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2020 National Book Award Longlists

National Book Award Longlist Books
Established in 1950, the National Book Awards are American literary prizes administered by the National Book Foundation, a nonprofit organization. A pantheon of writers such as William Faulkner, Marianne Moore, Ralph Ellison, John Cheever, Bernard Malamud, Philip Roth, Robert Lowell, Walker Percy, John Updike, Katherine Anne Porter, Norman Mailer, Lillian Hellman, Elizabeth Bishop, Saul Bellow, Toni Morrison, Flannery O’Connor, Adrienne Rich, Thomas Pynchon, Alice Walker, E. Annie Proulx, Jesmyn Ward, and Ta-Nehisi Coates have all won National Book Awards. Although other categories have been recognized in the past, the Awards currently honor the best Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Translated Literature, and Young People’s Literature, published each year. Learn more about the National Book Awards here.

Below are the 2020 Longlist books for each category. Finalists will be announced in October and the winners will be announced in November.

 

 

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Leave the World Behind: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062667632
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Published: Ecco - October 6th, 2020
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2020 Finalist for the National Book Award in Fiction


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The Index of Self-Destructive Acts Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781947793828
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Published: Tin House Books - May 5th, 2020
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The Vanishing Half: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525536291
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 2nd, 2020
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If I Had Two Wings: Stories Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781324005469
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 4th, 2020
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A Burning: A novel Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780525658696
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Published: Knopf - June 2nd, 2020
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A Children's Bible: A Novel Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781324005032
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 12th, 2020
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2020 Finalist for the National Book Award in Fiction


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The Secret Lives of Church Ladies Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781949199734
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Published: West Virginia University Press - September 1st, 2020
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2020 Finalist for the National Book Award in Fiction


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Shuggie Bain: A Novel (Booker Prize Shortlist) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780802148506
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Published: Grove Press - October 13th, 2020
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2020 Finalist for the National Book Award in Fiction


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The Great Offshore Grounds: A novel Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780525658078
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Published: Knopf - August 25th, 2020
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Interior Chinatown: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307948472
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Published: Vintage - November 17th, 2020
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2020 Finalist for the National Book Award in Fiction


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Is Rape a Crime?: A Memoir, an Investigation, and a Manifesto Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250255631
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Published: Flatiron Books - July 28th, 2020
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2020 Longlist Book for the National Book Award in Nonfiction


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The Undocumented Americans Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780399592683
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Published: One World - March 24th, 2020
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2020 Finalist for the National Book Award in Nonfiction


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If Then: How the Simulmatics Corporation Invented the Future Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9781631496103
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Published: Liveright - September 15th, 2020
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The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781631491665
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Published: Liveright - October 20th, 2020
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2020 Longlist Book for the National Book Award in Nonfiction


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Unworthy Republic: The Dispossession of Native Americans and the Road to Indian Territory Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780393609844
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 24th, 2020
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2020 Finalist for the National Book Award in Nonfiction


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My Autobiography of Carson McCullers: A Memoir Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781947793286
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Published: Tin House Books - February 4th, 2020
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2020 Finalist for the National Book Award in Nonfiction


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Owls of the Eastern Ice: A Quest to Find and Save the World's Largest Owl Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374228484
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 4th, 2020
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2020 Longlist Book for the National Book Award in Nonfiction


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How to Make a Slave and Other Essays (21st Century Essays) Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780814255995
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Published: Mad Creek Books - November 2nd, 2020
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2020 Finalist for the National Book Award in Nonfiction


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Afropessimism Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781631496141
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Published: Liveright - April 7th, 2020
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Caste (Oprah's Book Club): The Origins of Our Discontents Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780593230251
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Published: Random House - August 4th, 2020
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The Galleons: Poems Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781571315236
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Published: Milkweed Editions - February 11th, 2020
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2020 Longlist Book for the National Book Award in Poetry


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A Treatise on Stars Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780811229388
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Published: New Directions - February 25th, 2020
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2020 Finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry


