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Book awards: Massachusetts Must-Read

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As Good as Anybody by Richard MichelsonChildren's/Young Adult, 2009
The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume II: The Kingdom on the Waves by M. T. AndersonChildren's/Young Adult, 2009
A Better Angel: Stories by Chris AdrianFiction, 2009
Blindspot by Jane KamenskyFiction, 2009
The Condition by Jennifer HaighFiction, 2009
The End by Salvatore ScibonaFiction, 2009
The Exchange Artist: A Tale of High-Flying Speculation and America's First Banking Collapse by Jane KamenskyNonfiction, 2009
First Daughter: White House Rules by Mitali PerkinsChildren's/Young Adult, 2009
The Foreigner: A Novel by Francie LinFiction, 2009
Francis d'Assisi 2008 by Gary MetrasPoetry, 2009
Furious Improvisation: How the WPA and a Cast of Thousands Made High Art out of Desperate Times by Susan QuinnNonfiction, 2009
The Given Day by Dennis LehaneFiction, 2009
Greetings From Nowhere by Barbara O'ConnorChildren's/Young Adult, 2009
Her place in these designs by Rhina P. EspaillatPoetry, 2009
The Heretic's Daughter by Kathleen KentFiction, 2009
In memory of the fast break by Michael SweeneyPoetry, 2009
Lost and Found by Andrew ClementsChildren's/Young Adult, 2009
Map of Ireland: A Novel by Stephanie GrantFiction, 2009
Maria Mitchell and the Sexing of Science: An Astronomer Among the American Romantics by Renee BerglandNonfiction, 2009
The Mayflower and the Pilgrims' New World by Nathaniel PhilbrickChildren's/Young Adult, 2009
My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins, and Fenway Park by Steve KlugerChildren's/Young Adult, 2009
Narrative of the Life of the Brown Boy and the White Man (Pitt Poetry Series) by Ronaldo WilsonPoetry, 2009
The Paradise of All These Parts: A Natural History of Boston by John Hanson MitchellNonfiction, 2009
Patriot Pirates: The Privateer War for Freedom and Fortune in the American Revolution by Robert H. PattonNonfiction, 2009
The Penderwicks on Gardam Street by Jeanne BirdsallChildren's/Young Adult, 2009
Planting the Trees of Kenya: The Story of Wangari Maathai by Claire A. NivolaChildren's/Young Adult, 2009
Priscilla and the Hollyhocks by Anne BroylesChildren's/Young Adult, 2009
Quaker Guns by Caroline KnoxPoetry, 2009
Requiem, Mass.: A Novel by John DufresneFiction, 2009
Same Life: Poems by Maureen N. McLanePoetry, 2009
Sisters of Scituate Light by Stephen KrenskyChildren's/Young Adult, 2009
The Suicide Index: Putting My Father's Death in Order by Joan WickershamSpecial Director's Mention, Nonfiction, 2009
A Summer of Hummingbirds: Love, Art, and Scandal in the Intersecting Worlds of Emily Dickinson, Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Martin Johnson Heade by Christopher BenfeySpecial Director's Mention, Nonfiction, 2009
This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War (Vintage Civil War Library) by Drew Gilpin FaustNonfiction, 2009
Two minutes of light by Nancy K. PearsonPoetry, 2009
A Voyage Long and Strange: Rediscovering the New World by Tony HorwitzNonfiction, 2009
Watching the Spring Festival: Poems by Frank BidartPoetry, 2009
The World Before Her by Deborah WeisgallFiction, 2009
The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook: A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal by Ben MezrichNonfiction, 2010
Black Walden: Slavery and Its Aftermath in Concord, Massachusetts by Elise LemireNonfiction, 2010
A Book by Mordicai GersteinChildren's/Young Adult, 2010
A Brave Vessel by Hobson WoodwardNonfiction, 2010
Day After Night by Anita DiamantFiction, 2010
Dogtown: Death and Enchantment in a New England Ghost Town by Elyssa EastNonfiction, 2010
Evidence: Poems by Mary OliverPoetry, 2010
Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks: An Epic Quest for Reality Among Role Players, Online Gamers, and Other Dwellers of Imaginary Realms by Ethan GilsdorfNonfiction, 2010
The Fence: A Police Cover-up Along Boston's Racial Divide by Dick LehrNonfiction, 2010
The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard's Most Daring Sea Rescue by Michael J. TougiasNonfiction, 2010
Four Freedoms by John CrowleyFiction, 2010
Fresh Pond: The History of a Cambridge Landscape by Jill SinclairNonfiction, 2010
The Gardner Heist: The True Story of the World's Largest Unsolved Art Theft by Ulrich BoserNonfiction, 2010
History of Hurricanes: Poems (Triquarterly Books) by Teresa CaderPoetry, 2010
The History of Now by Daniel KleinFiction, 2010
Hound by Vincent McCaffreyFiction, 2010
Lark and Termite by Jayne Anne PhillipsFiction, 2010
The Last Dickens by Matthew PearlFiction, 2010
Living Sunlight: How Plants Bring The Earth To Life by Molly BangChildren's/Young Adult, 2010
Long Division by Andrea CohenPoetry, 2010
The Looking House: Poems by Fred MarchantPoetry, 2010
Lost Alphabet by Lisa OlsteinPoetry, 2010
Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women by Harriet ReisenNonfiction, 2010
Marcelo In The Real World by Francisco StorkChildren's/Young Adult, 2010
Mrs. Somebody Somebody by Tracy WinnFiction, 2010
Newsgirl by Liza KetchumChildren's/Young Adult, 2010
The Other Half of Life: A Novel Based on the True Story of the MS St. Louis by Kim Ablon WhitneyChildren's/Young Adult, 2010
Pennies for Elephants by Lita JudgeChildren's/Young Adult, 2010
Reality Check by Peter AbrahamsChildren's/Young Adult, 2010
Secret Keeper by Mitali PerkinsChildren's/Young Adult, 2010
The seven deadly sins : and other poems by David R. SlavittPoetry, 2010
Shelter Me by Juliette FayFiction, 2010
Stealing Fatima: A Novel by Frank X. GasparFiction, 2010
Steerage by Bert SternPoetry, 2010
Sticky Burr #2: The Prickly Peril by John LechnerChildren's/Young Adult, 2010
The Story Sisters by Alice HoffmanFiction, 2010
Tess's Tree by Jess M. BrallierChildren's/Young Adult, 2010
Triple Time by Anne SanowFiction, 2010
Under the Snow by Melissa StewartChildren's/Young Adult, 2010
The Unpredictability of Light by Marguerite Guzman BouvardPoetry, 2010
The Us: Poems by Joan HoulihanPoetry, 2010
A Village Life by Louise GlückPoetry, 2010
Wheeling Motel by Franz WrightPoetry, 2010
You Better Not Cry: Stories for Christmas by Augusten BurroughsNonfiction, 2010
36 Arguments for the Existence of God: A Work of Fiction by Rebecca GoldsteinFiction, 2011
Bamboo People by Mitali PerkinsChildren's/Young Adult, 2011
Big Night for Salamanders by Sarah Marwil LamsteinChildren's/Young Adult, 2011
Black Radishes by Susan Lynn MeyerChildren's/Young Adult, 2011
Captivity by Deborah NoyesFiction, 2011
City Dog, Country Frog by Mo WillemsChildren's/Young Adult, 2011
Daughter of Winter by Pat Lowery CollinsChildren's/Young Adult, 2011
Defiance of the Patriots: The Boston Tea Party and the Making of America by Benjamin L. CarpNonfiction, 2011
East of the moon by Ruth Kramer BadenPoetry, 2011
The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester by Barbara O'ConnorChildren's/Young Adult, 2011
Freedom Summer: The Savage Season That Made Mississippi Burn and Made America a Democracy by Bruce WatsonNonfiction, 2011
Ghosts and whispers : poems by Krikor Der HohannesianPoetry, 2011
God, seed : poetry & art about the natural world by Rebecca FoustPoetry, 2011
The Great Penguin Rescue by Dyan DenapoliNonfiction, 2011
Had slaves by Catherine SasanovPoetry, 2011
Hamlet's BlackBerry: A Practical Philosophy for Building a Good Life in the Digital Age by William PowersNonfiction, 2011
Heaven & Earth Holding Company (Pitt Poetry Series) by John HodgenPoetry, 2011
Henry Knox: Bookseller, Soldier, Patriot by Anita SilveyChildren's/Young Adult, 2011
