National Book Awards finalists for 2018

The Friend

The Friend

Sigrid Nunez

Elegiac and searching, The Friend is both a meditation on loss and a celebration of human-canine devotion.   

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 Read reviewThe Great Believers

The Great Believers

Rebecca Makkai

A dazzling new novel of friendship and redemption in the face of tragedy and loss set in 1980s Chicago and contemporary Paris.

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Florida

Lauren Groff

New York Times bestseller Lauren Groff returns with a new book as bold and consuming as her novel Fates and Furies.

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A Lucky Man: Stories

A Lucky Man: Stories

Jamel Brinkley

In the nine expansive, searching stories of A Lucky Man, fathers and sons attempt to salvage relationships with friends and family members and confront mistakes made in the past.    

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Where The Dead Sit Talking

Where The Dead Sit Talking

Brandon Hobson

Where the Dead Sit Talking is a spare, lyrical Native American coming of age story set in rural Oklahoma in the late 1980s.

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 Special price Read reviewHeartland

Heartland

Sarah Smarsh

An eye-opening, topical, and moving memoir of one woman's experience of working-class poverty in America.

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The Indian World of George Washington

The Indian World of George Washington

Colin G. Calloway

A biography of America's founding father and those on whose land he based the nation's future

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American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic

American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic

Victoria Johnson

The untold story of Hamilton's-and Burr's-physician whose dream to build America's first botanical garden inspired the young Republic.

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The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke

The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke

Jeffrey C. Stewart

The definitive biography of Alain Locke, the first African American Rhodes Scholar and Harvard PhD in philosophy, Howard University philosophy scholar, and architect of the Harlem Renaissance, who mentored a generation of artists...

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We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights

We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights

Adam Winkler

Longlisted for the 2018 National Book Award for Nonfiction We the Corporations chronicles the revelatory story of one of the most successful, yet least known, civil rights movements in American history.

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Hey Kiddo

Hey Kiddo

Jarrett Krosoczka

The powerful, unforgettable graphic memoir from Jarrett Krosoczka, about growing up with a drug-addicted mother, a missing father, and two unforgettably opinionated grandparents.

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The Journey of Little Charlie

The Journey of Little Charlie

Christopher Paul Curtis

Twelve-year-old Charlie is down on his luck: His sharecropper father just died and Cap'n Buck - the most fearsome man in Possum Moan, South Carolina - has come to collect a debt. Fearing for his life, Charlie strikes a deal with...

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The Poet X

The Poet X

Elizabeth Acevedo

Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking.

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The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge

The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge

M. T. Anderson, Eugene Yelchin

An anarchic, outlandish, and deeply political tale of warring elf and goblin kingdoms

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Wobble

Wobble

Rae Armantrout

Poems written on the shifting ground of imminent systemic collapse

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American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin

American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin

Terrance Hayes

"The black poet would love to say his century began With Hughes or God forbid, Wheatley, but actually It began with all the poetry weirdos & worriers, warriors, Poetry whiners & winos falling from ship bows, sunset...

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Ghost Of

Ghost Of

Diana Khoi Nguyen

Winner of the Omnidawn Open Poetry Book Prize

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Indecency

Indecency

Justin Phillip Reed

Intricate, intimate, difficult, and confrontational poems that push at the boundaries of selfhood, skin, culture, sexuality, and blood.

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Eye Level: Poems

Eye Level: Poems

Jenny Xie

Jenny Xie's award-winning debut, Eye Level, takes us far and near, to Phnom Penh, Corfu, Hanoi, New York, and elsewhere, as we travel closer and closer to the acutely felt solitude that centers this searching, moving...

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 Read reviewDisoriental

Disoriental

Negar Djavadi, Tina Kover

Winner: Le Prix du Roman News, Style Prize, Lire Best Debut Novel 2016, la Porte Dorée PrizeKimiâ Sadr fled Iran at the age of ten in the company of her mother and sisters to join her...

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Love

Love

Hanne Orstavik, Martin Aitken

Love is the story of Vibeke and Jon, a mother and son who have just moved to a small place in the north of Norway. It's the day before Jon's birthday, and a travelling carnival has come to the village. Jon goes out to sell lottery...

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Trick

Trick

Domenico Starnone, Jhumpa Lahiri

Imagine a duel between an elderly man and a mere boy. The same blood runs through their veins. One, Daniele Mallarico, is a successful illustrator whose reputation is slowly fading. The other, Mario, is his four-year-old grandson....

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The Emissary

The Emissary

Yoko Tawada, Margaret Mitsutani

Yoko Tawada's new novel is a breathtakingly light-hearted meditation on mortality and fully displays what Rivka Galchen has called her brilliant, shimmering, magnificent strangeness

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Flights

Flights

Olga Tokarczuk, Jennifer Croft

A literary and imaginative book that explores subjects such as anatomy and psychology through narratives and reflections on travel and the body, and life and death.

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