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National Book Awards Finalists Announced: Great Picks for Your Reading List

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

I love the National Book Awards. They always give me great ideas for what to read next. I’m just bummed that two of my favorite young adult books on the longlist (that was new this year) didn’t make the shortlist! You simply must read Flora and Ulysses to your kids and Two Boys Kissing for you!

In the meantime, check out the NBA picks and stay tuned for the winners which will be announced Nov. 20.



Rachel KushnerThe Flamethrowers (Scribner/Simon & Schuster)
Jhumpa LahiriThe Lowland (Alfred A. Knopf/Random House)
James McBrideThe Good Lord Bird (Riverhead Books/Penguin Group USA)
Thomas PynchonBleeding Edge (The Penguin Press/Penguin Group USA)
George SaundersTenth of December (Random House)


- Tom DruryPacific (Grove Press)
- Elizabeth GraverThe End of the Point (Harper/HarperCollinsPublishers)
- Anthony MarraA Constellation of Vital Phenomena (Hogarth/Random House)
- Alice McDermott, Someone (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
- Joan Silber, Fools (W.W. Norton & Company)

Young Adult


Kathi AppeltThe True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp
(Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster)
Cynthia KadohataThe Thing About Luck (Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster)
Tom McNealFar Far Away (Alfred A. Knopf/Random House)
Meg RosoffPicture Me Gone (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, a division of Penguin Group USA)
Gene Luen YangBoxers & Saints (First Second/Macmillan)


- Kate DiCamilloFlora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures (Candlewick Press)
- Lisa Graff, A Tangle of Knots (Philomel, A division of Penguin Group USA)
- Alaya Dawn JohnsonThe Summer Prince (Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic)
- David LevithanTwo Boys Kissing (Knopf Books for Young Readers/Random House)
- Anne UrsuThe Real Boy (Walden Pond Press/an Imprint HarperCollinsPublishers)



Jill Lepore, Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin (Alfred A. Knopf/Random House)
Wendy LowerHitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
George PackerThe Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Alan TaylorThe Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832 (W.W. Norton & Company)
Lawrence WrightGoing Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, & the Prison of Belief  (Alfred A. Knopf/Random House)


- T.D. AllmanFinding Florida: The True Story of the Sunshine State (Atlantic Monthly Press)
- Gretel EhrlichFacing the Wave: A Journey in the Wake of the Tsunami (Pantheon Book/Random House)
- Scott C. JohnsonThe Wolf and the Watchman: A Father, a Son, and the CIA (W.W. Norton & Company)
- James OakesFreedom National: The Destruction of Slavery in the United States, 1861-1865
(W.W. Norton & Company)
- Terry TeachoutDuke: A Life of Duke Ellington (Gotham Books)

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National Book Award Finalists are Named

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Oh happy day for book lovers. Yesterday, the National Book Award finalists for 2012 were named. I can’t wait to hear who wins. One of the finalists is a dear old friend. So I’m rooting for Patricia McCormick to win for her brilliant young adult novel called Never Fall Down.

If you’re looking for something to read–and you’re into well-drawn characters and achingly beautiful prose–check out the book finalists below. These picks are great for literary lovers*

*And if you’re more into stuff by Emily Giffin and Jenny Lawson, you totally rock, too.

National Book Awards 2012
This is How You Lose Her
by Junot Diaz

A Hologram for a King
by David Eggers

The Round House
by Louise Erdrich*
*love seeing women in this male-dominated category

The Yellow Birds
byKevin 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 Boy Kings of Texas
by Domingo Martinez

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

Young People’s Literature
Goblin Secrets
by William Alexander

Out of Reach
by Carrie Arcos

Never Fall Down
by Patricia McCormick

by Elliot Schrefer

Bomb: The Race to Build–and Steal–the Worlds Most Dangerous Weapon
by Steve Sheinkin

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

by Susan Wheeler

Have you read any of these books? Which one are you most likely to pick up?

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