Reader recommendation: Stoner Monitor readers share their favorite book picks. By K.B. (Ken) Whitley, Marfa, Tex. March 14, 2014 About video ads View Caption of I have just finished reading Stoner, by John Williams – a "hard" story, extremely well told. This book has led me to purchase "Butcher's Crossing" and "Augustus" (Winner of the National Book Award) also by John Williams. I am a happy camper. Can you guess which literary work goes with each final line? Take our quiz!