LAMBDA Award Finalists 2020

Since 1988, the Lambda Literary Awards, or the Lammys, have been awarded to the best lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender writing. Here are the finalists for 2020 that are in the TBP collection.

Lesbian Fiction

Cantoras

Carolina De Robertis

DB 96434

Mostly Dead Things

Kristen Arnett

DB 95794

On Swift Horses

Shannon Pufahl

DB 97348

Patsy

Nicole Dennis-Benn

DB 96109

Red at the Bone

Jacqueline Woodson

DB 96652

Stay and Fight

Madeline Ffitch

DB 97166

Gay Fiction

Animalia

Jean-Baptiste Del Amo

Translated from the French by Frank Wynne

DB 97193

In West Mills

De’Shawn Charles Winslow

DB 96796

Lot: Stories

Bryan Washington

DB 94624

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous

Ocean Vuong

DB 95459

Bisexual Fiction

Big Familia: A Novel

Tomas Moniz

DB 98290 IN PROCESS

The Man Who Saw Everything

Deborah Levy

DB 97314

The Remainder

Alia Trabucco Zerán

Translated by Sophie Hughes

DB 98268 IN PROCESS

Transgender Nonfiction

Real Queer America: LGBT Stories from Red States

Samantha Allen

DB 96338

LGBTQ Nonfiction

In the Dream House: A Memoir

Carmen Maria Machado

DB 97881

When Brooklyn Was Queer: A History

Hugh Ryan

DB 95686

National Book Award Nominees 2019

National Book Award Longlist Logo
National Book Award Longlist Logo

The National Book Awards were established in 1950 to celebrate the best writing in America. Since 1989, they have been overseen by the National Book Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to celebrate the best literature in America, expand its audience, and ensure that books have a prominent place in American culture. Although other categories have been recognized in the past, the Awards currently honors the best Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Translated Literature, and Young People’s Literature published each year. For more information on the National Book Awards: https://www.nationalbook.org/

The finalists will be chosen on October 8th and the winners will be selected on November 13th, 2009.

The nominees for this year’s National Book Award in the TBP Collection:

