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National Book Award Finalists Announced

Which will make it onto your reading group lists next year?

The National Book Award Finalists for 2011 were announced yesterday in Portland, OR and while there are some surprising omissions, there are also some surprising nominations.

Click through any of the above links for the full lists of nominations in Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People’s Literature. I want to highlight the titles I will be promoting to my book groups:

The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka–I can see my Women Who Dare book group in a lively conversation about a group of young Japanese ‘picture brides’ in 1920s America and their struggle to achieve the American Dream.

Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward–this book has a special place for me. I heard the author speak at BEA and ALA and her story is harrowing and inspiring. A family prepares for a devasting hurricane in Mississippi and discovers deep reservoirs of love, sacrifice, and respect for each other. This book had already made my book group short list.

Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout by Lauren Redniss–Marie Curie has been a heroine of mine since childhood. I know my Downtowners will appreciate the deft mix of humanity and science in this dual biography.

Don’t overlook the Young People’s Literature category. I’ll be taking a close look at Shine by Lauren Myracle for my groups that enjoy young adult books and a compelling mystery.

Winners will be announced next month. But for now we have a great short list of possibilities for our book groups.

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Kaite Mediatore Stover refuses to give up her day job as director of readers' services for The Kansas City Public Library to read tarot cards professionally or be the merch girl/roadie for her husband's numerous bands. Follow her on Twitter at @MarianLiberryan.

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