The National Book Award Finalists were announced last monday and I have to say this is going to be a tough decision for the judges (I'm pulling for Jhumpa Lahiri personally).
The Nonfiction Finalists
Jill Lepore - Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin
Wendy Lower - Hitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields
George Packer - The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America
Alan Taylor - The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832
Lawrence Wright - Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, & the Prison of Belief
You can read a sampling of The Contenders in all four categories (including poetry and young people's fiction) courtesy of the National Book Foundation.