Today they announced the longlist for this year’s National Book Award for Nonfiction (they announced the longlist for Young People’s Literature Tuesday (here) and for Poetry yesterday (here) and will announced the remaining longlist for Fiction tomorrow).

  • Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, by Roz Chast
  • The Heathen School: A Story of Hope and Betrayal in the Age of the Early Republic, by John Demos
  • No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes, by Anand Gopal
  • The Mantle of Command: FDR at War, 1941 – 1942, by Nigel Hamilton
  • The Innovators: How a Group of Inventors, Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution, by Walter Isaacson
  • 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
  • When Paris Was Dark: The City of Light Under German Occupation, 1940 – 1944, by Ronald C. Rosbottom
  • Nature’s God: The Heretical Origins of the American Republic, by Matthew Steart
  • The Meaning of Human Existence, by Edward O. Wilson

The only one I have is Lahr’s biography on Tennessee Williams, and I think it looks fantastic. Have any of you read the others? Any recommendations?

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