Mass Center for the Book Award Winners

  • Mass Center for the Book Award Winners

Massachusetts Center for the Book is delighted to announce two years of Massachusetts Book Awards, the 18th and 19th awards (for books published in 2017 and 2018 respectively).

The Game

George Howe Colt

*A New York Times Notable Book* *A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year* From the bestselling National Book Award finalist and author of The Big House comes “a well-blended narrative packed with top-notch reporting and relevance for our own time”

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Into the Raging Sea

Rachel Slade


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These Truths

Jill Lepore

Written in elegiac prose, Lepore's groundbreaking investigation places truth itself--a devotion to facts, proof, and evidence--at the center of the nation's history. The American experiment rests on three ideas--"these truths," Je

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The Third Hotel

Laura van den Berg

"[A] future cult classic." —The New York Times Book Review "There’s Borges and Bolaño, Kafka and Cortázar, Modiano and Murakami, and now Laura van den Berg." —The Washington Post An August 2018 IndieNext Selection. Named a

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Everything Here Is Beautiful

Mira T. Lee

‟A tender but unflinching portrayal of the bond between two sisters.” —Celeste Ng, New York Times bestselling author of Little Fires Everywhere “There's not a false note to be found, and everywhere there are nuggets to savor. Why did it

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The Unmade World

Steve Yarbrough

Set against a backdrop of the current political and cultural upheaval in the US and Eastern Europe, The Unmade World is a thoughtful, scope-y literary novel with a dose of suspense that moves from Poland to California to the Hudson Valley and back to

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Fault Lines in the Constitution

Cynthia Levinson, Sanford Levinson

Many of the political issues we struggle with today have their roots in the U.S. Constitution. Husband-and-wife team Cynthia and Sanford Levinson take readers back to the creation of this historic document and discuss how contemporary problems were f

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And Then There Were Four

Nancy Werlin

New York Times bestselling author Nancy Werlin returns to YA suspense with this page-turner mystery for fans of Lauren Oliver, Neal Shusterman, and Lois Duncan Let’s not die today. Not even to make things easier for our parents. When a building col

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The Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole

Michelle Cuevas

"Eleven-year-old Stella Rodriguez finds herself in possession of a strange new pet that swallows up everything in sight when a black hole decides to follow her home"--

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Said Not Said

Fred Marchant

“Fred Marchant teaches and awakens the soul.” —Maxine Hong Kingston someone in Benghazi with a hose in one hand uses his free one to wipe down the corpse water flows over the body and down a tilted steel tray toward the drain what washes off wa

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In the Still of the Night

Dara Wier

""Wier is a poet concerned with capturing the fluidity of thought and experience-and not diminishing its forward charge in doing so. Wier's lines have always had a wild whitewater crash to them, overwhelming any vessel she pours them i

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Noon Until Night

Richard Hoffman

Poetry. "In Richard Hoffman's long, complex title poem, which anchors his concerns throughout the book, he says with characteristic lucid candor, ' when longevity itself begins to seem at once / the only wealth worth having and t

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The True Flag

Stephen Kinzer

The bestselling author of Overthrow and The Brothers brings to life the forgotten political debate that set America’s interventionist course in the world for the twentieth century and beyond. How should the United States act in the world? Americans

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Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A.

Danielle Allen

So tender yet courageous is this fierce family memoir that it makes mass incarceration nothing less than a new American tragedy. In a shattering work that shifts between a woman’s private anguish over the loss of her beloved baby cousin and a schol

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The Written World

Martin Puchner

"The story of literature in sixteen acts, from Alexander the Great and the Iliad to ebooks and Harry Potter, this engaging book brings together remarkable people and surprising events to show how writing shaped cultures, religions, and the histo

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A Memory of Light

Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson

In the conclusion to the "Wheel of Time" series, all of humanity is in peril as Rand al'Thor moves forward to break the seals on the Dark One's prison and the Last Battle will determine the fate of the world.

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Little Fires Everywhere

Celeste Ng

Soon to be a Hulu limited series, starring Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington eBook includes special materials for book clubs: a Q&A with Celeste Ng and John Green, a letter from Celeste Ng, and book club discussion questions. Named a Best Bo

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The Chalk Artist

Allegra Goodman

"Collin James is young, creative, and unhappy. A college dropout, he waits tables and spends his free time beautifying the streets of Cambridge, Massachusetts, with his medium of choice: chalk. Collin's art captivates passersby with its vib

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