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Dec 10

2021 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence

Posted on December 10, 2020 at 9:24 AM by Bobbie Clark

Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction  


The Andrew Carnegie Awards 
for excellence in fiction and nonfiction short lists were recently released and the final winners will be announced in February 2021. Similar to the Newbery, Caldecott and Printz awards, the Andrew Carnegie awards are given out by the American Librarian Association to recognize the best in fiction and nonfiction published the previous year.  Read on for descriptions of the books on this year’s short lists. Keep in mind the long lists are also available for this year and past years, dating back to 2012, for even more reading suggestions on the ALA website. 


Fiction Finalists
 

AC1 

A Burning 

by Megha Majumdar 

After witnessing a gruesome train-station attack during her walk home to the slums, Jivan responds to a Facebook post. Days later, she has been beaten, jailed, and accused of terrorism, and the two people who could possibly save her have other priorities. Majumdar’s electrifying debut serves as a barometer measuring the seeming triviality of human life and the fragility of human connections. 


Find it in the library catalog 
Here 

Also available in digital format: 

Montana Library2Go eBook and eAudiobook 

Axis 360 eBook 

 


AC2 

Deacon King Kong 

by James McBride 

Portraying a 1969 Brooklyn neighborhood through its outsiders, McBride creates tragedies, funny moments, major plot twists, and cultural and generational clashes. When the titular deacon, Sportcoat, the least likely of heroes, shoots a 19-year-old drug-dealer, everyone assumes the deacon’s days of freedom are numbered. But all is not as it seems. 


Find it in the library catalog 
Here 

Also available in digital format: 

Montana Library2Go eBook and eAudiobook 

 


AC3 

Homeland Elegies 

by Ayad Akhtar 

Akhtar confronts issues of race, money, family, politics, and sexuality in this bold, memoiristic novel about a young Pakistani American before and after 9/11. Money, and the debasement of other values, is a defining element of narrator Ayad’s relationship with his writing and his father, while the country’s crude racism prods both men to question whether America can ever truly be their home. 


Find it in the library catalog 
Here 

Also available in digital format: 

Axis 360 eBook 

Montana Library2Go eBook 

 

 

Nonfiction Finalists 

AC4 

Fathoms: The World in the Whale 

by Rebecca Giggs 

Focusing on the history and current plight of whales, Giggs considers our ancient and persistent whale wonderment, high-tech whale hunting, the 1970s Save the Whales movement, global warming, mass extinction, and pollution, including the oceanic plastic plague. Deeply researched and deeply felt, Giggs’ revelatory and haunting investigation urges us to save the whales once again, and the oceans, and ourselves. 


Find it in the library catalog 
Here 

 

AC5 

Just Us 

by Claudia Rankine 

With an arresting blend of essays and images that’s perfectly attuned to this long-overdue moment of racial reckoning, Rankine analyzes the overwhelming power of whiteness in everyday interactions. Touching on Beyoncé, blondness, skin lightening, and the inherent tensions in her own interracial marriage, Rankine once again opens a literary window into the Black experience. 


Find it in the library catalog 
Here 

 

AC6 

Memorial Drive: A Daughter’s Memoir 

by Natasha Trethewey 

In her memoir, a work of exquisitely distilled anguish and elegiac drama, Trethewey confronts the horror of her mother’s murder through finely honed, evermore harrowing memories, dreams, visions, and musings. She writes, “To survive trauma, one must be able to tell a story about it.” And tell her tragic story she does in this lyrical, courageous, and resounding remembrance. 


Find it in the library catalog 
Here 

Also available in digital format: 

Montana Library2Go eBook and eAudiobook 

 


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