National Book Award Finalists

These are the books that are up to win a National Book Award on November 17th, 2021:

Cloud Cuckoo Land: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982168438
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Published: Scribner - September 28th, 2021

Finalist for the 2021 National Book Award!

From the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of All the Light We Cannot See, perhaps the most bestselling and beloved literary fiction of our time, comes the highly anticipated Cloud Cuckoo Land.


Matrix: A Novel Cover Image
$25.20
ISBN: 9781594634499
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 7th, 2021

AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

FINALIST FOR THE 2021 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR FICTION



“A relentless exhibition of Groff’s freakish talent. In just over 250 pages, she gives us a character study to rival Hilary Mantel’s Thomas Cromwell .” – USA Today


Zorrie Cover Image
$23.40
ISBN: 9781635575361
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - February 9th, 2021

Finalist for the 2021 National Book Award (Fiction)

From prize-winning, acclaimed author Laird Hunt, a poignant novel about a woman searching for her place in the world and finding it in the daily rhythms of life in rural Indiana.

“It was Indiana, it was the dirt she had bloomed up out of, it was who she was, what she felt, how she thought, what she knew.”


The Prophets Cover Image
$24.30
ISBN: 9780593085684
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - January 5th, 2021

Finalist for the National Book Award

Instant New York Times Bestseller 

"May this book cast its spell on all of us, restore to us some memory of our most warrior and softest selves." The New York Times Book Review


Hell of a Book: A Novel Cover Image
$24.30
ISBN: 9780593330968
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Published: Dutton - June 29th, 2021

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A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance Cover Image
$24.30
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ISBN: 9781984801197
Published: Random House - March 30th, 2021

NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST • “A masterpiece” (Minneapolis Star Tribune), a “devastating” (The New York Times) meditation on Black performance in America from the MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellow and bestselling author of Go Ahead in the Rain


Running Out: In Search of Water on the High Plains Cover Image
$25.16
ISBN: 9780691212647
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Published: Princeton University Press - May 18th, 2021

An intimate reckoning with aquifer depletion in America's heartland


Tastes Like War: A Memoir Cover Image
$16.16
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ISBN: 9781952177941
Published: Feminist Press - May 18th, 2021

FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR NONFICTION

This evocative memoir of food and family history is "somehow both mouthwatering and heartbreaking... and] a potent personal history" (Shelf Awareness).


Covered with Night: A Story of Murder and Indigenous Justice in Early America Cover Image
$26.96
ISBN: 9781631495878
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Published: Liveright - April 27th, 2021

FINALIST • 2021 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR NONFICTION


All That She Carried: The Journey of Ashley's Sack, a Black Family Keepsake Cover Image
$25.20
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ISBN: 9781984854995
Published: Random House - June 8th, 2021

NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST • KIRKUS PRIZE FINALIST • A renowned historian traces the life of a single object handed down through three generations of Black women to craft an extraordinary testament to people who are left out of the archives.


What Noise Against the Cane (Yale Series of Younger Poets #115) Cover Image
By Desiree C. Bailey, Carl Phillips (Foreword by)
$18.00
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ISBN: 9780300256536
Published: Yale University Press - April 13th, 2021

Finalist for the 2021 National Book Award for Poetry, this Yale Series of Younger Poets volume is a lyrical and polyvocal exploration of what it means to fight for yourself

“Bailey invites us to see what twenty-first-century life is like for a young woman of the Black diaspora in the long wake of a history of slavery, brutality, and struggling for freedoms bodily and psy


Floaters: Poems Cover Image
$24.26
ISBN: 9780393541038
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 19th, 2021

A Finalist for the 2021 National Book Award for Poetry

From the winner of the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize come masterfully crafted narratives of protest, grief and love.


Sho Cover Image
$16.20
ISBN: 9781950268153
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Published: Wave Books - April 6th, 2021

2021 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST FOR POETRY


A Thousand Times You Lose Your Treasure Cover Image
$16.20
ISBN: 9781950268177
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Published: Wave Books - April 6th, 2021

2021 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST FOR POETRY


A collection inspired by Hoa's mother, a stunt motorcyclist in an all-woman Vietnamese circus troupe, is verse meditation on Vietnam's diaspora.



The Sunflower Cast a Spell to Save Us from the Void Cover Image
$15.26
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ISBN: 9781643620367
Published: Nightboat Books - February 2nd, 2021

2021 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST FOR POETRY



Winter in Sokcho Cover Image
$13.46
ISBN: 9781948830416
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Published: Open Letter - April 27th, 2021

2021 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST FOR POETRY


As if Marguerite Duras wrote Convenience Store Woman--a beautiful, unexpected novel from a debut French Korean author


Peach Blossom Paradise Cover Image
By Ge Fei, Canaan Morse (Translated by)
$16.16
ISBN: 9781681374703
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Published: NYRB Classics - December 8th, 2020

An enthralling story of revolution, idealism, and a savage struggle for utopia by one of China's greatest living novelists.


The Twilight Zone: A Novel Cover Image
By Nona Fernández, Natasha Wimmer (Translated by)
$14.40
ISBN: 9781644450475
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Published: Graywolf Press - March 16th, 2021

* Finalist for the National Book Award for Translated Literature *

An engrossing, incantatory novel about the legacy of historical crimes by the author of Space Invaders


When We Cease to Understand the World Cover Image
By Benjamin Labatut, Adrian Nathan West (Translated by)
$16.16
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ISBN: 9781681375663
Published: New York Review Books - September 28th, 2021

Shortlisted for the 2021 International Booker Prize
 
A fictional examination of the lives of real-life scientists and thinkers whose discoveries resulted in moral consequences beyond their imagining.


When We Cease to Understand the World is a book about the complicated links between scientific and mathematical discovery, madness, and destruction. 


Planet of Clay Cover Image
By Samar Yazbek, Leri Price (Translator)
$15.29
ISBN: 9781642861013
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Published: World Editions - October 5th, 2021

FINALIST FOR THE 2021 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR TRANSLATED LITERATURE

"Planet of Clay is a devastating novel about human resilience and fragility in a time of war." --Foreword Reviews, starred review

"Brave, rebellious and passionate ... Yazbek is no ordinary Syrian dissident." --Financial Times


The Legend of Auntie Po Cover Image
$11.69
ISBN: 9780525554899
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Published: Kokila - June 15th, 2021

Part historical fiction, part fable, and 100 percent adventure. Thirteen-year-old Mei reimagines the myths of Paul Bunyan as starring a Chinese heroine while she works in a Sierra Nevada logging camp in 1885.


Too Bright to See Cover Image
$15.29
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ISBN: 9780593111154
Published: Dial Books - April 20th, 2021

A haunting ghost story about navigating grief, growing up, and growing into a new gender identity
 


"A gentle, glowing wonder, full of love and understanding." –The New York Times Book Review
 


Me (Moth) Cover Image
$17.09
ISBN: 9781250780362
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - August 17th, 2021

A debut YA novel-in-verse by Amber McBride, Me (Moth) is about a teen girl who is grieving the deaths of her family, and a teen boy who crosses her path.

Moth has lost her family in an accident. Though she lives with her aunt, she feels alone and uprooted.