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Don't You Forget About Me: Past Award Winners

  • Details about Red sparrow

    Red sparrow

    Jason Matthews

    Russian state intelligence officer Dominika Egorova struggles to survive in the bureaucracy of post-Soviet intelligence. Drafted against her will to become a trained seductress in the service, Dominika is assigned to operate against Nathaniel Nash, a CIA officer who handles the CIA's most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence. The two young intelligence officers collide in an atmosphere of tradecraft, deception, and a forbidden spiral of carnal attraction that threatens their care……more

  • Details about The last child

    The last child

    John Hart.

    John Hart's New York Times bestselling debut, The King of Lies, announced the arrival of a major talent. With Down River, he surpassed his earlier success, transcending the barrier between thriller and literature and winning the 2008 Edgar Award for best novel. Now, with The Last Child, he achieves his most significant work to date, an intricate, powerful story of loss, hope, and courage in the face of evil. Thirteen year-old Johnny Merrimon had the perfect life: a warm home and loving parents;……more

  • Details about Ghost Boy: The Miraculous Escape of a Misdiagnosed Boy Trapped Inside His Own Body (sound recording)

    Ghost Boy: The Miraculous Escape of a Misdiagnosed Boy Trapped Inside His Own Body (sound recording)

    Martin Pistorius; Simon Bubb (Read by)

    They all thought he was gone. But he was alive and trapped inside his own body for ten years. In January 1988, Martin Pistorius, aged twelve, fell inexplicably sick. First he lost his voice and stopped eating. Then he slept constantly and shunned human contact. Doctors were mystified. Within eighteen months he was mute and wheelchair-bound. Martin's parents were told an unknown degenerative disease left him with the mind of a baby and less than two years to live. Martin was moved to care cente……more

  • Details about The Graveyard Book

    The Graveyard Book

    by Neil Gaiman

    Bod is an unusual boy who inhabits an unusual place-he's the only living resident of a graveyard. Raised from infancy by the ghosts, werewolves, and other cemetery denizens, Bod has learned the antiquated customs of his guardians' time as well as their timely ghostly teachings-like the ability to Fade. Can a boy raised by ghosts face the wonders and terrors of the worlds of both the living and the dead? And then there are things like ghouls that aren't really one thing or the other. This chillin……more

  • Details about The Buddha in the attic

    The Buddha in the attic

    Julie Otsuka.

    Julie Otsuka’s long awaited follow-up to When the Emperor Was Divine is a tour de force of economy and precision, a novel that tells the story of a group of young women brought over from Japan to San Francisco as ‘picture brides’ nearly a century ago. In eight incantatory sections, The Buddha in the Attic traces their extraordinary lives, from their arduous journey by boat, where they exchange photographs of their husbands, imagining uncertain futures in an unknown land to thei……more

  • Details about How to Be Both

    How to Be Both

    Ali Smith

    MAN BOOKER PRIZE FINALIST WINNER OF THE BAILEYS WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION WINNER OF THE 2014 GOLDSMITHS PRIZE WINNER OF THE 2014 COSTA NOVEL AWARD WINNER OF THE SALTIRE LITERARY BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD A Best Book of the Year: NPR, Financial Times Passionate, compassionate, vitally inventive and scrupulously playful, Ali Smith's novels are like nothing else. Borrowing from painting's fresco technique to make an original literary double-take, How to be both is a novel all about art's versatili……more

  • Details about Fortune Smiles: Stories

    Fortune Smiles: Stories

    Adam Johnson

    NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER * A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK * NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his acclaimed novel about North Korea, The Orphan Master's Son, Adam Johnson is one of America's most provocative and powerful authors. Critics have compared him to Kurt Vonnegut, David Mitchell, and George Saunders, but Johnson's new book will only further his reputation as one of our most original writers. Subtly surreal, darkly comic, b……more

  • Details about Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

    Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

    Susanna Clarke ; illustrations by Portia Rosenberg.

    English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory. But at Hurtfew Abbey in Yorkshire, the rich, reclusive Mr Norrell has assembled a wonderful library of lost and forgotten books from England's magical past and regaine……more

  • Details about The left hand of darkness

    The left hand of darkness

    Ursula K. Le Guin.

    Winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards A groundbreaking work of science fiction, The Left Hand of Darkness tells the story of a lone human emissary to Winter, an alien world whose inhabitants can change their gender. His goal is to facilitate Winter's inclusion in a growing intergalactic civilization. But to do so he must bridge the gulf between his own views and those of the completely dissimilar culture that he encounters. Embracing the aspects of psychology, society, and human emotion on an ali……more

  • Details about Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption

    Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption

    Bryan Stevenson

    New York Times Bestseller | Named one of the Best Books of the Year by The New York Times * The Washington Post * The Boston Globe * The Seattle Times * Esquire * Time   Winner of the Carnegie Medal for Nonfiction | Winner of the NAACP Image Award for Nonfiction | Winner of a Books for a Better Life Award | Finalist for the Los Angeles Book Prize | Finalist for the Kirkus Reviews Prize | An American Library Association Notable Book A powerful true story about the potential for mercy ……more

  • Details about Blood, Bones and Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef

    Blood, Bones and Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef

    Gabrielle Hamilton

    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK nbsp; NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Miami Herald * Newsday * The Huffington Post * Financial Times * GQ * Slate * Men's Journal * Washington Examiner * Publishers Weekly * Kirkus Reviews * National Post * The Toronto Star * BookPage * Bookreporter "I wanted the lettuce and eggs at room temperature . . . the butter-and-sugar sandwiches we ate after school for snack . . . the marrow bones my mother made us eat as kids tha……more

  • Details about The Blind Assassin

    The Blind Assassin

    Margaret Atwood

    From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Handmaid's Tale WINNER OF THE BOOKER PRIZE In The Blind Assassin, Margaret Atwood weaves together strands of gothic suspense, romance, and science fiction into one utterly spellbinding narrative. The novel begins with the mysterious death--a possible suicide--of a young woman named Laura Chase in 1945. Decades later, Laura's sister Iris recounts her memories of their childhood, and of the dramatic deaths that have punctuated their wealthy, ……more

  • Details about The color purple : a novel

    The color purple : a novel

    by Alice Walker.

    Celie is a poor black woman whose letters tell the story of 20 years of her life, beginning at age 14 when she is being abused and raped by her father and attempting to protect her sister from the same fate, and continuing over the course of her marriage to "Mister," a brutal man who terrorizes her. Celie eventually learns that her abusive husband has been keeping her sister's letters from her and the rage she feels, combined with an example of love and independence provided by her close friend ……more