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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.



The Edgar Award
The Mystery Writers of America awards authors of mystery 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).
The Christy Award
Recognizing excellence in Christian Fiction written by contemporary authors.
RITA Awards
Presented annually to the best published romance novels in thirteen catagories by the Romance Writers of America.

Updated: October 4, 2014

Get in the Halloween spirit with these chilling books!

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The Serpent and the Rainbow: A Harvard Scientist's Astonishing Journey into the Secret Societies of Haitian Voodoo, Zombies, and Magic
by Wade Davis

The book is an anecdotal and personal account by Davis, an ethnobotanist who pursued research on zombification in Haiti. During the course of several field trips, Davis discovered the neuropharmacological properties of plant and animal substances that explain how zombies are made. Davis also became enmeshed in the social web of Haitian society and depicts the historical forces that led to the intertwined relationships between cults and secret societies on the one hand, and the government on the other.

Call Number: Biography Davis Format: Book

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Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital
by Sheri Fink

Fink provides a landmark investigation of patient deaths at a New Orleans hospital ravaged by Hurricane Katrina-- and a suspenseful portrayal of the quest for truth and justice. After Katrina struck and the floodwaters rose, the power failed, and the heat climbed, exhausted caregivers chose to designate certain patients last for rescue. Months later, several health professionals faced criminal allegations that they deliberately injected numerous patients with drugs to hasten their deaths. Fink unspools the mystery of what happened in those days, bringing the reader into a hospital fighting for its life and into a conversation about the most terrifying form of health care rationing.

Call Number: 362.11 Fink,

Format: Book, Audiobook CD, Large Print Overdrive e-book, Overdrive audiobook

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The Hot Zone
by Richard Preston

Preston, whose ``Crisis in the Hot Zone'' created quite a stir when it appeared in The New Yorker in late 1992, here argues that dangerous viruses like HIV have emerged with the destruction of jungles and rain forests.

Call number: 614.57 Preston,

Format: Book, Large Print

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Death in the City of Light: The Serial Killer of Nazi-Occupied Paris
by David King

In 1944, when Parisian police entered a mansion littered with dismembered, rotting bodies, they thought of the Gestapo, but it turned out to be a purely French affair. Historian King (Vienna 1914) has mined the resulting global media circus (not only in France; Time magazine covered it) and extensive official records to tell a gripping story. The villain was a textbook psychopath, Dr. Marcel Petiot: a charming but heartless liar. Despite spending 20 years in and out of police courts, he won elections to local offices in the provinces only to be dismissed for petty crimes. Moving to Paris, he sold narcotics to addicts under the guise of treatment. During the German occupation, he offered to smuggle people out of France, murdering them when they arrived for the journey carrying their valuables. He went to the guillotine proclaiming himself (despite overwhelming evidence) a resistance hero, who killed only Nazis and collaborators. This fascinating, often painful account combines a police procedural with a vivid historical portrait of culture and law enforcement in Nazi-occupied France.

Call Number: 364.15232 King

Format: Book, Large Print and Overdrive e-book

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The Lady and Her Monsters: A Tale of Dissections, Real-Life Dr. Frankensteins, and the Creation of Mary Shelley's Masterpiece
by Roseanna Montillo

Blends nineteenth-century science with literary creation to trace the origins of the classic horror story, exploring how Shelley and her contemporaries were intrigued by scientists who were obsessed with the inner workings of the human body.

Call Number: 823.7 Montillo

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Wicked Bugs: The Louse that Conquered Napoleon's Army & Other Diabolocal Insects
by Amy Stewart

In this darkly comical look at the sinister side of our relationship with the natural world, Stewart has tracked down over one hundred of our worst entomological foes-creatures that infest, infect, and generally wreak havoc on human affairs.

Call Number: 623.7 Stu

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added: 9/26/2014

Through the Woods
Emily Carroll

Award winning online comic creator, Emily Carroll, renders five (four brand-new) short spooky stories. Carroll's style is gorgeous, stunning and haunting. The stories are a bit darker than your typical campfire tales. "It came from the wood. Most strange things do." A perfect way to get into the Halloween mood.

Susan Fowler, Library Assistant

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The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
Rachel Joyce

I loved this novel, which was written in 2012 by Rachel Joyce. The main character, Harold, walks six-hundred miles to visit a pivotal person from whom he's been separated for twenty years. During this journey, he meets colorful characters, and his reflection as he walks gives him insight and resolution about life challenges he's faced. This beautifully written work is Rachel Joyce's first novel.

Cathy Day, Library Assistant

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added: 9/8/2014

The Cruelest Month
Louise Penny

This third book in Penny's Three Pines series takes readers back to the accursed Old Hadley House, this time the scene of a seance gone fatally wrong when one of the participants is literally scared to death. Inspector Gamache returns to the village to investigate, all the while dealing with increasingly viscous media attacks that seek to destroy not only his professional reputation but his family's privacy as well.

Tori Lyons, Adult Services Librarian

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added: 9/3/2014

The Migraine Brain
Dr. Carolyn Bernstein & Elaine McArdle

If you suffer from headaches, or know someone who does, The Migraine Brain is the easy-to-read but comprehensive guide to getting help. Neurologist Dr. Bernstein founded the Women's Headache Center, and both authors have experience with migraines. They present the types of headaches, possible triggers, symptoms, available and experimental medications, and possible treatment plans. All in all, this is a well-done overview of information, highly recommended to anyone with questions related to headaches and pain management.

Ronya McCool, Library Assistant

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added: 8/14/2014

Parable of the Sower
by Octavia E. Butler

Lauren lives in what used to be a suburban cul-de-sac but is now a walled-off community of neighbors working together to survive. The US Government, police, and firefighters exist but are more likely to charge for services never rendered than anything else. Food and water are scarse and expensive. Lauren is lucky to live where she does, but the walls are failing to protect them from the "outside", which is populated with the destitute and criminals. Butler's dystopia feels like a real possibility causing the reader to reflect on current events and living conditions for those less fortunate.

Susan Fowler, Library Assistant

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added: 8/6/2014

Year Zero
by Rob Reid

The discovery of the theme song to Welcome Back Kotter is such a pivotal moment for all non-earthlings, they start counting their years based on the day of discovery, marking it as year Zero. Forty years later they have stolen so much of our music that they have bankrupted themselves with unpaid copyright fees. Some want to solve the problem by destroying earth. Those who want to save earth contact a human entertainment lawyer to find a legal loophole. A race against a parrot and vacuum cleaner bent on destrying earth, extra-terrestrial reality TV and excessive alien bureaucracy ensues.

Susan Fowler, Library Assistant


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Time critics pick the best novels in English from 1923 to the present
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The intellectual works that have been judged to be worth owning by the "purchase vote" of libraries around the globe.
Modern Library's Top 100
Three lists of best novels and best nonfiction compiled by the Modern Library's editorial board, by readers, and a rival list, The Radcliffe Publishing Course.
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The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts, designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. The NEA presents The Big Read in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and in cooperation with Arts Midwest.

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