Multcolib Research Picks: 2013 Oregon Book Awards

The Listeners
The Listeners A Novel By Zumas, Leni (Book - 2012 ) FICTION ZUMAS 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:A punk-rock music star with waning success tries to deal with the death of her younger sister twenty years before.

Magic Trash
Magic Trash A Story of Tyree Guyton and His Art By Shapiro, J. H. (Book - 2011 ) j 709.2 G992s 2011 Beginning Facts Available in some locations

Annotation:Eye-popping illustrations trace the life of Tyree Guyton and his visionary artwork, which used reclaimed trash to turn a derelict Detroit street into community-activist art.

Crazy Enough
Crazy Enough A Memoir By Large, Storm (Book - 2012 ) 782.42166092 L322c 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:Indie singer and reality-TV star Large unloads stories about her volatile life.

Drawing From Memory
Drawing From Memory By Say, Allen (Book - 2011 ) j 741.64092 S2741d 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:"Caldecott Medalist Allen Say presents a stunning graphic novel chronicling his journey as an artist during WWII, when he apprenticed under Noro Shinpei, Japan’s premier cartoonist."-Novelist

The Wrecking Crew
The Wrecking Crew The Inside Story of Rock and Roll's Best-kept Secret By Hartman, Kent (Book - 2012 ) 781.660922 W944h 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:The collective, behind-the-scenes stories of the artists who dominated Top 40 radio during the1960s and early ’70s.

Glaciers A Novel By Smith, Alexis M. (Book - 2012 ) FICTION SMITH 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:Glaciers follows Isabel, a single, twentysomething thrift-store shopper and collector of remnants, through a day in her life in which work with damaged books in the basement of a library, unrequited love for the former soldier who fixes her computer, and dreams of the perfect vintage dress move over a backdrop of deteriorating urban architecture and the imminent loss of the glaciers she knew as a young girl in Alaska.

Blue Thread
Blue Thread By Feldman, Ruth Tenzer (Book - 2012 ) y FELDMAN 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:The women’s suffrage movement is in full swing in 1912 Portland, Oregon. Miriam desperately wants to work at her father’s printing shop, but when he refuses she decides to dedicate herself to the suffrage movement. An heirloom prayer shawl thrusts her into a time-traveling adventure where she is transported back in time to inspire the Daughters of Zelophehad, the first women in biblical history to own land.

Annie and Helen
Annie and Helen By Hopkinson, Deborah (Book - 2012 ) j B-Su532h 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:The story of Helen Keller focuses on the relationship between Helen and her teacher, Annie Sullivan.

First Comes Love
First Comes Love By Kacvinsky, Katie (Book - 2012 ) y KACVINSKY 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:Like his name, Gray is dark and stormy. Dylan, a girl always searching for what's next, seemingly unable to settle down, is the exact opposite: full of light and life. On the outside, they seem like an unlikely couple. But looks can be deceiving and besides, opposites attract.

Wild From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail By Strayed, Cheryl (Book - 2012 ) 917.9 S913w 2012 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 220 on 131 copies

Annotation:At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State—and to do it alone.

Cat's Foot
Cat's Foot A Novel By Doyle, Brian (Book - 2012 ) FICTION DOYLE 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:What if a man who lost his foot in a war decides, many years later, to find it? So begins this lean little novel – a quest, a wandering, a contemplation of the immense foolishness of war.

Calvin Coconut
Calvin Coconut Man Trip By Salisbury, Graham (Book - 2012 ) j SALISBURY 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:Fourth-grader Calvin lives near the beach in Oahu with his mom and little sister. Mom likes to call Calvin her “Man of the house.” But Calvin’s not great at being the man of the house, or taking care of his responsibilities. He’s too busy bouncing around with his friends and trying to avoid Tito, the tough kid.

