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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: May 5, 2015

Modern Fables
Are you eagerly waiting for your hold on Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Buried Giant to come in?  In the meantime, check out some of these other magical fables and fantastic tales.

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The Alchemist
by Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist is the magical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure as extravagant as any ever found. From his home in Spain he journeys to the markets of Tangiers and across the Egyptian desert to a fateful encounter with the alchemist. The story of the treasures Santiago finds along the way teaches us, as only a few stories have done, about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, learning to read the omens strewn along life's path, and, above all, following our dreams.

Call Number:  F Coelho

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The Cave
by Jose Saramago

Cipriano Algor, an elderly potter, lives with his daughter Marta and her husband Maral in a small village on the outskirts of The Center, an imposing complex of shops, apartment blocks, offices, and sensation zones. Maral works there as a security guard, and Cipriano drives him to work each day before delivering his own humble pots and jugs. On one such visit, he is told not to make any more deliveries until further notice. People prefer plastic, he is told; it lasts longer and doesn't break. Unwilling to give up his craft, Cipriano tries his hand at making ceramic dolls. Astonishingly, The Center places an order for hundreds of figurines, and Cipriano and Marta set to work. In the meantime, Cipriano meets a young widow at the graves of their recently departed spouses, and a hesitant romance begins. When Marta learns that she is pregnant and Maral receives a promotion, they all move into an apartment in The Center. Soon they hear a mysterious sound of digging, and one night Maral and Cipriano investigate. Horrified by the discovery, the family, which now includes the widow and a dog, sets off in a truck, heading for the great unknown.

Call Number: F Saramago

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The Crane Wife
by Patrick Ness

One night, George Duncan--decent man, a good man--is woken by a noise in his garden. Impossibly, a great white crane has tumbled to earth, shot through its wing by an arrow. Unexpectedly moved, George helps the bird, and from the moment he watches it fly off, his life is transformed. The next day, a kind but enigmatic woman walks into George's shop. Suddenly a new world opens up for George, and one night she starts to tell him the most extraordinary story.

Call number: F Ness

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The Enchantress of Florence
by Salman Rushdie
 
A tall, yellow-haired, young European traveler calling himself "Mogor dell'Amore," the Mughal of Love, arrives at the court of the Emperor Akbar, lord of the great Mughal empire, with a tale to tell that begins to obsess the imperial capital, a tale about a mysterious woman, a great beauty believed to possess powers of enchantment and sorcery, and her impossible journey to the far-off city of Florence. The Enchantress of Florence is the story of a woman attempting to command her own destiny in a man's world. It is the story of two cities, unknown to each other, at the height of their powers-the hedonistic Mughal capital, in which the brilliant Akbar the Great wrestles daily with questions of belief, desire, and the treachery of his sons, and the equally sensual city of Florence during the High Renaissance, where Niccola Machiavelli takes a starring role as he learns, the hard way, about the true brutality of power.

Call Number: F Rushdie

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The Inheritance of Loss
by Kiran Desai

In a crumbling, isolated house at the foot of Mount Kanchenjunga lives an embittered old judge who wants to retire in peace when his orphaned granddaughter Sai arrives on his doorstep. The judge's chatty cook watches over her, but his thoughts are mostly with his son, Biju, hopscotching from one New York restaurant job to another, trying to stay a step ahead of the INS, forced to consider his country's place in the world. When a Nepalese insurgency in the mountains threatens Sai's new-sprung romance with her handsome Nepali tutor and causes their lives to descend into chaos, they, too, are forced to confront their colliding interests. The nation fights itself. The cook witnesses the hierarchy being overturned and discarded. The judge must revisit his past, his own role in this grasping world of conflicting desires-every moment holding out the possibility for hope or betrayal.

Call Number: F Desai

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Staff Reviews 

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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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added: 1/12/2015

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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added: 12/2/2014

The Book of Strange New Things
Michel Faber

A Christian pastor is sent on the mission of a lifetime by a large corporation that is creating a human settlement on an alien planet. His job is to minister to the non-human natives. Just as he is getting adjusted to life on a new planet, letters from his wife back on earth are increasingly filled with alarming news of natural disasters and hints that society is declining quickly.

-Susan Fowler, Library Assistant

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added: 12/2/2014

Small Victories : spotting improbable moments of grace
Anne Lamott

These essays are inspirational, hope-filled and fitting for this season. I've read most of Ms. Lamott's books, and this one is by far my favorite.

-Cathy Day, Library Assistant

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added: 12/2/2014

North of Normal : A memoir of my wilderness childhood, my unusual family, and how I survived both
Cea Sunrise Person

An evocative memoir of a unique life. Person takes us through her childhood to her adulthood - deftly translating perception, first through the eyes of a child, a teenager and then as an adult with awakening awareness of both her emotional self and the narcissism of the people who should have been raising her. She even finds a place of acceptance and forgiveness, a rare feat for someone who has lived through so much trauma. North of Normal is an engaging page turner sure to stick with readers long after they gobbled up the last page.

-Susan Fowler, Library Assistant


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