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Year in books: a look back at books that captured our attention.

THE AWARDS

National Book Award (NONFICTION)

BECOMING A MAN

Half a Life Story

By Paul Monette

In this bittersweet prequel to Borrowed Time, Monette reflects on growing up in the 1950s, coming to terms with his homosexuality, and understanding how it affected his writing.

National Book Award (FICTION)

ALL THE PRETTY HORSES

By Cormac McCarthy

In the first novel in the Border Trilogy, teenage John Grady Cole and Lacey Rawlins leave their Texas home on horseback in 1948, cross the Rio Grande, pick up Jimmy Blevins, and arrive at a hacienda in Mexico.

Pulitzer Prize (GENERAL NONFICTION)

THE PRIZE

The Epic Quest for Oil, Money and Power

By Daniel Yergin

Published just prior to the 1990 Gulf War, Yergin explores oil's relationship to 19th- and 20th-century capitalism, global geopolitics, and war.

Pulitzer Prize (FICTION)

A THOUSAND ACRES

By Jane Smiley

Buried family secrets and sibling rivalries emerge when the elderly patriarch Larry Cook decides to turn over his large Iowa farm to two of his three daughters.

Booker Prizes

THE ENGLISH PATIENT

By Michael Ondaatje

Four characters--the young nurse Hana, a nameless English burn victim, the thief Caravaggio, and the Sikh sapper Kip--come together at an Italian monastery during the final days of World War II and cope with their losses.

SACRED HUNGER

By Barry Unsworth

In the 18th century, a cotton speculator's nephew leads a shipboard revolt that strands both crew and slaves in Florida; they attempt to establish a society based on utopian principles and racial equality.

Nobel Prize for Literature

DEREK WALCOTT (SAINT LUCIA, 1930-)

Recognized "for a poetic oeuvre of great luminosity, sustained by a historical vision, the outcome of a multicultural commitment." Walcott is best known for his poem Omeros (1990), which reworks Homer's epic story for modern Saint Lucia.

Edgar Award

A DANCE AT THE SLAUGHTERHOUSE

A Matthew Scudder Crime Novel

By Lawrence Block

PI Matt Scudder, finally sober, knows the seedy underbelly of New York best. He must now investigate the rape and murder of the wealthy wife of a television producer--and the sex-for-sale industry.

Nebula Award

DOOMSDAY BOOK

By Connie Willis

Kivrin, a history student living in 2048, is accidentally whisked back to a 14th-century English village, whose inhabitants are suffering from the Black Plague. The 21st century isn't much safer.

Hugo Award

BARRAYAR

By Lois McMaster Bujold

In the second novel of the Vorkosigan series (after Shards of Honor), Cordelia Naismith settles down with her husband on the planet of Barrayar. When civil war threatens, Cordelia must fight to save her--and their unborn son's--lives.

Newbery Medal

SHILOH

By Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Eleven-year-old Marty Preston faces a dilemma when he finds a mistreated beagle near his rural West Virginia home: Should he help the dog himself, despite his family's poverty, or return Shiloh to the true owner?

OTHER NOTABLES

THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY | ROBERT JAMES WALLER

DARK FORCE RISING | TIMOTHY ZAHN

DOLORES CLAIBORNE | STEPHEN KING

JAZZ | TONI MORRISON

PADDY CLARKE HA HA HA | RODDY DOYLE

SHAMPOO PLANET | DOUGLAS COUPLAND

SMALL GODS | TERRY PRATCHETT

SNOW CRASH | NEAL STEPHENSON

STRANGE PILGRIMS | GABRIEL GARCIA MARQUEZ

THE TALE OF THE BODY THIEF | ANNE RICE

THE THIRD CHIMPANZEE | JARED DIAMOND

WAITING TO EXHALE | TERRY MCMILLAN

NY TIMES BESTSELLERS

FICTION for the entire year of 1992.

HIDEAWAY | DEAN R. KOONTZ

RISING SUN | MICHAEL CRICHTON

THE PELICAN BRIEF | JOHN GRISHAM

JEWELS | DANIELLE STEEL

GERALD'S GAME | STEPHEN KING
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