The ABA That Didn't Merge with the NBA

Boy, I’m out one day with a sick kid and all the news happens.

The American Booksellers Association (ABA) has announced the winners of the 2007 Book Sense Book of the Year Awards, “recognizing those titles independent booksellers most enjoyed handselling during the past year, as voted by the owners and staff of ABA member bookstores”:

Adult Fiction

Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen (Algonquin)

Adult Nonfiction

I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman, by Nora Ephron (Knopf)

Children’s Literature

The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak (Knopf)

Children’s Illustrated

Owen & Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship, by Isabella Hatkoff, Craig Hatkoff, and Dr. Paul Kahumbu; photos by Peter Greste (Scholastic)

The honor books (the complete list is on the ABA site) include the much-honored The Road, by Cormac McCarthy (Knopf); The Inheritance of Loss, by Kiran Desai (Grove/Atlantic); The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl, by Timothy Egan (Houghton); and The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing: Traitor to the Nation, Volume One: The Pox Party, by M.T. Anderson.

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Keir Graff is Executive Editor of Booklist Publications and the author of five books. His most recent is the middle-grade novel, The Other Felix (2011). Follow him on Twitter at @Booklist_Keir.

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