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The Boat

Dylan Thomas Prize 2008

by Nam Le

The seven stories in Nam Le's masterful collection The Boat take us across the globe, from the slums of Colombia to Iowa City; from the streets of Tehran to a foundering vessel in the South China Sea. They guide...


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. Now he...


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...


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...


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 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 and coauthor of I Funny and Treasure Hunters, comes a series of spine-tingling mysteries to keep you up long after the...


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 place...