(Awards) ALA Notable Books 2011

A Visit From the Goon Squad
A Visit From the Goon Squad By Egan, Jennifer Book - 2010 Egan, Jennifer Available in some locations

Annotation:A‘70s punk band becomes the touchstone for a motley crew who spin their interconnected stories over time and distance.

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet A Novel By Mitchell, David Book - 2010 Mitchell, David Available in some locations

Annotation:A young clerk attempts to establish himself in the artificial and intense world of Dejima, the Dutch trading colony in 1800s Japan.

The Surrendered
The Surrendered By Lee, Chang-rae Book - 2010 Lee, Chang-rae Available in some locations

Annotation:The complex entangled lives of three people forever scarred by the Korean War are sympathetically portrayed in gorgeous prose.

Skippy Dies
Skippy Dies By Murray, Paul Book - 2010 Murray, Paul Available in some locations

Annotation:Filled warmth and humor, this coming-of-age novel set in a Dublin boys schools is a sprawling homage to adolescence, string theory, donuts, and unrequited love.

Room A Novel By Donoghue, Emma Book - 2010 Donoghue, Emma Available in some locations

Annotation:Five-year-old Jack vividly narrates the story of his life confined in a room with his mother in this unsettling exploration of resilience and hope.

Next A Novel By Hynes, James Book - 2010 Hynes, James Available in some locations

Annotation:Welcome to the worst day of Kevin Quinn’s life as he battles the anxieties of the modern world in steamy Austin, Texas.

Nashville Chrome
Nashville Chrome By Bass, Rick Book - 2010 Bass, Rick All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:This lovely and unsettling account of pop trio The Browns reels you in as though the concept of rags to riches were brand new.

Matterhorn A Novel of the Vietnam War By Marlantes, Karl Book - 2010 Marlantes, Karl Available in some locations

Annotation:An ambitious and idealistic American Marine faces the horror, heroism, futility, and pragmatism of war in this visceral portrayal of life in-country.

The Lotus Eaters
The Lotus Eaters By Soli, Tatjana Book - 2010 Soli, Tatjana Available in some locations

Annotation:The adrenaline high that danger offers infects photojournalist Helen Adams as she documents the war in Vietnam.

The Lonely Polygamist
The Lonely Polygamist A Novel By Udall, Brady Book - 2010 Udall, Brady Available in some locations

Annotation:In this big-hearted novel, Golden Richards and his clan navigate their chaotic lives as each clamors to be noticed.

Freedom By Franzen, Jonathan Book - 2010 Franzen, Jonathan Available in some locations

Annotation:This incisive portrait of the fractured Berglund brood captures the zeitgeist of contemporary America.

Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter By Franklin, Tom Book - 2010 Franklin, Tom Available in some locations

Annotation:Two men – one black, one white – must confront the secrets surrounding their childhood friendship following the disappearance of two girls in rural Mississippi.

Washington A Life By Chernow, Ron Book - 2010 WASHINGTON, GEORGE Chernow Available in some locations

Annotation:A landmark biography provides insights into the complexities of this founding father’s character, and brings him fully to life within the context of his times.

The Warmth of Other Suns
The Warmth of Other Suns The Epic Story of America's Great Migration By Wilkerson, Isabel Book - 2010 304.80973 WILKERS 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:The 20th century exodus of over 6 million Black Americans from the South is sensitively retold through the lives of three who left.

Travels in Siberia
Travels in Siberia By Frazier, Ian Book - 2010 957 FRAZIER 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:Stricken by Russia love, a writer sets out to experience all things Siberian and takes us along for the rollicking journey.

The Tiger
The Tiger A True Story of Vengeance and Survival By Vaillant, John Book - 2010 599.756 VAILLANT 2010 Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 7 copies

Annotation:Russia’s ecological and cultural history serves as the backdrop for this riveting adventure tale of man versus beast.

The Price of Altruism
The Price of Altruism George Price and the Search for the Origins of Kindness By Harman, Oren Solomon Book - 2010 PRICE, GEORGE ROBERT Harman Available in some locations

Annotation:This moving work provides insight into the mind of a tormented genius attempting to understand an illusive aspect of human nature.

Nothing to Envy
Nothing to Envy Ordinary Lives in North Korea By Demick, Barbara Book - 2010 951.93 DEMICK 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:Chronicling the experiences of six people, this powerful account draws back the curtain on the brutality of life under a totalitarian regime.

The Last Stand
The Last Stand Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn By Philbrick, Nathaniel Book - 2010 973.82 PHILBRI 2010 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 5 copies

Annotation:An epic encounter between two iconic individuals is vividly portrayed in fluid, evocative, and decidedly objective prose.

Last Call
Last Call The Rise and Fall of Prohibition By Okrent, Daniel Book - 2010 363.41 OKRENT 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:This intoxicating history of the 18th amendment reveals the surprising relationship between Prohibition and other social movements, and explores its lasting impact on American life.

Just Kids
Just Kids By Smith, Patti Book - 2010 SMITH, PATTI Smith Available in some locations

Annotation:The poet and musician’s endearing memoir about her relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe captures life and art in New York City during the 1960s and ‘70s.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks By Skloot, Rebecca Book - 2010 616.02774 SKLOOT 2010 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 11 copies

Annotation:A science writer uncovers the fascinating story of an African-American woman’s cancer cells harvested for medical research, thereby raising important questions of bioethics.

The Hare With Amber Eyes
The Hare With Amber Eyes A Family's Century of Art and Loss By De Waal, Edmund Book - 2010 909.04924 DE WAAL 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:Blending history, biography and art, this personal account elegantly traces the fate of a European Jewish family and their collection of 246 netsuke.

Citizens of London
Citizens of London The Americans Who Stood With Britain in Its Darkest, Finest Hour By Olson, Lynne Book - 2010 940.54012 OLSON 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:In this compelling portrait three influential individuals persuade a reluctant President to come to the aid of a beleaguered nation in the early days of WWII.

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This list is selected annually by the American Library Association's Notable Books Council. The titles are selected for "their significant contribution to the expansion of knowledge or for the pleasure they can provide to adult readers." Titles for the 2011 list were selected from books published from November 2009 to November 2010. (Annotations from ALA RUSA website: http://tinyurl.com/4m64p3s )

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