Twenty books from four nonfiction categories advanced to the semifinal round of the BookLife Prize Nonfiction Contest. Selected by Publishers Weekly and BookLife staff, the semifinalists are as follows:

Business/Personal Finance

Concerning the Nature and Structure of Concept

Material Value: More Sustainable, Less Wasteful Manufacturing of Everything from Cell Phones to Cleaning Products

The Snowman's Guide to Personal Finance: A Simple Approach to Managing Your Money

What is Water? How Young Leaders Can Thrive in an Uncertain World

Write to Influence!


FIERCE: Essays by and About Dauntless Women

Girl with Spiral Notebook: A Writer's Memoir of New York Life

River Queens: Saucy Boat, Stout Mates, Spotted Dog, America

Unleash the Girls: The Untold Story of the Invention of the Sports Bra and How It Changed the World (And Me)

When the Creator Moves Me: A Story About Music, Resistance, and Creative Activism


Mindful Mamas and Papas: A Mindful Living Playbook for the Whole Family

Nourish: How to Heal Your Relationship with Food, Body, and Self

Read Me: A Parental Primer for "The Talk"

Walking the Land

Your Living Legacy: How Your Parenting Style Shapes the Future for You and Your Child


The Cross Symbol

Finding Hildegard: Healing Through Medieval Wisdom

The Monk Within

Soul of the Seasons

The Spiritual Gardener: Insights from the Jewish Tradition to Help Your Garden Grow