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It makes no sense. This novel, however, might well be one of the best examples of ambition and execution. It seems as if the entire story -- which is huge and multi-layered and -charactered, is piloting toward the final sentence, which is all of a single word The Human Stain, by Philip Roth along with American Pastoral, this is my favorite Roth novel Waiting, by Ha Jin a complex story of love and marriage presented almost as if it were a fable Close Range: Wyoming Stories, by E.

Annie Proulx all right, this was a year when three -- yes, three! Proulx's imagination and mastery of form take your breath away. Proulx's "Brokeback Mountain" is also a masterpiece, and just as heartbreaking Tree of Smoke, by Denis Johnson now this one he wrote as an epic that was indeed an epic! Years later, I still think of the characters, especially those two brothers and Kathy A Flag for Sunrise, by Robert Stone what's to say? This man can write! Also, he's unflinching Someone, by Alice McDermott it surprises me this beautiful novel was not a finalist What it comes down to, really, is the fact that every year great fiction is to be found.

Sometimes one wonders why there should even be a need to choose. Likes: 1 Marybethking - Apr 16, Hypothetically, if you could pick 5 books to give the pulitzer to that haven't won already; who would you pick?

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I'm taking a contemporary literature break because I kissed one too many frogs in my search. The filler is sometimes better than the cake itself apparently. I seriously doubt that. Marybethking - Apr 15, I was so blind sighted by 'Someone' this year that I thought it would win for sure. Almost to the betting stage.

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It is the best of the three by far. The synopsis keeps reminding me of Tree of Smoke for some reason. The NBA has authors as judges and they've come out with some rather obscure lists in times They National Book Foundation point out that the purpose of the NBA is to celebrate writers and books and to support the publishing industry, so the longer list was intended to do that.

Likes: 2 ey - Apr 15, JohnZ I'll wait until you finish or get further into the book to comment on favorite characters, etc. Of the three finalists, I still believe The Son was the more literary and deserved the prize well, I haven't read Sochacis's book, so have to withhold judgement on that, I suppose.

But, I liked Goldfinch and was glad the winner was something I already had and didn't have to do a frantic search for ala Tinkers! Interesting observation about the page lengths. The Ghost Writer and Birdy were the finalists that year, so not sure if they had enough pages to top the 2, pages total for the year. It seemed like it was the book a lot of people chose, as well I have not. Ha ha. I have to say, my expectations are high. Maybe more so than usual. The reason? I've never been a huge fan of Donna Tartt's work. Not that I think she's lacking in talent; it's just that I've never experienced the exuberant rush which has swept away others whom I know who have read and enjoyed her books.

I had a good friend who talked passionately about The Secret History back in the day; but, as it turned out, it was a book into which I just couldn't get. Not my cuppa. Griffin, by Lois Duncan and I just couldn't surrender to the story. Anyway, I didn't read The Little Friend, either -- just dipped into it here and there quite sparingly. The fact that Tartt is more mainstream doesn't bother me, either I love all kinds of books; on my shelves you will see King nestled next to Updike and Straub rubbing elbows with Tolstoy ; though, I must admit, it surprised me when the Pulitzer board chose her.

Which adds to those expectations of which I spoke. Another element that adds to said expectations: A few weeks ago, a good friend of mine different friend from the one who exuded a near-uxorious loyalty for The Secret History told me that I had to read The Goldfinch. I told her I had purchased it based upon some of the reviews it had accrued, as well as its inclusion as a finalist for the NBCC but had yet to start it. She said more or less that I should drop whatever else I was reading and commence reading The Goldfinch. And now that Ms. Tartt has won a Pulitzer and I've read all of the other winners , I've taken the plunge.

