National Book Award finalists were announced Wednesday. Winners will be announced Nov. 15.
"The Feast of Love," Charles Baxter (Pantheon Books).
"The Diagnosis," Alan Lightman (Pantheon Books).
"Blonde," Joyce Carol Oates (Ecco Press/HarperCollins).
"Blue Angel," Francine Prose (HarperCollins).
"In America," Susan Sontag (Farrar, Straus & Giroux).
"From Dawn to Decadence: 500 Years of Western Cultural Life," Jacques Barzun (HarperCollins).
"The Collaborator: The Trial and Execution of Robert Brasillach," Alice Kaplan, (University of Chicago Press).
"W.E.B. Du Bois: The Fight for Equality and the American Century, 1919-1963" David Levering Lewis (Henry Holt).
"In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex," Nathan Philbrick (Viking).
"Darkness in El Dorado: How Scientists and Journalists Devastated the Amazon," Patrick Tierney (W.W. Norton).
"Tell Me," Kim Addonozio (BOA Editions).
"Blessing the Boats: New and Selected Poems 1988-2000," Lucille Clifton, (BOA Editions).
"A New Selected Poems," Galway Kinnell (Houghton Mifflin).
"New Addresses: Poems," Kenneth Koch (Alfred A. Knopf).
"The Other Lover," Bruce Smith (University of Chicago Press).
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"Forgotten Fire," Adam Bagdasarian (Dorling Kindersley Publishing).
"The Book of the Lion," Michael Cadnum (Viking).
"Many Stones," Carolyn Coman (Front Street).
"Hurry Freedom!" Jerry Stanley (Crown).
"Homeless Bird," Gloria Whelan (HarperCollins).