Books Honored by the National Book Awards

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The mission of the National Book Foundation and the National Book Awards is to celebrate the best of American literature, to expand its audience, and to enhance the cultural value of great writing in America. Since 1996, independent panels of five writers have chosen the National Book Award winners in four categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People’s Literature.

The first African-American writer to win a National Book Award was Ralph Ellison for Invisible Man.

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2 Books Honored by the National Book Awards in 2004

Finalist - Poetry

The Rest Of Love: Poems
by Carl Phillips

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    List Price: $11.00
    Format: Paperback, 80 pages
    Classification: Poetry
    ISBN13: 9780374529628
    Imprint: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
    Publisher: Macmillan
    Parent Company: Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck
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    Book Description: 
    Striking new poems from a writer whose "lyric gift . . . outstrips all diversionary maneuvers." (Carol Moldaw, The Antioch Review)
    The light, for as far as

    I can see, is that of any number of late
    afternoons I remember still: how the light

    seemed a bell; how it seemed I’d been living

    insider it, waiting - I’d heard all about
    that one clear note it gives.

    —from "Late Apollo III"
    In The Rest of Love, his seventh book, Carl Phillips examines the conflict between belief and disbelief, and our will to believe: Aren’t we always trying, Phillips asks, to contain or to stave off facing up to, even briefly, the hard truths we’re nevertheless attracted to? Phillips’s signature terse line and syntax enact this constant tension between abandon and control; following his impeccable interior logic, "passionately austere" (Rita Dove, The Washington Post Book World), Phillips plumbs the myths we make and return to in the name of desire-physical, emotional, and spiritual.
    The Rest of Love is a 2004 National Book Award Finalist for Poetry.

    Finalist - Young People’s Literature

    The Legend of Buddy Bush
    by Shelia P. Moses

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    List Price: $17.99
    Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
    Classification: Children’s
    Age: 12 years
    ISBN13: 9780689858390
    Imprint: Margaret K. McElderry Books
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Inc.
    Parent Company: CBS Corporation
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    Book Description: 
    The day Uncle Goodwin "Buddy" Bush came from Harlem all the way back home to Rehobeth Road in Rich Square, North Carolina, is the day Pattie Mae Sheals’ life changes forever.
    Pattie Mae adores and admires Uncle Buddy — he’s tall and handsome and he doesn’t believe in the country stuff most people believe in, like ghosts and stepping off the sidewalk to let white folks pass. He unsettles the dust and brings fresh ideas to Rehobeth Road. But when Buddy’s deliberate inattention to the protocol of 1947 North Carolina lands him in jail for a crime against a white woman that he didn’t commit, Pattie Mae and her family are suddenly set to journeying on the long, hard road that leads from loss and rage to forgiveness and pride.
    Shelia P. Moses tells a moving and lyrical story in The Legend of Buddy Bush that introduces the remarkable and memorable character of Pattie Mae Sheals — a girl whose sense of humor, ability to get into "grown folks business," and determination to know the truth will endear her to readers everywhere.


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