The 2014 National Book Award Winners were announced on Wednesday in the categories of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and young people’s literature. The honorees were chosen from shortlists of five finalists that were announced in October. (See this post from October to review the finalists).

This year’s winners are:


Redeployment by Phil Klay


Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China by Evan Osnos


Faithful and Virtuous Night by Louise Gluck

Young People’s Literature

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

The 2014 Anthony Award Winners were announced recently. The Anthony Award is a literary award for mystery writers given annually. The award is given in a number of categories. If you’re a mystery fan, these are great reads if you are looking for your next whodunit.

Best Novel

Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger

Best First Novel

Yesterday’s Echo by Matt Coyle

Best Paperback Original

As She Left It by Catriona McPherson

Best Short Story

The Caxton Private Lending Library and Book Depository by John Connolly

Best Critical of Non-Fiction Work

The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War by Daniel Stashower

Best Children’s or Young Adult Novel

The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

Best Audiobook

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

This week is fairly light in terms of new books, but nonetheless there are some good ones.

Captivated by You by Sylvia Day







Captivated by You is Day’s next novel in her popular Crossfire series. The characters face a choice in this novel – the safety of the lives they had before they knew each other or to fight for a future that seemed an impossible dream.

The Escape by David Baldacci







John Puller is back and this time he must fight to save his brother. When his brother escapes from prison, John must decide who to help – and in the process he learns troubling details about his brother’s case.

The Cinderella Murder by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke







TV producer Laurie Moran has a new show on TV focused on cold cases. She has the ideal case for her next episode, known as the Cinderella Murder. But will the killer appreciate the close-up, or is something else in store? This is the first book in Under Suspicion, a new series by Mary Higgins Clark.

There Was a Little Girl: The Real Story of My Mother and Me by Brooke Shields







Brooke Shields explores her up and down relationship with her mother, Teri, in this powerful memoir.

The Paris Winter by Imogen Robertson







Maude came to Academie in Paris to paint, but the city is expensive and she slips into poverty. She takes a job as a companion to Sylvie to earn money but soon finds that Sylvie is addicted to opium and she pulls Maude into her world.

Don’t Give Up, Don’t Give In: Lessons From an Extraordinary Life by Louis Zamperini and David Rensin






Zamperini is one of the men featured in Laura Hillenbrand’s biography Unbroken. In his own words, he reveals the values and lessons that sustained him throughout his journey. Zamperini was a U.S. Olympic Runner, a WWII Bombardier and a POW survivor. He founded The Victory Boys Camp for at risk youth when he returned to the U.S. following the war. This book was finished shortly before he died.

The Job by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg







In this addition to the Fox and O’Hare series, Fox and O’Hare must bring down the brutal leader of a global drug-smuggling empire. If they survive a chase around the world, it would be their biggest win yet.

Revival by Stephen King







King’s latest is a tale of addiction, fanaticism and what might exist on the other side of life. A new minister and his wife move to town to transform the local church. When a tragedy strikes, the preacher mocks all religious beliefs and is banished from the tow. Years later, they meet again and form a pact. Spanning five decades, this novel is touted to have the most terrifying conclusion of any King novel to date.

Blue Labyrinth by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child







Special Agent Pendergast is back in this new novel by Preston and Child. One of Pendergast’s enemies ends up on his doorstep, dead. One clue is all Pendergast has to work with, but as he digs into the crime he discovers a wicked plot beyond anything he could have imagined.

41: A Portrait of My Father by George W. Bush





Never before has a President told the story of another … until now. This unique and intimate biography covers the entire life of Bush, from his time in WWII through his political career. George W. Bush offers insights along the way of how his father influenced him and his rise through politics.

The Stranger: Barack Obama in the White House by Chuck Todd







Chuck Todd draws upon his inner circle of sources to provide a gripping account of Obama’s tenure in the White House, taking readers on a journey of his presidency thus far. Fans of political biographies and accounts will enjoy this book.

The Andy Cohen Diaries: A Deep Look at a Shallow Year by Andy Cohen





Beloved pop icon Andy Cohen uses his own words to detail a year in his life. Andy chronicles the side of celebrity life that many don’t see but that he is exposed to due to the nature of his show. Not only telling readers about these events, Cohen throws in his 2 cents about what he thinks. It is a one-of-a-kind account of the whos and whats of pop culture in the 21st century, perfect for fans of celebrity memoirs.

The Art of Asking; or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help by Amanda Palmer

Rock star Amanda Palmer has always been an asker when it came to her career. Yet she discovered that it was harder to ask questions in her personal life. In this book, she explores the barriers to asking and how she learned to not fear asking the hard questions. This book will inspire all who read it to rethink their own ideas about asking, giving, art and love.

