2015 National Book Awards Longlist for Nonfiction

The National Book Foundation announced the then contenders for the 2015 National Book Award for Nonfiction. Finalists will be revealed on October 14. 

The Longlist includes journalists, novelists, historians, poets, and naturalists who evoke the writer’s place and role in the exploration of ideas. Among the ten contenders is a 2012 Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and a 1983 National Book Award Finalists for First Novel. Each author appears on the National Book Awards Nonfiction list for the first time. 

2015 Longlist for Nonfiction:

Cynthia Barnett, Rain: A Natural and Cultural History

Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me

Martha Hodes, Mourning Lincoln

Sally Mann, Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs

Sy Montgomery, The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness    

Susanna Moore, Paradise of the Pacific: Approaching Hawai’i

Michael Paterniti, Love and Other Ways of Dying    

Carla Power, If the Oceans Were Ink: An Unlikely Friendship and a Journey to the Heart of the Quran, 

Tracy K. Smith, Ordinary Light: A Memoir
Michael White, Travels in Vermeer: A Memoir

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