Knowing Jesse: A Mother's Story of Grief, Grace, and Everyday Bliss by Marianne LeoneNonfiction, 2011
The Last Summer Of The Death Warriors by Francisco StorkChildren's/Young Adult, 2011
Ling & Ting: Not Exactly the Same! by Grace LinChildren's/Young Adult, 2011
Mapping the Sands by Geraldine ZetzelPoetry, 2011
Moonlight Mile by Dennis LehaneFiction, 2011
Mornings with Mailer: A Recollection of Friendship by Dwayne RaymondNonfiction, 2011
The Murderer's Daughters by Randy Susan MeyersFiction, 2011
No Easy Way: The Story of Ted Williams and the Last .400 Season by Fred BowenChildren's/Young Adult, 2011
our daily words by Bernard HornPoetry, 2011
The Postmistress by Sarah BlakeFiction, 2011
The Quickening by Michelle HooverFiction, 2011
The Real Story by Melissa ShookPoetry, 2011
Safe from the Neighbors by Steve YarbroughFiction, 2011
Schooner: Building a Wooden Boat on Martha's Vineyard by Tom DunlopNonfiction, 2011
The Secret Life of Emily Dickinson: A Novel by Jerome CharynFiction, 2011
Stray Home (Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry) by Amy M. ClarkPoetry, 2011
Stuff : compulsive hoarding and the meaning of things by Randy O. FrostNonfiction, 2011
This Must Be the Place by Kate RacculiaFiction, 2011
Triage by Tam Lin NevillePoetry, 2011
Unincorporated Persons in the Late Honda Dynasty: Poems by Tony HoaglandPoetry, 2011
War by Sebastian JungerNonfiction, 2011
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel WilkersonNonfiction, 2011
White Cat by Holly BlackChildren's/Young Adult, 2011
The Widower's Tale by Julia GlassFiction, 2011
The Wolves of Andover by Kathleen KentFiction, 2011
Wounded Knee: Party Politics and the Road to an American Massacre by Heather Cox RichardsonNonfiction, 2011
1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created by Charles C. MannNonfiction, 2012
All Cry Chaos (Henri Poincare) by Leonard RosenFiction, 2012
American Anthrax: Fear, Crime, and the Investigation of the Nation's Deadliest Bioterror Attack by Jeanne GuilleminNonfiction, 2012
Aromatics : poems by Robert Burns ShawPoetry, 2012
Beauty Was the Case That They Gave Me by Mark LeidnerPoetry, 2012
Binocular Vision: New & Selected Stories by Edith PearlmanFiction, 2012
Broken Irish by Edward J. DelaneyFiction, 2012
Cabin: Two Brothers, a Dream, and Five Acres in Maine by Lou UreneckNonfiction, 2012
Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine BrooksFiction, 2012
A Call for a New Alphabet by Jef CzekajChildren’s/Young Adult, 2012
Dead End in Norvelt by Jack GantosChildren’s/Young Adult, 2012
The Deadlies: Spiders on the Case by Kathryn LaskyChildren’s/Young Adult, 2012
Dear Hot Dog by Mordicai GersteinChildren’s/Young Adult, 2012
Everything I Was by Corinne DemasChildren’s/Young Adult, 2012
Exposed by Kimberly MarcusChildren’s/Young Adult, 2012
Fenway 1912: The Birth of a Ballpark, a Championship Season, and Fenway's Remarkable First Year by Glenn StoutNonfiction, 2012
The Forgotten Founding Father: Noah Webster's Obsession and the Creation of an American Culture by Joshua KendallNonfiction, 2012
Ghost in a Red Hat: Poems by Rosanna WarrenPoetry, 2012
The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris by David McCulloughNonfiction, 2012
The Grief of Others by Leah Hager CohenFiction, 2012
Hooray for Amanda & Her Alligator! by Mo WillemsChildren’s/Young Adult, 2012
The Hunger Moon: New and Selected Poems, 1980-2010 by Marge PiercyPoetry, 2012
In search of Motif No. 1 : the history of a fish shack by L. M. VincentNonfiction, 2012
Kentucky Derby (Salmon Poetry) by Andrea CohenPoetry, 2012
The Language of the Sea: A Novel by James MacManusFiction, 2012
The Leftovers by Tom PerrottaFiction, 2012
Light from a Distant Star by Mary McGarry MorrisFiction, 2012
Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II by Mitchell ZuckoffNonfiction, 2012
Mid Drift: Poems by Kate Hanson FosterPoetry, 2012
