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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.

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World Made By Hand
by James Howard Kunstler

In the wake of global catastrophes that have destroyed industrial civilization, the inhabitants of Union Grove, a small New York town, do anything they can do ti get by, as they struggle to deal with a new way of life over the course of an eventful summer.


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Toward the End of Time
by John Updike

Ben Turnbull, a retired investment counselor living north of Boston in the year 2020, in a country decimated by a U.S.-China war, chronicles his life in his journals over the course of a year, finding his personal history merging in alternative identities through history and the future.


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The Bone Season
by Samatha Shannon

In the mid-twenty-first century, majorworld cities are controlled by a formidable security force.  Clairvoyant underworld cell member Paige commits acts of psychic treason before being captured by an otherworldly race.


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The Stand
by Stephen King

A monunmentally devastating plague leaves only al few survivors who, while experiencing greams of a battle between good and evil, move toward an actual confrontation as the migrate to Boulder, Colorade.


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The Children of Men
by P.D. James

The year is 2012. The country is under the absolute rule of the Warden.  Then by chance, Theo Faron meets a young woman who seeks to challenge the power of the Warden's game.

 


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Parable of the Sower
by Octavia E. Butler

Lauren lives in what used to be a suburban cul-de-sac but is now a walled-off community of neighbors working together to survive. The US Government, police, and firefighters exist but are more likely to charge for services never rendered than anything else. Food and water are scarse and expensive. Lauren is lucky to live where she does, but the walls are failing to protect them from the "outside", which is populated with the destitute and criminals. Butler's dystopia feels like a real possibility causing the reader to reflect on current events and living conditions for those less fortunate.

Susan Fowler, Library Assistant

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Year Zero
by Rob Reid

The discovery of the theme song to Welcome Back Kotter is such a pivotal moment for all non-earthlings, they start counting their years based on the day of discovery, marking it as year Zero. Forty years later they have stolen so much of our music that they have bankrupted themselves with unpaid copyright fees. Some want to solve the problem by destroying earth. Those who want to save earth contact a human entertainment lawyer to find a legal loophole. A race against a parrot and vacuum cleaner bent on destrying earth, extra-terrestrial reality TV and excessive alien bureaucracy ensues.

Susan Fowler, Library Assistant

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The Museum of Extraordinary Things
by Alice Hoffman

This story is set in Coney Island at the beginning of the 20th century. Coralie's father owns a boardwalk freak show, and Coralie has been training for her starring role as the mermaid since she was a young child. When Coralie unexpectedly crosses paths with a handsome phographer both lives are forever changed.

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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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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.
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