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Free Samples of the 2012 National Book Award Finalists

Junot DiazDave Eggers, and Louise Erdrich led the list of fiction finalists for the National Book Awards this year.

Follow the links below to read free samples of the finalists in every category–who is your favorite?

The finalists were announced on MSNBC this year, a new twist for the prestigious award. The winners will be revealed at a gala ceremony on November 14 in New York City at Cipriani Wall Street.


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 (No sample available yet)

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

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