National Book Awards Longlist: Reviews and Interviews

nba-hot-dog-featuredAre you up to speed with this year’s batch of National Book Award nominees? If not, here’s your chance. Over the last week, the National Book Foundation has announced its longlist, with the fiction nominees coming in just this morning. The shortlist is due on October 13, and the winning titles are to be anointed on November 16.

To follow is the longlist, with titles linked to their Booklist reviews whenever possible. For more Booklist coverage of the nominees, check out Daniel Kraus’ interview with Jason Reynolds, Maggie Reagan’s interview with Anne-Marie McLemore, and Donna Seaman’s interview with Viet Thanh Nguyen.



 Another Brooklyn, by Jacqueline Woodson

associationThe Association of Small Bombs, by Karan Mahajan

 Imagine Me Gone, by Adam Haslett

Miss Jane, by Brad Watson

 News of the World, by Paulette Jiles

The Portable Veblen, by Elizabeth McKenzie

 Sweet Lamb of Heaven, by Lydia Millet

The Throwback Special, by Chris Bachelder

 The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead

What Belongs to You, by Garth Greenwell



America’s War for the Greater Middle East: A Military History, by Andrew J. Bacevich

Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy, by Heather Ann Thompson

firebrand The Firebrand and the First Lady: Portrait of a Friendship: Pauli Murray, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Struggle for Social Justice, by Patricia Bell-Scott

 Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck, by Adam Cohen

 Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War, by Viet Thanh Nguyen

The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America, by Andrés Reséndez

The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition, by Manisha Sinha

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, by Ibram X. Kendi

Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right, by Arlie Russell Hochschild

Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy, by Cathy O’Neil


Young People’s Literature 

 Booked, by Kwame Alexander

 Burn Baby Burn, by Meg Medina

ghost Ghost, by Jason Reynolds

 March: Book Three, by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell

 Pax, by Sara Pennypacker, illustrated by Jon Klassen

Raymie Nightingale, Kate DiCamillo

Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story, by Caren Stelson

 The Sun Is Also a Star, by Nicola Yoon

 When the Moon Was Ours, by Anna-Marie McLemore

 When the Sea Turned to Silver, by Grace Lin



The Abridged History of Rainfall, by Jay Hopler

bestiaryArcheophonics, by Peter Gizzi

Bestiary, by Donika Kelly

Blackacre, Monica Youn

 Blue Laws, by Kevin Young

Collected Poems 1974 – 2004, by Rita Dove

Look, by Solmaz Sharif

The Performance of Becoming Human, by Daniel Borzutzky

The Selected Poems of Donald Hall, by Donald Hall

World of Made and Unmade, by Jane Mead










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Eugenia Williamson is the Associate Editor of Digital Products at Booklist. She worked in bookstores for twelve years, reviews books for The Boston Globe, and writes about books, culture, and politics for several other publications. Follow her on Twitter at @Booklist_Genie.

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