The National Book Awards (NBA) has a reputation for recognizing literary excellence. Independent panels of five writers choose the National Book Award Winners in four categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People's Literature. Take a look at the 2013 winners.
Nonfiction--The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America by George Packer paints a picture of the last 30 years of life in America by following several citizens, including the son of tobacco farmers in the rural south, a Washington insider who denies his idealism for riches, and Silicon Valley billionaire.
Fiction--The Good Lord Bird by James McBride. Fleeing his violent master at the side of abolitionist John Brown at the height of the slavery debate in mid-nineteenth-century Kansas Territory, Henry pretends to be a girl to hide his identity throughout the raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859.
Poetry--Incarnadine by Mary Szybist. One poem is presented as a diagrammed sentence. Another is an abecedarium made of lines of dialogue spoken by girls overheard while assembling a puzzle. Several poems arrive as a series of Annunciations, while others purport to give an update on Mary, who must finish the dishes before she will open herself to God. Inside these poems is a deep yearning for love, motherhood, the will to see things as they are and to speak.
Young People's Literature--The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata. Just when 12-year-old Summer thinks nothing else can possibly go wrong in a year filled with bad luck, an emergency takes her parents to Japan, leaving Summer to care for her little brother while helping her grandmother cook and do laundry for the harvest workers.
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