George Packer’s The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America took the National Book Award for Nonfiction. The book covers the changes in the United States from 1978 to 2012 by looking through the eyes of a North Carolina evangelist, a Youngstown, Ohio factory worker, a Washington lobbyist, and a Silicon Valley entrepreneur. It provides profiles of important cultural and political figures such as Colin Powell, Jay-Z, and Elizabeth Warren. In addition to being the National Book Award winner for Nonfiction, The Unwinding was a New York Times bestseller and one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Nonfiction Books of 2013.
Incarnadine won the National Book Award for Poetry. In the words of an interviewer, this collection of poems by Mary Szybist “wrestles with the tension between spiritual alienation and astonishment.” Szybist borrows elements of traditional devotional poetry for Incarnadine, which experiments with form and depicts the Annunciation in various forms. Incarnadine was a Pubishers Weekly Top Five Poetry Book and Amazon.com’s Best Book of the Year in Poetry.The Thing About Luck is the National Book Award winner for Young People’s Literature. Cynthia Kadohata’s novel deals with Summer, a Japanese-American girl who leaves school at the end of May to help her parents with the harvest. When her parents must return to Japan to care for elderly relatives, Summer must do the harvest with her grandparents and her brother Jaz. The novel touches on family and coming of age and received starred reviews from Booklist, Publishers Weekly, Horn Book, and School Library Journal.
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