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2012 Morning News Tournament

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2012 Morning News Tournament


Two thousand twelve marked another great year for the Tournament of Books, the annual NCAA-style battle between literary titans from online magazine The Morning News. Though the battle was fierce, only one title emerged victorious. Find out which book won the coveted Rooster Award and view all the results at TMN's website.

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Swamplandia! (Vintage Contemporaries)
Swamplandia! (Vintage Contemporaries)
by Karen Russell
Staff Pick
Russell's debut novel is in a literary class of its own. Swamplandia! is a mystical, fascinating coming-of-age story told from the perspective of the charming 13-year-old Ava. A shabby tourist attraction in Florida and unpredictable family members flavor... (read more)

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The Sisters Brothers
The Sisters Brothers
by Patrick deWitt
Staff Pick
This entertaining and heartbreaking story is told by a fabulous narrator, Eli Sisters. Eli and his brother Charlie are hired killers in late 19th-century Oregon and California, and this is the tale of their final job.... (read more)

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The Marriage Plot
The Marriage Plot
by Jeffrey Eugenides
Staff Pick
Addressing the ubiquitous love triangle, The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides is a perfectly executed character study of three college students — Leonard, Madeleine, and Mitchell — who variously are a couple, are not a couple, were a couple,... (read more)

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Open City
Open City
by Teju Cole
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A haunting novel about national identity, race, liberty, loss, dislocation, and surrender, Teju Cole’s Open City seethes with intelligence. It is a profound work by an important new author who has much to say about our country and our world. Along... (read more)

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State of Wonder
State of Wonder
by Ann Patchett
Staff Pick
State of Wonder is Ann Patchett's best book yet (yes, even better than Bel Canto). Brimming with mystery, philosophy, intrigue, ethical questions, the flora and fauna of the Amazon jungle, and absolutely beautiful prose, Patchett's new novel should be at... (read more)

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1Q84
1Q84
by Haruki Murakami
Staff Pick
Part of the thrill was the anticipation. After waiting for over a year for its publication, I grabbed 1Q84 and swallowed it whole. While it read simply and progressed slowly, it filled like a three-course meal. Being a long-term Murakami fan, I have seen... (read more)

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The Art of Fielding
The Art of Fielding
by Chad Harbach
Staff Pick
If it weren't for the Morning News Tournament of Books, I would never have read The Art of Fielding.  Baseball?  No, thanks.  But have no fear — it's not really a book about baseball. Henry Skrimshander is a shortstop prodigy who lives and... (read more)

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The Tiger's Wife
The Tiger's Wife
by Tea Obreht
Staff Pick
The postwar chaos in the Balkans provides the backdrop for Obreht's superbly crafted debut. A young physician seeks to unravel the mystery that surrounds both her grandfather's death and the mystifying Deathless Man he encountered throughout his adult... (read more)

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The Sense of an Ending
The Sense of an Ending
by Julian Barnes
Staff Pick
Julian Barnes won the Man Booker Prize for this lyrical little tome, and, in spite of the controversy surrounding the prize and the 2011 shortlist, I believe he deserved the award. It's the kind of book that one races through, stopping every now and then... (read more)

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The Devil All the Time
The Devil All the Time
by Donald Ray Pollock
Staff Pick
In The Devil All the Time, Pollock mixes equal parts Tod Browning (Freaks) and Davis Grubb (The Night of the Hunter) to concoct an entirely original work that is as heartfelt as it is visceral. Simply put, it's an astonishing debut novel.... (read more)

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Lightning Rods
Lightning Rods
by Helen DeWitt
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"All I want is to be a success. That's all I ask." Joe fails to sell a single set of the Encyclopedia Britannica in six months. Then fails to sell a single Electrolux and must eat 126 pieces of homemade pie, served up by his would-be customers who feel... (read more)

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Salvage the Bones
Salvage the Bones
by Jesmyn Ward
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Winner of the 2011 National Book Award A hurricane is building over the Gulf of Mexico, threatening the coastal town of Bois Sauvage, Mississippi, and Esch's father is growing concerned. A hard drinker, largely absent, he doesn't show concern for... (read more)

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The Cat's Table
The Cat's Table
by Michael Ondaatje
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In the early 1950s, an eleven-year-old boy boards a ship bound for England, and at mealtimes is seated at the "cat's table" with a ragtag group of "Suez Canal, into the Mediterranean, the boys tumble from one adventure to another, "bursting all over the... (read more)

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The Last Brother (Lannan Translation Selection)
The Last Brother (Lannan Translation Selection)
by Nathacha Appanah
Staff Pick
There's something so unique about books that have been translated; the language feels different somehow — quieter, brighter, more lush — and here the translation is carried out elegantly. The Last Brother tells the story of Raj, a nine-year... (read more)

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The Stranger's Child
The Stranger's Child
by Alan Hollinghurst
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From the Man Booker Prize–winning author of The Line of Beauty: a magnificent, century-spanning saga about a love triangle that spawns a myth, and a family mystery, across generations. In the late summer of 1913, George Sawle brings his... (read more)

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