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National Book Award Finalists

The National Book Award Finalists have been announced. Surprises? Take your pick.


Fieldwork, by Mischa Berlinski (Farrar)
Varieties of Disturbance, by Lydia Davis (Farrar)
Then We Came to the End, by Joshua Ferris (Little, Brown)
Tree of Smoke, by Denis Johnson (Farrar)
Like You’d Understand, Anyway, by Jim Shepard (Knopf)


Brother, I’m Dying, by Edwidge Danticat (Knopf)
God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything, by Christopher Hitchens (Hachette/Twelve)
Unruly Americans and the Origins of the Constitution, by Woody Holton (Farrar/Hill and Wang)
Ralph Ellison: A Biography, by Arnold Rampersad (Knopf)
Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA, by Tim Weiner (Doubleday)


Magnetic North, by Linda Gregerson (Houghton)
Time and Materials, by Robert Hass (HarperCollins/Ecco)
The House on Boulevard St., by David Kirby (Louisiana State Univ.)
Old Heart, by Stanley Plumly (Norton)
Messenger: New and Selected Poems, 1976-2006, by Ellen Bryant Voigt (Norton)

Young People’s Literature

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie (Little, Brown)
Skin Hunger, by Kathleen Duey (Atheneum)
Touching Snow, by M. Sindy Felin (Atheneum)
The Invention of Hugo Cabret, by Brian Selznick (Scholastic)
Story of a Girl, by Sara Zarr (Little, Brown)




About the Author:

Keir Graff is Executive Editor of Booklist Publications and the author of five books. His most recent is the middle-grade novel, The Other Felix (2011). Follow him on Twitter at @Booklist_Keir.

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  1. I’m casting a vote for Then We Came to the End. It was hilarious! One of my favorites from this year. But rather a surprising nomination…

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