Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Book Sense winners announced

Here are the winners of the American Booksellers Association Book Sense Book of the Year awards, as well as the four books given honorable mentions in each category:

Honorable mentions
Fiction:
Eventide by Kent Haruf
The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant -- In my pre-blogger days I read this book and I remember that I liked it...
The Plot Against America by Philip Roth
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon -- Love, love, love this book! It's a literary mystery, which starts when a father takes his son to choose one book from a secret library of forgotten books. Of course, the boy loves the book and is mystified when he cannot find other books or even any information about the author. His booklust is inflamed, and the quest for answers begins. It's also set in Barcelona, one of my favorite cities.

Nonfiction:
Candyfreak by Steve Almond
The Complete Cartoons of The New Yorker, Robert Mankoff (Ed.)
Magical Thinking by Augusten Burroughs
Truth & Beauty by Ann Patchett - This is a memoir of her friendship with the late Lucy Grealy, poet and author of The Autobiography of a Face. It's the book I'm currently reading, so you'll hear more about it soon!

Children's (Literature):
Becoming Naomi Leon by Pam Munoz Ryan
Ida B... and Her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster, and (Possibly) Save the World by Katherine Hannigan
Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
The Sea of Trolls by Nancy Farmer

Children's Illustrated
Kitten's First Full Moon by Kevin Henke
Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems
Mister Seahorse by Eric Carle
Wild About Books by Judy Sierra, illustrated by Marc Brown

Click here for a list of all ABA Book Sense 2004-2005 Reading Group Picks with brief descriptions.

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