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2014 National Book Award Shortlists Released

David Kelly, Senior Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department,
2014 National Book Award Shortlists Released
2014 National Book Award Shortlists Released

The National Book Foundation has announced National Book Award shortlists for 2014.  The awards, which were first awarded in 1935, are given out in four categories; Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People’s Literature, with the winners to be announced on November 19.

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An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Redeployment by Phil Klay

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Lila by Marilynne Robinson



Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast

No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes by Anand Gopal

Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh by John Lahr

Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China by Evan Osnos

The Meaning of Human Existence by Edward O. Wilson



Faithful and Virtuous Night by Louise Glück

Second Childhood by Fanny Howe

This Blue by Maureen N. McLane

The Feel Trio by Fred Moten

Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine


Young People’s Literature:

Threatened by Eliot Schrefer

The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights by Steve Sheinkin

Noggin by John Corey Whaley

Revolution: The Sixties Trilogy, Book Two by Deborah Wiles

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

The complete National Book Awards longlists and shortlists for each category can be found here