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National Book Award Shortlist 2015

Last week the finalists for this year's National Book Awards were announced and there is no better place to find all of them in your format of choice than the library! 

Fiction:

refundRefund: Stories by Karen E. Bender

In Refund, Bender creates an award-winning collection of stories that deeply explore the ways in which money and the estimation of value affect the lives of her characters. (Review from Amazon.com)

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turner houseThe Turner House by Angela Flournoy

The Turner Housebrings us a colorful, complicated brood full of love and pride, sacrifice and unlikely inheritances. It’s a striking examination of the price we pay for our dreams and futures, and the ways in which our families bring us home. (Review from Amazon.com)

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fates and furiesFates and Furies by Lauren Groff

A dazzling examination of a marriage, it is also a portrait of creative partnership written by one of the best writers of her generation. (Review from Amazon.com)

Read our review of Fates and Furies!

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fortune smilesFortune Smiles: Stories by Adam Johnson

In six masterly stories, Johnson delves deep into love and loss, natural disasters, the influence of technology, and how the political shapes the personal. (Review from Amazon.com) 

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little lifeA little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

In rich and resplendent prose, Yanagihara has fashioned a tragic and transcendent hymn to brotherly love, a masterful depiction of heartbreak, and a dark examination of the tyranny of memory and the limits of human endurance. (Review from Amazon.com)

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NON-FICTION:

between the worldBetween the world and me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis. (Review from Amazon.com)

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holdstillHold still: A memoir with photographs by Sally Mann

Mann's preoccupation with family, race, mortality, and the storied landscape of the American South are revealed as almost genetically predetermined, written into her DNA by the family history that precedes her. (Review from Amazon.com)

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oceansIf the oceans were ink by Carla Power

An eye-opening story of how she and her longtime friend Sheikh Mohammad Akram Nadwi found a way to confront ugly stereotypes and persistent misperceptions that were cleaving their communities. (Review from Amazon.com)

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ordinary lightOrdinary light: a memoir by Tracy Smith

A quietly potent memoir that explores coming-of-age and the meaning of home against a complex backdrop of race, faith, and the unbreakable bond between a mother and daughter. (Review from Amazon.com)

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