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Read the 2019 National Book Award-Winning Novel and Memoir at Your Library

Blough-Weis Library congratulates Susan Choi and Sarah M. Broom, winners of two of this year’s National Book Awards. Susan Choi won the award for fiction for her novel Trust Exercise. Sarah Broom’s memoir The Yellow House won the award for nonfiction. You can borrow either one by visiting the library.

The Yellow House tells the story of the New Orleans house where Broom and her family lived. New York Times book critic Dwight Garner calls it “dense with characters and stories. It’s a big, simmering pot that comes to a boil at the right times.” Garner also recommends Choi’s novel, Trust Exercise, declaring that it “burns more brightly than anything she’s yet written. This psychologically acute novel enlists your heart as well as your mind.”

We also congratulate poet Arthur Sze (Sight Lines), Ottilie Mulzet and László Krasznahorkai (translator and author of Baron Wenckheim’s Homecoming, the best work of translated literature), and Martin W. Sandler, (1919 The Year That Changed America which won the award for young people’s literature). Look for all those books to hit the library shelves soon.

Read more about all the winners and short-listed titles at the National Book Foundation’s website.