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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: August 24, 2015

 Get ready to be transported to another place
with these adventures on the road and on the seas.

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The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey
by Rinker Buck

The author offers an epic account of his 2,000-mile trip on the Oregon Trail the old-fashioned way, in a covered wagon with a team of mules, and along the way, tells the rich history of the trail, the people who made the migration and its significance to the United States.

Call Number: 978 Buck

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The Bounty: The True Story of the Mutiny on the Bounty
by Caroline Alexander

An account of the events surrounding the conflict aboard the HMS Bounty focuses on the court-martial of its ten mutineers, citing the breakdown and exile of Fletcher Christian and Lieutenant Bligh's navigation talents. The Bounty is a fine example of historical adventures told with a modern perspective. Alexander explains with great care and narrative skill the exploits of Captain Bligh and Fletcher Christian in this atmospheric and insightful work.

Call Number: 996.18 Alexander

Format: Book



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Pirate Hunters: Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship
by Robert Kurson

This is the journey of Tracy Bowden, John Chatterton, and John Mattera as they follow a quest to find the sunken pirate ship named the Golden Fleece. Many people have dreamed of digging up a treasure chest of gold. What could be more fun than traveling along with treasure hunters to find a lost pirate ship?

Call number: 910.9163 Kurson

Format: Book, Large Print



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Lost in Shangri-La : A Ture Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II
by Mitch Zuckoff
 
Lost in Shangri-la is a gripping example of historical adventure told with the precision of a modern day reporter. In May of 1945 a WWII plane crashed into the jungle of New Guinea -- populated with native tribes who took the Americans to be spirits foretelling doom. How the three survivors were rescued makes for exciting and fascinating reading.

Call Number: 940.548 Zucko

Format: Book, audiobook on CD



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Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
by Erik Larson

In cinematic terms, this dramatic page-turner is Das Boot meets Titanic. Larson has a wonderful way of creating a very readable, accessible story of a time, place, and event. We get three sides of the global story--the U-boat commander, British Admiralty and President Wilson--but what really elevates this book are the affecting stories of individual crew and passengers.

Call Number: 940.4514 Larson

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added: 7/31/2015

Fat Girl Walking: Sex, Food, Love and being comfortable in your own skin -- every inch of it
Brittany Gibbons
Brittany is a "body image advocate," which basically means that she makes a living blogging about why wearing a size 18 two-piece swimsuit needn't be so traumatic. This memoir spans Brittany's life from a chubby kid eating chicken McNuggets in the backroom of her parents' ill-fated video rental store to her current life as a married mother of three and accidental fashion model. Yes, she discusses her weight and how it's affected her self-esteem, but she also shares some downright hilarious stories that have readers of all shapes and sizes can identify with. (I've never been pregnant, but her bit about pregnancy hemorrhoids had me laughing so hard I was crying!) I listened to this on audiobook and, on more than one occasion, found myself sitting in my driveway because I just couldn't tear myself away.

-Tori Lyons, Public Services Librarian

 

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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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added: 1/12/2015

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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