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Since 1950, the National Book Awards have become the nation's preeminent literary prizes. Today, the Awards are given to recognize achievements in four genres: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People's Literature. For more winners, visit the website.

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2014

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Redeployment by Phil Klay

Award category: Fiction

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Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China by Evan Osnos

Award category: Non-Fiction

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Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Award category: Young People's Literature

 

 

2013

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The Good Lord Bird by James McBride

Award category: Fiction

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The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America by George Packer

Award category: Non-Fiction

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The Thing about Luck by Cynthia Kadohata

Award category: Young People's Literature

 

 

2012

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The Round House by Louise Erdrich

Award category: Fiction

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Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo

Award category: Non-Fiction

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Goblin Secrets by William Alexander

Award category: Young People's Literature

 

 

2011

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Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward

Award category: Fiction

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The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt

Award category: Non-Fiction

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Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai

Award category: Young People's Literature

 

 

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2010

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Lord of Misrule  by Jaimy Gordon

Award category: Fiction

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Just Kids by Patti Smith

Award category: Non-Fiction

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Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine

Award category: Young People's Literature

 

 

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2009

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Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann

Award category: Fiction

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The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt by T. J. Stiles

Award category: Non-Fiction

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Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose

Award category: Young People's Literature

 

 

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2008

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Shadow Country  by Peter Matthiessen

Award category: Fiction

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The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family by Annette Gordon-Reed

Award category: Non-Fiction

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What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell

Award category: Young People's Literature

 

 

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2007

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Tree of Smoke by Denis Johnson

Award category: Fiction

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Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA by Tim Weiner

Award category: Non-Fiction

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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Award category: Young People's Literature

 

 

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2006

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The Echo Maker by Richard Powers

Award category: Fiction

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The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan

Award category: Non-Fiction

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The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Vol. 1: The Pox Party by M.T. Anderson

Award category: Young People's Literature

 

 

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2005

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Europe Central by William T. Vollmann

Award category: Fiction

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The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

Award category: Non-Fiction

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The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall

Award category: Young People's Literature

 

 

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2004

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The News from Paraguay by Lily Tuck

Award category: Fiction

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Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age by Kevin Boyle

Award category: Non-Fiction

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Godless by Pete Hautman

Award category: Young People's Literature

 

 

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2003

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The Great Fire by Shirley Hazzard

Award category: Fiction

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Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy by Carlos Eire

Award category: Non-Fiction

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The Canning Season by Polly Horvath

Award category: Young People's Literature

 

 

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2002

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Three Junes by Julia Glass

Award category: Fiction

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Master of the Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson by Robert A. Caro

Award category: Non-Fiction

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The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer

Award category: Young People's Literature

 

 

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