This morning, the finalists for the 2014 National Book Award were announced.


  • All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
  • An Unnecessary Woman, by Rabih Alameddine
  • Lila, by Marilynne Robinson
  • Redeployment, by Phil Klay
  • Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel


  • Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, by Roz Chast
  • No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes, by Anand Gopal
  • 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
  • The Meaning of Human Existence, by Edward O. Wilson


  • Faithful and Virtuous Night, by Louise Glück
  • Second Childhood, by Fanny Howe
  • This Blue, by Maureen N. McLane
  • The Feel Trio, by Fred Moten
  • Citizen: An American Lyric, by Claudia Rankine

Young People’s Literature:

  • Threatened, by Eliot Schrefer
  • The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights, by Steve Sheinkin
  • Noggin, by John Corey Whaley
  • Revolution: The Sixties Trilogy, Book Two, by Deborah Wiles
  • Brown Girl Dreaming, by Jacqueline Woodson



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