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The 2021 National Book Awards Longlist

Catch up on the nominees in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, before the finalist are announced on October 5th.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Land

    A Novel

    by Anthony Doerr ...
    Finalist for the 2021 National Book Award!From the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of All the Light We Cannot See, perhaps the most bestselling and beloved literary fiction of our time, comes the highly anticipated Cloud Cuckoo Land.Set in Constantinople in the fifteenth century, in a small town in present-day Idaho, and on an interstellar ship decades from now, Anthony Doerr’s gorgeous third novel ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • Matrix

    A Novel

    by Lauren Groff ...
    **AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERFINALIST FOR THE 2021 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR FICTION“A relentless exhibition of Groff’s freakish talent. In just over 250 pages, she gives us a character study to rival Hilary Mantel’s Thomas Cromwell .” – USA Today“An electric reimagining . . . feminist, sensual . . . unforgettable.” – O, The Oprah Magazine“Thrilling and heartbreaking.” –Time Magazine“[A] ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • Hell of a Book

    A Novel

    by Jason Mott ...
    **2021 National Book Award LonglistA READ WITH JENNA TODAY SHOW BOOK CLUB PICK!**One of Entertainment Weekly's 15 Books you Need to Read This June | On Entertainment Weekly's "Must List" | One of The NY Post's Best Summer Reading books | One of GMA's 27 Books for June | One of USA Today's 5 Books Not to Miss | One of Fortune's 21 Most Anticipated Books Coming out in the Second Half of 2021| One of ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • The Sum of Us

    What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together

    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD • One of today’s most insightful and influential thinkers offers a powerful exploration of inequality and the lesson that generations of Americans have failed to learn: Racism has a cost for everyone—not just for people of color.“This is the book I’ve been waiting for.”—Ibram X. Kendi, #1 New York Times bestselling author of How to ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • Bewilderment: A Novel

    **AN OPRAH'S BOOK CLUB SELECTIONAn Instant New York Times BestsellerShortlisted for the 2021 Booker PrizeLonglisted for the 2021 National Book Award for FictionA heartrending new novel from the Pulitzer Prize–winning and #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Overstory.**The astrobiologist Theo Byrne searches for life throughout the cosmos while single-handedly raising his unusual nine-year ... Read more

    $18.89 USD

  • Covered with Night: A Story of Murder and Indigenous Justice in Early America

    FINALIST • 2021 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR NONFICTIONAn immersive tale of the killing of a Native American man and its far-reaching implications for the definition of justice from early America to today.On the eve of a major treaty conference between Iroquois leaders and European colonists in the distant summer of 1722, two white fur traders attacked an Indigenous hunter and left him for dead near ... Read more

    $18.89 USD

  • Zorrie

    by Laird Hunt ...
    Finalist for the 2021 National Book Award (Fiction)From prize-winning, acclaimed author Laird Hunt, a poignant novel about a woman searching for her place in the world and finding it in the daily rhythms of life in rural Indiana.“It was Indiana, it was the dirt she had bloomed up out of, it was who she was, what she felt, how she thought, what she knew.”As a girl, Zorrie Underwood's modest and ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • The Prophets

    **Finalist for the National Book AwardInstant New York Times Bestseller"May this book cast its spell on all of us, restore to us some memory of our most warrior and softest selves." —The New York Times Book Review“A new kind of epic...A grand achievement...While The Prophets' dreamy realism recalls the work of Toni Morrison...its penetrating focus on social dynamics stands out more singularly.” ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois

    An Oprah's Book Club Novel

    INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERAN OPRAH BOOK CLUB SELECTIONLONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR FICTIONAn Instant Washington Post, USA Today, and Indie Bestseller"Epic…. I was just enraptured by the lineage and the story of this modern African-American family…. A combination of historical and modern story—I’ve never read anything quite like it. It just consu... ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • Intimacies

    A Novel

    **LONGLISTED FOR THE 2021 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD IN FICTIONNATIONAL BESTSELLERONE OF BARACK OBAMA’S FAVORITE SUMMER READS“One of the best novels I’ve read in 2021.” – Dwight Garner, The New York Times“A perfect novel—taut and seductive.” —Brandon Taylor, author of Real Life and Filthy Animals“Intimacies is a haunting, precise, and morally astute novel that reads like a psychological thriller…. Katie ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • How the Word Is Passed

    A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America

    by Clint Smith ...
    **Instant #1 New York Times bestsellerLonglisted for the 2021 National Book Award for Nonfiction**Beginning in his hometown of New Orleans, Clint Smith leads the reader on an unforgettable tour of monuments and landmarks—those that are honest about the past and those that are not—that offer an intergenerational story of how slavery has been central in shaping our nation’s collective history, and ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • The Free World

    Art and Thought in the Cold War

    by Louis Menand ...
    "An engrossing and impossibly wide-ranging project . . . In The Free World, every seat is a good one." —Carlos Lozada, The Washington Post**"The Free World sparkles. Fully original, beautifully written . . . One hopes Menand has a sequel in mind. The bar is set very high." —David Oshinsky, The New York Times Book Review | Editors' ChoiceNamed a most anticipated book of April by The New York Times ... Read more

