Throughout this week, the longlists for the National Book Awards have been popping up. Here they all are! (The third comment below gives a bit more information about the fiction list)


  • A Cure for Suicide, by Jesse Ball
  • Refund: Stories, by Karen E. Bender
  • Did You Ever Have a Family, by Bill Clegg
  • The Turner House, by Angela Flournoy
  • Fates and Furies, by Lauren Groff
  • Fortune Smiles: Stories, by Adam Johnson
  • Welcome to Braggsville, by T. Geronimo Johnson
  • Honeydew, by Edith Pearlman
  • A Little Life, by Hanya Yanagihara
  • Mislaid, by Nell Zink


  • Rain: A Natural and Cultural History, by Cynthia Barnett
  • Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Mourning Lincoln, by Martha Hodes
  • Hold Still, by Sally Mann
  • The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonders of Consciousness, by Sy Montgomery
  • Paradise of the Pacific: Approaching Hawaii, by Susanna Moore
  • Love and Other Ways of Dying: Essays, by Michael Paterniti
  • If the Oceans Were Ink: An Unlikely Friendship and a Journey to the Heart of the Quran, by Carla Power
  • Ordinary Light: A Memoir, by Tracy K. Smith
  • Travels in Vermeer: A Memoir, by Michael White


  • Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, by Ross Gay
  • Scattered at Sea, by Amy Gerstler
  • A Stranger’s Mirror, by Marilyn Hacker
  • How to Be Drawn, by Terrance Hayes
  • The Beauty, by Jane Hirshfield
  • Voyage of the Sable Venus, by Robin Coste Lewis
  • Bright Dead Things, by Ada Limón
  • Elegy for a Broken Machine, by Patrick Phillips
  • Heaven, by Rowan Ricardo Phillips
  • Mistaking Each Other for Ghosts, by Lawrence Raab

Young People’s Literature

  • Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, by Becky Albertali
  • Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad, by M.T. Anderson
  • The Thing About Jellyfish, by Ali Benjamin
  • Walk on Earth a Stranger, by Rae Carson
  • This Side of Wild: Mutts, Mares, and Laughing Dinosaurs, by Gary Paulsen
  • Bone Gap, by Laura Ruby
  • X: A Novel, by Ilyasah Shabazz, with Kekla Magoon
  • Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War, by Steve Sheinkin
  • Challenger Deep, by Neal Shusterman
  • Nimona, by Noelle Stevenson
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