RUSA’s 2013 Most Notable | Wyatt’s World

RUSA’s Collection Development and Evaluation Section (CODES) recently announced their selections for 2013’s most outstanding titles. Representing the judgments of collection development, readers’ advisory, and reference librarians, these awards are unique in the pantheon of “best” lists. Click on the hotlinks for annotations, read-alikes, listen-alikes, and honor titles.

The Dartmouth Medal
Dictionary of American Regional English. ed. by Frederick Cassidy & Joan Houston Hall (Belknap: Harvard Univ. Pr.)

The Listen List
Outstanding Audiobook Narration:

Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway. Narrated by Daniel Weyman (AudioGO)
Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel. Narrated by Simon Vance (Macmillan Audio)
The Chalk Girl by Carol O’Connell. Narrated by Barbara Rosenblat (Recorded Bks)
The Death of Sweet Mister by Daniel Woodrell. Narrated by Nicholas Tecosky (AudioGo)
The Garden Intrigue by Lauren Willig. Narrated by Kate Reading (Books on Tape)
Heft by Liz Moore. Narrated by Kirby Heyborne and Keith Szarabajka (Blackstone Audio)
The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz. Narrated by Derek Jacobi (Hachette Audio)
The Inquisitor by Mark Allen Smith. Narrated by Ari Fliakos (Macmillan Audio)
Macbeth by William Shakespeare. Narrated by Alan Cumming (S.& S.Audio)
Miles by Miles Davis and Quincy Troupe. Narrated by Dion Graham (AudioGO)
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan. Narrated by Ari Fliakos (Macmillan Audio)
The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens. Narrated by David Timson (Naxos Audiobooks)
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro. Narrated by Simon Prebble (Tantor Audio)

Notable Books
Battleborn by Claire Vaye Watkins (Riverhead)
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain (Ecco)
Canada by Richard Ford (Ecco)
The Dog Stars by Peter Heller (Knopf)
Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan (Picador)
The Headmaster’s Wager by Vincent Lam (Hogarth)
A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers (McSweeney’s)
One Last Thing Before I Go by Jonathan Tropper (Dutton)
The Orphan Master’s Son Adam Johnson (Random)
The Round House by Louise Erdrich (HarperCollins)
This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Díaz (Riverhead)
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce (Random)

Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo (Random)
Engines of Change: A History of the American Dream in Fifteen Cars by Paul Ingrassia (S. & S.)
Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats by Kristen Iversen (Crown)
Leonardo and the Last Supper by Ross King (Walker & Co.)
The Ocean of Life: The Fate of Man and the Sea by Callum Roberts (Viking)
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain (Crown)
Shooting Victoria: Madness, Mayhem, and the Rebirth of the British Monarchy by Paul Thomas Murphy (Pegasus)
Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis by Timothy Egan (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Some of My Best Friends Are Black: The Strange Story of Integration in America by Tanner Colby (Viking)
Turing’s Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe by George Dyson (Pantheon)
Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson (Grove Pr.)
Why Does the World Exist?: An Existential Detective Story by Jim Holt (Liveright)

Inferno: A New Translation by Dante Alighieri, translated by Mary Jo Bang and illustrated by Henrik Drescher (Graywolf Pr.)
Stag’s Leap by Sharon Olds (Knopf)

Outstanding Reference Sources:
Biotechnology: In Context. ed. by Brenda Wilmoth Lerner and K. Lee Lerner (Gale Cengage)
Dictionary of African Biography. ed. by Emmanuel K Akyeampong and Henry Louis Gates Jr. (Oxford Univ. Pr.)
Encyclopedia of Housing 2d. ed. ed. by Andrew T. Carswell (Sage)
Encyclopedia of Peace Psychology. ed. by Daniel J. Christie (Wiley-Blackwell)
Encyclopedia of Trauma: An Interdisciplinary Guide. ed. by Charles R. Figley (Sage Publications)
Enslaved Women In America: An Encyclopedia. ed. by Daina Ramey Berry and Deleso A. Alford (Greenwood)
Japanese Philosophy: A Source Book. ed. by James W. Heisig, et al (Univ. of Hawaii Pr.)
Literature of War. ed. by Thomas Riggs (St. James Pr./Gale Cengage)
Presidents and Black America: A Documentary History. by Stephen A. Jones and Eric Freedman (Sage/CQ Pr.)
Typography Referenced: A Comprehensive Visual Guide to the Language, History, and Practice of Typography. ed. by Allan Haley et al (Rockport)
Women in American Politics: History and Milestones by Doris Weatherford (Sage/CQ Pr.)

The Reading List
Adrenaline: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (Crown)
Fantasy: The Rook by Daniel O’Malley (Little, Brown)
Historical Fiction: Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel (Henry Holt)
Horror: The Ritual by Adam Nevill (St. Martin’s)
Mystery: The Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye (Putnam)
Romance: Firelight by Kristen Callihan (Grand Central)
Science Fiction: Caliban’s War by James S. A. Corey (Orbit)
Women’s Fiction: The Care and Handling of Roses with Thorns by Margaret Dilloway (Putnam)

The Sophie Brody Medal

The Aleppo Codex: A True Story of Obsession, Faith, and the Pursuit of an Ancient Bible by Matti Friedman (Algonquin)



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