National Book Awards finalists announced

Here are the finalists:


Andrew Krivak, The Sojourn
Téa Obreht, The Tiger’s Wife
Julie Otsuka, The Buddha in the Attic
Edith Pearlman, Binocular Vision
Jesmyn Ward, Salvage the Bones


Deborah Baker, The Convert: A Tale of Exile and Extremism
Mary Gabriel, Love and Capital: Karl and Jenny Marx and the Birth of a Revolution
Stephen Greenblatt, The Swerve: How the World Became Modern
Manning Marable, Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention
Lauren Redniss, Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love and Fallout


Nikky Finney, Head Off & Split
Yusef Komunyakaa, The Chameleon Couch
Carl Phillips, Double Shadow
Adrienne Rich, Tonight No Poetry Will Serve: Poems 2007-2010
Bruce Smith, Devotions

Young People’s Literature

Franny Billingsley, Chime
Debby Dahl Edwardson, My Name Is Not Easy
Thanhha Lai, Inside Out and Back Again
Albert Marrin, Flesh and Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy Lauren Myracle, Shine
Gary D. Schmidt, Okay for Now

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  1. I have only read one title from this post! So, aside from Adrienne Rich’s collection, it looks like I have some new picks to add to my reading list! 🙂

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