It's early to tell, sure; but I suppose I'm enjoying it. Though Ms. Tartt does seem preoccupied with wringing out just about every detail she can, as if she would feel remiss neglecting whatever her imagination offers her in the way of inspiration and creation. It doesn't bother me, really: I enjoy dense, languorous prose Faulkner, Tolstoy, Styron, Mailer, Nabokov as well as sharp, precise, minimalist prose Hemingway, Carver, some McCarthy , given it's not repetitive or loquacious for loquacity's sake.

And the length bothers me not at all. I'm not one of those readers. In fact, one of my favorites is The Executioner's Song, which I believe is the longest Pulitzer-winner in fiction. Really, though, I love books of all sizes, and I have found that regardless of length, a story well told is one in which I'm happy to become immersed and lost for a while. So far, I'm wondering if Ms. Tartt is running the risk in the "loquacity" department. But I do find myself being engaged, though not in a rapturous way. Apparently, from what I've read and heard, the earlier sections of the novel move at a sedate pace.

Well, that's fine; as long as, of course, what's being described and what's happening is of interest. The prose is good, though not earth-shattering perhaps that will change? But there are other characters in some of the Pulitzer-winners who, while I wasn't enamored of them straight out, I grew to like; even to love.

Of them all, however, Jun Do might well be my favorite. So, as things stand for Theo, we'll see. The book is holding my attention; but I'm excited to see if there arrives a passage that grabs me and makes me think: Yes! Now, there! No wonder this book won! This is something that has happened for me while reading those books I've been happy to have seen win the Pulitzer. As for those books which have won that never impressed me March, The Road, and The Store among them , I never arrived at said passage s.

I've finished those books thinking of others that are more worthy. But I'm willing to give The Goldfinch a try. As I understand it, not everyone is enamored of The Goldfinch. At my bookstore today, one of the managers and I discussed it, and she said she knew a lot of people who loved it, as well as a lot of people who returned it. So, we'll see. Oh: An interesting piece of data I came across while reading articles about the Pulitzers today: In the category of fiction, it was rather a hefty year, as all three finalists, put together, total over 2, pages.

One supposes this year's jury was interested in going epic. Happy reading, all. Interesting that LA Times is so high. For this year's model, here are the top 10 predictor variables, in order of importance. Book is a NBCC finalist from the same year. Book won NBCC award for same year. Book made ALA Notable list form same year.

Book appeared on NY TImes 10 best books list for same year. Book NBA finalist from same year. Book LA Times finalist from same year. Author NBCC award winner within previous 5 years. Book appeared on NY Times Notable books list same year. The NBA winner is down a few more. By the time you get to 10, the actual points awarded are significantly lower, though, than the top 5.

DustySpines - Apr 14, ey mgardne5Oh I didn't know that. I must be thinking of the Booker jury which they make a big deal about. Don't we know who's on the Pulitzer board, theoretically? Likes: 1 DustySpines - Apr 14, ey DustySpinesEdParkstklein27well I hope she gets out just enough to sign any copies you need her to, and then disappears, so mine don't lose any value they might have. I also thought she has somewhat of a cult following judging from the crowd i saw and wondered if that doesn't mean more regular folks--non collectors--would be looking for signed editions, for gifts, etc.

DustySpines - Apr 14, ey DustySpinesAlexKernerbradthe Booker is expanded this year so I wonder if that would be tough since there are no limitations or at least fewer than before. Also I want to ask, do any of the awards lists stand out as stronger predictors than others? I remember that in the Tinkers year, I think, it made the American Library Association Notable list and this was seen as a strong predictor of Pulitzer status.

It would be interesting to know if it happens that one list or another correlates more strongly with the PPrize. The books seem ready to yellow and turn to dust. I rarely crack them open anymore for fear I will destroy them. I read a piece on her in the Guardian and she seems pretty reclusive. I'm hoping the Pulitzer award will get her out on the circuit at least some! One of the main reasons this works with the Pulitzer is that its almost the last award announced only the LA Times Book Award gets announced after it, as far as major awards go , so there are lots of chances to see how a book does.

