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

    Literary Hub

    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

    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

    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.

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