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2014 National Book Award Finalists

This morning, on NPR’s Morning Edition, the 2014 National Book Award finalists were announced. Mitchell Kaplan, a winner in 2011, discussed the books being honored. Titles, author bios, and a recording of the announcement can also be found at The finalists are listed below, with Booklist reviews linked when available.


Finalists for Fiction

An Unnecessary WomanAn Unnecessary Woman, by Rabih Alameddine

All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr

Redeployment, by Phil Klay

Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel

Lila, by Marilynne Robinson


Finalists for Nonfiction

Meaning of Human ExistenceCan’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, by Roz Chast

No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes, byAnand Gopal

Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh, by John Lahr

Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China, by Evan Osnos

The Meaning of Human Existence, by Edward O. Wilson


Finalists for Poetry

CitizenFaithful and Virtuous Night, by Louise Glück

Second Childhood, by Fanny Howe

This Blue, by Maureen N. McLane

The Feel Trio, by Fred Moten

Citizen: An American Lyric, by Claudia Rankine


Finalists for Young People’s Literature

NogginThreatened, by Eliot Schrefer

The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights, by Steve Sheinkin

Nogginby John Corey Whaley

Revolution: The Sixties Trilogy, Book Two, by Deborah Wiles

Brown Girl Dreamingby Jacqueline Woodson




About the Author:

Sarah Grant is the Marketing Associate for Booklist. Follow her on Twitter at @Booklist_Grant.

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