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National Book Awards 2016

Congratulations to Colson Whitehead, Ibram X. Kendi, Daniel Borzutzky, and John Lewis!

Fiction: Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hell for all the slaves, but especially bad for Cora, an outcast even among her fellow Africans. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Like the protagonist of Gulliver's Travels, Cora encounters different worlds at each stage of her journey - hers is an odyssey through time as well as space. The Underground Railroad is at once a kinetic adventure tale of one woman's ferocious will to escape the horrors of bondage and a shattering, powerful meditation on the history we all share.

nonfiction: stamped from the beginning: the definitive history of racist ideas in america by ibram x. kendi

Americans like to insist we are living in a postracial society. In fact, racist thought is alive and well; it has simply become more sophisticated and insidious. And as award-winning historian Ibram X. Kendi argues in Stamped from the Beginning, racism in this country has a long and lingering history, one in which nearly every great American thinker is complicit. In this deeply researched and fast-moving narrative, Kendi offers us the tools we need to expose racist ideas, and in the process, gives us reason to hope.


Poetry: The performance of becoming human by daniel borzutzky

In this collection, Daniel Borzutzky confronts the ways nation-states and their bureaucracies absorb and destroy communities and economies. In The Performance of Becoming Human, the Bay of Valparaiso merges into the western shore of Lake Michigan, where Borzutzky continues his poetic investigation into the political and economic violence shared by Chicago and Chile, two places integral to his personal formation. 


young people's literature: march, book three by john lewis, andrew aydin, and nate powell

Welcome to the stunning conclusion of the award-winning and best-selling MARCH trilogy. Congressman John Lewis, an American icon and one of the key figures of the Civil Rights Movement, joins co-writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell to bring the lessons of history to vivid life for a new generation, urgently relevant for today's world. Book One was the first graphic novel to win the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, and Book Two is an Eisner Award winner. Now, Book Three is the first graphic novel to win a National Book Award. 


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