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Cormac McCarthy's The Road: Populist, Glitzy

The Quills, my favorite–could they really be the only?–book awards “to pair a populist sensibility with Hollywood-style glitz,” have been announced (and yes, they found room somehow for Cormac McCarthy):


To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, read by Sissy Spacek (HarperCollins/Caedmon)


Einstein: His Life and Universe, by Walter Isaacson (Simon & Schuster)


The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn’t, by Robert I. Sutton (Grand Central/Business Plus)

Children’s Chapter/Middle Grade

The Invention of Hugo Cabret, by Brian Selznick (Scholastic Press)

Children’s Picture Books

Flotsam, by David Wiesner (Houghton/Clarion)


Joy of Cooking: 75th Anniversary Edition, by Irma S. Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker, and Ethan Becker (Scribner)

Debut Author

The Thirteenth Tale, by Diane Setterfield (Atria)

General Fiction

The Road, by Cormac McCarthy (Knopf)

Graphic Novel

Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels, by Scott McCloud (Harper)Paperbacks


How Doctors Think, by Jerome Groopman (Houghton Mifflin)

History/Current Events/Politics

The Assault on Reason, by Al Gore (Penguin)


I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence, by Amy Sedaris (Warner)


What the Dead Know, by Laura Lippman (William Morrow)


For the Confederate Dead, by Kevin Young (Knopf)


Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know–And Doesn’t, by Stephen Prothero (Harper One)


Angels Fall, by Nora Roberts (Putnam)

Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror

The Name of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss (DAW)


The Kings of New York: A Year Among the Geeks, Oddballs, and Geniuses Who Make Up America’s Top High School Chess Team, by Michael Weinreb (Gotham)

Young Adult/Teen

Sold, by Patricia McCormick (Hyperion)




About the Author:

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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