Free Samples of the 2013 National Book Award Finalists

By Jason Boog Comment

The National Book Foundation has revealed its complete list of finalists for the National Book Awards.

Below, we’ve collected free samples of all the books on the longlist for your reading pleasure. The finalists will be announced on October 16. You can also download NBA excerpts from the site:

In presenting four digital books containing excerpts from the 2013 NBA Finalists, we hope readers will find in them a representation of the best work of the year in writing for fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people’s literature, and be encouraged to read all of the NBA Finalist books.

Fiction Finalists

Rachel Kushner, The Flamethrowers (Scribner/Simon & Schuster)

Jhumpa Lahiri, The Lowland (Alfred A. Knopf/Random House)

James McBride, The Good Lord Bird (Riverhead Books/Penguin Group USA)

Thomas Pynchon, Bleeding Edge (The Penguin Press/Penguin Group USA)

George Saunders, Tenth of December (Random House)


Nonfiction Finalists

Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin by Jill Lepore

Hitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields by Wendy Lower

The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America by George Packer

The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832 by Alan Taylor

Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood & the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright


Young Adult Literature Finalists

Kathi Appelt, The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp

Cynthia Kadohata, The Thing About Luck

Tom McNeal, Far Far Away

Meg Rosoff, Picture Me Gone

Gene Luen Yang, Boxers & Saints

Poetry Finalists

Frank Bidart, Metaphysical Dog (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Lucie Brock-Broido, Stay, Illusion (Alfred A. Knopf)

Adrian Matejka, The Big Smoke (Penguin Poets/Penguin Group USA)

Matt Rasmussen, Black Aperture (Louisiana State University Press)

Mary Szybist, Incarnadine: Poems (Graywolf Press)