National Book Award Finalists

National Book Award finalists were announced yesterday, and I haven’t read any of them….

Fiction

The Lazarus Project by Aleksandar Hemon
Telex from Cuba by Rachel Kushner (Click here to read an excerpt or here to view a reading group guide)
Shadow Country by Peter Matthiessen (Click here to read an excerpt)
Home by Marilynne Robinson (Click here to read an excerpt or here to view a reading group guide)
The End by Salvatore Scibona

Non-Fiction

This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War by Drew Gilpin Faust (first woman President of Harvard; click here to read an excerpt or here to view the table of contents)
The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family by Annette Gordon-Reed
The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals
by Jane Mayer (Click here to view the table of contents)
Final Salute: A Story of Unfinished Lives by Jim Sheeler (Click here to view the table of contents)
The Suicide Index: Putting My Father’s Death in Order by Joan Wickersham (Click here to view the table of contents or here to read an excerpt)

Poetry

Watching the Spring Festival by Frank Bidart
Fire to Fire: New and Collected Poems by Mark Doty
Creatures of a Day by Reginald Gibbons
Without Saying by Richard Howard
Blood Dazzler by Patricia Smith

Young People’s Literature

Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
The Underneath by Kathi Appelt (Click here to read an excerpt or here to read a reading group guide)
What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp (Click here to read an excerpt)

Winners will be announced November 19.

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