National Book Award Winners

Shadow Country, by Peter Matthiessen

The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family, by Annette Gordon-Reed

Young People's Literature
What I Saw and How I Lied, by Judy Blundell

Fire to Fire, by Mark Doty

Am I the only one who feels poorly-read whenever one of these awards are announced?


  1. I want to read The Hemingses of Monticello. It sounds so good.

  2. Ummm...yeah, I do...I've never heard of any of these. Then again I can't get out of this historical fiction kick I'm on (and don't want to), so it's not a wonder that I haven't seen them.

  3. Well I've heard of all of them. I have the first one sitting around the house and the Hemingses on my wish list. Does that count for something??

  4. I actually saw a signed copy of The Hemingses of Monticello last night at an independent book store. Almost bought it (not knowing it was up for the Nat'l Bk Awrd), but opted for something else instead.

    It figures.

  5. I feel poorly read every time these awards and lists come out!
    The only saving grace is that so many other people are more poorly read than me! ;-)

    I have heard of The Hemingses' book..

  6. I always get excited about the books, and then hardly ever read any of them!

    I agree that The Hemingses of Monticello sounds good.

  7. You're not the only one. I should read The Hemingses - I've long been fascinated by this topic.

  8. At least you knw, I don't think I even recognize these books :)


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