    $16.99 USD

  • A Little Devil in America

    Notes in Praise of Black Performance

    **NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST • “A masterpiece” (Minneapolis Star Tribune), a “devastating” (The New York Times) meditation on Black performance in America from the MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellow and bestselling author of Go Ahead in the RainWINNER OF THE GORDON BURN PRIZE • “Gorgeous essays that reveal the resilience, heartbreak, and joy within Black performance.”—Brit Bennett, author of The ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • The Souvenir Museum


    LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARDAward-winning author Elizabeth McCracken is an undisputed virtuoso of the short story, and this new collection features her most vibrant and heartrending work to dateIn these stories, the mysterious bonds of family are tested, transformed, fractured, and fortified. A recent widower and his adult son ferry to a craggy Scottish island in search of puffins. An ... Read more

    $13.99 USD $11.99 USD

  • All That She Carried

    The Journey of Ashley's Sack, a Black Family Keepsake

    by Tiya Miles ...
    NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST • KIRKUS PRIZE FINALIST • A renowned historian traces the life of a single object handed down through three generations of Black women to craft an extraordinary testament to people who are left out of the archives.**“Deeply layered and insightful . . . [a] bold reflection on American history, African American resilience, and the human capacity for love and perseverance ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • The Ground Breaking

    The Tulsa Race Massacre and an American City's Search for Justice

    **2021 National Book Award LonglistOne of *The New York Times'*s 11 Books we Recommend This Week | One of Oprah Daily's 20 of the Best Books to Pick Up This May | One of The Oklahoman's15 books to help you learn about the Tulsa Race Massacre as the 100-year anniversary approaches |A The Week book of the weekAs seen in documentaries on History Channel and CNN/Lebron James’ Spring Hill ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • Abundance

    A Novel

    by Jakob Guanzon ...
    **Longlisted for the National Book Award for FictionA wrenching debut about the causes and effects of poverty, as seen by a father and son living in a pickup**Evicted from their trailer on New Year’s Eve, Henry and his son, Junior, have been reduced to living out of a pickup truck. Six months later, things are even more desperate. Henry, barely a year out of prison for pushing opioids, is down to ... Read more

    $9.99 USD

  • Tastes Like War

    A Memoir

    by Grace M. Cho ...
    FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR NONFICTIONThis evocative memoir of food and family history is "somehow both mouthwatering and heartbreaking... [and] a potent personal history" (Shelf Awareness).Grace M. Cho grew up as the daughter of a white American merchant marine and the Korean bar hostess he met abroad. They were one of few immigrants in a xenophobic small town during the Cold War, ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • The Wild Fox of Yemen


    **Longlisted for the National Book Award for PoetryWinner of the Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets, selected by Harryette Mullen**By turns aggressively reckless and fiercely protective, always guided by faith and ancestry, Threa Almontaser’s incendiary debut asks how mistranslation can be a form of self-knowledge and survival. A love letter to the country and people of Yemen, a ... Read more

    $9.99 USD

  • Running Out

    In Search of Water on the High Plains

    by Lucas Bessire ...
    Finalist for the National Book AwardAn intimate reckoning with aquifer depletion in America's heartlandThe Ogallala aquifer has nourished life on the American Great Plains for millennia. But less than a century of unsustainable irrigation farming has taxed much of the aquifer beyond repair. The imminent depletion of the Ogallala and other aquifers around the world is a defining planetary crisis of ... Read more

    $20.19 USD

  • The Black Civil War Soldier

    A Visual History of Conflict and Citizenship

    series NYU Series in Social and Cultural Analysis
    A stunning collection of stoic portraits and intimate ephemera from the lives of Black Civil War soldiersThough both the Union and Confederate armies excluded African American men from their initial calls to arms, many of the men who eventually served were black. Simultaneously, photography culture blossomed—marking the Civil War as the first conflict to be extensively documented through ... Read more

    $31.49 USD

  • A Thousand Times You Lose Your Treasure

    by Hoa Nguyen ...
    2021 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST FOR POETRYHoa Nguyen’s latest collection is a poetic meditation on historical, personal, and cultural pressures pre- and post-“Fall-of-Saigon” and comprises a verse biography on her mother, Diep Anh Nguyen, a stunt motorcyclist in an all-woman Vietnamese circus troupe. Multilayered, plaintive, and provocative, the poems in A Thousand Times You Lose Your Treasure ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • Twice Alive

    An exciting new book about renewal by the winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for PoetryIn the searing poems of his new collection, Twice Alive, the Pulitzer Prize–winner Forrest Gander addresses the exigencies of our historical moment and the intimacies, personal and environmental, that bind us to others and to the world. Drawing from his training in geology and his immersion in Sangam literary ... Read more

    $13.09 USD

  • The Sunflower Cast a Spell To Save Us From The Void

    by Jackie Wang ...
    2021 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST FOR POETRYThe poems in The Sunflower Cast A Spell To Save Us From The Void read like dispatches from the dream world, with Jackie Wang acting as our trusted comrade reporting across time and space. By sharing her personal index of dreams with its scenes of solidarity and resilience, interpersonal conflict and outlaw jouissance, Wang embodies historical trauma and ... Read more

    $8.69 USD