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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 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: December 2, 2014

Funny Books from Funny Women!


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Bossypants
by Tina Fey

The breakout star of "Saturday Night Live" and "30 Rock" gives a humorous account of her life, as well as behind-the-scenes stories from her hit shows.

Call Number: Biography Fey

Format: Book, audiobook CD, downloadable audiobook, large print



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Happy Accidents
by Jane Lynch

Part humor, part inspiration, the star of "Glee" describes her improbable path to success and shares how she was finally able to embrace her sexuality and find the contentment she thought she would never have.

Call Number: Biography Lynch

Format: Book, audiobook CD



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Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?
by Mindy Kaling

The writer and actress best known as Kelly Kapoor on "The Office"; shares observations on topics ranging from favorite male archetypes and her hatred of dieting to her relationship with her mother and the haphazard creative process in the "Office" writers' room.

Call number: 817.602 Kaling,

Format: Book, audiobook CD, downloadable e-book, downloadable audiobook



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Official Book Club Selection
by Kathy Griffin

The feisty comic recounts the highs and lows of her career while celebrating the friends and mentors who helped her along the way, and offers details on her childhood in Illinois, her plastic surgery disasters, and her failed marriage.

Call Number: Biography Griffin

Format: Book, audiobook CD



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Uganda Be Kidding Me
by Chelsea Handler

Presents a collection of humorous essays about the talk show host's life and loves and the state of the world.

Call Number: 817.6 Handler

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Staff Reviews 

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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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added: 11/24/2014

Yes Please
Amy Poehler

Poehler has written Yes Please in such a way that she elicits you in her effort to write it. She is unapologetically grateful for her good fortune and not at all smarmy about the obvious fact that part of it has come from hard work, perservence, and comfort with the potential of failure. Unless you have a color tablet, this is a book you must read in print. It is chock full of high resolution photos of handwritten letters, snapshots, and other goodies. This is the freshest approach to a memoir I have seen. Oh and...Poehler is freaking hilarious.

-Susan Fowler, Library Assistant

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added: 11/10/2014

An Untamed State
Roxane Gay

This deeply affecting story of a woman's experience being kidnapped and held for ransom for 13 days in Haiti is not for the faint of heart. Mireille Duval Jameson's Hatian parents primarily raised her in the U.S. but have since returned to Port Au Prince, where they live on a grand estate, surrounded by high walls and armed guards. Mireille is kidnapped while visiting her parents with her American husband and infant son. Mireille's father takes a firm stand and refuses to pay the ransom to bring his daughter home, leaving Mireille to endure nearly two weeks of abuse from which no person can ever truly recover.

-Tori Lyons, Adult Services Librarian

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added: 10/28/2014

Not That Kind of Girl: a young woman tells you what she's learned
Lena Dunham

Lena Dunham is a genuinely talented and skillfull writer. Not That Kind of Girl is a memoir of her 20s -  with ocassional flashbacks to her childhood - and is a treat to read. She is funny, vulnerable, accessible and flat out interesting.

-Susan Fowler, Library Assistant

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added: 10/28/2014

MaddAddam Trilogy
Margaret Atwood

Atwood breaks several traditions in this post-apocalyptic trilogy: We find out exactly what and who destroyed life as we know it. Flashbacks detail the before-apoc world thoroughly and life is not terrible in the post-apoc. This is not an edge-of your-seat thriller, but the characters are well developed and will envelop the reader. I was surprised how effected I was, especially at the end. If you like well-developed characters, a little romance (but not overdone), a little science (but not too technical), you will not regret giving MaddAddam your time and attention.

-Susan Fowler, Library Assistant

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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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added: 9/26/2014

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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Time Magazine's Top 100 Books
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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