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The National Book Award Winners List

The National Book Award has been one of the most celebrated prizes since 1950. Rediscover our fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people’s literature award winners through the years!
  1. 1
    The Friend Book Cover Picture
    The Friend Book Cover Picture

    The Friend

    by Sigrid Nunez

    Fiction 2018
    The Friend Book Cover Picture
    The Friend Book Cover Picture

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  2. 2
    The Future Is History Book Cover Picture
    The Future Is History Book Cover Picture

    The Future Is History

    by Masha Gessen

    Nonfiction 2017
    The Future Is History Book Cover Picture
    The Future Is History Book Cover Picture

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  3. 3
    The Underground Railroad Book Cover Picture
    The Underground Railroad Book Cover Picture

    The Underground Railroad

    by Colson Whitehead

    Fiction 2016
    The Underground Railroad Book Cover Picture
    The Underground Railroad Book Cover Picture

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  4. 4
    March: Book Three Book Cover Picture
    March: Book Three Book Cover Picture

    March: Book Three

    by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin

    Young People’s Literature 2016
    March: Book Three Book Cover Picture
    March: Book Three Book Cover Picture

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  5. 5
    Fortune Smiles Book Cover Picture
    Fortune Smiles Book Cover Picture

    Fortune Smiles

    by Adam Johnson

    Fiction 2015
    Fortune Smiles Book Cover Picture
    Fortune Smiles Book Cover Picture

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  6. 6
    Between the World and Me Book Cover Picture
    Between the World and Me Book Cover Picture

    Between the World and Me

    by Ta-Nehisi Coates

    Nonfiction 2015
    Between the World and Me Book Cover Picture
    Between the World and Me Book Cover Picture

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  7. 7
    Voyage of the Sable Venus Book Cover Picture
    Voyage of the Sable Venus Book Cover Picture

    Voyage of the Sable Venus

    by Robin Coste Lewis

    Poetry 2015
    Voyage of the Sable Venus Book Cover Picture
    Voyage of the Sable Venus Book Cover Picture

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  8. 8
    Redeployment Book Cover Picture
    Redeployment Book Cover Picture

    Redeployment

    by Phil Klay

    Fiction 2014
    Redeployment Book Cover Picture
    Redeployment Book Cover Picture

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  9. 9
    Brown Girl Dreaming Book Cover Picture
    Brown Girl Dreaming Book Cover Picture

    Brown Girl Dreaming

    by Jacqueline Woodson

    Young People’s Literature 2014
    Brown Girl Dreaming Book Cover Picture
    Brown Girl Dreaming Book Cover Picture

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  10. 10
    The Good Lord Bird Book Cover Picture
    The Good Lord Bird Book Cover Picture

    The Good Lord Bird

    by James McBride

    Fiction 2013
    The Good Lord Bird Book Cover Picture
    The Good Lord Bird Book Cover Picture

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  11. 11
    Behind the Beautiful Forevers Book Cover Picture
    Behind the Beautiful Forevers Book Cover Picture

    Behind the Beautiful Forevers

    by Katherine Boo

    Nonfiction 2012
    Behind the Beautiful Forevers Book Cover Picture
    Behind the Beautiful Forevers Book Cover Picture

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  12. 12
    Lighthead Book Cover Picture
    Lighthead Book Cover Picture

    Lighthead

    by Terrance Hayes

    Poetry 2010
    Lighthead Book Cover Picture
    Lighthead Book Cover Picture

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  13. 13
    Mockingbird Book Cover Picture
    Mockingbird Book Cover Picture

    Mockingbird

    by Kathryn Erskine

    Young People’s Literature 2010
    Mockingbird Book Cover Picture
    Mockingbird Book Cover Picture

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  14. 14
    Let the Great World Spin Book Cover Picture
    Let the Great World Spin Book Cover Picture

    Let the Great World Spin

    by Colum McCann

    Fiction 2009
    Let the Great World Spin Book Cover Picture
    Let the Great World Spin Book Cover Picture

