Posted by: montclairlibrary | July 8, 2012

Reading recommendations continued

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Still looking for summer reading suggestions? The Northern California Book Reviewers announced the winners of the 31st Annual Northern California Book Awards June 10, 2012, with options in fiction, non-fiction, poetry, teen books and children’s books. Items in the Montclair branch collection (plus a few available at nearby libraries) are highlighted below.

Btw, the poetry nominees included local poet David Meltzer, who was profiled in The Montclarion 6/29/12.

NCBR RECOGNITION AWARD
Everything Is Its Own Reward, An All Over Coffee Collection by Paul Madonna

POETRY
WINNER: Thread by Michael Palmer (at Main)
Ciento: 100 100-Word Love Poems by Lorna Dee Cervantes
Come, Thief by Jane Hirshfield
Sugar Zone by Mary Mackey
When I Was a Poet by David Meltzer

FICTION
WINNER: Sequoia Gardens by Ernest J. Finney
A Wild Surge of Guilty Passion by Ron Hansen
Turn of Mind by Alice LaPlante
Lola, California by Edie Meidav
We the Animals by Justin Torres

CREATIVE NONFICTION
WINNER: Maya Roads: One Woman’s Journey Among the People of the Rainforest by Mary Jo McConahay
A Journey with Two Maps: Becoming a Woman Poet by Eavan Boland
Everett Ruess: His Short Life, Mysterious Death, and Astonishing Afterlife by Philip L. Fradkin
The Left Coast: California on the Edge by Philip L. Fradkin
Rereading Women: Thirty Years of Exploring Our Literary Traditions by Sandra M. Gilbert

GENERAL NONFICTION
WINNER: Pacific Crucible: War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941-1942 by Ian W. Toll (at Main)
Exorbitant Privilege: The Rise and Fall of the Dollar and the Future of the International Monetary System by Barry Eichengreen
To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918 by Adam Hochschild
The Shah by Abbas Milani
Natural History of San Francisco Bay, California Natural History Guides by Ariel Rubissow Okamoto and Kathleen M. Wong

TRANSLATION
Fiction
WINNER: The Twelve Chairs by Ilya Ilf and Evgeny Petrov, translated by Anne O. Fisher
Tyrant Memory by Horacio Castellanos Moya, translated by Katherine Silver
Poetry
WINNER: The Changing Room by Zhai Yongming, translated by Andrea Lingenfelter
After Many Autumns: A Collection of Chinese Buddhist Literature edited by John Gill and Susan Tidwell, translated by John Balcom
My Naked Brain: Selected Poems of Leopoldo María Panero, translated by Arturo Mantecón

CHILDREN’S LITERATURE
Young Adult
WINNER: Instructions for a Broken Heart by Kim Culbertson (at Dimond)
Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler, illustrations by Maira Kalman
Clean by Amy Reed
Younger Readers
WINNER: Seabird in the Forest by Joan Dunning
A Dazzling Display of Dogs by Betsy Franco (at Piedmont)
Far from Shore: Chronicles of an Open Ocean Voyage by Sophie Webb


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