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Notable Books List
"Purpose: Since 1944, the goal of the Notable Books Council has been to make available to the nation’s readers a list of 25 very good, very readable, and at times very important fiction, nonfiction, and poetry books for the adult reader" (see citation below*).
The Notable Books Council is made possible by ALA, the American Library Association. They compile a new list every year for readers. This guide is similarly separated by year (see tabs above) with indications for fiction and nonfiction selections held by the Saratoga Springs Public Library. Notable Books of poetry are contained in their own tab.
* "Notable Books List." Reference and User Services Association: A Division of the American Library Association. 2016. Web. 24 Sept. 2016. www.ala.org/rusa/awards/notablebooks.
Stay with Me
by A novel about a married Nigerian couple who must grapple with staggering levels of loss and betrayal in their quest to create a family for themselves.
Call Number: Fict Ade
Publication Date: 2017-08-22
Days Without End: A Novel
by Entering the U.S. army after fleeing the Great Famine in Ireland, seventeen-year-old Thomas McNulty and his brother-in-arms, John Cole, experience the harrowing realities of the Indian wars and the American Civil War between the Wyoming plains and Tennessee.
Call Number: Fict Bar
Publication Date: 2017-01-24
The Last Ballad: A Novel
by The eagerly awaited next novel from the author of the New York Times bestselling A Land More Kind Than Home about a young mother desperately trying to hold her family together in the years before the Great Depression, a haunting and moving story of cowardice, courage and sacrifice.
Call Number: Fict Cas
Publication Date: 2017-10-03
American War: A Novel
by An audacious and powerful debut novel: a second American Civil War, a devastating plague, and one family caught deep in the middle--a story that asks what might happen if America were to turn its most devastating policies and deadly weapons upon itself.
Call Number: Fict ElA
Publication Date: 2017-04-04
Here in Berlin: A Novel
by A visitor to Berlin collects stories and memories from residents, intertwining the contemporary city with haunting tales of its past.
Call Number: Fict Gar
Publication Date: 2017-10-10
Less: A Novel
by Arthur Less will almost fall in love in Paris, almost fall to his death in Berlin, barely escape to a Moroccan ski chalet from a Saharan sandstorm, accidentally book himself as the (only) writer-in-residence at a Christian Retreat Center in Southern India, and encounter, on a desert island in the Arabian Sea, the last person on Earth he wants to face. Somewhere in there: he will turn fifty.
Call Number: Fict Gre
Exit West: A Novel
by As violence and the threat of violence escalate, Nadia and Saeed decide that they no longer have a choice. Leaving their homeland and their old lives behind, they find a door and step through.
Call Number: Fict Ham
Human Acts: A Novel
by Young Dong-ho is a casualty in a South Korean student uprising. The consequences of this act come together as the chapters of this novel.
Call Number: Fict Han
Publication Date: 2017-01-17
by In the early 1900s, teenaged Sunja, the adored daughter of a crippled fisherman, falls for a wealthy stranger at the seashore near her home in Korea. He promises her the world, but when she discovers she is pregnant-and that her lover is married-she refuses to be bought.
Call Number: Fict Lee
by On All Souls Day, the late Marcus Conway returns home. Solar Bones captures in a single relentless sentence the life and death of this rural Irish engineer, and his place in the globally interconnected 21st century.
Call Number: Fict McC
Publication Date: 2017-09-12
Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel
by Traces a night of solitary mourning and reflection as experienced by the sixteenth president after the death of his eleven-year-old son at the dawn of the Civil War.
Call Number: [print copy may be available through ILL]
Sing, Unburied, Sing: A Novel
by Jojo and his toddler sister, Kayla, live with their grandparents, Mam and Pop, and the occasional presence of their drug-addicted mother, Leonie, on a farm on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. Leonie is simultaneously tormented and comforted by visions of her dead brother, which only come to her when she's high; Mam is dying of cancer; and quiet, steady Pop tries to run the household and teach Jojo how to be a man.
Call Number: Fict War
Publication Date: 2017-09-05ELECTRONIC FORMAT: eAudiobook
The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women
by As World War I raged across the globe, hundreds of young women toiled away at the radium-dial factories, where they painted clock faces with a mysterious new substance called radium. Assured by their bosses that the luminous material was safe, the women themselves shone brightly in the dark, covered from head to toe with the glowing dust. With such a coveted job, these "shining girls" were considered the luckiest alive--until they began to fall mysteriously ill.
Call Number: 363.1799 Moo
Publication Date: 2017-04-18ELECTRONIC FORMAT: eBook
The Blood of Emmett Till
by In 1955, white men in the Mississippi Delta lynched a visiting fourteen-year-old from Chicago named Emmett Till. His murder was part of a wave of white terrorism in the wake of the 1954 Supreme Court decision that declared public school segregation unconstitutional.
Call Number: 364.134 Tys
Publication Date: 2017-01-31
The Butchering Art
by Lindsey Fitzharris reveals the shocking world of nineteenth-century surgery and shows how it was transformed by advances made in germ theory and antiseptics between 1860 and 1875.
Call Number: 617.092 Fit
Publication Date: 2017-10-17
Huế 1968: The Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam
by Interviews with participants from both sides of the conflict and materials from Vietnamese and American archives provide multiple points of view on each stage of the Battle of Huế.
Call Number: 959.7043 Bow
Publication Date: 2017-06-06
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
by Presents a true account of the early twentieth-century murders of dozens of wealthy Osage and law-enforcement officials, citing the contributions and missteps of a fledgling FBI that eventually uncovered one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.
Call Number: 976.6004 Gra
Publication Date: 2018-04-03ELECTRONIC FORMAT: eBook
by Ulysses S. Grant's life has typically been misunderstood. All too often he is caricatured as a chronic loser and inept businessman, fond of drinking to excess; or as the triumphant but brutal Union general of the Civil War; or as a credulous and hapless president whose tenure came to symbolize the worst excesses of the Gilded Age. These stereotypes don't come close to capturing adequately his spirit and the sheer magnitude of his monumental accomplishments.
Call Number: B Grant
Publication Date: 2017-10-10ELECTRONIC FORMAT: eBook
The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir
by The author describes her experiences as a young Vietnamese immigrant, highlighting her family's move from their war-torn home to the United States in graphic novel format.
Call Number: TEEN B Bui
Publication Date: 2017-03-07