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Oh, Beautiful: An American Family in the 20th Century placed as first runner-up in the 2012 Eric Hoffer Book Award category of Culture, the awards committee announced this week. The Culture category encompasses nonfiction titles “demonstrating the human or world experience” across several cultural dimensions.

The Eric Hoffer Book Award honors the memory of the American philosopher Eric Hoffer, who wrote ten books about working-class social issues. The award highlights “salient writing” as well as the “independent spirit” of small publishers.

“It’s fitting to receive this award for Oh, Beautiful in memory of a man who was a migrant worker, longshoreman, and free thinker,” said author John Paul Godges. “I think a lot of the characters in this book could relate to Eric Hoffer.”

The Eric Hoffer Award for short prose and books was established at the start of the 21st century “as a means of opening a door to writing of significant merit.”

The full list of Eric Hoffer Book Award recipients can be found here.
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Published on May 19, 2012 12:05 • 261 views • Tags: award, culture, eric-hoffer, eric-hoffer-book-award, godges, longshoreman, migrant-worker, oh-beautiful, philosopher
At the first annual IndieReader Discovery Awards, announced this week at the BookExpo America trade show in New York City, the award in the category of American Studies went to Oh, Beautiful: An American Family in the 20th Century by John Paul Godges.

Judges for the awards included publishers, agents, publicists, reviewers, authors, bloggers, and producers. Nina Sankovitch, author of Tolstoy and the Purple Chair, a memoir of reading a book a day for one year, offered high praise for Oh, Beautiful.

“Godges’ heartfelt and probing exploration of his own family history provides for all readers not only a fascinating story of immigration but also an inspirational anthem to the human spirit,” said Sankovitch, who is also a book reviewer for The Huffington Post and

“Godges shows us his family from their first individual arrivals in America, creating a portrait of how roots are planted in a new country, and then moves on through generations to show how, through feats of endurance and flexibility, his family has held together, connecting to each other and to their shared history, to survive and surpass the inevitable cycles of happiness and sorrow.”

The IndieReader is known as “the essential consumer guide to self-published books and the people who write them.” Its founder, Amy Edelman, came up with the idea of IndieReader for two reasons. “The first was to create a more level playing field for authors who choose to go it on their own. The second was to give book lovers the opportunity to discover great works that they might not have otherwise found,” she explained.

“I’m very grateful to IndieReader,” said Godges. “I’ve been impressed with the exceptional care and thoughtfulness of everyone involved in this awards program. It’s truly an honor to win this award from them.”

Click here for a full list of the 2012 IndieReader Discovery Awards.
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