The 2017 National Book Award Winners were awarded a few weeks ago, and we've got the list of winners below.
The National Book Awards are awarded each year to celebrate the "the best of American literature, to expand its audience, and to enhance the cultural value of great writing in America." Publishers, editors, writers and critics choose from the best writing of the year to make the selection.
Winner: Adult Fiction
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
Living with his grandparents and toddler sister on a Gulf Coast farm, Jojo navigates the challenges of his tormented mother's addictions and his grandmother's terminal cancer before the release of his father from prison prompts a road trip of danger and hope.
Winner: Adult Nonfiction
The Future is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia by Masha Gessen
Hailed for her "fearless indictment of the most powerful man in Russia" (The Wall Street Journal), award-winning journalist Masha Gessen is unparalleled in her understanding of the events and forces that have wracked her native country in recent times. In 'The Future Is History,' she follows the lives of four people born at what promised to be the dawn of democracy. Each of them came of age with unprecedented expectations, some as the children and grandchildren of the very architects of the new Russia, each with newfound aspirations of their own as entrepreneurs, activists, thinkers, and writers, sexual and social beings. Gessen charts their paths against the machinations of the regime that would crush them all, and against the war it waged on understanding itself, which ensured the unobstructed reemergence of the old Soviet order in the form of today's terrifying and seemingly unstoppable mafia state.
Winner: Young Adult Literature
Far from the Tree by Robin Benway
Feeling incomplete as an adopted child after placing her own baby up for adoption, teen Grace tracks down her biological siblings and finds herself struggling with the dynamics of being a middle child between an embittered older brother and an outspoken younger sister.
The Star Wars saga is continuing in movie theaters later this month as “The Last Jedi” premieres on Friday, Dec. 15 (or late on Thursday, Dec. 14, if you were lucky enough to get tickets.)
But your local library has many books and DVDs to take you away to a galaxy far, far away today as you get ready.
Check out these and other Star Wars-themed books.
Rebel Rising by Beth Revis and Rebecca Soler – Jyn Erso made a huge splash on the Star Wars scene for her impact in last year’s “Rogue One.” This book takes a look back at Jyn’s early years after her father was taken and her mother murdered and all the forces that shaped her character.
Han Solo (graphic novel) by Marjorie M. Liu – One of Star Wars’ most famous characters goes on a series of top-secret undercover missions for the rebellion. This is one of numerous graphic novel options from the Star Wars series that are geared to teens or adults.
Darth Vader: Sith Lord by Jason Fry – Many of our offerings are for young readers, like this 2017 release that looks at the timeline and experiences of Darth Vader in a biography complete with illustrations, character profiles and more. Visit with your library's Children's Librarian for good ideas on age-appropriate books that can get your young Padawan interested in Star Wars from a young age!
Star Trek: New Frontier by Peter David – Believe it or not, there are a few folks out there who prefer Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek series to the Star Wars universe. Titles like this one are among dozens of Star Trek reads you can find at your library.
In all, the library has more than 700,000 titles for readers from any galaxy. Give them a read today!
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