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Here is the 2019 Longlist for the National Book Award for Nonfiction.

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September 19, 2019, 10:45am

Day four of the National Book Foundations’ longlist announcements; today we’re looking at the ten titles judges Erica Armstrong Dunbar, Carolyn Kellogg, Mark Laframboise, Kiese Laymon, and Jeff Sharlet think illuminate “new perspectives on political, natural, cultural, historical, and personal experiences.” Publishers submitted a total of 600 books for the 2019 award and the longlist includes four memoirs, cultural and political histories, and one essay collection. (If you missed it, check out the longlists for Young People’s Literature, Translated Literature, and Poetry too.)

2019 Longlist for the National Book Award for Nonfiction:

Hanif Abdurraqib, Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to A Tribe Called QuestHanif Abdurraqib, Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to A Tribe Called Quest
University of Texas Press

yellow houseSarah M. Broom, The Yellow House
Grove Press / Grove Atlantic

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Read an excerpt here, listen to Broom in conversation with Paul Holdengraber, and an essay about the cover design here

thickTressie McMillan Cottom, Thick: And Other Essays
The New Press

Listen to Cottom on the podcast Reading Women.

Carolyn Forché, What You Have Heard is True: A Memoir of Witness and ResistanceCarolyn Forché, What You Have Heard is True: A Memoir of Witness and Resistance
Penguin Press / Penguin Random House

Read an essay by Beth Kephart about the book

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Greg Grandin, The End of the Myth: From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mind of AmericaGreg Grandin, The End of the Myth: From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mind of America
Metropolitan Books / Macmillan Publishers

Patrick Radden Keefe, Say Nothing, Doubleday; design by TK TK (February 26, 2019)Patrick Radden Keefe, Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland
Doubleday / Penguin Random House

Read Keefe in conversation with Sarah Weinman.

Iliana Regan, Burn the Place: A Memoir
Agate Midway / Agate Publishing, Inc.

Read an excerpt here.

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black HomeownershipKeeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership
The University of North Carolina Press

wounded kneeDavid Treuer, The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present
Riverhead Books / Penguin Random House

Read an excerpt here

woodfox solitaryAlbert Woodfox with Leslie George, Solitary
Grove Press / Grove Atlantic

Listen to a conversation with Woodfox on Mitchell Kaplan’s podcast The Literary Life.