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National Book Awards Finalists Announced

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Yesterday the finalists for the National Book Award were announced.  The fiction finalists are:

 The Yellow Birds, by Iraq war veteran Kevin Powers

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, a first novel by Ben Fountain 

A Hologram for the King, by Bay Area writer Dave Eggers

The Round House, by Louise Erdrich

This is How You Lose Her, short stories by Junot Diaz, who recently won a MacArthur "genius grant."


In the non-fiction category, finalists are:

 Iron Curtain: the Crushing of Eastern Europe, by Anne Applebaum

 Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity, by Katharine Boo

 The Passage of Power, fourth volume of Robert A Caro's series on Lyndon B. Johnson

 The Boy Kings of Texas, a memoir by Domingo Martinez

House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East, by Anthony Shadid.


Winners will be announced in New York on November 14.

Find out about these finalists and those in other categories, along with a list of all past finalists and winners, at




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Posted by: Nancy Davis

Nancy is the branch manager of the Corte Madera and Marin City libraries.

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