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:

Nonfiction:

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

Poetry:

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.

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

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