college journey, his dreams and his very few close relationships - all while trying to understand why he was cast out of the only group he ever felt comfortable with. In the end Tsukuru does get answers, but the damage is done, life has moved on for everyone and even knowing why doesn't bring any satisfaction. This story is ultimately about the decisions each of us makes in life and how those decisions have a rippling effect on others. In life, we never know what decisions even our closest friends are making and how they can effect everyone's life.

-Cindy Cantrell, Information Resources Librarian

 

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added: 4/30/2015

Mom School
Rebecca VanSlyke
If your little ones have ever wondered how you know all you know, then you'll enjoy this tale of mom school. From grocery shopping without losing any kids to building the perfect pillow fort, Mom's got you covered.

-Christine Troupe, Library Assistant

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added: 4/19/2015

The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy
Rachel Joyce
I really enjoyed this follow-up story to The Unlikley Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. In this novel, Ms. Joyce gives the reader more information about the woman who inspired Harold to make his amazing trip. It was thoroughly enjoyable.

-Cathy Day, Library Assistant

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added: 3/19/2015

Pheobe and Her Unicorn: A heavenly nostrils chronicle
Dana Simpson
Phoebe is skipping rocks one day when she hears, "Ouch!" Marigold Heavenly Nostrils was under the spell of her own reflection when Phoebe's rock sets her free. Grateful, Marigold grants Phoebe one wish. Phoebe wishes to be Marigold's friend. What follows is a delightful comic strip collection about a clever little girl and a vain, kind, and wise unicorn. Appropriate for readers 8 and older, this comic is often compared to Calvin and Hobbes. I see the resemblance and look forward to seeing more.

-Susan Fowler, Library Assistant

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added: 3/9/2015

The Sasquatch Hunter's Almanac
Sharma Shields
When Eli Roebuck was nine years old, his mother introduced him to Mr. Krantz, the Sasquatch with whom she would run off to live in his forest cabin. After being abandoned by his mother, Eli dedicates his life to searching for the elusive creature. While initially pursuing the Sasquatch as a hobby, Eli eventually gives up his podiatry practice to focus on his search full-time, much to the consternation of his family. Meanwhile, Mr. Krantz has taken notice of this strange man tramping through his forest home. When the two finally meet, the outcome is not what either one anticipated.

-Tori Lyons, Adult Services Librarian

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added: 3/9/2015

Grandma Gatewood's Walk
Ben Montgomery
In 1955, at the age of 67, Grandma Emma Gatewood was the first woman to thru-hike all 2,168 miles of the Appalachian Trail (ATC). Her feat is well-known among fellow ATC thru-hikers. Her personal life remained a mystery until Montgomery's book - which won the 2014 National Outdoor Book Awards for History/Biography. Reading about her humble beginnings, how she raised 11 children and survived a horribly abusive husband makes her achievement all the more inspiring.

-Susan Fowler, Library Assistant

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added: 2/4/2015

The Rosie Project
Graeme C. Simsion
If you've ever thought that dating should come with a manual, or at the very least an application to weed out all the unsuitable candidates, then this book will let you know you are not alone. Dr. Tillman embarks on a mission to find a most suitable mate while avoiding the social mishaps that accompany traditional dating. In the midst of his "Wife Project" he meets Rosie, who seems to be everything he doesn't want. Yet, in the end she turns out to be exactly what he needs.

-Christina Troupe, Library Assistant

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added: 1/12/2015

I Work at a Public Library: A Collection of Crazy Stories from the Stacks
Gina Sheridan
Anyone who has worked in a public library and most other types of libraries will recognize these patron interactions. Gina is a local St. Louis librarian and shares her experiences in light-hearted vignettes. A worthy read for anyone who has worked in a library and enjoys the inherent quirkiness of humanity, or just loves libraries.

-Susan Fowler, Library Assistant

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I Must Say - My Life as a Humble Comedy Legend
Martin Short
Martin Short's memoir is very entertaining. He's been my favorite comedian for a long time, especially since I enjoyed "Father of the Bride" I and II. I was delighted to spend this time with him.

-Cathy Day, Library Assistant

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The Girl With All the Gifts
M.R. Carey
The best way to read this post-apocalyptic tale is to know nothing about it and let the details unfold on their own. This book will entrall readers with adventures of the heart, mind, and body told through a cast of characters who will surprise everyone, including themselves.

-Susan Fowler, Library Assistant


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