BookPal’s OWL Book Awards Category Winners

OWL Book Awards Category Winner

The results are in. Here are the 2017 OWL Book Award category winners!

After hours of reading and evaluation, we have finally narrowed down the OWL Book Award shortlist to three truly outstanding works of literature. Below are the winners in the three categories: education, business, and health.


Education Category Winner: The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race by Jesmyn Ward

The Fire This Time

This New York Times bestseller brings together the most important voices of a new generation to speak on racism. Eighteen essays and poems make up this collection that shines a light on the past, present, and future of American race relations.

Our Reactions:

“This book is so relevant to society today. These collections of essays opened my eyes to a whole new understanding of race relations in America.”

“I could not put this book down! The essays and poems are wonderfully written. With so many different points of view, I was able to get a clear understanding of the effects of racism in today’s society.”


Business Category Winner: The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact by Chip Heath and Dan Heath

The Power of Moments

Best-selling authors Chip and Dan Heath explore why certain brief experiences can change us forever. Learn how elevation, insight, pride, and connection create our most memorable positive moments in life. Why leave these moments to chance when you can create them yourself?

Our Reactions:

“This book contained many practices that I want to apply immediately. I especially liked the whirlwind reviews at the end of each section.”

“Cheers to the Heath brothers! Their latest book was filled with practical ideas that can be applied to both work and personal life, and in a way that was easy to read and comprehend.”


Health Category Winner: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

When Breath Becomes Air

After being diagnosed with cancer, neurosurgeon Paul Kalanithi adjusts from the role of a doctor treating the dying to a patient struggling to survive. He provides a reflection on the challenges of facing death and the relationship between doctor and patient — in which he became both.

Our Reactions: 

“This is a great book about the reflection of life and death. The way Kalanithi writes about his experiences, reflections, and stories is pure beauty.”

When Breath Becomes Air is a heartwarming book that touches the soul. Kalanithi is a true artist of words and created such genuine moments. The story gave me goosebumps and brought tears to my eyes. Definitely a must read!”


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This post was written by Megan Habel, the marketing associate at BookPal. She is currently reading Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.

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