In case you missed it, the following books in our collection were winners in the 2013 National Book Awards.



The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America by George Packer

Summary from : In “The Unwinding”, George Packer narrates the story of America over the past three decades, bringing to the task his empathy with people facing difficult challenges, his sharp eye for detail and a gift for weaving together engaging narratives. This title moves deftly back and forth through the lives of half a dozen characters.



The Good Lord Bird by James McBride

Summary from Fleeing his violent master at the side of abolitionist John Brown at the height of the slavery debate in mid-nineteenth-century Kansas Territory, Henry pretends to be a girl to hide his identity throughout the raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859.

Young People’s Literature:


The thing about Luck by Cynthia Kadohata

Summary from Just when twelve-year-old Summer thinks nothing else can possibly go wrong in a year of bad luck, an emergency takes her parents to Japan, leaving Summer to care for her little brother while helping her grandmother cook and do laundry for harvest workers.

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