Likes: 1 DustySpines - Apr 14, ey DustySpinesmrbenchly oh those back catalogs, they get the best of us! I don't know how many signing events she did since the one I attended was billed as the only even Tartt did in Brooklyn, but I was curious to see how scarce or plentiful a Tarrtt signature on the Goldfinch would be. I understand the economics of that, but hope that isn't a trend. I will say, though, that in many countries, the hardcovers seem better constructed and more solid than US trade hardcovers, and I often like the dustjackets for international versions more than the US version So far, all of the dustjackets and cover artwork on Goldfinch has been the same as the US, will be interesting to see if any variations appear.

Likes: 1 DustySpines - Apr 14, ey AlexKernerbradI was going back through the lists and it is quite amazing the track record you've accomplished here. We've gotten spoiled. My second thought was I wonder if it means anything for American literature if prize committees are so predictable? And I feel exotic when I invest in Canadian firsts. One thing I have noticed is that books can be so expensive overseas! Likes: 1 DustySpines - Apr 14, ey mrbenchlythe deserved benefits of being the guy who runs the model is to clean up on copies of the frontrunners!

Likes: 1 ey - Apr 14, DustySpines I collect any version of a Pulitzer winner I can get my hands on, as long as it's the first edition of that country's release. I travel internationally for work, so can pick up current titles from interesting places. They often make for interesting conversation starters at signings! I was moving them to where I shelve Pulitzer winners and finalists! Likes: 1 ey - Apr 14, DustySpines ey I agree, mostly just a slipcover associated with the regular release of the book Likes: 1 ey - Apr 14, Marybethking It's an iPad issue. On the PC, the person's picture shows up and if you hover the cursor over the picture, the person's ID shows up.

Marybethking - Apr 14, Found it, nevermind. Marybethking - Apr 14, Does anyone know was on the jury? Or, is that kept pretty hush hush? Likes: 1 ddo - Apr 14, In hindsight it is easy to say that I loved the Goldfinch after it wins. But I have been a fan of the book ever since I read all pages at Chrismas.

I was so disappointed when the readers of The Tournament of Books did not embrace this amazing novel. They did not endorse The Son either. I love to read the comments here and use it has my favorite indicator of what to read next. Keep up the amazing work! May the readers' comments be as clairvoyant as the past six years! Marybethking - Apr 14, Does anyone know how to view who has liked a comment you made? Livefyre won't let me click to see this.

I'm on an IPad, don't know if that makes a difference? It apparently also puts the Pulitzer committee and a host of other awards committees, journalists who named it one of the best books of the year , and book bloggers squarely in the same camp. Expressing your opinion is fine. Expressing it in such an elitist and condescending manner rubs me a little bit the wrong way. But, who knows Likes: 1 DustySpines - Apr 14, ey I don't think the Odyssey does anything special to their editions, do they? I mostly have lost interest in Powell's editions; if they just throw a cheap slipcover on a book, I certainly am not going to hurt myself throwing my money at them.

I guess I no longer see the value. That said, I subscribed for the Richard Powers edition a few months ago. That was pretty cool. DustySpines - Apr 14, ey i think we should be nosy--this is a remarkable collector we are witnessing! Remind me, do you often collect foreign language editions, or was this just a lark? I found her Secret History also tedious, in need of editing, and in no way enlightening, which puts me in the minority and I'm ok with that. But then many people really like Big Bang Theory and Homeland, so there's no accounting for taste.

Likes: 1 mrbenchly - Apr 14, ey Not to be too nosy, but do I spy seven Goldfinches? Fess up. Who has more books, you or the Library of Congress? Likes: 1 Marybethking - Apr 14, I love the prediction model. It might be a bit too scientific for literature, but it introduced me to a lot of new novels this year that weren't even on my radar.

