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Wednesday, October 15, 2008 3:43 pm
National Book Award Finalists
Posted by: Keir Graff

The 2008 National Book Award finalists have been announced.

Fiction

The Lazarus Project, by Aleksandar Hemon (Riverhead)
Telex from Cuba, by Rachel Kushner (Scribner)
Shadow Country, by Peter Matthiessen (Modern Library)
Home, by Marilynne Robinson (Farrar)
The End, by Salvatore Scibona (Graywolf)

Nonfiction

This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War, by Drew Gilpin Faust (Knopf)
 The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family, by Annette Gordon-Reed (Norton)
The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals, by Jane Mayer (Doubleday)
Final Salute: A Story of Unfinished Lives, by Jim Sheeler (Penguin)
The Suicide Index: Putting My Father’s Death in Order, by Joan Wickersham (Harcourt)

Poetry

Watching the Spring Festival, by Frank Bidart (Farrar)
Fire to Fire: New and Collected Poems, by Mark Doty (HarperCollins)
Creatures of a Day, by Reginald Gibbons (Louisiana State Univ.)
Without Saying, by Richard Howard (Turtle Point)
Blood Dazzler, by Patricia Smith (Coffee House)

Young People’s Literature

Chains, by Laurie Halse Anderson (Simon & Schuster)
The Underneath, by Kathi Appelt (Atheneum)
What I Saw and How I Lied, by Judy Blundell (Scholastic)
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, by E. Lockhart (Hyperion)
The Spectacular Now, by Tim Tharp (Knopf) 

Update: I added links to Chains and What I Saw and How I Lied, both of which were reviewed in the November 1 issue of Booklist. The Spectacular Now is slated for November 15.


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