Music Was It: Young Leonard Bernstein (Junior Library Guild Selection (Charlesbridge Hardcover)) by Susan Goldman RubinChildren’s/Young Adult, 2012
The Mysteries of Angkor Wat (Traveling Photographer) by Richard SobolChildren’s/Young Adult, 2012
Neville by Norton JusterChildren’s/Young Adult, 2012
The Night Circus by Erin MorgensternFiction, 2012
Nightly, at the Institute of the Possible by D. M. GordonPoetry, 2012
Old Ladies in the Locker Room and Pool by Zane KotkerPoetry, 2012
Phantoms In The Snow by Kathleen Benner DubleChildren’s/Young Adult, 2012
The Red Garden by Alice HoffmanFiction, 2012
Season to Taste: How I Lost My Sense of Smell and Found My Way by Molly BirnbaumNonfiction, 2012
Sex on the Moon: The Amazing Story Behind the Most Audacious Heist in History by Ben MezrichNonfiction, 2012
Skating on Bones by J. Lorraine BrownPoetry, 2012
The Talk-Funny Girl: A Novel by Roland MerulloFiction, 2012
Things to Say to a Dead Man: Poems at the End of a Marriage and After by Jane YolenPoetry, 2012
Touch: Poems by Henri ColePoetry, 2012
Why Read Moby-Dick? by Nathaniel PhilbrickNonfiction, 2012
The Art Forger by B. A. ShapiroFiction, 2013
Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom: China, the West, and the Epic Story of the Taiping Civil War by Stephen R. PlattNonfiction, 2013
The Bees Are Waiting by Karina BorowiczPoetry, 2013
Cascade by Maryanne O'HaraFiction, 2013
The Choke Artist: Confessions of a Chronic Underachiever by David YooNonfiction, 2013
Clover Adams: A Gilded and Heartbreaking Life by Natalie DykstraNonfiction, 2013
Darkening the Grass (Emerging Voices) by Michael MillerPoetry, 2013
Defending Jacob by William LandayFiction, 2013
In Pursuit of Giants: One Man's Global Search for the Last of the Great Fish by Matt RigneyNonfiction, 2013
Life in the second circle : poems by Michael CantorPoetry, 2013
October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard by Lesléa NewmanChildren/Young Adult, 2013
Red Thread Sisters by Carol Antoinette PeacockChildren/Young Adult, 2013
Shortly Thereafter by Colin D. HalloranPoetry, 2013
The Song of Achilles by Madeline MillerFiction, 2013
Summer of the Gypsy Moths by Sara PennypackerChildren/Young Adult, 2013
There Goes Ted Williams: The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived by Matt TavaresChildren/Young Adult, 2013
Three Parts Dead by Max GladstoneFiction, 2013
To Free a Family: The Journey of Mary Walker by Sydney NathansNonfiction, 2013
We've Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children's March by Cynthia LevinsonChildren/Young Adult, 2013
What Is Amazing by Heather ChristlePoetry, 2013
Along the Watchtower by David LitwackFiction, 2014
Belmont: Poems by Stephen BurtPoetry, 2014
Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin by Jill LeporeFiction, 2014
Boy Singing to Cattle by Mark D. HartPoetry, 2014
Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country by Andrew BacevichNonfiction, 2014
The Celestials: A Novel by Karen ShepardFiction, 2014
The Extra by Kathryn LaskyChildren’s/Young Adult, 2014
A Fort of Nine Towers: An Afghan Family Story by Qais Akbar OmarNonfiction, 2014
Frost in the Low Areas by Karen SkolfieldPoetry, 2014
Garden Princess by Kristin KladstrupChildren’s/Young Adult, 2014
The Hanging Judge: A Novel by Michael PonsorFiction, 2014
Inside the Splintered Wood by Myles GordonPoetry, 2014
Journey by Aaron BeckerChildren’s/Young Adult, 2014
The Last Train to Zona Verde: My Ultimate African Safari by Paul TherouxNonfiction, 2014
Miss Anne in Harlem: The White Women of the Black Renaissance by Carla KaplanNonfiction, 2014
A Place for Turtles by Melissa StewartChildren’s/Young Adult, 2014
Strange Borderlands by (Poet) Ben BermanPoetry, 2014
Together Tea by Marjan KamaliFiction, 2014
Vatican Waltz by Roland MerulloFiction, 2014
