The National Book Foundation has released its finalists for the National Book Award. Standouts in the fiction category include Peter Carey’s De Toqueville-inspired Parrot and Olivier in America, fresh on the heels of losing the Man Booker — which is, Salon explains today, the best prize — and 20-Under-40-ite Nicole Krauss’ Great House.
On the non-fiction side, there’s Patti Smith’s memoir of her friendship with Robert Mapplethorpe, Just Kids and Barbara Demick’s Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea, which beat Too Big To Fail among others to win the BBC’s Samuel Johnson prize this summer.
Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom is not on the list, which is either fine or curious depending on how you felt about the book. Just keep your eye on the (Pulitzer) prize, Mr. F!
Click here for the full list. Fiction and non-fiction shortlists below:
- Peter Carey, Parrot and Olivier in America (Alfred A. Knopf)
- Jaimy Gordon, Lord of Misrule (McPherson & Co.)
- Nicole Krauss, Great House (W.W. Norton & Co.)
- Lionel Shriver, So Much for That (Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers)
- Karen Tei Yamashita, I Hotel (Coffee House Press)
- Barbara Demick, Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea (Spiegel & Grau, an imprint of The Random House Publishing Group)
- John W. Dower, Cultures of War: Pearl Harbor, Hiroshima, 9-11, Iraq (W.W. Norton & Co.)
- Patti Smith, Just Kids (Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers)
- Justin Spring, Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
- Megan K. Stack, Every Man in This Village Is a Liar: An Education in War (Doubleday)