I think the jury picked the filler book this year. The board had an agenda for two books and picked a third to make it easier for the other two. It kind of back fired this year. Does anyone know who was on the grassy knoll? Likes: 1 ey - Apr 14, I should also note that the Powell's Indiespensible Signed First Edition book club did a signed version in a slipcase this year, and Goldfinch was also a selection of the Odyssey Bookstore Signed First Edition book club. Likes: 2 tklein27 - Apr 14, brad I only collect the winners. So I have been very happy with the model.

Its worked very well in the past. One year it missed Tinkers - most people missed that one. But besides that, I think its a great model. It focuses me on what to pay attention to. However, the discussions are really important. They also focus me on what's relevant. JpCambert - Apr 14, I think something nobody is talking about yet that is very interesting is that "Five Days at Memorial" wasn't even a finalist.

This was a book most felt was pretty much a shoe-in, in the non-fiction category. Not sure I agree with this rather harsh critique. I believe the book was flawed, certainly, but to say she is not a talented enough writer to be in the others' category is harsh, and not necessarily accurate. DustySpines not a chance :- edit. Well done! As I mentioned in an above reply, though, there was some interest in prior years of compiling a consensus list from the discussion board members as distinct and in addition to the statistical model.

I think logistics tends to be the difficulty in doing that. Interesting that this year two of the three were book critics or former book critics and one novelist. I'm a big Ron Charles fan, I like his reviews and his opinions often concur with mine. But, just to be clear, the jurors don't vote for anything other than which three will be recommended His presence on the jury may well have secured The Son at least the spot in the top 3, however, given that it didn't make any other award list.

Likes: 3 ey - Apr 14, AlexKerner brad AlexKerner brad There's no way to include the opinions on the discussion board in the statistical model. But, in year's past, we've talked about making up a "discussion board" list based upon the opinions of the discussants. I think, though, logistically that's difficult and most people don't post until the day before or so And, I'll defend the model's utility. True, one of three, but it did get the winner right. We've been doing this since In that time there have been 6 winners announced one year no winner and 15 finalists announced three finalists the year no winner was announced.

Of those six years in which a winner was announced, the winner was on the list five times. The one year that it wasn't on the list was Tinkers, but Tinkers was 31st on the model, which isn't too shabby. Of the 15 finalists, six have been on the list. Twice the model predicted the exact winner. As I've noted on numerous occasions, there is no way to "predict" the Pulitzer with any certainty, it is a matter of opinion.

The model and prediction list serves as, essentially, a way to quantify what can be quantified and as a means to discuss books that are of high quality. The Son was on the list, just not in the top 15 came in around 22nd, as I recall. Likes: 2 AlexKerner - Apr 14, brad I think predicting the Pulitzer is a very difficult task, considering that it is such a small jury and secretive decision making process, which often results in picks that are surprising and unexpected.

I believe last year similarly only 1 of the finalists was in the prediction list. I think the model makers probably were as surprised as you that the Son was not getting the attention this forum thought it merited. Again, maybe it is a good time to give the forum a small percentage of the consideration so that a forum favourite that is getting neglected by the award circuit gets a mention in the list at least. Likes: 2 brad - Apr 14, Wow just one book out of the 15 predictions. Maybe the criteria for compiling these predictions be changed.

The Son came up plenty times in the comments though. Likes: 1 Marybethking - Apr 14, Didn't see that coming. I didn't read the 'Goldfinch' as I thought the writing from what I read online wasn't anywhere near Pulitzer quality. I guess don't judge a book by its cover or its critics either. At least 'The Son' was in there. I'm disappointed. Saunders has gotten much more praise for this collection than in my opinion it deserves. I actually got angry reading the stories because of all the gimmicks and post modernism.

In five out of the ten stories he conveyed laughter by writing HA, HA. I want the Pulitzer Prize winning author to have a better command of the language. Congratulations to all those responsible for the prediction model. Likes: 1 michijake - Apr 14, ey Great job with the prediction model yet again! Do you all think they'll move that up given the win? Likes: 2 tklein27 - Apr 14, I had purchased a first edition early because I had a feeling about this book. There were over 60 people on a waiting list for Goldfinch at my local library. All the other books on the list were readily available on the shelves.

