Thursday, October 16, 2014

National Book Award Finalists

The National Book Award Shortlist was just announced and the library can give you access to everything on the list! Take a look at the publishers' descriptions and click on the titles to go to our catalog to place a hold.

An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine

Aaliya Sohbi lives alone in her Beirut apartment, surrounded by stockpiles of books. As she tries to overcome her aging body and spontaneous emotional upwellings, Aaliya is faced with an unthinkable disaster that threatens to shatter the little life she has left.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
A novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.

Redeployment by Phil Klay 
Redeployment takes readers to the frontlines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, asking us to understand what happened there, and what happened to the soldiers who returned. Interwoven with themes of brutality and faith, guilt and fear, helplessness and survival, the characters in these stories struggle to make meaning out of chaos.

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

One snowy night a famous Hollywood actor slumps over and dies onstage during a production of King Lear. Hours later, the world as we know it begins to dissolve. Moving back and forth in time from the actor's early days as a film star to fifteen years in the future, when a theater troupe  roams the wasteland of what remains, this novel charts the strange twists of fate that connect five people.

Lila by Marilynne Robinson 

Abandoning her homeless existence to become a minister's wife, Lila reflects on her hardscrabble life on the run with a canny young drifter and her efforts to reconcile her painful past with her husband's gentle Christian worldview. 

1 comment:

  1. I loved Station Eleven. Or as much as anyone can "love" a book about the end of civilization. Powerful!