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A Strange Eventful History

James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Biography 2008

by Michael Holroyd

PLEASE NOTE: THIS EBOOK DOES NOT CONTAIN PHOTOS INCLUDED IN THE PRINT EDITION. Deemed “a prodigy among biographers” by The New York Times Book Review, Michael Holroyd transformed biography into an art....


The Septembers of Shiraz

PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize 2008

by Dalia Sofer

In the aftermath of the Iranian revolution, rare-gem dealer Isaac Amin is arrested, wrongly accused of being a spy. Terrified by his disappearance, his family must reconcile a new world of cruelty and chaos...


Helpless

Trillium Book Award 2008

by Barbara Gowdy

From the internationally acclaimed author of The White Bone and The Romantic, a haunting and suspenseful novel of abduction and obsessive love Nine-year-old Rachel Fox has the face of an angel, a heart-stopping...


Human Resources

Trillium Book Award for Poetry 2008

by Rachel Zolf

Write for buyers. Write for bosses. Think hyper. Think branding. Tell your visitor where to go. Poetry and ‘plain language’ collide in the writing machine that is Human Resources. Here at the intersection...


The Shadow Year

World Fantasy Award for Best Novel 2009, Shirley Jackson Award 2008

by Jeffrey Ford

In New York's Long Island, in the unpredictable decade of the 1960s, a young boy laments the approaching close of summer and the advent of sixth grade. Growing up in a household with an overworked father whom...


Unaccustomed Earth: Stories

Frank O'Connor Short Story Award 2008

by Jhumpa Lahiri

These eight stories by beloved and bestselling author Jhumpa Lahiri take us from Cambridge and Seattle to India and Thailand, as they explore the secrets at the heart of family life. Here they enter the worlds...


Nigh-No-Place

T. S. Eliot Prize 2008

by Jen Hadfield

Winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize.

The language of Jen Hadfield’s poetry is one of incantation and secular praise. Her first book, Almanacs, was a traveller’s litany, featuring a road movie in poems set in the...


92 Acharnon Street: A Year in Athens

Dolman Best Travel Book 2008

by John Lucas & Pamela Browne

Greece has always had its admirers, though none seems to have cherished the Athenian tavernas, the murderous traffic and the jaded prostitutes, the petty bureaucratic tyrannies, the street noise and the heroic...


What I Saw And How I Lied

National Book Award for Young People's Literature 2008

by Judy Blundell

This National Book Award winner set during the aftermath of WWII is now available in paperback! When Evie's father returned home from World War II, the family fell back into its normal life pretty quickly. But...


The Origin of Species

Governor General's Award for Fiction 2008

by Nino Ricci

Winner of the 2008 Governor General’s Award for Fiction

Montreal during the turbulent mid-1980s: Chernobyl has set Geiger counters thrumming across the globe, HIV/AIDS is cutting a deadly swath through the...


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.