The OF Blog: 2012 National Book Awards shortlists announced

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

2012 National Book Awards shortlists announced

From the awards homepage:


Junot Díaz, This Is How You Lose Her (Riverhead Books, a member of Penguin Group USA, Inc.)
Dave Eggers, A Hologram for the King (McSweeney's Books)
Louise Erdrich, The Round House (Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers)
Ben Fountain, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers)
Kevin Powers, The Yellow Birds (Little, Brown and Company)
I've read (and loved) the Díaz and just purchased e-editions of the others (the Fountain was only $2.99 on iBooks, the others $11.99-12.99, for those that care about such things), so these will be reviewed later this month/early November in advance of the November 14 awards ceremony.


Anne Applebaum, Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1945-1956 (Doubleday)
Katherine Boo, Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity (Random House)
Robert A. Caro, The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume 4 (Knopf)
Domingo Martinez, The Boy Kings of Texas (Lyons Press, an imprint of Globe Pequot Press)
Anthony Shadid, House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Might not be able to purchase/read all five of these in advance of the winner being announced.  The Shadid might get more interest due to the author's death while covering the civil war in Syria earlier this year.


David Ferry, Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations (University of Chicago Press)
Cynthia Huntington, Heavenly Bodies (Southern Illinois University Press)
Tim Seibles, Fast Animal (Etruscan Press)
Alan Shapiro, Night of the Republic (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Susan Wheeler, Meme (University of Iowa Press)
I love poetry, so at some point, each of these will be read.  Just don't know how many will be reviewed before November 14, however.

Young People's Literature

William Alexander, Goblin Secrets (Margaret K. McElderry Books, an imprint of
Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing)

Carrie Arcos, Out of Reach (Simon Pulse, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing)
Patricia McCormick, Never Fall Down (Balzer+Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers)
Eliot Schrefer, Endangered (Scholastic)
Steve Sheinkin, Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World's Most Dangerous Weapon
(Flash Point, an imprint of Roaring Brook Press)
Again, no promises all (or any) of these will be read/reviewed in advance of the winner being announced, but I will investigate these later.

Thoughts on the shortlists?


Liviu said...

The only book that interests me is the Applebaum one as i have heard the story of that all my childhood at first hand so to speak (and met quite a few survivors of the communist prisons including one of my grandfathers, while of course even the people who escaped them by luck had to burn their libraries and keep their heads down...)

maybe the Goblin one for my son too and possibly the atomic bomb secrets one also for him, though he may be a bit young at 10 for that

James said...

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk is available for $2.99 at Amazon. E-book, of course. The price point will last through October.

Larry Nolen said...

Read the Fountain last night. Well worth the $2.99 (or regular price). Might be a while before I write a review, since I have a backlog now.

The Applebaum I'll look at later, but the Shadid also interests me for more macabre reasons.

The YA finalists at first glance don't interest me as much as last year's, but I will investigate and see if my impressions may be incorrect (or not).

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