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Readers Advisor

I’m Mary K.–librarian, mom, blogger, reader. I believe there’s no such thing as too many books–if you do, too, you’re in the right place! Browse this page for great finds from across our collection. What will you read next?

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National Book Award Finalists Print Email

Logo emblem - Finalists for the 2012 National Book Awards were announced this morning (October 10th) and now it's just a little over a month's wait for the winners to be announced on November 14th.  Have you read any of these titles?  Any wagers about the winners?  I'm still thinking about the fiction category, but tag Behind the Beautiful Forevers for the nonfiction winner.  (Fiction finalists below - click "read more" to see other categories.)

This is How You Lose Her - Junot Diaz
A Hologram for the King - Dave Eggers
WINNER! The Round House - Louise Erdrich
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk - Ben Fountain
The Yellow Birds - Kevin Powers

Nonfiction
Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1945-1956 by Anne Applebaum
WINNER! Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo
The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume 4 by Robert A. Caro
The Boy Kings of Texas by Domingo Martinez
House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East by Anthony Shadid

Poetry
WINNER! Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations by David Ferry
Heavenly Bodies by Cynthia Huntington
Fast Animal by Tim Seibles
Night of the Republic by Alan Shapiro
Meme by Susan Wheeler

Young People's Literature
WINNER! Goblin Secrets by William Alexander
Out of Reach by Carrie Arcos
Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick
Endangered by Eliot Schrefer
Bomb: The Race to Build--and Steal--the World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin

(Titles not owned by the library can be requested using the Beyond the Catalog form.)