Quill Awards

I was doing some collection development work at my library internship (which I'm loving) using this annotated list of the 2007 Quill Award Nominees.  There are a few that are now on my reading list.  I thought some of you might find it interesting.

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  1. These seem interesting to me:25 Questions for a Jewish Mother Written by Judy Gold, Kate Moira Ryan Published by Hyperion Voice Description:
    For a Jewish girl who remembers the first book ever read to her as a
    child was the pop-up version of The Diary of Anne Frank, learning how
    to be a Jewish mother who wasn't a carbon copy of HER Jewish mother
    wasn't easy. Here, Emmy Award winning comedienne Judy Gold asks, "Are
    there any Jewish mothers out there like me, or are they all, G-d
    forbid, like my mother????" In 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother,
    she incorporates her own adventures in Jewish motherdom and her
    memories of growing up Jewish in suburban New Jersey — communicating
    with her mother by putting Ann Landers articles on the fridge ("Dear
    Ann, My mother won't let me walk alone to school and I'm 16! Please
    help." "Dear Ann, The crossing guard drinks. Please help.") — with the
    voices of the fifty other Jewish mothers, she and her co-author,
    Kathleen Moira Ryan, interviewed. They asked homemakers, lawyers,
    Holocaust survivors twenty-five questions, including: Who's your
    favorite Jewish mother? (Judy's is Barbra Streisand.) How many times a
    day do you talk to your children or mother? (for Judy, it's anywhere
    from one to the high double digits) Are Jewish mothers really more
    paranoid? (or, "Why do I have to write an entire itinerary with names,
    addresses, and phone numbers every time I leave the house?") And so on.
    The culmination of these extraordinary stories confirms that there is
    ultimately something strong, courageous, and loving in every Jewish
    mother — a hopeful — and very funny — message to mothers and their
    children everywhere.Brothers Written by Da Chen Published by Shaye Areheart Books/Crown Publishing Description:
    At the height of China's Cultural Revolution a powerful general
    fathered two sons. Tan was born to the general's wife and into a life
    of comfort and luxury. His half brother, Shento, was born to the
    general's mistress, who threw herself off a cliff in the mountains of
    Balan only moments after delivering her child. Growing up, each
    remained ignorant of the other's existence. In Beijing, Tan enjoyed the
    best schools, the finest clothes, and the prettiest girls. Shento was
    raised on the mountainside by an old healer and his wife until their
    deaths landed him in an orphanage, where he was always hungry, alone,
    and frightened. Though on divergent roads, each brother is driven by a
    passionate desire—one to glorify his father, the other to seek revenge
    against him. Separated by distance and opportunity, Tan and Shento
    follow the paths that lie before them, while unknowingly falling in
    love with the same woman and moving toward the explosive moment when
    their fates finally merge. American Youth Written by Phil LaMarche Published by Random House Description:
    In a small town, a fourteen-year-old boy is hanging out at home with
    some friends – two brothers. The two boys convince him to show them his
    father's gun. The gun goes off, and one of the brothers lies dead. His
    brother holds the gun. The boy's mother grabs him and asks what
    happened. When he tells her that he put the bullet in the gun, she
    replies, "You didn't load that gun. Understand?" And from that one
    moment of deceit, a series of events unfolds that forces hard choices
    and hard emotional times on the boy as he struggles with his guilt, the
    police, his growing infamy at school and his impulse to flee. Casting a
    piercing eye on the link between young male identity and violence,
    American Youth is destined to become a coming-of-age classic, centered
    on a young man caught in a crucible of social change and the storms of
    adolescence.

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