Orange Prize for Fiction Shortlist

The Orange Prize for Fiction, the UK’s only annual book award for fiction written by a woman, announced the 2011 shortlist. The Prize celebrates excellence, originality, and accessibility in women’s writing from throughout the world.

The Orange Prize for Fiction, the UK’s only annual book award for fiction written by a woman, announced the 2011 shortlist.  The Prize celebrates excellence, originality, and accessibility in women’s writing from throughout the world.

Room by Emma Donoghue
The Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna
Grace Williams Says it Loud by Emma Henderson
Great House by Nicole Krauss
The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht
Annabel by Kathleen Winter

The National Book Critics Circle Awards

The 2010 National Book Critics Circle award winners are:

The 2010 National Book Critics Circle award winners are:


A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan


How to Live, or, A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer by Sarah Bakewell


One with Others: A Little Book of Her Days by C.D. Wright

General Nonfiction

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson


Half a Life by Darin Strauss

2011 Edgar Allan Poe Awards

The Mystery Writers of America have announced the nominees for the 2011 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television published or produced in 2010.
Among the nominees:


Caught by Harlan Coben
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin
Faithful Place by Tana French
The Queen of Patpong by Timothy Hallinan
The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton
I’d Know You Anywhere by Laura Lippman


Rogue Island by Bruce DeSilva
The Poacher’s Son by Paul Doiron
The Serialist: A Novel by David Gordon
Galveston by Nic Pizzolatto
Snow Angels by James Thompson


Long Time Coming by Robert Goddard
The News Where You Are by Catherine O. Flynn
Expiration Date by Duane Swierczynski
Vienna Secrets by Frank Tallis
Ten Little Herrings by L.C. Tyler


Scoreboard, Baby: A Story of College Football, Crime and Complicity by Ken Armstrong and Nick Perry
The Eyes of Willie McGee: A Tragedy of Race, Sex, and Secrets in Jim Crow South by Alex Heard
Finding Chandra: A True Washington Murder Mystery by Scott Higham and Sari Horwitz
Hellhound on his Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the International Hunt for his Assassin by Hampton Sides
The Killer of Little Shepherds: A True Crime Story and the Birth of Forensic Science by Douglas Starr

Books for a Better Life

The Books for a Better Life Awards recognize self-improvement authors who are inspiring people to live their best lives. The 2010 Finalists include:


Baby, We Were Meant for Each Other: In Praise of Adoption by Scott Simon

Brave Girl Eating: A Family’s Struggle with Anorexia by Harriet Brown

First Book

The Boy Who Loved Tornadoes: A Mother’s Story by Randi Davenport

The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee


Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet by Bill McKibben

Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food by Paul Greenberg

Inspirational Memoir

Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard by Liz Murray

Devotion: A Memoir by Dani Shapiro

Imperfect Endings: A Daughter’s Tale of Life and Death by Zoe Fitzgerald Carter


God Never Blinks: 50 Lessons for Life’s Little Detours by Regina Brett

Life Unlocked: 7 Revolutionary Lessons to Overcome Fear by Srinivasan S. Pillay, MD

Lift by Kelly Corrigan

Personal Finance

The New Good Life: Living Better than Ever in an Age of Less by John Robbins


In Pursuit of Silence: Listening for Meaning in a World of Noise by George Prochnik

Lonely: A Memoir by Emily White

The Male Brain by Louann Brizendine, MD

Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things by Randy O. Frost, PhD and Gail Steketee, PhD


In the Neighborhood: The Search for Community on an American Street, One Sleepover at a Time by Peter Lovenheim

Let’s Take the Long Way Home: A Memoir of Friendship by Gail Caldwell

Mom Still Likes You Best: The Unfinished Business Between Siblings by Jane Isay

Somewhere Inside: One Sister’s Captivity in North Korea and the Other’s Fight to Bring Her Home by Laura Ling and Lisa Ling


The Ten Things to Do When Your Life Falls Apart by Daphne Rose Kingma

Women Food and God by Geneen Roth


Ah-choo!: The Uncommon Life of Your Common Cold by Jennifer Ackerman

Back to Life After a Heart Crisis by Marc Wallack, MD and Jamie Colby

Change Your Brain, Change Your Body by Daniel G. Amen, MD

October Book Awards

Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2010
The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson

The Nobel Prize for Literature 2010

Mario Vargas Llosa

The Bad Girl by Mario Vargas Llosa

Death in the Andes by Mario Vargas Llosa

The Language of Passion by Mario Vargas Llosa

The Notebooks of Don Rigoberto by Mario Vargas Llosa

The Way to Paradise by Mario Vargas Llosa

National Book Award Finalists 2010

Parrot and Olivier in America: A Novel by Peter Carey

Great House by Nicole Krauss

So Much for That by Lionel Shriver

Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick

Cultures of War: Pearl Harbor–Hiroshima–9-11–Iraq by John W. Dower

Just Kids by Patti Smith

Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year

The longlist of finalists for the Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award covers modern business issues, including management, finance, and economics. Selected titles include:

How Markets Fail: The Logic of Economic Calamities by John Cassidy

Union Atlantic: A Novel by Adam Haslett

The Art of Choosing by Sheena Iyengar

The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis

More Money than God: Hedge Funds and the Making of a New Elite by Sebastian Mallaby

The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves by Matt Ridley

Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington fought to Save the Financial System From Crisis–and Themselves by Andrew Ross Sorkin

Man Booker Prize 2010 Longlist Announced

The 13 books on the longlist for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2010 have been announced.

Titles that the library owns include:

Parrot and Olivier in America by Peter Carey

The Long Song by Andrea Levy

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell

February by Lisa Moore

Skippy Dies by Paul Murray

The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas

The winner will be announced on October 12th.