One Night: Denied by Jodi Ellen Malpas







One Night: Denied is the follow up novel to Malpa’s book One Night: Promised. The passion between Livy and Miller from the first book may end up destroying them both. Readers will be taken through scenes of overwhelming desire and shocking discoveries.

Private India by James Patterson and Ashwin Sanghi







People are dying in Mumbai in a chilling ritual. Santosh Wagh, head of Private India, is in a race against time to stop the killer. The case will have him battling Mumbai’s biggest gang lord. Through his discoveries, he finds a bigger threat to private India, someone who could destroy the entire organization and thousands of innocent citizens.

Stillwater Rising by Steena Holmes







An elementary school shooting has rocked the town of Stillwater Bay, including Jennifer Crowne who is struggling to settle back to life after her son was killed. Her best friend tries to keep the town together and their relationship is put to the test as each weigh their interests against the bonds of friendship.

Lives in Ruins: Archaeologists and the Seductive Lure of Human Rubble by Marilyn Johnson







Johnson takes a look into the field of archaeology as she provides a profile of archaeologists at work in various sites around the world.

The Wild Truth by Carine McCandless







McCandless, the sister of Into the Wild writer John Krakauer, provides more insight into his story about disappearing into the Alaskan wilderness. Fans of Into the Wild will enjoy hearing a different perspective of Krakauer’s adventure.

The Burning Room by Michael Connelly








Detective Harry Bosch tackles a new case in the 19th installment of his series. A man shot 9 years earlier dies from complications and any potential evidence is nonexistent. Bosch and his new partner are tasked with solving this crime, revealing that the shooting may have in fact not been random at all.

Stonewalled: One Reporter’s Fight for Truth in Obama’s Washington by Sharyl Attkisson







Attkisson reveals how she was surveilled while digging into the Obama Administration, offering a critique of the journalism industry.

The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin







Hodkin’s final book in the Mara Dyer series is finally out and readers will be shocked at the conclusion. Loyalties are betrayed, guilt and innocence tangle and fate and chance collide … while retribution arrives.

Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation by Bill Nye







Bill Nye is on a quest to spread awareness of evolution and how it shapes our lives. In Undeniable, he explains some of the pressing questions on this issue, showing that it is essential to understand evolution if you want to understand how nature works.

Sunflower Lane by Jill Gregory





Author Jill Gregory is back with a heartwarming novel about passion, trust, love and healing the past. Annabelle Harper is seeking a new direction in life, including letting go of romance. When her former love interest shows up, she must decide what to do.

A New York Christmas by Anne Perry







Anne Perry’s latest Christmas stories novel is out this week, the very first set in New York. Jemima follows her friend to the big apple but when she arrives, she is enlisted in a mission to track down her friend’s mother. When they find her dead, she is determined to find the killer – learning an important lesson along the way about staying true to oneself.

Inside the Criminal Mind: Revised and Updated Edition by Stanton Samenow







This updated edition provides the truth to long held myths about crime, providing a chilling profile of today’s criminal.

The Forgers by Bradford Morrow





The Forgers is the tale of the dark side of the rare book world that fans of literary thrillers will love. Rare book collector Adam Diehl is found dead surrounded by books. Adam’s sister and her boyfriend receive threatening letters soon after, and they try to start over before danger comes to them. Through this story, Morrow explains the passion that drives collectors to the edge of mortality.

Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers







Mortal Heart is the third book in the His Fair Assassin series by LaFevers. Annith has waited her turn to serve Death when she discovers she is being groomed to be forever sequested in rock and stone. She decides to strike out on her own … and you must read to find out what happens.

Let Me Be Frank With You by Richard Ford







Let Me Be Frank With You is part of Ford’s series featuring Frank Bascombe. In this novel, Ford reinvents Bascombe in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. IT is a moving odyssey taking readers through American today.

A Map of Betrayal by Ha Jin







Jin is back with a tale of espionage and conflicted loyalties spanning half a century of relationships between China and the United States. A daughter discovers her father’s diary that reveals a double life, including the hard journey from China to the United States. She must take action to avoid her father’s troubles from damaging another generation of her family.

Every year, the New York Times Book Review chooses a panel of judges to select the top 10 books based on artistic merit. This is the only annual award of its kind, and these books are sure to satisfy your artistic cravings! Check out the winners.

Draw! by Paul Colon

Shackleton’s Journey by William Grill


 Time for Bed, Fred by Yasmeen Ismail

Here is the Baby by Polly Kanevsky and Taeeun Yoo

Where’s Mommy? by Beverly Donofrio and Barbara McClintock

The Promise by Nicola Davies and Laura Carlin

The Baby Tree by Sophie Blackall  and Laura Carlin

The Pilot and the Little Prince by Peter Sis

Haiti, My Country: Poems by Haitian School Children by Roge

Harlem Hellfighters by J. Patrick Lewis and Gary Kelley

With only a few days until Halloween, you may be looking for something to help get you in the Halloween spirit. That’s where we come in. Listed are some spooky reads to help you celebrate. What’s Halloween without a little spookiness?

