National Book Award Winners for 2012

By Jason Boog Comment

The National Book Award winners for 2012 were revealed earlier this year. You can read free samples of all the winners below to help fill your eReader or tablet.

Louise Erdrich has won the fiction award for The Round House from Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers.

Katherine Boo has won the nonfiction award for Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity from Random House.

David Ferry won the Poetry award for Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations from University of Chicago Press.

The Young People’s Literature award went to William Alexander for Goblin Secrets, published by Margaret K. McElderry Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing.

If you want to read all the finalists, we’ve collected free samples of the finalists in all the categories below. Who was your favorite this year?


Links to Free Samples of the National Book Award Finalists for 2012


Junot Dí­az, This Is How You Lose Her
Riverhead Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

Dave Eggers, A Hologram for the King
McSweeney’s Books

Louise Erdrich, The Round House
Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers

Ben Fountain, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers

Kevin Powers, The Yellow Birds
Little, Brown and Company


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

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

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

Domingo Martinez, The Boy Kings of Texas
Lyons Press, an imprint of Globe Pequot Press

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


David Ferry, Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations
University of Chicago Press

Cynthia Huntington, Heavenly Bodies
Southern Illinois University Press

Tim Seibles, Fast Animal
Etruscan Press

Alan Shapiro, Night of the Republic
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Susan Wheeler, Meme
University of Iowa Press


William Alexander, Goblin Secrets
Margaret K. McElderry Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing

Carrie Arcos, Out of Reach
Simon Pulse, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing

Patricia McCormick, Never Fall Down
Balzer+Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers

Eliot Schrefer, Endangered

Steve Sheinkin, Bomb: The Race to Build—- and Steal– – the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon Flash Point, an imprint of Roaring Brook Press