The 2016 National Book Award finalists were announced this morning (via Facebook live), because it’s 2016 of course.
The list feels intensely topical — with race in America, war abroad and political division playing important roles in many of the finalists.
Chris Bachelder, The Throwback Special (W. W. Norton & Company)
Paulette Jiles, News of the World (William Morrow/HarperCollinsPublishers)
Karan Mahajan, The Association of Small Bombs (Viking Books/Penguin Random House)
Colson Whitehead, The Underground Railroad (Doubleday/Penguin Random House)
Jacqueline Woodson, Another Brooklyn (Amistad/HarperCollinsPublishers)
Arlie Russell Hochschild, Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right
(The New Press)
Ibram X. Kendi, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
Viet Thanh Nguyen, Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War
(Harvard University Press)
Andrés Reséndez, The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Heather Ann Thompson, Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy
(Pantheon Books/Penguin Random House)