Life is still a bit challenging around these here parts, meaning blog posts have been few and far-between. That’s OK, because my reading life has been a bit slow as well, which is not really OK, but it is what it is.
Anyway, I meant to post the 2014 long lists for the National Book Award a few weeks ago, when they were released, so yeah, they’re late. But I like posting them here if only so that I can keep track of them, and return to them for reading recommendations. I especially like keeping track of the books on the nonfiction long list, as I still have a hard time picking out quality nonfiction reads to mix up my traditionally fiction-heavy reading schedule.
As always, I’ve read none of these books, and have only read one of the fiction authors on the long list, Marilynne Robinson.
- An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine
- The UnAmericans by Molly Antopol
- Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle
- All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
- Redeployment by Phil Klay
- Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
- Thunderstruck & Other Stories by Elizabeth McCracken
- Orfeo by Richard Powers
- Lila by Marilynne Robinson
- Some Luck by Jane Smiley
- Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast
- The Heathen School: A Story of Hope and Betrayal in the Age of the Early Republic by John Demos
- No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes by Anand Gopal
- The Mantle of Command: FDR at War, 1941-1942 by Nigel Hamilton
- The Innovators: How a Group of Inventors, Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution by Walter Isaacson
- Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh by John Lahr
- Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China by Evan Osnos
- When Paris Went Dark:The City of Light Under German Occupation, 1940-1944 by Ronald C. Rosbottom
- Nature’s God: The Heretical Origins of the American Republic by Matthew Steward
- The Meaning of Human Existence by Edward O. Wilson
Find the complete list, including the long lists for YA and poetry, at www.nationalbook.org.