2015 National Book Awards Longlist for Nonfiction

National Book FoundationToday, the National Book Foundation announced its 2015 Longlist for the National Book Award for Nonfiction. The 10 titles are listed below and linked to their Booklist review when available. Finalists will be announced on October 14th.


Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs, by Sally Mannoceans were ink

If the Oceans Were Ink: An Unlikely Friendship and a Journey to the Heart of the Quran, by Carla Power

Love and Other Ways of Dying, Michael Paterniti

Mourning Lincoln, Martha Hodes

Ordinary Light: A Memoir, by Tracy K. Smith

Paradise of the Pacific: Approaching Hawaii, by Susanna Moore

Rain: A Natural and Cultural History, by Cynthia Barnett

The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration Into the Wonder of Consciousnessby Sy Montgomery

Travels in Vermeer: A Memoir, by Michael White


The judges for this year’s Nonfiction category are Diane Ackerman, John D’Agata, Patricia Hill Collins, Paul Holdengräber, and Adrienne Mayor.

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Allegra Wozniak served as a Booklist intern in fall 2015. She is a senior at Lake Forest College studying English literature and print and digital publishing. Besides reading, her favorite thing to do is eat Little Caesars breadsticks and watch the Mad Max movies with her dog, Mango.

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