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2016 Pulitzers

The 2016 Pulitzer Prize winners were recently announced. Check out these noteworthy titles from Richland Library’s collection.

Fiction - The Sympathizer, by Viet Thanh Nguyen (Grove Press)

Nonfiction - Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS, by Joby Warrick

History - Custer's Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America, by T.J. Stiles

Biography - Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life, by William Finnegan

DramaHamilton, by Lin-Manuel Miranda

Music - In for a Penny, In for a Pound, by Henry Threadgill


In For A Penny, In For A Pound by Henry Threadgill ZOOID
Amazon Says: In for a Penny, In for a Pound- the winner of a 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Musical Composition -- is the latest installment in saxophonist/ flutist/composer Henry Threadgill's on more...
Amazon Says: In for a Penny, In for a Pound- the winner of a 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Musical Composition -- is the latest installment in saxophonist/ flutist/composer Henry Threadgill's ongoing exploration of his singular system for integrating composition with group improvisation. Widely considered among the most important artists in jazz, he has been called 'one of the most thrillingly elusive composers in and around the jazz idiom' by The New York Times and 'a true idiosyncratic great' by NPR. A major influence on an entire generation of jazz musicians, Vijay Iyer calls Threadgill 'a true American maverick', and Jason Moran 'my favorite composer, hands down.' The music for his group Zooid- his main music-making vehicle for the past fourteen years and the longest running band of his illustrious forty plus-year career- is no less than a radical rethinking of the fundamental building blocks of music, steering the improvisatory language towards an entirely new system based on preconceived series of intervals. In for a Penny, In for a Pound, which Threadgill calls an 'epic', includes four main movements written specifically to feature each of the musicians in the band. His compositions create a platform that encourages each musician to improvise with an ear for counterpoint and, in the process, creating striking new harmonies. Not held together by any chordal preconceptions, the result is true, improvised four-part polyphony. less...
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The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
Amazon Says: The winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, as well as six other awards, The Sympathizer is the breakthrough novel of the year. With the pace and suspense of a thriller more...
Amazon Says: The winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, as well as six other awards, The Sympathizer is the breakthrough novel of the year. With the pace and suspense of a thriller and prose that has been compared to Graham Greene and Saul Bellow, The Sympathizer is a sweeping epic of love and betrayal. The narrator, a communist double agent, is a “man of two minds,” a half-French, half-Vietnamese army captain who arranges to come to America after the Fall of Saigon, and while building a new life with other Vietnamese refugees in Los Angeles is secretly reporting back to his communist superiors in Vietnam. The Sympathizer is a blistering exploration of identity and America, a gripping espionage novel, and a powerful story of love and friendship. less...
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Amazon Says: Winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for History From the winner of two Pulitzer Prizes and a National Book Award, a brilliant biography of Gen. George Armstrong Custer t more...
Amazon Says: Winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for History From the winner of two Pulitzer Prizes and a National Book Award, a brilliant biography of Gen. George Armstrong Custer that radically changes our view of the man and his turbulent times. In this magisterial biography, T. J. Stiles paints a portrait of Custer both deeply personal and sweeping in scope, proving how much of Custer’s legacy has been ignored. He demolishes Custer’s historical caricature, revealing a volatile, contradictory, intense person—capable yet insecure, intelligent yet bigoted, passionate yet self-destructive, a romantic individualist at odds with the institution of the military (he was court-martialed twice in six years). The key to understanding Custer, Stiles writes, is keeping in mind that he lived on a frontier in time. In the Civil War, the West, and many areas overlooked in previous biographies, Custer helped to create modern America, but he could never adapt to it. He freed countless slaves yet rejected new civil rights laws. He proved his heroism but missed the dark reality of war for so many others. A talented combat leader, he struggled as a manager in the West. He tried to make a fortune on Wall Street yet never connected with the new corporate economy. Native Americans fascinated him, but he could not see them as fully human. A popular writer, he remained apart from Ambrose Bierce, Mark Twain, and other rising intellectuals. During Custer’s lifetime, Americans saw their world remade. His admirers saw him as the embodiment of the nation’s gallant youth, of all that they were losing; his detractors despised him for resisting a more complex and promising future. Intimate, dramatic, and provocative, this biography captures the larger story of the changing nation in Custer’s tumultuous marriage to his highly educated wife, Libbie; their complicated relationship with Eliza Brown, the forceful black woman who ran their household; as well as his battles and expeditions. It casts surprising new light on a near-mythic American figure, a man both widely known and little understood. less...
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Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan
Amazon Says: **Winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Autobiography** A deeply rendered self-portrait of a lifelong surfer by the acclaimed New Yorker writerBarbarian Days is Willi more...
Amazon Says: **Winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Autobiography** A deeply rendered self-portrait of a lifelong surfer by the acclaimed New Yorker writerBarbarian Days is William Finnegan’s memoir of an obsession, a complex enchantment. Surfing only looks like a sport. To initiates, it is something else entirely: a beautiful addiction, a demanding course of study, a morally dangerous pastime, a way of life. Raised in California and Hawaii, Finnegan started surfing as a child. He has chased waves all over the world, wandering for years through the South Pacific, Australia, Asia, Africa. A bookish boy, and then an excessively adventurous young man, he went on to become a distinguished writer and war reporter. Barbarian Days takes us deep into unfamiliar worlds, some of them right under our noses—off the coasts of New York and San Francisco. It immerses the reader in the edgy camaraderie of close male friendships annealed in challenging waves.Finnegan shares stories of life in a whitesonly gang in a tough school in Honolulu even while his closest friend was a Hawaiian surfer. He shows us a world turned upside down for kids and adults alike by the social upheavals of the 1960s. He details the intricacies of famous waves and his own apprenticeships to them. Youthful folly—he drops LSD while riding huge Honolua Bay, on Maui—is served up with rueful humor. He and a buddy, their knapsacks crammed with reef charts, bushwhack through Polynesia. They discover, while camping on an uninhabited island in Fiji, one of the world’s greatest waves. As Finnegan’s travels take him ever farther afield, he becomes an improbable anthropologist: unpicking the picturesque simplicity of a Samoan fishing village, dissecting the sexual politics of Tongan interactions with Americans and Japanese, navigating the Indonesian black market while nearly succumbing to malaria. Throughout, he surfs, carrying readers with him on rides of harrowing, unprecedented lucidity.Barbarian Days is an old-school adventure story, an intellectual autobiography, a social history, a literary road movie, and an extraordinary exploration of the gradual mastering of an exacting, little understood art. Today, Finnegan’s surfing life is undiminished. Frantically juggling work and family, he chases his enchantment through Long Island ice storms and obscure corners of Madagascar. less...
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