By Dennis Abrams
Can’t you just feel the excitement building? The National Book Foundation today released its third longlist of the week, this time for the National Book Award for nonfiction.
This year’s titles lean heavily on things American: Eight of the ten titles listed have as their topics American history, biography, cultural analysis, music, and religion. And, in an additional note of interest, three of the ten authors, Jill Lepore, George Packer and Lawrence Wright, are staff writers for the New Yorker.
The 2013 National Book Foundation nonfiction longlist:
T.D. Allman, Finding Florida: The True Story of the Sunshine State (Atlantic Monthly)
Gretel Ehrlich, Facing the Wave: A Journey in the Wake of the Tsunami (Pantheon)
Scott C. Johnson, The Wolf and the Watchman: A Father, a Son, and the CIA (Norton)
Jill Lepore, Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin (Knopf)
Wendy Lower, Hitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt )
James Oakes, Freedom National: The Destruction of Slavery in the United States, 1861-1865 (Norton)
George Packer, The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America (Farrar Straus Giroux)
Alan Taylor, The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832 (Norton)
Terry Teachout, Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington (Gotham )
Lawrence Wright, Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, & the Prison of Belief (Knopf)
The final longlist, for fiction, will be announced on Thursday. Longlists will become shortlists on October 16, and winners will be announced on November 20th.