Award Winning Books, 2010, National and International Prizes
Award Winning Books: Always a Great Reading Choice
An award winning book is always a great choice when you are looking for a great read. Rather than go to the bookstore without a plan, I'll often check out lists of book award winners and pick out a few, then go to the bookstore to check out those titles in person to pick one out.
The great thing about searching for new books to read by looking at winners of literary prizes and awards is that there are a lot of major national and international awards for English-language books, most of which have been granting literary prizes for decades. This gives you a pretty long backlist of great books to choose from.
And the Winner Is . . .
Below is a list of the winners from the top national and
international book awards granted for English-language fiction books in 2010.
probably find that you tend to really like books that are chosen for a
specific award. Personally, if I am in need of a good read I know that I
can't go wrong with a Man Booker Prize winner.
So get ready to sit back and relax in your favorite reading chair with that new discovery that is destined to be added to your list of all-time favorite books. And if you use a Kindle, you're going to want to make sure it's fully charged.
Be sure to check out the titles on my award-winning book titles from other years, too. Soon enough you'll have a great book in hand and a big pile of great titles on deck.
Man Booker Prize Winner, 2010 -- The Finkler Question
The Man Booker Prize
The Finkler Question, by Howard Jacobsen
When former BBC radio producer and movie double Julian Treslove is mugged following a dinner with his lifetime friend, writer, Jewish philosopher, and fellow widower Sam Finkler, he becomes convinced the crime had anti-Semitic motives. With this backdrop, Jacobsen explores the themes of friendship, loss and identity with wit and charm.
Man Booker Prize Shortlisted Titles, 2010
In a Strange Room, by Damon Galgut
The Long Song: A Novel, by Andrea Levy
C, by Tom McCarthy
Parrot and Olivier in America, by Pater Carey
Room: A Novel, by Emma Donoghue
Costa Novel Award Shortlisted Titles, 2010
The Blasphemeer: A Novel, by Nigel Farndale
Skippy Dies: A Novel, by Paul Muray
Costas Book Awards
Costa Novel Award
The Hand That First Held Mine, by Maggie O'Farrell
Alternating between two distinct plots, O'Farrell tells the story of the young, small-town Lexis Sinclair, who fresh out of University finds her way to the center of London's art scene in post-WWII Soho, and the London couple of Ted and Elina, whose story begins about fifty years later, but eventually falls back into time to meet with Lexis.
Costa Book of the Year
Of Mutability, by Jo Shepcott
In this collection, her first in over 10 years, Shepcott explores many themes related to her battle with breast cancer: mortality, living fully, hop and humanity.
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Winner, 2010 -- Tinkers
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
Tinkers, by Paul Harding
Harding's debut novel explores the history and final days of George Washington Crosby, a clock repairmen, on his deathbed in a New England home that he built with his own hands. Harding's use of descriptive language is masterful.
Pulitzer Prize Finalists, 2010
In Other Rooms, Other Wonders, by Daniyal Mueenuddin
Love in Infant Monkeys: Stories, by Lydia Millet
Pen/Faulkner Award for Fiction Winner, 2010
Pen/Faulkner Award for Fiction
War Dances, Sherman Alexie
In WarDances, Alexie combines short stories and poetry in a series of pieces that challenge the reader to find the common thread. The book is filled with the brilliant, beautiful writing that one has come to expect from Alexie.
PEN/Faulkner Finalists 2010
A Gate at the Stairs, by Lorrie Moore
Sag Harbor, by Colson Whitehead
The Lacuna: A Novel, by Barbara Kingsolver
Homicide Survivors Picnic and Other Stories, by Lorraine M. Lopez
Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award Winner, 2010 -- A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True
Hemingway Foundation/Pen Award
A Long Long Time Ago and Essentially True, by Brigid Pasulka
Pasulka's debut is a terrific work with fairy tale elements and terribly strong characters whose stories span the second half of twentieth century Poland between the old Poland and the new.
Hemingway/PEN Finalists and Honorable Mentions 2010
Reasons for and Advantages of Breathing, by Lydia Peelle
The Walking People, by Mary Beth Keane
All the Living: A Novel, by C. E. Morgan
Cutting for Stone, by Abraham Verghese
National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction Winner, 2010
National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction
A Visit From The Goon Squad, by Jennifer Egan
With the narrative skipping arond in time and place, Egan skillfully and seamlessly takes the reader on a ride that is filled with a somewhat madcap cast of characters, including Sasha the kleptomaniac, Benny Salazar the rising music producer, and flashbacks to the heyday of the Bay Area punk rock scence.
National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction Finalists, 2010
Freedom, by Jonathan Franzen
To The End Of The Land, by David Grossman. Translated by Jessica Cohen
Comedy In A Minor Key, by Hans Keilson. Translated by Damion Searls
Skippy Dies, by Paul Murray
Enjoy your new books, and hold close the wise words of Dr. Seuss, when he wrote, "The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go."