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Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography 1999

by Judith Thurman

A scandalously talented stage performer, a practiced seductress of both men and women, and the flamboyant author of some of the greatest works of twentieth-century literature, Colette was our first true superstar....


Sidewalk

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Current Interest 1999

by Mitchell Duneier, Hakim Hasan & Ovie Carter

An exceptional ethnography marked by clarity and candor, Sidewalk takes us into the socio-cultural environment of those who, though often seen as threatening or unseemly, work day after day on “the blocks”...


Amy and Isabelle: A Novel

Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction 1999

by Elizabeth Strout

National Bestseller

In her stunning first novel, Amy and Isabelle, Elizabeth Strout evokes a teenager's alienation from her distant mother—and a parent's rage at the discovery of her daughter's sexual secrets....


Frenchtown Summer

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Young Adult Literature 1999

by Robert Cormier & Dan Krovatin

Eugene is remembering the summer of 1938 in Frenchtown, a time when he began to wonder “what I was doing here on the planet Earth.” Here in vibrant, exquisite detail are his lovely mother, his aunts and...


Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith and Love

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Science and Technology 1999

by Dava Sobel

Inspired by a long fascination with Galileo, and by the remarkable surviving letters of Galileo's daughter, a cloistered nun, Dava Sobel has written a biography unlike any other of the man Albert Einstein called...


Eucalyptus

Commonwealth Best Book Prize 1999, Miles Franklin Award 1999

by Murray Bail

Winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book

 A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year

 

On a property in New South Wales, a widower named Holland lives with his daughter, Ellen. Over...


King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa

Lionel Gelber Prize 1999

by Adam Hochschild

In the 1880s, as the European powers were carving up Africa, King Leopold II of Belgium seized for himself the vast and mostly unexplored territory surrounding the Congo River. Carrying out a genocidal plundering...


Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II

Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction 2000, National Book Award for Non-Fiction 1999

by John W. Dower

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the 1999 National Book Award for Nonfiction, finalist for the Lionel Gelber Prize and the Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize, Embracing Defeat is John W. Dower's brilliant examination...


Mariner's Compass

Benni Harper Mysteries #6

Agatha Award for Best Novel 1999

by Earlene Fowler

To claim an inheritance that a mysterious stranger left her, Benni must delve into the secrets of her own past--and a place she once called home.


Murder With Peacocks

Meg Langslow #1

Barry Best First Novel 2000, Agatha Award for Best First Novel 1999

by Donna Andrews

Three Weddings...And a Murder

So far Meg Langslow's summer is not going swimmingly. Down in her small Virginia hometown, she's maid of honor at the nuptuals of three loved ones--each of whom has dumped the planning...


Vacuum Diagrams

Philip K. Dick Award 1999

by Stephen Baxter

"And everywhere the Humans went, they found life ..."This dazzling future history, winner of the 2000 Philip K. Dick Award, is the most ambitious and exciting since Asimov's classic Foundation saga. It tells...


Killer's Cousin

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best Young Adult Novel 1999

by Nancy Werlin

After being accused and acquitted in the death of his girlfriend, seventeen-year-old David is sent to live with his aunt, uncle, and young cousin to avoid the media frenzy. But all is not well at his relatives?...


Wither

Bram Stoker Award for First Novel 1999

by J G Passarella

The college town of Windale, Massachusetts is proud of its colonial heritage -- including the legend of a dark witches' coven dating back three hundred years. No one in Windale actually believes in witches,...


Mr. X

Bram Stoker Award for Novel 1999

by Peter Straub

For more than two decades Peter Straub has engrossed, entertained, and terrified us with his dazzling blend of cool artistry and mad, spine-tingling imagination. With Mr. X, the bestselling author of Ghost Story,...


A Cold Day in Paradise

Alex McKnight #1

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best First Novel 1999

by Steve Hamilton

A Cold Day in Paradise launched Steve Hamilton into the top ranks of today’s crime writers. Now, see for yourself why this extraordinary novel has galvanized the literary and mystery community as no other...


The Antelope Wife

World Fantasy Award for Best Novel 1999

by Louise Erdrich

The Antelope Wife extends the branches of the families who populate Louise Erdrich's earlier novels, and once again, her unsentimental, unsparing writing captures the Native American sense of despair, magic,...


Brown Girl in the Ring

Locus Award for Best First Novel 1999

by Nalo Hopkinson

The rich and privileged have fled the city, barricaded it behind roadblocks, and left it to crumble. The inner city has had to rediscover old ways-farming, barter, herb lore. But now the monied need a harvest...


Iron Lake: A Novel

Cork O'Connor #1

Barry Best First Novel 1999

by William Kent Krueger

William Kent Krueger joined the ranks of today's best suspense novelists with this thrilling, universally acclaimed debut. Conjuring "a sense of place he's plainly honed firsthand in below-zero prairie" (Kirkus...


Gone, Baby, Gone

Kenzie & Gennaro #4

Barry Best Novel 1999

by Dennis Lehane

The tough neighborhood of Dorchester is no place for the innocent or the weak. A territory defined by hard heads and even harder luck, its streets are littered with the detritus of broken families, hearts, dreams....


Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege: 1942-1943

Samuel Johnson Prize 1999

by Antony Beevor

Historians and reviewers worldwide have hailed Antony Beevor's magisterial Stalingrad as the definitive account of World War II's most harrowing battle. In August 1942, Hitler's huge Sixth Army reached the city...