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The Rest Is Noise

Guardian First Book Award 2008

by Alex Ross

The scandal over modern music has not died down. While paintings by Pablo Picasso and Jackson Pollock sell for a hundred million dollars or more, shocking musical works from Stravinsky's Rite of Spring onward...


I Love You, Beth Cooper

Thurber Prize for American Humor 2008

by Larry Doyle

Denis Cooverman wanted to say something really important in his high school graduation speech. So, in front of his 512 classmates and their 3,000 relatives, he announced: "I love you, Beth Cooper."

It would have...


Gifted: A Novel

Desmond Elliott Prize 2008

by Nikita Lalwani

Rumi Vasi is 10 years, 2 months, 13 days, 2 hours, 42 minutes, and 6 seconds old. She’s figured that the likelihood of her walking home from school with the boy she likes, John Kemble, is 0.2142, a probability...


Garcia's Heart

Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel 2008

by Liam Durcan

In Liam Durcan's searing debut novel Garcia's Heart, neurologist Patrick Lazerenko travels to The Hague to witness the war crimes trial of his mentor, Hernan García, a Honduran doctor accused of involvement...


Palestinian Walks: Notes on a Vanishing Landscape

Orwell Book Prize 2008

by Raja Shehadeh

Over two decades of turmoil and change in the Middle East, steered via the history-soaked landscape of Palestine. This new edition includes a previously unpublished epigraph in the form of a walk. When Raja...


Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Current Interest 2008

by Barton Gellman

The landmark exposé of the most powerful and secretive vice president in American history

Barton Gellman shared the Pulitzer Prize in 2008 for a keen-edged reckoning with Dick Cheney?s domestic agenda in The...


Finding Nouf: A Novel

Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction 2008

by Zoë Ferraris

Zoë Ferraris’s electrifying debut of taut psychological suspense offers an unprecedented window into Saudi Arabia and the lives of men and women there. When sixteen-year-old Nouf goes missing, along with...


The Black Hole War: My Battle with Stephen Hawking to Make the World Safe for Quantum Mechanics

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Science and Technology 2008

by Leonard Susskind

What happens when something is sucked into a black hole? Does it disappear? Three decades ago, a young physicist named Stephen Hawking claimed it did-and in doing so put at risk everything we know about physics...


The Discovery of France: A Historical Geography from the Revolution to the First World War

Ondaatje Prize 2008

by Graham Robb

"A witty, engaging narrative style....[Robb's] approach is particularly engrossing."-New York Times Book Review, front-page review.A narrative of exploration-full of strange landscapes and even stranger inhabitants-that...


Our Story Begins

Story Prize 2008

by Tobias Wolff

This collection of stories—twenty-one classics followed by ten potent new stories—displays Tobias Wolff's exquisite gifts over a quarter century.

From the Trade Paperback edition.


The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family

National Book Award for Non-Fiction 2008

by Annette Gordon-Reed

Winner of the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize: “[A] commanding and important book.”—Jill Lepore, The New Yorker This epic work—named a best book of the year by the Washington Post, Time, the...


The Crossroads: A Haunted Mystery

Agatha Award for Best Children's/Young Adult Mystery 2008

by Chris Grabenstein

From the New York Times bestselling author of Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library comes a series of spine-tingling mysteries to keep you up long after the lights go out.

ZACK, HIS DAD, and new stepmother have...


The Cruelest Month

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #3

Agatha Award for Best Novel 2008

by Louise Penny

“Many mystery buffs have credited Louise Penny with the revival of the type of traditional murder mystery made famous by Agatha Christie. . . . The book’s title is a metaphor not only for the month of April...


The Ragged End of Nowhere

Tony Hillerman Prize 2008

by Roy Chaney

Bodo Hagen thought his family had left Las Vegas for good. He had joined the CIA and moved to Berlin, while his younger brother had followed in their father’s footsteps and joined the French Foreign Legion....


Home

Women's Prize for Fiction 2009, Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction 2008

by Marilynne Robinson

Hundreds of thousands were enthralled by the luminous voice of John Ames in Gilead, Marilynne Robinson’s Pulitzer Prize–winning novel. Home is an entirely independent, deeply affecting novel that takes...


Envy the Night

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller 2008

by Michael Koryta

In this first stand-alone novel from the critically acclaimed Edgar Award-finalist, Michael Koryta fulfills his early promise with a dark and mature novel of a young man trying to escape his past.

It has been...


Rat Life

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best Young Adult Novel 2008

by Tedd Arnold

The dead body found in the river has nothing to do with Todd. Sure, a murder is big news, but what would really interest him? A paying job. Then he meets Rat, who?s already been to Vietnam. And when he offers...


The Good Thief

Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize 2008

by Hannah Tinti

Richly imagined, gothically spooky, and replete with the ingenious storytelling ability of a born novelist, The Good Thief introduces one of the most appealing young heroes in contemporary fiction and ratifies...


Novel About My Wife

Believer Book Award 2008

by Emily Perkins

A terrified young husband narrates this taut Gothic thriller about his gorgeous wife's descent into madness-a stunning, suspenseful novel from a rising literary star


The Secret Life of Words

John Llewellyn Rhys Prize 2008

by Henry Hitchings

Words are essential to our everyday lives. An average person spends his or her day enveloped in conversations, e-mails, phone calls, text messages, directions, headlines, and more. But how often do we stop to...