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Pacific NW Booksellers Award 2013

Blasphemy
Blasphemy [new and Selected Stories] By Alexie, Sherman (Book - 2012 ) Alexie, Sherman Available in some locations

Annotation:WINNER Alexie gives the reader a blazingly straight on view of Native life while at the same time suffusing his work with powerful humor that touches the tragedy of the human condition. Blasphemy is wide ranging, wildly entertaining, and heartfelt. -- PNBA Awards Committee

The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving
The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving A Novel By Evison, Jonathan (Book - 2012 ) Evison, Jonathan Available in some locations

Annotation:WINNER A story of failure, tragedy and redemption that’s packaged into a handicap-accessible van on an uproarious road trip of discovery. Evison’s rolling tribute to the great endeavor of parenthood--the pain, the joy, the privilege--is well worth the emotional mileage. --The Register Guard

The Snow Child
The Snow Child A Novel By Ivey, Eowyn (Book - 2012 ) Ivey, Eowyn Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 18 copies

Annotation:WINNER Beautiful prose brings dreamlike imagery to life and vivid yearnings percolate in the minds of these finely wrought, hardscrabble homesteaders following moose tracks along glacier-fed rivers as the isolation of a woodland winter looms. This quiet, magical story is unmistakably Alaskan at its heart. -- PNBA Awards Committee

On the Spectrum of Possible Deaths
On the Spectrum of Possible Deaths By Perillo, Lucia Maria (Book - 2012 ) 811.54 PERILLO 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:WINNER "It’s seldom we find such a fearless speaker we’re willing to follow just about anywhere—-from the wild bird store in a strip mall to a salmon hatchery, from the scenes of a bad French movie to the Cumshewa Inlet near Vancouver. To read this raw collection is to ask, along with Perillo, the difficult and strange questions that can plague a misfit mind." --Prairie Schooner

Wild
Wild From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail By Strayed, Cheryl (Book - 2012 ) STRAYED, CHERYL Strayed Available in some locations Holds: 5 on 73 copies

Annotation:WINNER A beautiful, powerful memoir about a young woman who moves through grief by hiking the Pacific Crest Trail and proves she is the daughter to make her mother proud. Strayed's love/hate relationship with her hiking boots and monstrous pack, her inner strength, and the beauty and power of her 1,100-mile trek kept us riveted. -- PNBA Awards Committee

Alif the Unseen
Alif the Unseen By Wilson, G. Willow (Book - 2012 ) Wilson, G. Willow Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 2 copies

Annotation:WINNER Grounded in the modern Middle East but bridging virtual reality, history, and mythology, this well-paced novel brings together a thought-provoking array of characters, each with a unique and powerful moral compass. -- PNBA Awards Committee

The Art of Urban Sketching
The Art of Urban Sketching Drawing on Location Around the World By Campanario, Gabriel (Book - 2012 ) 704.9 CAMPANAR 2012 All copies in use. Availability details Holds: 1 on 1 copy

Annotation:SHORTLISTED We love our region, but that doesn't mean we don't want to see the world. This gorgeous book, filled with city sketches by over 80 artists, provides an intimate look at cities from Al Anin to Washington, DC. and inspires the reader to take up a sketch pad. -- PNBA Awards Committee

The Orchardist
The Orchardist A Novel By Coplin, Amanda (Book - 2012 ) Coplin, Amanda Available in some locations Holds: 4 on 31 copies

Annotation:SHORTLISTED A beautifully rendered portrait of a life sparely lived. Subtle characters communicate through gesture more than dialogue as the river of time and progress rage in the distance, known but not quite heard, bringing a quiet intensity to this remarkable debut novel. -- PNBA Awards Committee

Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher
Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis By Egan, Timothy (Book - 2012 ) CURTIS, EDWARD S. Egan Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 16 copies

Annotation:SHORTLISTED Curtis’ journey is the stuff of legends, and it’s amazing that his has remained so quiet. An artist and adventurer who would become an icon of his time, he used his camera to preserve the ways and, more importantly, the humanity of the American Indian. Egan has honored the man and his quest in this compelling biography. -- PNBA Awards Committee

Plume
Plume Poems By Flenniken, Kathleen (Book - 2012 ) 811.6 FLENNIKE 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:SHORTLISTED The beautifully wrought poems in Plume are as well-tuned morally as they are musically. And their lamentations are epic: hubris and its disastrous consequences, love and betrayal, human folly, human fragility. --Sharon Bryan, author of Sharp Stars

Where'd You Go, Bernadette
Where'd You Go, Bernadette A Novel By Semple, Maria (Book - 2012 ) Semple, Maria Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 39 copies

Annotation:SHORTLISTED A comedy of manners about the Emerald City that brings together everything we love about the television show Arrested Development (for which Semple was a writer), mixes in hyperactive modern parenting, adds a healthy dash of comedy about business culture, and tells the story of a mother and daughter in the brilliant, affecting, and bent tradition of Aimee Bender and Tom Perrotta. -- Village Books

Glaciers
Glaciers A Novel By Smith, Alexis M. (Book - 2012 ) Smith, Alexis M. Available in some locations

Annotation:SHORTLISTED Written in a spare, understated style with occasionally stunning imagery, this little novel has a soft voice that transcends a state of yearning for faraway places in geography and time. The recurring description of a thrift store postcard is the touchstone for all of the people, places, and postcards we've left behind. -- PNBA Awards Committee

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