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AWARD WINNING BOOKS
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 Award Awards given in American fiction, nonfiction, and poetry of exceptional literary value.

American Library Association Notable Books
The Notable Books Council of RUSA, a division of the American Library Association, selected these titles for their contribution to the expansion of knowledge or for the pleasure they can provide to readers.

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.
"Books are my blood and my world. I've always understood passion for books and being obsessed by them. I know what they can do to you. Storing them forever and enjoying their company is always reassuring."
--Karl Lagerfield
Try our database Novelist. There are several ways to find reading suggestions: by finding authors who write like your favorite authors, by searching under genre, by series, or by just by describing a plot or setting. You will need your library card number. When you get to the home page of the database try starting with the tab "For Readers" to find authors who write like your favorite.
Amazon.com:  100 Books to Read in a Lifetime
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The Warmth of Other Suns : the epic story of America's great migration
by Isabel Wilkerson


This book follows the lives of 3 individuals as they escape a life of slavery in the South and head North and West for a life of freedom. The journey covers the period from the end of World War I through the 1970s. I enjoyed this book because you experience the slow transformation of our country through the lives of 3 individuals from the South to their death. I also enjoyed the many historical references made about the Jim Crow laws and the civil rights movement.

Christine Cundiff, Library Assistant

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Authority (Southern Reach Trilogy #2)
by Jeff VanderMeer


Authority answers a few questions raised in Annihilation--to a horrifying degree. Disgraced government agent John "Control" Rodriguez is assigned to the Southern Reach, the government operation responsible for (failed) expeditions into the alien landscape known only as Area X. Control's job is to interrogate the lone survivor of the last expedition, who has returned... changed. The answers the increasingly paranoid Control finds are not the answers anybody wants--least of all Control, as he realizes Area X has infiltrated the American landscape. A horrifying homage to Jack Finney's Invasion of the Body Snatchers to be continued in Acceptance, due out September 2014.

Ronya McCool, Library Assistant

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Wool Omnibus Edition (Silo Saga)
by Hugh Howey


Utterly engrossing from page one, the reader is plunged into a future post-apocalyptic world where human survivors live protected from a toxic environment in an underground silo. Their only view of outside is provided by streaming video on large screens. The people have been there for so many generations they don't remember why they cannot go outside, but it is taboo to ask or to even hope. This a story of political intrigue, loyalty, friendship, love, romance, and survival-- all mixed in twists and turns navigated by the complicated ethics of truth and hope.

Susan Fowler, Library Assistant


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WEB SITES ABOUT BOOKS AND READING

Between the Covers
A great site to find more lists of books.


BookPage is a monthly book review publication distributed to bookstores and public libraries. The Richmond Heights Memorial acquires BookPage in its print version, as well. BookPage serves as a broad-based selection guide to the best new books published every month.


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Books on NPR
Read about books and authors you've heard discussed on National Public Radio.

 

Poetry Magazine
Devoted to poetry-- online poems, bestseller lists, and reviews.

LiteraryHistory.com is a selective collection of open access literary criticism for British and American poets and authors. Individual web pages on writers of the twentieth century and the nineteenth century, with links to hundreds of high quality, free articles.


What Should I Read Next?
Type in an author and or title and get recommendations from a database created by readers like yourself. You can add to the database your own recommendations.
 

Oprah's Bookclubub
See Oprah's Past Bookclub selections, Kid's Reading List, What's Hot, Author Interview Videos, and Book Discussion Questions

 

Fresh Press
Want to know what books are being discussed or promoted on radio and TV shows today? Fresh Press compiles a list of books and authors appearing daily in the national media.

 
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"BEST BOOKS"

    Encyclopaedia Britannica's Great Books of the Western World
Scholars and editors of the Encyclopaedia Britannica believe this collection represents the essential core of the Western literary canon.

Booklist's Best Adult Genre Fiction of the Year
Booklist, a publication of the ALA, asks librarians to select an annual list of outstanding books in eight adult genre fiction.

 

Booklist: Notable 100 Books
Adult Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry

Time Magazine's Top 100 Novels
Time critics pick the best novels in English from 1923 to the present
OCLC's Top 1000
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.
The Big Read
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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