I also observed what people were reading on the train, and I saw a good number reading Goldfinch. The last time I saw something like that was with Oscar Wao. DustySpines - Apr 14, mgardne5 interesting point.

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Just today I stumbled upon a site listing the top 10 recommended books by various authors and imagined one could use this data to inform predictions about how prize jurors would vote. Big data Likes: 3 mgardne5 - Apr 14, The Son was so close! I loved the Goldfinch as well, but The Son I know it was considered an underdog, but many of us on the board would have placed it much higher than the formula did. Did anyone else notice that Ron Charles of the Washington Post was one of the three jury members?

He loved The Son and put it in his top 5 novels for and he did not even list The Goldfinch, though he did give a very favorable review. The Washington Post was actually one of the few to give The Son the praise it deserved. Accordingly, I assume Mr. Charles gave The Son his vote, and it still did not win.

Question: We do not know the makeup of the jury beforehand, right? AlexKerner - Apr 14, In terms of the prediction model, it is interesting that the model did not include The Son, even though many people in this forum were strong advocates for the book and turned out to be right in terms of it deserving more consideration than the previous awards had given. Maybe add a variable to take into account our opinions : edit.

She is not a talented enough writer to be in that category, so I think this is a major disappointment. That said, I'm glad now I bought two. Interesting about Shacochis who I never heard of.

GREAT for the prediction model--kudos guys! DustySpines - Apr 14, tklein27 Or you can just send me the actual book : i promise to photograph it. Likes: 2 grahammyers - Apr 14, oh yeah! I'm still shocked that "Someone" didn't place DustySpines - Apr 14, michijake aw well. I wonder if they'll post the finalists soon? Likes: 2 michijake - Apr 14, It's The Goldfinch! Or hardcover? Of the first book won but not a novel, there's Lahiri's Emporer of Maladies and not many more, I don't think. Jones' The Known World, N.

But, not many won for their first book that was a novel. For award winning books, you could also buy the version sold in the country where the award is given. When there is an obvious difference in publication date, the prices seem to reflect where the book was released first not the flag, which is one reason why I always beat the drum when this topic comes up. This may be in part a clever framing strategy of rare booksellers, but in a lunatic hobby where so much is based on the presence of the number "1" in a number line, small differences seem to matter.

The good news, I guess, is that books published in smaller markets, like Canada, may be inherently scarce since the print runs must be smaller, but there isn't always a direct relationship between those factors and price. Also, there seem to be a lot of reasons, from happenstance to strategy, that a book by an author hailing from one state might be published first in another, so I personally don't dwell on the reasons why it happened or "the flag.

I think Richard Ford's latest was actually published first in Canada. I just suck it up and shell out the bucks. Anyway, I guess we have hashed all this out before. I am half dreading the "Americanization" of the Bookers for some of these reasons, although it arguably will make it easier for me to collect. AlexKerner - Apr 14, tklein27 ey this would be Jansma's first novel right? Before the floor in my apartment gives out from the weight of books. Likes: 1 ey - Apr 14, jfieds2 tklein27 ey DustySpines I go with the flag. If a book comes out in around the same time, a week or two here or there, in the US and other editions, I go with the US as the 1st.

If there is a substantial time difference Of course, I want copies of everything! I am with with you, Tom. I discount foreign editions that happened to be released first for books where the author's primary publisher is in the US. Sometimes they happen for strange reasons. It was first purchased and edited here. In my mind, that is the important factor. Any other publications are secondary deals.

Still, I know that Mike has some disagreement with publication, if not in this particular case, then in general, feeling that the first one published, even if not the "primary" publisher, is sometimes more important.

