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National Book Award Finalists Announced

This morning, while many of us were only just beginning to wake and stumble into the kitchen for a cup of coffee, the National Book Award finalists were announced on MSNBC. The winner in each category will be announced in a ceremony on November 14th. Here’s the list of nominees, along with links to Booklist reviews where available.


This Is How You Lose Her, by Junot Díaz

A Hologram for the King, by Dave Eggers

The Round House, by Louise Erdrich

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, by Ben Fountain

The Yellow Birds, by Kevin Powers


Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1945-1956, by Anne Applebaum

Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity, by Katherine Boo

The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume 4, by Robert A. Caro

The Boy Kings of Texas, by Domingo Martinez

House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East, by Anthony Shadid


Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations, by David Ferry

Heavenly Bodies, by Cynthia Huntington

Fast Animal, by Tim Seibles

Night of the Republic, by Alan Shapiro

Meme, by Susan Wheeler

Young People’s Literature

Goblin Secrets, by William Alexander

Out of Reach, by Carrie Arcos

Never Fall Down, by Patricia McCormick

Endangered, by Eliot Schrefer

Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon, by Steve Sheinkin



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When Sarah Hunter is not reading for her job as senior editor at Booklist, she's baking something tasty or planning trips to the Pacific Northwest. Follow her on Twitter at @SarahBearHunter.

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