Fiction

FLEISHMAN IS IN TROUBLE
BRODESSER-AKNER, TAFFY
DB 95416

TRUST EXERCISE
CHOI, SUSAN
DB 94561

BLACK LEOPARD, RED WOLF
JAMES, MARLON
DB 93771

OTHER AMERICANS
LALAMI, LAILA
DB 94629; BR 22697 IN PROCESS

NEED
PHILLIPS, HELEN
DB 96164

DISAPPEARING EARTH
PHILLIPS, JULIA
DB 95554; LB 11258

ON EARTH WE’RE BRIEFLY GORGEOUS
VUONG, OCEAN
DB 95459

NICKEL BOYS
WHITEHEAD, COLSON
DB 95925

Nonfiction

THICK: AND OTHER ESSAYS
COTTOM, TRESSIE MCMILLAN
DB 93913

WHAT YOU HAVE HEARD IS TRUE: A MEMOIR OF WITNESS AND RESISTANCE
FORCHE, CAROLYN
DB 94625

SAY NOTHING: A TRUE STORY OF MURDER AND MEMORY IN NORTHERN IRELAND
KEEFE, PATRICK RADDEN
DB 94329; LB 11261

HEARTBEAT OF WOUNDED KNEE: NATIVE AMERICA FROM 1890 TO THE PRESENT
TREUER, DAVID
DB 93988

SOLITARY: UNBROKEN BY FOUR DECADES IN SOLITARY CONFINEMENT: MY STORY OF TRANSFORMATION AND HOPE
WOODFOX, ALBERT
DB 94597

Poetry

DEAF REPUBLIC: POEMS
KAMINSKY, ILYA
DB 94920; BR 22694

Translated Literature

MEMORY POLICE
OGAWA, YOKO
DB 95999

DRIVE YOUR PLOW OVER THE BONES OF THE DEAD
TOKARCZUK, OLGA
DB 96156

Young People’s Literature

UNDEFEATED
ALEXANDER, KWAME
BR 22617

SHOUT: A POETRY MEMOIR
ANDERSON, LAURIE HALSE
DB 94454; LB 11417

PATRON SAINTS OF NOTHING
RIBAY, RANDY
DB 96003

1919: THE YEAR THAT CHANGED AMERICA
SANDLER, MARTIN W.
DB 94368

Staff Pick – Laura Jean– HOMEGOING by Yaa Gyasi, DB 84732

If you enjoy historical family sagas that feature a host of complex characters set amidst a sweeping storyline, you may enjoy Yaa Gyasi’s debut novel. Nominated for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize, Dylan Thomas Prize and Goodreads Choice Award for Historical Fiction, HOMEGOING tells the history of both Ghana and the United States through the eyes of multiple generations of a family as they encounter the racial, religious, and political tensions that permeated both countries from the 18th century until the present day.

NLS Annotation for HOMEGOING by Yaa Gyasi (DB 84732): In the 1700s, half sisters Esi and Effia are born in Ghana without knowing each other. Effia marries a wealthy Englishman, while Esi is imprisoned in the dungeon of the castle where Effia lives, before she is shipped to America and sold into slavery. Their descendants witness history. Unrated. Bestseller. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

If you have already read this book or enjoy African American family sagas, try ROOTS: THE SAGA OF AN AMERICAN FAMILY by Alex Haley (BR 17794, DB 53160). Or if you’re more interested in reading about a contemporary family bound to both the United States and Ghana, try GHANA MUST GO by Taiye Selasi (DB 76458).

Goodreads 2016 Choice Awards Announced

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The social cataloging website for book lovers, Goodreads, has just announced their readers’ Choice Awards for 2016. The Texas Talking Book Program has a good number of them in our collection. Are you looking for a non-fiction book? Goodreads members chose WHEN BREATH BECOMES AIR by Paul Kalanthithi (BR 21371; DB 83643) as their favorite memoir. Are you more interested in fiction? Try TRULY MADLY GUILTY by Liane Moriarty (DB 85100). Is young adult fiction more your thing? Ruta Sepetys’ book SALT TO THE SEA (DB 83767) was their selection in that category. Perhaps you’re in the market for a new author to explore. Goodreads readers awarded Alwyn Hamilton the honor of Debut Goodreads Author for her book REBEL OF THE SANDS (DB 84465). No matter which genre you enjoy, the bibliophiles at Goodreads have chosen a favorite book published this year. Contact us and we can help you find your next favorite book.

For more information: https://www.goodreads.com/choiceawards/best-books-2016

Staff Pick – Laura Jean– EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU by Celeste Ng, DB 80393

If you enjoy family dramas written in a moving tone and with a compelling writing style, you may enjoy EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU (DB 80393), the debut novel by Celeste Ng. New York Times Notable Book of 2014 and ALA’s Alex Award winner in 2015, this book reveals the life of teenager, Lydia Lee through the eyes of her parents, older brother Nathan, younger sister, Hannah and ultimately her own.

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Book jacket for Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

This book is beautifully crafted and strongly character driven. As the reader learns more about each member of the Lee Family, they are inexorably drawn deeper into the unvoiced hopes, dreams, and fears of each family member and how they affect each other, especially Lydia.

NLS Annotation for EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU by Celeste Ng (DB 80393): Examines the secrets of the Chinese-American Lee family of Ohio before and immediately after the 1977 drowning death of their middle child–high school sophomore Lydia. History professor James and his wife Marilyn–whose medical school plans were aborted by pregnancies–had high hopes for her. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2014.

If you have already read this book or enjoy books that deal with the ways in which a family deals with the death of a loved one try LOVELY BONES by Alice Sebold (DB 54698, BR 14806). Or if you’d prefer another book that looks at the complex dynamics of an immigrant family as they struggle to fit into their community and confront difficult emotions when processing personal losses try SLEEPWALKER’S GUIDE TO DANCING by Jacob Mira (DB 79244).