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Likes: 2 tklein27 - Apr 14, ey DustySpines If they were all published around the same time, I usually go with who the primary publisher is rather than which one might have shown up in stores before the other. It looks to me like the Little Brown in the US is the author's primary publisher. The Salter comparison on its cover intrigued me. I didn't include it among my predictions, due to its recent win, but it was one of my favorite and easily one of the most memorable and beautifully written books I read this year. Likes: 2 tklein27 - Apr 14, ey tklein27 Goldfinch or The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards I can see how the digital folks could have scheduled the page release incorrectly edit.

DustySpines - Apr 14, michijake bradnot sure how sad and desperate one would have to be to enjoy trolling a niche site like this on such a beautiful spring day. Likes: 1 DustySpines - Apr 14, Hi everyone, thanks for another great year of discussion and prediction. I'd post more but none of my four devices and computers can ever successfully sign in to this site!

Special thanks to Tom and ey I never finished "Someone" and I just don't think Tartt is literature. Left field guesses? Somewhat scarce but not yet a pricey book on the firsts market. There is a seemingly simultaneous UK paperback as well, also released by Canongate. Likes: 1 ey - Apr 14, mrbenchly You know, I maybe should have given Enon another thought I ended up liking it quite a bit though at times I didn't think I did! I think I mentioned that hearing Paul Harding talk about the book made it more appealing to me. Still, I think his Pulitzer for Tinkers is too recent for him to crack the top 3 this year.

Likes: 1 michijake - Apr 14, brad I think that brad is pulling our chains again - Good one, brad! Notice that if you type in pulitzer. Remind me to use this next year for April Fools! Likes: 1 mrbenchly - Apr 14, With apologies to the folks I'm about to mention because my predictions are usually a one-way ticket to a consolation prize, here are my guesses: Finalist: Bleeding Edge by Thomas Pynchon Finalist: Tenth of December by George Saunders Winner: Enon by Paul Hardingedit.

Not a bad strategy if the jury really wanted to ensure one book. Hard to tell if that might really happen. Likes: 1 ey - Apr 14, michijake I just always go to their website and keep refreshing, although last year it was posted on this discussion board before I could actually get to it on the Pulitzer site! What's your prediction? Likes: 1 tklein27 - Apr 14, ey tklein27 Hi Mike, thanks for the heads up. I missed your email. I need to clean out my inbox. I posted the last list with just hours to go before the announcement. It looks like Karen Joy Fowler is the only change.

Likes: 2 jfieds2 - Apr 14, I want to submit a prediction, despite the fact that I really don't have a good feel this year. Also, I found reasons to discount most of the others: too commercial; not quite about "American life"; totally not about "American life"; very good, but a bit uneven, respectively. It is not a brilliant or complicated, but it is a book from last year that stuck with me. It is also a "small book" by a small publisher Tin House and the sort of book I think the jury might highlight. Likes: 1 jfieds2 - Apr 14, AlexKerner eytklein27bradWhy do I seem to remember something similar to this happening last year or the year before Perhaps, I am remembering something else that was not the Pulitzer.

My theory: it was a website test for later in the day. I do not think that Jansma will even be a finalist. Why they would have tested with a real book and not "Dick and Jane" by Joe Schmo is a wrinkle in my theory, but I stand by it. Likes: 1 AlexKerner - Apr 14, ey AlexKerner tklein27 brad nothing on twitter, nothing on the newswire They've only recently last few years to posting online, and their server gets swamped around the award time.

AlexKerner - Apr 14, ey tklein27 brad would they be so sloppy as to accidentally post the winner before the 3pm dealine? Did you see something different? The writer we know we can never be because it's just so unattainable. Marybethking - Apr 14, Personally, I think the jury padded the Orphan Master's Son with lower caliber novels to ensure that it won.

I find no fault with this because it was one of the best novels I have read in the last ten years along with A Visit from the Goon Squad. But, I did not believe that the Snow Child was anywhere near nominee level writing. Likes: 1 Ahogan - Apr 13, I'm not sure what I think will happen, but I know I would be pleased if it worked out this way.

