What this list says to me is that I need to get reading. Of late, however, I’ve been slogging through Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Team of Rivals: the Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln. It’s good, but as bedtime reading I’m only getting through a few pages a night, which means that I will probably still be reading it on the 200th anniversary of his election.
Here are the nominees, via the NYT.
“The National Book Foundation named the finalists for its National Book Awards on Wednesday.
The fiction nominees were: Bonnie Jo Campbell for “American Salvage”; Colum McCann, for “Let the Great World Spin”; Daniyal Mueenuddin for “In Other Rooms, Other Wonders”; Jayne Anne Phillips for “Lark and Termite”; and Marcel Theroux for “Far North.”
Nominees in the nonfiction category were: David M. Carroll for “Following the Water: A Hydromancer’s Notebook”; Sean B. Carroll for “Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origins of Species”; Greg Grandin for “Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford’s Forgotten Jungle City”; Adrienne Mayor for “The Poison King: The Life and Legend of Mithradates, Rome’s Deadliest Enemy”; and T. J. Stiles for “The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt.”
Nominated in the category for poetry were: Rae Armantrout for “Versed”; Ann Lauterbach for “Or to Begin Again”; Carl Phillips for “Speak Low”; Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon for “Open Interval”; and Keith Waldrop for “Transcendental Studies: A Trilogy.”
In the category of literature for young people, the finalists are: Deborah Heiligman for “Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith”; Phillip Hoose for “Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice”; David Small for “Stitches”; Laini Taylor for “Lips Touch: Three Times”; and Rita Williams-Garcia for “Jumped.””