White Fur Flying by Patricia MacLachlanChildren’s/Young Adult, 2014
Accidents of Marriage: A Novel by Randy Susan MeyersFiction, 2015
Afforded Permanence by Liam DayPoetry, 2015
All We Had: A Novel by Annie WeatherwaxFiction, 2015
American Romantic by Ward JustFiction, 2015
The Boston Girl by Anita DiamantFiction, 2015
City of Eternal Spring (Pitt Poetry Series) by Afaa Michael WeaverPoetry, 2015
The Court-Martial of Paul Revere: A Son of Liberty and America's Forgotten Military Disaster by Michael M. GreenburgNonfiction, 2015
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste NgFiction, 2015
Into Daylight: Poems (Dorset Prize) by Jeffrey HarrisonPoetry, 2015
John Quincy Adams: American Visionary by Fred KaplanNonfiction, 2015
The Map Thief: The Gripping Story of an Esteemed Rare-Map Dealer Who Made Millions Stealing Priceless Maps by Michael BlandingNonfiction, 2015
Misery Islands by January Gill O'NeilPoetry, 2015
Other People's Houses: How Decades of Bailouts, Captive Regulators, and Toxic Bankers Made Home Mortgages a Thrilling Business by Jennifer TaubNonfiction, 2015
The Race Underground: Boston, New York, and the Incredible Rivalry That Built America's First Subway by Doug MostNonfiction, 2015
Remember Me Like This by Bret Anthony JohnstonFiction, 2015
Samsara : poems by Jennifer MarkellPoetry, 2015
Second Childhood: Poems by Fanny HowePoetry, 2015
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth KolbertNonfiction, 2015
America's Bank: The Epic Struggle to Create the Federal Reserve by Roger Lowensteinnot in English Common KnowledgeNonfiction, 2016
BiblioTech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google by John Palfreynot in English Common KnowledgeNonfiction, 2016
Bird: A Novel by Noy Hollandnot in English Common KnowledgeFiction, 2016
Find Me by Laura Van den Bergnot in English Common KnowledgeFiction, 2016
Honeydew by Edith Pearlmannot in English Common KnowledgeFiction, 2016
The Horse: The Epic History of Our Noble Companion by Wendy Williamsnot in English Common KnowledgeNonfiction, 2016
The Last Bookaneer: A Novel by Matthew Pearlnot in English Common KnowledgeFiction, 2016
The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffmannot in English Common KnowledgeFiction, 2016
Master Thieves: The Boston Gangsters Who Pulled Off the World’s Greatest Art Heist by Stephen Kurkjiannot in English Common KnowledgeNonfiction, 2016
The Narrow Edge: A Tiny Bird, an Ancient Crab, and an Epic Journey by Deborah Cramernot in English Common KnowledgeNonfiction, 2016
On Hurricane Island by Ellen Meeropolnot in English Common KnowledgeFiction, 2016
The Point of Vanishing: A Memoir of Two Years in Solitude by Howard Axelrodnot in English Common KnowledgeNonfiction, 2016
Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age by Sherry Turklenot in English Common KnowledgeNonfiction, 2016
The Rumor by Elin Hilderbrandnot in English Common KnowledgeFiction, 2016
The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooksnot in English Common KnowledgeFiction, 2016
We Were Brothers by Barry Mosernot in English Common KnowledgeNonfiction, 2016

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Massachusetts Book Awards

The Massachusetts Book Awards highlight the work of our vital contemporary writing community and encourage readers to do some "close reading" of those imaginative works created by the authors among us.

Throughout the award year, we a list of "Must Reads " in each of four award categories -- fiction, nonfiction, poetry & children's/young adult literature -- that have been written by Massachusetts writers or about Massachusetts themes. We also publish an annual MassBook Census of Massachusetts books. In the Fall, we name promote an award winner in each of the categories.

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