5 non-fiction 2011 National Book Award finalists
5 books vie for the 2011 non-fiction National Book Award
3. "The Swerve: How the World Became Modern," by Stephen Greenblatt
Did a poem discovered by an Italian book collector make the Renaissance possible? Stephen Greenblatt believes it may have and centers his book on the impact made by a manuscript of "On the Nature of Things" by Lucretius and how it affected the Renaissance, the Age of Enlightenment, and beyond. A review on the Monitor website calls this book "important, and a pleasure."