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National Book Award Finalists

The National Book Award finalists have been posted! Now I have even more books to add to my to-read list…

Young People’s Literature: (judges were: Kathi Appelt, Coe Booth, Carolyn Coman, Nancy Werlin, and Gene Luen Yang)

Deborah Heiligman, Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith (Henry Holt) Phillip Hoose, Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) David Small, Stitches (W.W. Norton & Co.) Laini Taylor, Lips Touch: Three Times (Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic) Rita Williams-Garcia, Jumped (HarperTeen/HarperCollins)

Fiction: (judges were: Alan Cheuse, Junot Díaz, Jennifer Egan, Charles Johnson, and Lydia Millet)

Bonnie Jo Campbell American Salvage (Wayne State University Press) Colum McCann, Let the Great World Spin (Random House) Daniyal Mueenuddin, In Other Rooms, Other Wonders (W.W. Norton & Co.) Jayne Anne Phillips, Lark and Termite (Alfred A. Knopf) Marcel Theroux, Far North (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Nonfiction: (judges were: David Blight, Amanda Foreman, Steve Olson, Camille Paglia, and John Phillip Santos)

David M. Carroll, Following the Water: A Hydromancer’s Notebook (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) Sean B. Carroll, Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origins of Species (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) Greg Grandin, Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford’s Forgotten Jungle City (Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt) Adrienne Mayor, The Poison King: The Life and Legend of Mithradates, Rome’s Deadliest Enemy (Princeton University Press) T. J. Stiles, The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt (Alfred A. Knopf)

Poetry: (judges were: Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, A. Van Jordan, Cole Swensen, and Kevin Young)

Rae Armantrout, Versed (Wesleyan University Press) Ann Lauterbach, Or to Begin Again (Viking Penguin) Carl Phillips, Speak Low (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon, Open Interval (University of Pittsburgh Press) Keith Waldrop, Transcendental Studies: A Trilogy (University of California Press)

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