5 non-fiction 2011 National Book Award finalists

5 books vie for the 2011 non-fiction National Book Award

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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."

(Review on Monitor website, 10/12/11)

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