Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Belated List of National Book Award Winners

The National Book Awards were presented on November 14th, 2007.

Tree of Smoke *Click here to request this book*Fiction Winner:
Tree of Smoke, by Denis Johnson
This is the story of William "Skip" Sands, CIA-- engaged in Psychological Operations against the Vietcong-- and the disasters that befall him.

Legacy of Ashes *Click here to request this book*Non-Fiction Winner:
Tim Weiner offers the first definitive history of the CIA-- and everything is on the record. Legacy of Ashes is based on more than 50,000 documents, primarily from the archives of the CIA itself, and hundreds of interviews with CIA veterans, including ten directors of central intelligence.

Time and Materials *Click here to request this book*Poetry Winner:
The poems in this collection-- Robert Hass' first to appear in a decade-- are grounded in the beauty and energy of the physical world, and in the bafflement of the present moment in American culture. This work is breathtakingly immediate, stylistically varied, redemptive, and wise.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian *Click here to request this book*Young People's Literature Winner:
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
Based on the author's own experiences, this Young Adult novel chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy attempting to break away from the life he was destined to live.

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