National Book Award

The National Book Awards are given to outstanding literature in the United States in several categories, including Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry.

Sing, Unburied, Sing Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501126062
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Published: Scribner Book Company - September 5th, 2017

*Finalist for the Kirkus Prize
*Finalist for the Andrew Carnegie Medal

*Finalist for the Aspen Words Literary Prize
*Publishers Weekly Top 10 of 2017

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America Cover Image
ISBN: 9781568585987
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Published: Nation Books - August 15th, 2017

A searing history of how racist ideas were created, disseminated, and entrenched in America

The Underground Railroad Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385542364
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Published: Doubleday Books - August 2nd, 2016

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, the #1 New York Times bestseller from Colson Whitehead, a magnificent tour de force chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South

Fortune Smiles: Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812997477
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Published: Random House - August 18th, 2015

The National Book Award-winning story collection from the author of The Orphan Master's Son offers something rare in fiction: a new way of looking at the world.

"MASTERFUL."--The Washington Post "ENTRANCING."--O: The Oprah Magazine "PERCEPTIVE AND BRAVE."--The New York Times

Between the World and Me Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812993547
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - July 14th, 2015

Hailed by Toni Morrison as "required reading," a bold and personal literary exploration of America's racial history by "the single best writer on the subject of race in the United States" (The New York Observer)

Voyage of the Sable Venus: And Other Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101875438
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - September 29th, 2015


A stunning poetry debut: this meditation on the black female figure throughout time introduces us to a brave and penetrating new voice.

Challenger Deep Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061134142
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Published: HarperTeen - April 26th, 2016

National Book Award and Golden Kite Award Winner

A captivating novel about mental illness that lingers long beyond the last page, Challenger Deep is a heartfelt tour de force by New York Times bestselling author Neal Shusterman.

Redeployment Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143126829
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Published: Penguin Books - February 24th, 2015

Winner of the 2014 National Book Award for Fiction - Winner of the John Leonard First Book Prize - Selected as one of the best books of the year by The New York Times Book Review, Time, Newsweek, The Washington Post Book World, Amazon, and more

Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374535278
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - May 5th, 2015

Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction finalist

Winner of the 2014 National Book Award in nonfiction

An Economist Best Book of 2014

Winner of the bronze medal for the Council on Foreign Relations' 2015 Arthur Ross Book Award

Faithful and Virtuous Night: Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374535773
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 1st, 2015

Winner of the 2014 National Book Award for Poetry

A luminous, seductive new collection from the "fearless" (The New York Times) Pulitzer Prize-winning poet

Brown Girl Dreaming Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399252518
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - August 28th, 2014

Jacqueline Woodson is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature

A New York Times Bestseller and National Book Award Winner

Jacqueline Woodson, the acclaimed author of
Another Brooklyn, tells the moving story of her childhood in mesmerizing verse.

The Good Lord Bird Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594632785
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 5th, 2014

Winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Fiction
Soon to be a major motion picture starring Liev Schreiber and Jaden Smith
A Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Oprah Magazine Top 10 Book of the Year

The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374534608
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - March 4th, 2014

The 2013 National Book Award Winner
A New York Times Bestseller

Incarnadine Cover Image
ISBN: 9781555976354
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Published: Graywolf Press - February 5th, 2013

Winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Poetry

* An NPR, Slate, Oregonian, Kansas City Star, Willamette Week, and Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year * Amazon's Best Book of the Year in Poetry 2013 *

The Thing about Luck Cover Image
By Cynthia Kadohata, Julia Kuo (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781442474659
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - June 3rd, 2014

There is bad luck, good luck, and making your own luck--which is exactly what Summer must do to save her family in this winner of the National Book Award by Newbery Medalist Cynthia Kadohata.

The Round House: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062065254
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Published: Harper Perennial - September 24th, 2013

The Round House won the National Book Award for fiction.

Behind the Beautiful Forevers Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812979329
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Published: Random House Trade - April 8th, 2014

In this brilliant, breathtaking book by Pulitzer Prize winner Katherine Boo, a bewildering age of global change and inequality is made human through the dramatic story of families striving toward a better life in Annawadi, a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport. As India starts to prosper, the residents of Annawadi are electric with hope.

Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780226244884
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Published: University of Chicago Press - September 14th, 2012

Winner of the 2012 National Book Award for Poetry.

Goblin Secrets Cover Image
ISBN: 9781442427273
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - July 23rd, 2013

In the National Book Award-winning Goblin Secrets, a boy joins a theatrical troupe of goblins to find his missing brother.

Salvage the Bones Cover Image
ISBN: 9781608196265
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - April 24th, 2012

Winner of the National Book Award

Jesmyn Ward, two-time National Book Award winner and author of Sing, Unburied, Sing, delivers a gritty but tender novel about family and poverty in the days leading up to Hurricane Katrina.

The Swerve: How the World Became Modern Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393343403
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 4th, 2012

Nearly six hundred years ago, a short, genial, cannily alert man in his late thirties took a very old manuscript off a library shelf, saw with excitement what he had discovered, and ordered that it be copied.

Head Off & Split: Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9780810152168
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Published: Triquarterly Books - January 27th, 2011

Winner, 2011 National Book Award for Poetry
Winner, 2012 GLCS Award for Poetry
Winner, 2012 SIBA Book Award for Poetry
Nominee, 2012 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work in Poetry

Inside Out and Back Again Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061962790
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Published: HarperCollins - January 2nd, 2013

Inside Out and Back Again is a #1 New York Times bestseller, a Newbery Honor Book, and a winner of the National Book Award!

Lord of Misrule (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307946737
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Published: Vintage - March 8th, 2011

A brilliant novel that captures the dusty, dark, and beautiful world of small-time horse racing, where trainers, jockeys, grooms and grifters vie for what little luck is offered at a run-down West Virginia track.

Just Kids Cover Image
ISBN: 9780060936228
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Published: Ecco - November 2nd, 2010

In Just Kids, Patti Smith’s first book of prose, the legendary American artist offers a never-before-seen glimpse of her remarkable relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in the epochal days of New York City and the Chelsea Hotel in the late sixties and seventies.  An honest and moving story of youth and friendship, Smith brings the same unique, lyrical

Lighthead: Poems (Penguin Poets) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143116967
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Published: Penguin Books - March 30th, 2010

Winner of the 2010 National Book Award for Poetry

Watch for the new collection of poetry from Terrance Hayes, American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin, coming in June of 2018

Mockingbird Cover Image
ISBN: 9780142417751
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Published: Puffin Books - February 3rd, 2011