National Book Award Winning Authors

Spooner Pete Dexter

SPOONER is the book Pete Dexter was born to write as he tells the story of a troubled childhood, troubled adolescence, and violent and troubled adulthood.

 

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LaRose Louise Erdich

LAROSE is a heart-wrenching story of two close families faced with a tragedy and an unthinkable sacrifice. Critics have called the book powerful, inspiring, affecting, dazzling and much more. It won the 2016 National Book Critics Award.

 

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Future Home of the Living God Louise Erdrich

FUTURE HOME OF THE LIVING GOD takes place in a dystopian version of the near future, where the process of evolution has irrevocably begun to work backwards across all species, with piling reports of women giving birth to primitive species of humans. An adopted woman who is four months pregnant seeks out her birth...

Purity Jonathan Franzen

PURITY is a grand story of youthful idealism, extreme fidelity and murder. The book follows a quixotic young woman from California to South America to Germany to unlock the secrets of who she really is.  This title has been selected as a Booksmith Timeless Classic, meaning it is among the best of the best for...

Varina Charles Frazier

VARINA brings Charles Frazier's readers back to the devastation of Cold Mountain, but with a meticulously researched and beautifully written inside look at the wife of Jefferson Davis, and how she was forced to cope with a life she never imaged after meeting the wealthy planter as a teenager.

 

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Acts of God Ellen Gilchrist

ACTS OF GOD is Ellen Gilchrist's finest collection of salty stories of tragedy and good. These characters run the gamut from fighters to believers to survivors.    

 

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And the Dark Sacred Night Julia Glass

AND THE DARK SACRED NIGHT is an exquisitely memorable tale of the search for an unknown father. There are unexpected twists and turns throughout the story to keep the reader mesmerized.

 

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A House Among the Trees Julia Glass

A HOUSE AMONG THE TREES is an expertly written tale of a famous author of children's books who leaves his fortune to his long-time assistant, and her attempts to honor his final requests for the many people whose lives he touched with his work and his vibrant personality.

 

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Most Blessed of the Patriarchs: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination Annette Gordon-Reed and Peter Onuf

MOST BLESSED OF THE PATRIARCHS: THOMAS JEFFERSON AND THE EMPIRE OF THE IMAGINATION is a character study by a winner of the Pulitzer Prize and her co author who is America's leading Jefferson scholar. The book follows Jefferson from birth to death and not only gives a true picture of the man, but dispels many of the...

The Good Lord Bird James McBride

THE GOOD LORD BIRD is a clever satire of John Brown traveling with a young boy dressed as a young girl. It is a  rousing adventure of one of the most colorful characters in American history. It won the National Book Award.

 

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