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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.
Leave the World Behind: A Novel
by A magnetic novel about two families, strangers to each other, who are forced together on a long weekend gone terribly wrong.
Call Number: Fict Ala -- New / Popular
The Vanishing Half
by The Vignes twin sisters will always be identical. But after growing up together in a small, southern black community and running away at age sixteen, it's not just the shape of their daily lives that is different as adults, it's everything: their families, their communities, their racial identities.
Call Number: Fict Ben -- New / Popular
by Piranesi's house is no ordinary building: its rooms are infinite, its corridors endless, its walls are lined with thousands upon thousands of statues, each one different from all the others. Within the labyrinth of halls an ocean is imprisoned; waves thunder up staircases, rooms are flooded in an instant.
Call Number: Fict Cla -- New / Popular
Publication Date: 2020-09-15ELECTRONIC FORMAT: eBook
Breasts and Eggs
by Paints a portrait of contemporary womanhood in Japan and recounts the intimate journeys of three women as they confront oppressive mores and their own uncertainties on the road to finding peace and futures they can truly call their own.
Call Number: [print copy may be available through ILL]
Deacon King Kong: A Novel
by A wise and witty novel about what happens to the witnesses of a shooting.
Call Number: Fict McB -- New / Popular
Publication Date: 2020-03-03ELECTRONIC FORMAT: eBook
by A thrilling departure: a short, piercing, deeply moving novel about the death of Shakespeare's 11 year old son Hamnet--a name interchangeable with Hamlet in 15th century Britain--and the years leading up to the production of his great play.
Call Number: Fict OFa -- New / Popular
by A visionary novel about the collision of technology and play, horror and humanity, from a master of the spine-tingling tale.
Call Number: [print copy may be available through ILL]
Publication Date: 2020-05-05ELECTRONIC FORMAT: eBook
by The unforgettable story of young Hugh "Shuggie" Bain, a sweet and lonely boy who spends his 1980s childhood in public housing in Glasgow, Scotland.
Call Number: Fict Stu -- New / Popular
Publication Date: 2020-02-11ELECTRONIC FORMAT: eBook
Run Me to Earth: A Novel
by Alisak, Prany, and Noi--three orphans united by devastating loss--must do what is necessary to survive the perilous landscape of 1960s Laos.
Call Number: Fict Yoo
Publication Date: 2020-01-28
Just Us: An American Conversation
by At home and in government, contemporary America finds itself riven by a culture war in which aggression and defensiveness alike are on the rise. It is not alone. In such partisan conditions, how can humans best approach one another across our differences?
Call Number: 305.896 Ran -- New / Popular
Publication Date: 2020-09-08ELECTRONIC FORMAT: eBook
Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents
by Isabel Wilkerson gives us a masterful portrait of an unseen phenomenon in America as she explores, through an immersive, deeply researched narrative and stories about real people, how America today and throughout its history has been shaped by a hidden caste system, a rigid hierarchy of human rankings.
Call Number: 305.5122 Wil -- New / Popular
Wilmington's Lie: The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy
by With a coordinated campaign of intimidation and violence, the Democrats sharply curtailed the black vote and stuffed ballot boxes to steal the 1898 mid-term election. Two days later, more than 2,000 heavily armed white nightriders known as Red Shirts swarmed through Wilmington, terrorizing women and children and shooting at least sixty black men dead in the streets.
Call Number: 305.8009 Zuc -- New / Popular
Publication Date: 2020-01-07
A Knock at Midnight: A Story of Hope, Justice, and Freedom
by Sharanda had been torn away from her young daughter and was serving a life sentence without parole--for a first-time drug offense. In Sharanda, Brittany saw haunting echoes of her own life, both as the daughter of a formerly incarcerated mother and as the once-girlfriend of an abusive drug dealer.
Call Number: 340.092 Bar -- New / Popular
Publication Date: 2020-09-08
Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family
by By the mid-1970s, six of the ten Galvin boys, one after the other, were diagnosed as schizophrenic. How could all this happen to one family? What took place inside the house on Hidden Valley Road was so extraordinary that the Galvins became one of the first families to be studied by the National Institutes of Mental Health?
Call Number: 616.898 Kol -- New / Popular
Oak Flat: A Fight for Sacred Land in the American West
by Tells the story of a race-against-time struggle for a swath of American land, which pits one of the poorest communities in the United States against the federal government and two of the world's largest mining conglomerates.
Call Number: 979 Red -- New / Popular
Publication Date: 2020-11-17
Memorial Drive: A Daughter's Memoir
by A chillingly personal and exquisitely wrought memoir of a daughter reckoning with the brutal murder of her mother at the hands of her former stepfather, and the moving, intimate story of a poet coming into her own in the wake of a tragedy.
Call Number: B Trethewey -- New / Popular
Publication Date: 2020-07-28ELECTRONIC FORMAT: eBook