The Woman in Black by Susan Hill:  A novella about an evil specter lurking in a secluded house


The Turn of the Screw by Henry James: The governess of a country house begins to suspect something unusual


House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski: A meditation on love with some spooky punches


The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson: This tale is considered one of the greatest ghost stories of the 20th century


The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allen Poe: The tale of Roderick Usher and his dead sister


Pet Sematary by Stephen King: King himself almost didn’t publish his because he found it too scary


Dracula by Bram Stoker: Try the original for the darkest tale of Dracula there is


Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill: Stephen King’s son writes just like his father; try this spooky tale about an aging rock star who collects memorabilia


The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman: After the murders of his family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where ghosts raise him


Brief Encounters: Conversations, Magic Moments, and Assorted Hijinks by Dick Cavett







Legendary talk show host Dick Cavett introduces us to some of the fascinating characters he crossed paths with in his new book, Brief Encounters: Conversations, Magic Moments, and Assorted Hijinks. He shares his reflections and reminiscences about these icons he interviewed during his career. Pick up this book and enjoy the conversation he shares.

Hiding in Plain Sight by Nuruddin Farah







Hiding in Plain Sight explores the tensions between freedom and obligation, gender roles and how politics disrupt personal issues. Bella’s half brother has been murdered and she feels obligated to help his now orphaned children. But when their mother, who left them years earlier, resurfaces, she must decide how far she will go.

The Book of Strange New Things by Michael Faber







Peter, a man of faith, is called to a mission that takes him miles away from his wife. He teaches the bible to a native population struggling with illness but is rattled when his wife sends troubling letters from home. Peter must reconcile the needs of his congregation with his wife’s struggle for survival. He will be tested in faith, love and his responsibility to those closest to him.

The World of Ice and Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and The Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin







This in depth volume is a comprehensive history of the Seven Kingdoms, providing vivid accounts of the battles, rivalries and rebellions that led up to the events in A Song of Ice and Fire. All Game of Thrones fans will love this newest edition to the world of the Seven Kingdoms.

Empire of Sin: A Story of Sex, Jazz, Murder and the Battle for Modern New Orleans by Gary Krist







Empire of Sin tells the tale of New Orleans’s other Civil War, a 30 year battle pitting the city’s elite against the world of vice and crime. Focused on Tom Anderson, the Czar of the city’s Storyville vice district, who fights to keep his empire intact despite pressures from many outsiders, the war was all about primacy in a wicked city told beautifully by Krist.

The Peripheral by William Gibson







The Peripheral is a thrill ride, telling the story of a brother and sister who work as security officers in cyberspace. They end up accepting a job tying them to murder, but readers beware – it follows multiple timelines and is told in different futures that converge on one story line. Fans of Philip K. Dick will enjoy Gibson’s newest novel.

Blood Magick by Nora Roberts







Blood Magick is the final book in Roberts’ The Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy. Branna and Fin’s relationship offers them both comfort and torment as it holds no promises for tomorrow. In the end, Fin’s power, loyalty and heart will prevail in this age old battle between friends and evil. If you are intrigued, don’t miss the previous two books in the series – Dark Witch and Shadow Spell.

Prince Lestat by Anne Rice







Prince Lestat is Rice’s latest addition to the Vampire Chronicles series. With the vampire world in crisis, the beings of all the vampire chronicles come together to seek out what is threatening them.

Yes Please by Amy Poehler








This highly anticipated book by Amy Poehler is full of words to live by as she tells personal stories and offers advice she has gathered throughout her life. Fans of comedic celebrity memoirs will be thrilled to get their hands on this book.

The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss







Auri, a young woman, lives deep below the university, a place with passageways, abandoned rooms and tunnels. Her life is explored in this story, offering readers a chance to learn things only she knows. Rothfuss brings us into the world of one of the Kingkiller Chronicle’s most mysterious characters, a tale of a broken girl in a broken world.

A Christmas Prayer by Kimberla Lawson Roby







Ever since Alexis’s mother passed away five years ago, holidays haven’t been very merry. With a new fiance, Alexis is ready for them to make their own happy holiday memories, but as tensions rise, their trip to the alter is in question. Will she get her wish for a happy holiday season or will her prayer go unanswered?

Havana Storm by Clive Cussler and Dick Cussler







Dirk Pitt returns in this thrilling new novel by Cussler. Pitt becomes involved in something dangerous while investigating a toxic outbreak in the Caribbean Sea. At the same time, his children are chasing down an Aztec Stone and land in Cuba. The three of them end up in a dire situation … and you’ll have to read this novel to find out how or if they make it out in tact.

