Richard Flanagan wins 2014 Man Booker Prize, I rank the Booker finalists, and the National Book Awards shortlists
October 15, 2014 § 1 Comment
If I were to employ star/number rating systems, the difference between the Smith and the Jacobson would be somewhere between .5 and 1, as I do consider the Jacobson to be well above the average, if not quite outstanding or excellent. All in all, while I would have considered several other books instead of/in addition to these, this was an enjoyable shortlist (and by extension, longlist) to read.
Earlier today, the National Book Awards released their five book shortlists for Young People’s Literature, Poetry, Non-Fiction, and Fiction. I own/have reviewed some of the YPL, Poetry, and Fiction finalists and will try to review as many of these over the next month as possible.
Young People’s Literature:
Jacqueline Woodson, Brown Girl Dreaming (currently reading; excellent so far)
John Corey Whaley, Noggin
Steve Sheinkin, The Port Chicago 50
Deborah Wiles, Revolution
Eliot Schrefer, Threatened
Claudia Rankine, Citizen
Fred Moten, The Feel Trio
Fanny Howe, Second Childhood
Maureen N. McClane, This Blue
Evan Osnos, Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China
Roz Chast, Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?
Edward O. Wilson, The Meaning of Human Existence
Anand Gopal, No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War Through Afghan Eyes
John Lahr, Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh
Marilynne Robinson, Lila
Phil Klay, Redeployment
Emily St. John Mandel, Station Eleven