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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.
The Wrong End of the Telescope
by Mina Simpson, a Lebanese doctor, arrives at the infamous Moria refugee camp on Lesbos, Greece, after being urgently summoned for help by her friend who runs an NGO there. Alienated from her family except for her beloved brother, Mina has avoided being so close to her homeland for decades.
Call Number: Fict Ala
Publication Date: 2021-09-21ELECTRONIC FORMAT: eBook
by A young boy named Gordo fights back tears underneath a wrestler's mask as he is forced to fight other boys and grow into his father's expectations of manhood.
Call Number: Fict Cor
Publication Date: 2021-08-17ELECTRONIC FORMAT: eBook
Cloud Cuckoo Land: A Novel
by In the besieged city of Constantinople in 1453, in a public library in Lakeport, Idaho, today, and on a spaceship bound for a distant exoplanet decades from now, an ancient text provides solace and the most profound human connection to characters in peril.
Call Number: Fict Doe
by Cast out of the royal court by Eleanor of Aquitaine, deemed too coarse and rough-hewn for marriage or courtly life, seventeen-year-old Marie de France is sent to England to be the new prioress of an impoverished abbey, its nuns on the brink of starvation and beset by disease.
Call Number: Fict Gro
Publication Date: 2021-09-07ELECTRONIC FORMAT: eBook
Klara and the Sun
by Kazuo Ishiguro looks at our rapidly changing modern world through the eyes of an unforgettable narrator to explore a fundamental question: what does it mean to love?
Call Number: Fict Ish
The Love Songs of W.E.B. du Bois: A Novel
by This sweeping, brilliant and beautiful narrative is at once a love song to Black girlhood, family, history, joy, pain... and so much more.
Call Number: Fict Jef
Publication Date: 2021-08-24ELECTRONIC FORMAT: eBook
by An aesthetic and existential coming-of-age novel exploring the apprenticeship of a young female painter
Call Number: Fict Ker
Publication Date: 2021-04-20ELECTRONIC FORMAT: eBook
When We Cease to Understand the World
by A fictional examination of the lives of real-life scientists and thinkers whose discoveries resulted in moral consequences beyond their imagining.
Call Number: Fict Lab
Hell of a Book: A Novel
by An astounding work of fiction, both incredibly funny and heartfelt, asking readers to embrace the fantastical in order to get to the heart of racism, police violence, and the hidden costs exacted upon not only Black Americans, but America as a whole
Call Number: Fict Mot
The Five Wounds: A Novel
by It's Holy Week in the small town of Las Penas, New Mexico, and thirty-three-year-old unemployed Amadeo Padilla has been given the part of Jesus in the Good Friday procession. He is preparing feverishly for this role when his fifteen-year-old daughter Angel shows up pregnant on his doorstep and disrupts his plans.
Call Number: Fict Qua
by A debut story collection about Cambodian-American life-immersive and comic, yet unsparing-that marks the arrival of an indisputable new talent in American fiction
Call Number: Fict So
Publication Date: 2021-08-03ELECTRONIC FORMAT: eBook
Pastoral Song: A Farmer’s Journey
by [The author] chronicles his family's farm in England's Lake District across three generations, revealing through this intimate lens the profound global transformation of agriculture and of the human relationship to the land
Call Number: 338.1763 Reb
Publication Date: 2021-08-03
A World on the Wing: The Global Odyssey of Migratory Birds
by In the past two decades, our understanding of bird migration-the navigational and physiological feats that enable birds to cross immense oceans or fly above the highest mountains, to go weeks without sleep, or remain in unbroken flight for months at a stretch-has exploded.
Call Number: 598.1568 Wei
Publication Date: 2021-03-30ELECTRONIC FORMAT: eAudiobook
People Love Dead Jews: Reports From a Haunted Present
by Dara Horn challenges us to confront the reasons why there might be so much fascination with Jewish deaths, as emblematic of the worst of evils the world has to offer, and so little respect for Jewish lives, as they continue to unfold in the present.
Call Number: 909.0492 Hor
Publication Date: 2021-09-07ELECTRONIC FORMAT: eAudiobook
Poet Warrior: A Memoir
by Poet Laureate Joy Harjo offers a vivid, lyrical, and inspiring call for love and justice in this contemplation of her trailblazing life.
Call Number: B Harjo
Publication Date: 2021-09-07
Chasing Me to My Grave: An Artist’s Memoir of the Jim Crow South
by Winfred Rembert grew up as a field hand on a Georgia plantation. He embraced the Civil Rights Movement, endured political violence, survived a lynching, and spent seven years in prison on a chain gang. Years later, seeking a fresh start at the age of 52, he discovered his gift and vision as an artist, and using leather tooling skills he learned in prison, started etching and painting scenes from his youth.
Call Number: B Rembert
Publication Date: 2021-09-07
Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty
by A grand, devastating portrait of three generations of the Sackler family, famed for their philanthropy, whose fortune was built by Valium and whose reputation was destroyed by OxyContin
Call Number: [print copy may be available through ILL]
Publication Date: 2021-04-13ELECTRONIC FORMAT: eBook