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Travesty Generator Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781934819845
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Published: Noemi Press - December 15th, 2019
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2020 Longlist Book for the National Book Award in Poetry


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Fantasia for the Man in Blue (Stahlecker Selections) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781945588495
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Published: Four Way Books - March 2nd, 2020
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2020 Finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry


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Obit Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781556595745
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - April 7th, 2020
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2020 Longlist Book for the National Book Award in Poetry


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DMZ Colony Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781940696959
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Published: Wave Books - April 7th, 2020
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2020 Finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry


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Borderland Apocrypha Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781632430762
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Published: Omnidawn - April 15th, 2020
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2020 Finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry


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Guillotine: Poems Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781644450307
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Published: Graywolf Press - August 4th, 2020
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Postcolonial Love Poem: Poems Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781644450147
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Published: Graywolf Press - March 3rd, 2020
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2020 Finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry


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The Age of Phillis (Wesleyan Poetry) Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780819579492
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Published: Wesleyan University Press - March 3rd, 2020
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The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781609455651
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Published: Europa Editions - January 7th, 2020
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2020 Longlist Book for the National Book Award in Translated Literature


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The Helios Disaster Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781642860689
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Published: World Editions - April 7th, 2020
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The Family Clause: A Novel Cover Image
By Jonas Hassen Khemiri, Alice Menzies (Translated by)
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374134327
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 25th, 2020
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2020 Finalist for the National Book Award in Translated Literature


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High as the Waters Rise Cover Image
By Anja Kampmann, Anne Posten (Translator)
$26.00
ISBN: 9781948226523
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Published: Catapult - September 15th, 2020
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2020 Finalist for the National Book Award in Translated Literature


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Hurricane Season Cover Image
By Fernanda Melchor, Sophie Hughes (Translated by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9780811230735
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Published: New Directions - October 6th, 2020
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Tokyo Ueno Station: A Novel Cover Image
By Yu Miri
$25.00
ISBN: 9780593088029
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 23rd, 2020
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2020 Finalist for the National Book Award in Translated Literature


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The Story of a Goat Cover Image
By Perumal Murugan, N. Kalyan Raman (Translator)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802147516
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Published: Grove Press, Black Cat - December 10th, 2019
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Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982: A Novel Cover Image
By Cho Nam-Joo, Jamie Chang (Translated by)
$20.00
ISBN: 9781631496707
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Published: Liveright - April 14th, 2020
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The Bitch Cover Image
By Pilar Quintana, Lisa Dillman (Translator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781642860597
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Published: World Editions - August 4th, 2020
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2020 Finalist for the National Book Award in Translated Literature


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Minor Detail Cover Image
By Adania Shibli, Elisabeth Jaquette (Translated by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9780811229074
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Published: New Directions - May 26th, 2020
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King and the Dragonflies Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338129335
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Published: Scholastic Press - February 4th, 2020
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2020 Finalist for the National Book Award in Young People’s Literature


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We Are Not Free Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780358131434
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - September 1st, 2020
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2020 Finalist for the National Book Award in Young People’s Literature


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Lifting as We Climb: Black Women's Battle for the Ballot Box Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780451481542
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - April 21st, 2020
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Apple: (Skin to the Core) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781646140138
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Published: Levine Querido - October 6th, 2020
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Every Body Looking Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525556206
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - September 22nd, 2020
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2020 Finalist for the National Book Award in Young People’s Literature


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When Stars Are Scattered Cover Image
By Victoria Jamieson, Omar Mohamed, Victoria Jamieson (Illustrator), Iman Geddy (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780525553908
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Published: Dial Books - April 14th, 2020
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Trowbridge Road Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781536207507
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Published: Candlewick - October 6th, 2020
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How We Got to the Moon: The People, Technology, and Daring Feats of Science Behind Humanity's Greatest Adventure Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780525647416
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - October 6th, 2020
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The Way Back Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781984894625
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - November 17th, 2020
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2020 Finalist for the National Book Award in Young People’s Literature


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Cemetery Boys Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250250469
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Published: Swoon Reads - September 1st, 2020
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