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2014 National Book Awards Longlist


Well it’s a big week for longlists in the literary world. First the Giller Prize Longlist came out, and now the National Book Awards are taking their turn, too. In fact, the National Book Awards longlist was released earlier than the awards committee would have liked, after news outlets leaked it early. So here we are.

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Here are the ten longlist contenders for The National Book Award for Fiction:
An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine
Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
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Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Thunderstruck & Other Stories by Elizabeth McCracken
Orfeo by Richard Powers
Lila by Marilynne Robinson
Some Luck by Jane Smiley
The UnAmericans by Molly Antopol

Of those I have actually only ever read Marilynne Robinson, but I really enjoyed both Home and Housekeeping and will be seeking out more of her work. I’m also excited to read more from the list. It’s rare that a list has so few authors I’ve explored. Lots do to!

And here are the ten longlist contenders for The National Book Award for Non-Fiction:

Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh by John LahrCan’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 OsnosWhen Paris Went 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 Stewart
The Meaning of Human Existence by Edward O. Wilson

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