We Heard the Heavens Then : A Memoir of Iran
We Heard the Heavens Then : A Memoir of Iran By Minu-Sepehr, Aria (Book - 2012 ) B-Mi6686w 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:"Recounts the author's childhood in revolutionary Iran, describing his early life of privilege as the son of a high-ranking general in the Shah's Imperial Iranian Air Force, the nightmarish existence his family endured after the Ayatollah rose to power in1979, and their eventual decision to flee to the United States." Novelist

Seeing Ezra
Seeing Ezra A Mother's Story of Autism, Unconditional Love, and the Meaning of Normal By Cohen, Kerry (Book - 2011 ) 616.858820092 C6785s 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:Seeing Ezra is the soulful, beautifully written memoir of a mother’s fierce love for her autistic son, and a poignant examination of what it means to be “normal.”

Part Wild
Part Wild One Woman's Journey With A Creature Caught Between the Worlds of Wolves and Dogs By Terrill, Ceiridwen (Book - 2011 ) 636.7 T326p 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:When Terrill adopts a wolfdog—part husky, part gray wolf—named Inyo to be her protector and fellow traveler, she is drawn to Inyo’s spark of wildness; compelled by the great responsibility, even danger, that accompanies the allure of the wild; and transformed by the extraordinary love she shares with Inyo, who teaches Terrill how to carve out a place for herself in the world.

Once Upon A Toad
Once Upon A Toad By Frederick, Heather Vogel (Book - 2012 ) j FREDERICK 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:A girl gets into a mouthful of trouble in this modern fractured fairy tale.

The Bible, the School, and the Constitution
The Bible, the School, and the Constitution The Clash That Shaped Modern Church-state Doctrine By Green, Steven K. (Book - 2012 ) 344.730796 G7981b 2012 All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Few constitutional issues have been as contentious in modern times as those concerning school prayer and the public funding of religious schools. But as Steven K. Green reveals, this debate actually reached its apogee just after the Civil War, between 1863 and 1876.

(--shards--) By Prcic, Ismet (Book - 2011 ) FICTION PRCIC 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:Ismet Prcic’s provocative debut is about a young Bosnian, also named Ismet Prcic, who has fled his war-torn homeland and is now struggling to reconcile his past with his present life in California.

Dirty Little Secrets
Dirty Little Secrets Breaking the Silence on Teenage Girls and Promiscuity By Cohen, Kerry (Book - 2011 ) 306.70835 C678d 2011 All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:In this follow-up to her memoir Loose Girl, Kerry Cohen looks at today's adolescent girls who use sex as a means to prove their worth.

Almost President
Almost President The Men Who Lost the Race but Changed the Nation By Farris, Scott (Book - 2012 ) 324.973 F246a 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:Almost President reveals that losers often show more foresight than winners, that being ahead of their time is one cause of their defeat, and that losing, like the demolition of a house, can be an opportunity for reconstruction of a political party and the nation.

The Evening Hour
The Evening Hour A Novel By Sickels, A. Carter (Book - 2012 ) FICTION SICKELS 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:"Carter Sickels' expertly muted debut The Evening Hour explores strip mining in a small West Virginia town."-Portland Mercury

The Political Thought of Frederick Douglass
The Political Thought of Frederick Douglass In Pursuit of American Liberty By Buccola, Nicholas (Book - 2012 ) 973.8092 D737b 2012 All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:"This is a well-written, incisive work that illuminates Frederick Douglass as an activist and political philosopher."-CHOICE

Fragile Acts
Fragile Acts By Peterson, Allan (Book - 2012 ) 811.6 P483f 2012 All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Believing firmly in the romantic notion that “embellishment is love,” Allan Peterson's steely, wide-ranging poems are at once personal and philosophical, incisive and meditative—funny, serious, compassionate and searching.

Bin Laden's Bald Spot & Other Stories
Bin Laden's Bald Spot & Other Stories By Doyle, Brian (Book - 2011 ) FICTION DOYLE 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:In the peculiar and headlong world of Brian Doyle’s fiction the odd is happening all the time, reported upon by characters of every sort and stripe.


The Oregon Book Awards are presented annually by Literary Arts, Inc. for "the finest accomplishments by Oregon writers who work in genres of poetry, fiction, literary nonfiction, drama and young readers literature."

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