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Japan: A Reinterpretation

Kiriyama Prize for Non-Fiction 1997

by Patrick Smith

The Japanese are in the process of re-creating themselves--an endeavor they have undertaken at intervals throughout history, always prompted by a combination of domestic and global forces. In this landmark book,...


Barney's Version

Giller Prize 1997

by Mordecai Richler

Charged with comic energy and a steely disregard for any pieties whatsoever, Barney's Version is a major Richler novel, the most personal and feeling book of a long and distinguished career.

Told in the first...


Fall On Your Knees

Commonwealth Best First Book Prize 1997

by Ann-Marie MacDonald

The Piper family is steeped in secrets, lies, and unspoken truths. At the eye of the storm is one secret that threatens to shake their lives -- even destroy them.

Set on stormy Cape Breton Island off Nova Scotia,...


Fugitive Pieces: A Novel

Women's Prize for Fiction 1997, Trillium Book Award 1997

by Anne Michaels

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

Winner of the Lannan Literary Fiction Award

Winner of the Guardian Fiction Award

 

In 1940 a boy bursts from the mud of a war-torn Polish city, where he has buried...


Always to Remember

RITA Best Short Historical 1997

by Lorraine Heath

Branded a traitor and imprisoned for refusing to fight for the Confederacy, Clayton Holland returns home to Cedar Grove, only to be spurned by the townspeople, except for vengeful Meg Warner, who finds her hatred...


See How They Run: A Loveswept Classic Romance

RITA Best Romantic Suspense 1997

by Bethany Campbell

In this harrowing, pulse-pounding story of romance and danger by Bethany Campbell, two strangers race to save innocent children from a crime lord’s hit men.

 

A gifted teacher for special-needs children,...


The Scarlet Thread

RITA Best Inspirational Romance 1997

by Francine Rivers

Two women, centuries apart, are joined through a tattered journal as they contend with God, husbands, and even themselves . . . until they fall into the arms of the One who loves them unconditionally. Sierra...


American Sphinx

National Book Award for Non-Fiction 1997

by Joseph J. Ellis

National Bestseller 

For a man who insisted that life on the public stage was not what he had in mind, Thomas Jefferson certainly spent a great deal of time in the spotlight--and not only during his active political...


The Chatham School Affair

Edgar Allan Poe Award Best novel 1997

by Thomas H. Cook

Attorney Henry Griswald has a secret: the truth behind the tragic events the world knew as the Chatham School Affair, the controversial tragedy that destroyed five lives, shattered a quiet community, and forever...


The God of Small Things: A Novel

Man Booker Prize 1997

by Arundhati Roy

Compared favorably to the works of Faulkner and Dickens, Arundhati Roy’s debut novel is a modern classic that has been read and loved worldwide. Equal parts powerful family saga, forbidden love story, and...


Ashes to Ashes: America's Hundred-Year Cigarette War, the Public Health, and the Unabashed Triumph of Philip Morris

Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction 1997

by Richard Kluger

No book before this one has rendered the story of cigarettes -- mankind's most common self-destructive instrument and its most profitable consumer product -- with such sweep and enlivening detail.

Here for the...


Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution

Pulitzer Prize for History 1997

by Jack N. Rakove

From abortion to same-sex marriage, today's most urgent political debates will hinge on this two-part question: What did the United States Constitution originally mean and who now understands its meaning best?...


Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 1997

by Steven Millhauser

Young Martin Dressler begins his career as an industrious helper in his father's cigar store.  In the course of his restless young manhood, he makes a swift and eventful rise to the top, accompanied  by...


A Game of Thrones

A Song of Ice and Fire #1

Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel 1997

by George R.R. Martin

NOW THE ACCLAIMED HBO SERIES GAME OF THRONES

From a master of contemporary fantasy comes the first novel of a landmark series unlike any you’ve ever read before. With A Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin...


Blue Mars

Mars Trilogy #3

Hugo Award for Best Novel 1997, Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel 1997

by Kim Stanley Robinson

Winner of the Hugo Award for Best Novel • Soon to be a series on Spike TV

 

One of the most enthralling science fiction sagas ever written, Kim Stanley Robinson’s epic trilogy concludes with Blue Mars—a...


Finding a Form: Essays

National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism 1996

by William H. Gass

From the author of The Tunnel comes a new collection of essays, his first in eight years, on art, writing, nature and culture. This book is by one of the most important and briliant thinkers at work today.


The Railway Man: A POW's Searing Account of War, Brutality and Forgiveness (Movie Tie-in Editions)

PEN/Ackerley Prize 1996

by Eric Lomax

Now a Major Motion Picture Starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman. The Railway Man is a remarkable memoir of forgiveness—a tremendous testament to the courage that propels one toward remembrance, and finally,...


Ship Fever: Stories

National Book Award for Fiction 1996

by Andrea Barrett

1996 National Book Award Winner for Fiction. The elegant short fictions gathered hereabout the love of science and the science of love are often set against the backdrop of the nineteenth century. Interweaving...


So I Am Glad: A Novel

Encore Award 1996

by A. L. Kennedy

The ferociously talented author of Original Bliss and On Bullfighting offers this haunting tale of two forlorn people who find in each other a hope and love as genuine and original as this marvelous book in...


The Terminal Experiment

Nebula Award for Best Novel 1996

by Robert Sawyer

Dr. Peter Hobson has created three electronic simulations of his own personality. But they all have escaped from Hobson's computer into the web-and one of them is a killer.