Everyone else who was nominated for the National Book Award

Again with the “awards” posts…oy!  Ah well.  I was looking over a list of those nominated for the 2010 National Book Awards, and I realized that while everyone and their brother knows who received the nod for fiction, I (and I assume many others) hadn’t heard of those nominated in non-fiction, poetry, or young adult.  And so, here you are:


Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick
Cultures of War: Pearl Harbor, Hiroshima, 9-11, Irag by John W. Dower
Just Kids by Patti Smith
Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward by Justin Spring
Every Man in This Village is a Liar: An Education in War by Megan Stack


The Eternal City: Poems by Kathleen Graber
Lighthead by Terrance Hayes
By the Numbers by James Richardson
One with Others by C.D. Wright
Ignatz by Monica Youn

Young Adult:

Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine
Dark Water by Laura McNeal
Dope Sick by Walter Dean Myers
One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

Glad to see no Mockingjay or Freedom in sight; not that I have a problem with them (haven’t read two of the biggest books of the year…oops!), but I find a certain satisfaction when the big dogs don’t make it.  With so many books published in a year, the big bloggers and reviewers can’t possibly get around to ALL of them, and I love it when I’m surprised by a shortlist or award winner.  Unfortunately, bloggers and book people in general tend to think pretty highly of themselves; I heard a lot of incredulous, “You mean THIS book wasn’t nominated!?! It was MY favorite, and so clearly, those NBA people are idiots.”  Well, I heard something like that.  Anyway, get over yourselves people.  Even if you’re the most well-read book blogger on the web, you may not be the expert you thought you were.


One thought on “Everyone else who was nominated for the National Book Award

  1. Pingback: Sunday Salon: October 17, 2010 « Paperback Fool

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