Stephan Lee
October 10, 2012 AT 01:02 PM EDT

Minutes ago, the finalists for the National Book Awards were announced on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. There were 20 books announced in four categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People’s Literature. Among the nominees are five Pulitzer-winners and five debut authors. See below for the full list, and click the titles for EW’s reviews.


Junot Díaz, This Is How You Lose Her

Dave Eggers, A Hologram for the King

Louise Erdrich, The Round House

Ben Fountain, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

Kevin Powers, The Yellow Birds


Anne Applebaum, Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1945-1956

Katherine Boo, Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity

Robert A. Caro, The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume 4

Domingo Martinez, The Boy Kings of Texas

Anthony Shadid, House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East 


David Ferry, Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations

Cynthia Huntington, Heavenly Bodies

Tim Seibles, Fast Animal

Alan Shapiro, Night of the Republic

Susan Wheeler, Meme 


William Alexander, Goblin Secrets

Carrie Arcos, Out of Reach

Patricia McCormick, Never Fall Down

Eliot Schrefer, Endangered

Steve Sheinkin; Bomb: The Race to Build―and Steal―the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon

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