National Book Award Shortlist Announced

collage of the book covers of the National Book Awards Shortlist

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The National Book Award celebrates the year's best American fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young adult literature. The 2015 National Book Award Shortlist was announced today.


Refund: Stories by Karen E. Bender

The Turner House by Anegla Flournoy [reviewed on Lost in the Stacks]

Fates & Furies by Lauren Groff

Fortune Smiles: Stories by Adam Johnson

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara



Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Hold Still: a Memoir with Photographs by Sally Mann

The Soul of an Octopus: a Joyful Exploration into the Wonder of Consciouness by Sy Montgomery

If the Oceans Were Ink: An Unlikely Friendship and a Journey into the Heart of the Quran by Carla Power

Ordinary Light: a Memoir by Tracy K. Smith



Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude by Ross Gay

How to Be Drawn by Terrance Hayes

Voyage of the Sable Venus and Other Poems by Robin Coste Lewis

Bright Dead Things by Ada Limón

Elegy for a Broken Machine by Patrick Phillips


Young People's Literature

The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin

Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War by Steve Sheinkin

Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman, illustrations by Brendan Shusterman 

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson


The four National Book Award winners will be announced on November, 18, 2015. 

Are you looking for more great books? Try the National Book Award Longlist.

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