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How many of 2014's National Book Award finalists have you read?

On Tuesday, the finalists for the 2014 National Book Awards were revealed:


1. An Unnecessary Woman, by Rabih Alameddine2. All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr3. Redeployment, by Phil Klay4. Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel5. Lila, by Marilynne Robinson


1. Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, by Roz Chast2. No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes, by Anand Gopal3. Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh, by John Lahr4. Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China, by Evan Osnos5. The Meaning of Human Existence, by Edward O. Wilson


1. Faithful and Virtuous Night, by Louise Glück2. Second Childhood by Fanny Howe3. This Blue, by Maureen N. McLane4. The Feel Trio, by Fred Moten5. Citizen: An American Lyric, by Claudia Rankine

Young Adult Literature

1. Threatened, by Eliot Schrefer2. The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights, by Steve Sheinkin3. Noggin, by John Corey Whaley4. Revolution: The Sixties Trilogy, Book Two, by Deborah Wiles5. Brown Girl Dreaming, Jacqueline Woodson

Being nominated for a National Book Award is more than just an honor — it's a major source of revenue, with a significant boost in sales for pretty much every book that ends up on the shortlist. The winners will be announced on November 19.