Saturday, January 7, 2012

Indie Lit Awards Short List

I just got an email, as I am sure many of you did, announcing the short list for the Indie Lit Awards. I've put links to the ones I've read and my thoughts on the category as well.

Biography/Memoir
  • Battle hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua
  • Bossypants by Tina Fey (I enjoyed reading this one, but it was more fun than meaningful)
  • I Pray Hardest When Being Shot At by Klye Garret
  • Little Princes by Conor Grennan (I really liked this one and still think about it months later)
  • Tolstoy and the Purple Chair by Nina Sankovitch

GLBTQ
  • Well With My Soul by Gregory Allen
  • Swimming to Chicago by David Matthew Barnes
  • Songs of the New Depression by Kergan Edwards-Stout
  • Nina Here Nor There: My Journey Beyond Gender by Nick Krieger
  • Huntress by Melinda Lo
Fiction

  • Dance Lessons by Aine Greaney
  • Cross Currents by John Shors
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (I just bought this last night)
  • Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones
  • The Last Time I Saw Paris by Lynn Sheene

Mystery
  • Missing Daughter, Shattered Family by LIz Strange
  • The Cut by George Pelecanos
  • A Trick of the Light by Louise Penny
  • The Two Deaths of Daniel Hayes
  • Fun & Games by Duane Swierczynski

Non-Fiction
  • Berlin 1961 by Frederick Kempe
  • In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
  • Lost in Shangri-La by Mitchell Zuckoff (this one I liked a lot, I hope it wins)
  • Physics of the Future by Michio Kaku
  • The Social Animal by David Brooks

Poetry
  • Beyond Scent of Sorrow by Sweta Vikram
  • Catalina by Laurie Soriano
  • What Looks Like an Elephant by Edward Nudelman
  • Three Women: A Poetic Triptych and Selected Poems by Ramos, Emma Eden
  • Sonics in Warholia by Megan Volpert

Speculative Fiction
  • A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
  • The Magician King by Lev Grossman
  • 11/22/1963 by Stephen King
  • Among Others by Jo Walton
  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (one of my students just read this and liked it as much as I did. It would be a fun one to have win this category)

This makes me realize that I don't read much by independent book publishers.


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