It was one of the best pieces of writing I've read in a while. Likes: 1 michijake - Apr 13, So excited for the announcement tomorrow! I read very few of the books likely to be contending this year, but I thought it would be fun to submit predictions anyway. Why should ignorance stop me? Grace Paley, Reynolds Price. My other super dark horse pick would be "The People in the Trees" by Hanya Yanagihara, which I've only started but it got close to the finals in this year's Tournament of Books. Inside news claim that it might win the award.

Likes: 1 ey - Apr 13, JohnZ Thanks for your kind words It is all a crap shoot, though. As a juror, I can't imagine how difficult it is to read plus submitted books remember, any author or publisher can submit a book for consideration , then narrow it down to three! I don't think you can physically read that many books in the time given as well as have any type of life outside of reading submitted books , so you have to go by other indicators as well, I think That's why I think the prediction list has some level of success And, as always, I'm grateful to Tom for maintaining Pprize.

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Short List The Caretaker by A. Fantasy Winner Vicious by V. A friendly rivalry turns vicious when college friends Victor and Eli obtain super-human powers and use them for very different purposes. Love, morality and greed collide in this Reconstruction Era western. A whore without a heart of gold, Lucinda escapes from a Fort Worth brothel to begin a new life -- and a new con. She and her lover are bound to cross paths with Texas Ranger Nate, who is chasing stone-cold killer McGill.

Both Nate and Lucinda are unforgettable characters, driven by the need to survive. Deep in debt, documentary filmmaker Kyle Freeman reluctantly accepts the financial backing of an enigmatic self-help guru to make a movie about infamous cult The Temple of the Last Days. Unique, atmospheric and deeply disturbing, Nevill delivers a visceral horror experience that will haunt readers long after they put the book down. London, The Artist of Death ritualistically recreates the sensational Ratcliffe murders inspired by the writings of the notorious opium addict Thomas De Quincey.

In this fast-paced mystery, filled with colorful characters and authentic period detail, Scotland Yard detectives, along with De Quincey and his daughter must find the Artist of Death before he executes another macabre masterpiece. Desperate for grandchildren, the Duchess of Halford strikes a bargain with her only son, Griff: pick a woman--any woman. If she can transform her son's choice into duchess material, he must marry the girl. Griff picks the least likely candidate in bluestocking barmaid Pauline, only to quickly realize he has no idea who he is dealing with. Cryogenics adds a darkly humorous twist on dating, love and relationships in the 22nd century.

This multi-perspective story provides a thought-provoking and poignant social commentary on power dynamics, gender, class and the ethical issues surrounding life after life-after-death. This bittersweet, quirky novel recounts an unlikely friendship while grappling with complex issues in a realistic and sensitive manner. For at least a year librarians all over the country read, and read, and read and then in the dead of winter in some predetermined location this time it was Philadelphia they meet at their annual conference and discuss, and argue and determine the best books, audio and video for children and teens!

Without further ado find out what books you should start reading NOW! The big three awards are the Newbery , Caldecott and the Printz , but there are many other awards so be sure to look through the whole list! The Newbery Medal honors the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

The Caldecott Medal honors the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. The Michael L. Printz Award is an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature.

Notable Books – Fiction

The Batchelder Award is given to an American publisher for a children's book considered to be the most outstanding of those books originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States, and subsequently translated into English and published in the United States. The Andrew Carnegie Medal honors the most outstanding video productions for children released during the previous year.

The Geisel Award is given annually to the author s and illustrator s of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English in the United States during the preceding year. The Sibert Medal honors the author s and illustrator s of the most distinguished informational book published during the preceding year. Roth and Cindy Trumbore, illustrated by Susan L. The William C.

Morris YA Debut Award, first awarded in , honors a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens and celebrating impressive new voices in young adult literature. The Coretta Scott King Book Award recognizing an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults.

Each year the recognize an author and an illustrator. Be Eleven , written by Rita Williams-Garcia.