Multcolib Research Picks: 2013 Oregon Book Awards
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.
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
Annotation:The collective, behind-the-scenes stories of the artists who dominated Top 40 radio during the1960s and early ’70s.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Annotation:"This is a well-written, incisive work that illuminates Frederick Douglass as an activist and political philosopher."-CHOICE
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.
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.
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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."