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Here’s the longlist for the 2022 National Book Award for Nonfiction.

Emily Temple

September 15, 2022, 3:15pm

Today, the National Book Foundation announced the 10 books on the longlist for the 2022 National Book Award for Nonfiction, including memoirs, science writing, biographies, and histories, as well as three books that tackle the pandemic.

The judges for this year’s award are Carol Anderson, Melissa Febos, Thor Hanson, Janet Webster Jones, and Oscar Villalon (Chair). The 10 longlistees were chosen from a total of 607 books submitted by publishers; the finalists in all categories will be announced on October 4, and winners will be announced at the National Book Awards Ceremony on November 16.

Here’s the longlist:

Anna Badkhen, Bright Unbearable Reality: Essays
New York Review Books

John A. Farrell, Ted Kennedy: A Life
Penguin Press / Penguin Random House

Natalie Hodges, Uncommon Measure: A Journey Through Music, Performance, and the Science of Time
Bellevue Literary Press

Kelly Lytle Hernández, Bad Mexicans: Race, Empire, and Revolution in the Borderlands
W. W. Norton & Company

Meghan O’Rourke, The Invisible Kingdom: Reimagining Chronic Illness
Riverhead Books / Penguin Random House

Imani Perry, South to America: A Journey Below the Mason-Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation
Ecco / HarperCollins Publishers

David Quammen, Breathless: The Scientific Race to Defeat a Deadly Virus
Simon & Schuster

Ingrid Rojas Contreras, The Man Who Could Move Clouds: A Memoir
Doubleday / Penguin Random House

Robert Samuels and Toluse Olorunnipa, His Name Is George Floyd: One Man’s Life and the Struggle for Racial Justice
Viking Books / Penguin Random House

Kathryn Schulz, Lost & Found: A Memoir
Random House / Penguin Random House

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