Pegasus by Danielle Steel







Pegasus, a novel that follows a family during World War II, is being touted as one of her strongest books to date. It is a story about transformation, fate and love as two childhood friends struggle with Nazi Germany.

Us by David Nicholls


Us follows the story of Douglas Peterson, a scientist with a struggling marriage and a moody teenage son. They go ahead with a planned European adventure in which Douglas hopes Connie will change her mind about the divorce, but his detailed itinerary is threatened from the start. Will this be his last summer as a husband and father or will he turn the world marriage, and his life, around?

Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis: The Untold Story by Barbara Leaming







Leaming explores Jacqueline’s life, from her youth through her marriage, her stint as First Lady and the trauma of her husband’s murder. This is the first time readers will hear about her struggle with PTSD, giving a new appreciation for this iconic woman.

Looking for your next great read? The editors at Library Journal just put out their Best Books of 2014. Below are their lists, and any of these are sure to give you an excellent read. Of course, if these don’t strike you, your librarians at WPL are here to help you find a book you will love!


Top Ten:

1. An Untamed State – Roxane Gay

2. No Place to Hide – Glenn Greenwald

3. Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War – Mark Harris

4. A Brief History of Seven Killings – Marlon James

5. The Sixth Extinction – Elizabeth Kolbert

6. Empire of Sin: A Story of Sex, Jazz, Murder, and the Battle for Modern New Orleans – Gary Krist

7. The Bone Clocks – David Mitchell

8. Us -David Nicholls

9. Some Luck – Jane Smiley

10. The Storied Life of AJ Fikry

More of the Best:

Liar Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War – Karen Abbott

Schubert’s Winter Journey – Ian Bostridge

So We Read On: How the Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why It Endures – Maureen Corrigan

Kill My Mother – Jules Feiffer

Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War – Robert M. Gates

My Life in Middlemarch – Rebecca Mead

A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing – Eimear McBride

The Bees – Laline Paull

Fives and Twenty Fives – Michael Pitre

Bellweather Rhapsody – Kate Racculia

The Spinning Heart – Donal Ryan

Family Life – Akhil Sharma

In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette – Hampton Sides


Beautiful You: A Novel by Chuck Palahniuk







Palahniuk’s latest is about the apocalyptic marketing possibilities of female pleasure. A new line of toys for women is out and millions line up to get one. The manufacturer has a plan for world domination with these new toys that must be stopped… but how?

Burned by Valerie Plame with Sarah Lovett







CIA Officer Vanessa Pierson is on the hunt for a notorious arms dealer, but as she gets close, she must align with a criminal to capture her target. This is the second book of the Vanessa Pierson series.

Gray Mountain by John Grisham







After losing her job to the recession, Samantha Kofer moves from Manhattan to Virginia to work at a legal aid clinic. This new job plunges Samantha into the world of coal mining, and within weeks she gets involved in a deadly investigation.

Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan







Jim Gaffigan, stand-up comedian and author of Dad is Fat, writes about his thoughts on all things food in his second book. His insights will delight readers of all ages.

Shopaholic to the Stars by Sophie Kinsella






Luke is in LA to manage the career of famous actress Sage Seymour, and when his wife joins him, she believes she should be Sage’s stylist. When his wife Becky joins a team with Sage’s arch rival, will Luke be able to handle the conflict or will Becky end up hurting those she loves most?

 On His Own Terms: A Life of Nelson Rockefeller by Richard Norton Smith

On His Own Terms is the first complete biography of Nelson Rockefeller, an American icon. Rockefeller longed for the White House from a early age, and after completing terms as governor of New York and seeking the presidency, the closest he got to the White House was Vice President under Ford. His life was one of color, range and relevance that is captured beautifully by noted historian Richard Norton Smith. 

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson







Lawyer Bryan Stevenson writes an account of his coming of age in the legal system. Founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, he dedicated his career to defending those most in need. This transformed his understanding of mercy and justice, which he shares in Just Mercy.

Hands Off My Gun: Defeating the Plot to Disarm America by Dana Loesch







Dana Loesch, talk show host and TV commentator, writes about the intent of the Second Amendment and what would happen if gun confiscation became a reality.

Change of Heart by Jude Deveraux







Based on Deveraux’s short story by the same name, Change of Heart focuses on two childhood friends who grow into much more. Like her other novels, she combines love and passion with unexpected twists in this new novel.

Grace’s Guide: The Art of Pretending to be a Grown-up by Grace Helbig






Grace’s Guide is a handbook for millennials that goes over everything adults should know, featuring interactive elements and stories from her own misadventures.