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The Last Mughal

Duff Cooper Prize 2006

by William Dalrymple

In this evocative study of the fall of the Mughal Empire and the beginning of the Raj, award-winning historian William Dalrymple uses previously undiscovered sources to investigate a pivotal moment in history....


The Prester Quest

Dolman Best Travel Book 2006

by Nicholas Jubber

In 1177, Pope Alexander III wrote a letter to the legendary Priest-King of the Indies, Prester John. As his emissary he chose his physician Master Philip. No one knew where the elusive monarch's kingdom lay...


The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume I: The Pox Party

National Book Award for Young People's Literature 2006

by M.T. Anderson

Winner of the National Book Award! Young Octavian is being raised by a group of rational philosophers known only by numbers -- but it is only after he opens a forbidden door that he learns the hideous nature...


Wildwood Dancing

Wildwood #1

Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy novel 2006

by Juliet Marillier

High in the Transylvanian woods, at the castle Piscul Draculi, live five daughters and their doting father. It's an idyllic life for Jena, the second eldest, who spends her time exploring the mysterious forest...


The Law of Dreams: A  Novel

Governor General's Award for Fiction 2006

by Peter Behrens

The Law of Dreams tells the story of a young man's epic passage from innocence to experience during The Great Famine in Ireland of 1847.

     On his odyssey through Ireland and Britain, and across the Atlantic...


The Judgment of Paris

Governor General's Award for Non-Fiction 2006

by Ross King

The Judgment of Paris chronicles the dramatic decade in Paris between two famous exhibitions-the scandalous Salon des Refuses in 1863 and the first Impressionist showing in 1874-set against the rise and dramatic...


Raven Black

Shetland #1

Gold Dagger Award 2006

by Ann Cleeves

Winner of Britain’s coveted Duncan Lawrie Dagger Award, Ann Cleeves introduces a dazzling new suspense series to U.S. mystery readers.

Raven Black begins on New Year’s Eve with a lonely outcast named Magnus...


The Other Shulman: A Novel

Thurber Prize for American Humor 2006

by Alan Zweibel

Shulman, a chubby, middle-aged stationery-store owner from New Jersey, has always claimed that he’s been gaining and losing the same thirty-five pounds since junior high–and that if you added all of that...


Still Life

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #1

Barry Best First Novel 2007, Anthony Best First Novel 2007, Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel 2006

by Louise Penny

Winner of the New Blood Dagger, Arthur Ellis, Barry, Anthony, and Dilys awards.

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surêté du Québec and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious...


The Grave Tattoo

Portico Prize for Fiction 2006

by Val McDermid

In a novel reminiscent of The Rule of FourThe Dante Club and The Historian, suspense master McDermid spins a psychological thriller in which a present-day murder has its roots in the eighteenth century...


Moses, Citizen And Me

Orwell Book Prize 2006

by Delia Jarrett-Macauley

When Julia flies in to war-scarred Sierra Leone from London, she is apprehensive about seeing her Uncle Moses for the first time in twenty years. But nothing could have prepared her for her encounter with her...


Murder in Amsterdam: Liberal Europe, Islam, and the Limits of Tolerence

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Current Interest 2006

by Ian Buruma

A revelatory look at what happens when political Islam collides with the secular West

Ian Buruma 's Murder in Amsterdam is a masterpiece of investigative journalism, a book with the intimacy and narrative control...


Tyrell

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Young Adult Literature 2006

by Coe Booth

An astonishing new voice in teen literature, writing what is sure to be one of the most talked-about debuts of the year. Tyrell is a young African-American teen who can't get a break. He's living (for now) with...


In Search of Memory: The Emergence of a New Science of Mind

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Science and Technology 2006

by Eric R. Kandel

“A stunning book.”—Oliver Sacks Memory binds our mental life together. We are who we are in large part because of what we learn and remember. But how does the brain create memories? Nobel Prize winner...


White Ghost Girls

Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction 2006

by Alice Greenway

Summer 1967. The turmoil of the Maoist revolution is spilling over into Hong Kong and causing unrest as war rages in neighboring Vietnam. White Ghost Girls is the story of Frankie and Kate, two American sisters...


Walt Disney

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography 2006

by Neal Gabler

The definitive portrait of one of the most important cultural figures in American history.

Walt Disney was a true visionary whose desire for escape, iron determination and obsessive perfectionism transformed...


Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire's Slaves

Lionel Gelber Prize 2006

by Adam Hochschild

From the author of the widely acclaimed King Leopold's Ghost comes the taut, gripping account of one of the most brilliantly organized social justice campaigns in history -- the fight to free the slaves of the...


The Stories of Mary Gordon

Story Prize 2006

by Mary Gordon

The stories of Mary Gordon return us to the pleasure of this writer's craft and to her monumental talent as an observer of character and of the ever-fading American Dream. These pieces encompass the pre- and...


The Virgin of Small Plains: A Novel

Macavity Best Mystery Novel 2007, Agatha Award for Best Novel 2006

by Nancy Pickard

Small Plains, Kansas, January 23, 1987: In the midst of a deadly blizzard, eighteen-year-old Rex Shellenberger scours his father’s pasture, looking for helpless newborn calves. Then he makes a shocking discovery:...


The Heat of the Moon

Agatha Award for Best First Novel 2006

by Sandra Parshall

Young veterinarian Rachel Goddard's world begins to crumble when a client rushes into the animal hospital with a basset hound struck by a car during a thunderstorm. The dog owner's terrified tot, drenched with...