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Author: Susanna Daniel
2011 WLA Literary Award - Outstanding Achievement

Miami,1969. Frances is captivated by the community of houses built on pilings in the middle of Biscayne Bay. On the dock of one stilt house, she meets Dennis, and turns away from her predictable life. Stiltsville becomes their island oasis-- until suddenly it's gone, and Francis is forced to figure out how to make her family work on dry land.

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Author: Mary Helen Stefaniak
2011 WLA Literary Award - Outstanding Achievement

Narrator Gladys Cailiff is eleven years old in 1938 when a new, well-traveled young schoolteacher turns a small Georgia town upside down. Miss Grace Spivey believes in field trips, Arabian costumes, and reading aloud from her ten-volume set of The Thousand Nights and a Night. The real trouble begins when she decides to revive the annual town festival as an exotic Baghdad bazaar....Populated by unforgettable characters--including three impressive camels--The Cailiffs of Baghdad, Georgia rides a magic carpet from a segregated schoolroom in Georgia to the banks of the Tigris (and back again) in an entrancing feat of storytelling.

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Author: Patrick Somerville
2011 WLA Literary Award - Outstanding Achievement

From an award-winning novelist come characters, stories, and stray thoughts that revolve around the The Machine of Understanding Other People, the story of a Chicago man who is bequeathed a supernatural helmet that allows him to experience the inner worlds of those around him.

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Author: Lesley Kagen
2011 WLA Literary Award - Outstanding Achievement

When her mother's bizarre disappearance in the summer of 1968 triggers her twin sister's traumatic inability to speak, eleven-year-old Shenandoah is prompted to discover the truth of her mother's fate when her alcoholic father cruelly threatens to remarry and send her sister away.

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Author: Michael Schumacher
2011 WLA Literary Award - Outstanding Achievement

In Will Eisner: A Dreamer's Life in Comics, Michael Schumacher delves beneath Eisner's public persona to draw connections between his life and his art. Eisner's career spanned a remarkable eight decades, from his scrappy survival at the dawn of comics' Golden Age in the late 1930s to the beginning of the twenty-first century, when Pulitzers began going to graphic novels (a term Eisner is widely credited with creating). Schumacher's extensive research and interviews with Eisner's family, friends, and colleagues, as well as other comics creators who have built upon his work, create a detailed portrait of Eisner the man and Eisner the artist.

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Author: M. Caren Connolly
2011 WLA Literary Award - Outstanding Achievement

These twenty homes, built between 1854 and 1939, represent the varied architecture in Wisconsin. They offer an intimate tour of residential treasures-- built for captains of industry, a beer baron, Broadway stars, and more-- that have endured the test of time.

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Author: Jesse Lee Kercheval
2010 WLA Literary Award - Outstanding Achievement for Poetry

In Cinema Muto, Jesse Lee Kercheval examines the enduring themes of time, mortality, and love as revealed through the power of silent film. Following the ten days of the annual Le Giornate del Cinema Muto in Italy, this collection of ekphrastic poems are love letters to the evocative power of silent cinema. Publisher Comments

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Author: John Koethe
2010 WLA Literary Award - Outstanding Achievement for Poetry

In his eighth book of poems, John Koethe offers readers the reflections of a poet in midlife, an aging child of sixty-two, passionately engaged with the world yet drawn to meditate on memory, time, and the mysteries of human existence. In Ninety-fifth Street, Koethe retraces narratives from his life and moves across various landscapes he once inhabited; in his hands these stories and places become poems of beauty, feeling, and poignant candor. Disarmingly conversational and always accessible, these new poems offer the pleasures of a lucid intelligence and a distinctive poetic voice, by turns contemplative and worldly, lyrical, witty, and elegiac.

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Author: Michael Perry
2010 WLA Literary Award - Outstanding Achievement

In over his head with two pigs, a dozen chickens, and baby due any minute, the acclaimed author of Truck: A Love Story gives readers a humorous, heartfelt memoir of a new life in the country.

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Author: Lauren Groff
2010 WLA Literary Award - Outstanding Achievement

Groff follows up The Monsters of Templeton with this innovative and beautifully written collection that covers a wide swath of humanity, from east coast resort towns, to the early 20th century flu epidemic, to WWII Europe.

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Author: Kristine Kathryn Rusch
2010 WLA Literary Award - Outstanding Achievement

Boss loves to drive derelict spacecraft found adrift in the blackness between the stars. Then one day, she finds the claim of a lifetime. But some secrets are best kept hidden, and the past won't give up its treasures without exacting a price in blood.

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Author: Valerie Laken
2010 WLA Literary Award - Outstanding Achievement

Embracing the volatile issues of race and class, Dream House charts the concentric effects of one fateful act on the lives of two families, and explores the connection between property and intimacy, illuminating the terrible price people pay to hold their dreams and homes together.

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Author: Daniyal Mueenuddin
2010 WLA Literary Award - Outstanding Achievement

Passing from the mannered drawing rooms of Pakistan's cities to the harsh mud villages beyond, Daniyal Mueenuddin's linked stories describe the interwoven lives of an aging feudal landowner, his servants and managers, and his extended family, industrialists who have lost touch with the land.Publisher comments. Publisher

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Author: Greg Kot
2010 WLA Literary Award - Outstanding Achievement

Ripped tells the story of how the laptop generation created a new grassroots music industry, with the fans and bands rather than the corporations in charge. In this new world, bands aren't just musicmakers but self-contained multimedia businesses; and fans aren't just consumers but distributors and even collaborators.

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Author: Patrick Somerville
2010 WLA Literary Award - Outstanding Achievement

Elegant and astonishing, Patrick Somerville tells the story of one man's journey into the heart of marriage, parenthood, and what it means to be a family. Confirming the arrival of an exuberantly talented new writer, THE CRADLE is an uniquely imaginative debut novel that radiates with wisdom and wonder. Publisher comments