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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: Febuary 4, 2014

Read it before you see it!

Get ready for the upcoming movie adaptations of your favorite books...


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In the Heart of the Sea
by Nathaniel Philbrick

This is the true story of the whaleship Essex that was attacked by a sperm whale and left several crew members at sea for more than 90 days, resulting in desperate measures for survival. This was also the story that inspired Herman Melville's Moby Dick. It's a fascinating read and will no doubt be just as intriguing to see on screen.

Call Number:  910.916 Philbrick

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

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Serena
by Ron Rash

The book is a thrilling story that follows newlyweds George and Serena Pemberton on their journey to create a timber empire and ruthlessly kill all who fall out of favor. When Serena finds out she can't bear children, she seeks to murder the illegitimate child she believes George is trying to protect.

Call Number: F Rash

Format: Book, MP3 Audiobook

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Child 44
by Tom Rob Smith

Leo Demidov, a loyal and dedicated officer of Stalin's Soviet Union, is demoted and exiled when he begins to investigate a serial killing of children. Admitting that these crimes are being committed is a crime itself against the State. Demidov and his wife Raisa set out to find the killer, and uncover shocking revelations in the process.

Call number: F Smith

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Far from the Madding Crowd
by Thomas Hardy
 
 
A classic love story you probably read as part of your high school's curriculum, Far from the Madding Crowd is about an independent, beautiful woman who attracts three very different suitors: a shepherd, a sergeant, and a rich bachelor. The novel is about tough choices, the nature of relationships, and bouncing back from hardship.

Call Number: F Hardy

Format: Book, VCR tape (British version 2001)

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Frankenstein
by Mary Shelley

Frankenstein is of course the story of Victor Frankenstein and his creation of a monster built from several corpses. This movie is based on the contemporary adaptations of Mary Shelley's book and instead focuses on Igor, Victor Frankenstein's hunchbacked young assistant.

Call Number: SF Shelley

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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

 

 

 

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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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