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  • Blue Nights

    Blue Nights

    Didion's devastating new memoir explores loss in all its forms, to powerful effect.

  • National Book Award winners include at least one upset victory

    Chapter & Verse National Book Award winners include at least one upset victory

    Although many expected popular novel "The Tiger's Wife" to win, Katrina saga "Salvage the Bones" took the 2011 National Book Award for fiction.

  • National Book Awards: the 2011 fiction nominees

    National Book Awards: the 2011 fiction nominees

    The 2011 National Book Award winners will be chosen tonight at 8 p.m at a black-tie ceremony in New York hosted by actor and author John Lithgow.  This year's nominees were not without controversy, most notably in the Young Adult category, where author Lauren Myracle was first erroneously listed as a nominee for her novel, “Shine” and then was asked to withdraw her nomination. (At Myracle's request, the National Book Foundation made a $5,000 donation to the Mathew Shephard Foundation in exchange.) In the adult fiction category, judges chose to honor some less-publicized books over some of the bigger “event” novels of the year, such as Ann Patchett's “State of Wonder” and Jeffrey Eugenides's “The Marriage Plot.”  Here's a look at the five finalists for the fiction prize.

  • Tired of 'Twilight' clones? 5 young adult books to try instead

    Tired of 'Twilight' clones? 5 young adult books to try instead

    For those who browse young adult shelves, the choices may be starting to blur: girl meets supernatural boy, then must choose between two boys. Or – for a little variety – supernatural girl meets human boy, then must choose between two boys. Vampires, fairies, angels – they're all over the young adult section. So, in the spirit of Teen Read Week, here are five gripping young adult titles that manage to keep otherworldly creatures and dramatic love triangles well out of sight.

  • National Book Award young adult nominees are back to five

    Chapter & Verse National Book Award young adult nominees are back to five

    Author Lauren Myracle is asked to withdraw by the National Book Foundation after a mistaken announcement.

  • 5 finalists for the 2011 National Book Award for Young People's Literature  (with one title dropped)

    5 finalists for the 2011 National Book Award for Young People's Literature (with one title dropped)

    It was apparently a mistake when they announced six titles this year instead of the usual five nominated for the National Book Award for Young People's Literature. But then, said Harold Augebraum, executive director of the National Book Foundation, "We decided that it was better to add a sixth one as an exception, because they're all good books." Which of these six finalists do you think will win the 2011 National Book Award for Young People's Literature on Nov. 17? UPDATE: One of the six finalists – "Shine" by Lauren Myracle – was removed from the list of 2011 nominees on Oct. 17.

  • 5 non-fiction 2011 National Book Award finalists

    5 non-fiction 2011 National Book Award finalists

    The 2011 National Book Award winners will be announced on Nov. 16. Which of these five books will be the winner of the award for non-fiction?

  • 5 National Book Award 2011 fiction finalists

    5 National Book Award 2011 fiction finalists

    The 2011 National Book Award fiction winner will be announced on Nov. 16. Which of these five novels will be the winner?

  • Dreams of Significant Girls

    Dreams of Significant Girls

    Three teenage rebels live out an era of change in a Swiss boarding school.

  • Bestselling books the week of 9/15/11, according to IndieBound*

    Bestselling books the week of 9/15/11, according to IndieBound*

    What's selling best in independent bookstores across America.