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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: June 13 2015

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Review Choice Awards
These awards honor the best romance books of the year. The winners are selected by over 20 reviewers from Romantic Times magazine, representing the readers' voice in the romance industry.
 
AWARD: Best Mainstream

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How to tell Toledo from the night sky
by Lydia Netzer

Like a jewel shimmering in a Midwest skyline, the Toledo Institute of Astronomy is the nation's premier center of astronomical discovery and a beacon of scientific learning for astronomers far and wide. Here, dreamy cosmologist George Dermont mines the stars to prove the existence of God. Here, Irene Sparks, an unsentimental scientist, creates black holes in captivity. George and Irene are on a collision course with love, destiny and fate. They have everything in common: both are ambitious, both passionate about science, both lonely and yearning for connection. The air seems to hum when they're together. But George and Irene's attraction was not written in the stars. In fact their mothers, friends since childhood, raised them separately to become each other's soulmates. When that long-secret plan triggers unintended consequences, the two astronomers must discover the truth about their destinies, and unravel the mystery of what Toledo holds for them--together or, perhaps, apart.

Call Number:  F Netzer

Format: Book


AWARD: Best Multicultural


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The choir director 2 - Runaway bride
by Carl Weber

It's been three years since Aaron Mackie succeeded in helping his friend and mentor, Bishop T.K. Wilson, dig his ministry out of financial ruin. Aaron is also responsible for re-energizing the almost defunct choir into something special. His success has drawn national attention, and he's on the verge of signing a huge recording contract. With his life in order, Aaron decides the time is right to propose to Tia Gregory, the church secretary who caught his eye and inspired him to shed his Tiger Woods-like tendencies to become a one-woman man. The stage is set for what might be the wedding of the year, but quickly becomes the disaster of the year when Aaron is left at the altar without explanation. Now, during his own hour of need, Aaron turns to the bishop for help. Unfortunately, the line he asks T. K. to cross will force the bishop to choose between faith and friendship, or as he puts it, "between heaven and hell." As the investigation into Tia's disappearance continues, the two men are challenged in ways they never imagined.

Call Number: F Weber

Format: Book


AWARD: Best Paranormal/Urban Fantasy

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Born of fury
by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Hauk is one of the fiercest Andarion warriors ever born. Sumi is the best assassin the League has ever trained. When she is assigned Hauk as her target, Sumi is sure of her quick and easy success. However, things are never that easy and Hauk is far more skilled than the League thought. But she has her own enemies hunting her down, and suddenly Sumi's only chance for survival is to place her trust in the man she was sent to kill ; but is he just playing a game that could send Sumi to her grave?

Call number: F Kenyon

Format: Book, Audiobook on CD


AWARD: Best Mystery and Suspense

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After I'm gone
by Laura Lippman
 
When Felix Brewer meets Bernadette "Bambi" Gottschalk at a Valentine's Dance in 1959, he charms her with wild promises, some of which he actually keeps. Thanks to his lucrative--if not all legal--businesses, she and their three little girls live in luxury. But on the Fourth of July, 1976, Bambi's comfortable world implodes when Felix, newly convicted and facing prison, mysteriously vanishes. Though Bambi has no idea where her husband--or his money--might be, she suspects one woman does: his devoted young mistress, Julie. When Julie disappears ten years to the day after Felix went on the lam, everyone assumes she's left to join her old lover--until her remains are discovered in a secluded park.

Call Number: M Lippman

Format: Book, Large Print, Audiobook on CD, Downloadable ebook, Downloadable audiobook


AWARD:  Best Historical

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Written in my own heart's blood
by Diana Gabaldon

1778: France declares war on Great Britain, the British army leaves Philadelphia, and George Washington's troops leave Valley Forge in pursuit. At this moment, Jamie Fraser returns from a presumed watery grave to discover that his best friend has married his wife, his illegitimate son has discovered (to his horror) who his father really is, and his beloved nephew, Ian, wants to marry a Quaker. Meanwhile, Jamie's wife, Claire, and his sister, Jenny, are busy picking up the pieces. The Frasers can only be thankful that their daughter Brianna and her family are safe in twentieth-century Scotland, or not. In fact, Brianna is searching for her own son, who was kidnapped by a man determined to learn her family's secrets. Her husband, Roger, has ventured into the past in search of the missing boy, never suspecting that the object of his quest has not left the present. Now, with Roger out of the way, the kidnapper can focus on his true target: Brianna herself.

Call Number: F Gabaldon

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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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