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  15. 15
    The First Tycoon Book Cover Picture
    The First Tycoon Book Cover Picture

    The First Tycoon

    by T.J. Stiles

    Nonfiction 2009
    The First Tycoon Book Cover Picture
    The First Tycoon Book Cover Picture

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  16. 16
    Legacy of Ashes Book Cover Picture
    Legacy of Ashes Book Cover Picture

    Legacy of Ashes

    by Tim Weiner

    Nonfiction 2007
    Legacy of Ashes Book Cover Picture
    Legacy of Ashes Book Cover Picture

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  17. 17
    Europe Central Book Cover Picture
    Europe Central Book Cover Picture

    Europe Central

    by William T. Vollmann

    Fiction 2005
    Europe Central Book Cover Picture
    Europe Central Book Cover Picture

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  18. 18
    The Year of Magical Thinking Book Cover Picture
    The Year of Magical Thinking Book Cover Picture

    The Year of Magical Thinking

    by Joan Didion

    Nonfiction 2005
    The Year of Magical Thinking Book Cover Picture
    The Year of Magical Thinking Book Cover Picture

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  19. 19
    The Penderwicks Book Cover Picture
    The Penderwicks Book Cover Picture

    The Penderwicks

    by Jeanne Birdsall

    Young People’s Literature 2005
    The Penderwicks Book Cover Picture
    The Penderwicks Book Cover Picture

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  20. 20
    Three Junes Book Cover Picture
    Three Junes Book Cover Picture

    Three Junes

    by Julia Glass

    Fiction 2002
    Three Junes Book Cover Picture
    Three Junes Book Cover Picture

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  21. 21
    Master of the Senate Book Cover Picture
    Master of the Senate Book Cover Picture

    Master of the Senate

    by Robert A. Caro

    Nonfiction 2002
    Master of the Senate Book Cover Picture
    Master of the Senate Book Cover Picture

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  22. 22
    In the Heart of the Sea Book Cover Picture
    In the Heart of the Sea Book Cover Picture

    In the Heart of the Sea

    by Nathaniel Philbrick

    Nonfiction 2000
    In the Heart of the Sea Book Cover Picture
    In the Heart of the Sea Book Cover Picture

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  23. 23
    Waiting Book Cover Picture
    Waiting Book Cover Picture

    Waiting

    by Ha Jin

    Fiction 1999
    Waiting Book Cover Picture
    Waiting Book Cover Picture

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    American Sphinx Book Cover Picture
    American Sphinx Book Cover Picture

    American Sphinx

    by Joseph J. Ellis

    Nonfiction 1997
    American Sphinx Book Cover Picture
    American Sphinx Book Cover Picture

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    The Haunted Land Book Cover Picture
    The Haunted Land Book Cover Picture

    The Haunted Land

    by Tina Rosenberg

    Nonfiction 1995
    The Haunted Land Book Cover Picture
    The Haunted Land Book Cover Picture

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    How We Die Book Cover Picture
    How We Die Book Cover Picture

    How We Die

    by Sherwin B. Nuland

    Nonfiction 1994
    How We Die Book Cover Picture
    How We Die Book Cover Picture

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    All the Pretty Horses Book Cover Picture
    All the Pretty Horses Book Cover Picture

    All the Pretty Horses

    by Cormac McCarthy

    Fiction 1992
    All the Pretty Horses Book Cover Picture
    All the Pretty Horses Book Cover Picture

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    Mating Book Cover Picture
    Mating Book Cover Picture

    Mating

    by Norman Rush

    Fiction 1991
    Mating Book Cover Picture
    Mating Book Cover Picture

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    What Work Is Book Cover Picture
    What Work Is Book Cover Picture

    What Work Is

    by Philip Levine

    Poetry 1991
    What Work Is Book Cover Picture
    What Work Is Book Cover Picture

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    Spartina Book Cover Picture
    Spartina Book Cover Picture

    Spartina

    by John Casey

    Fiction 1989
    Spartina Book Cover Picture
    Spartina Book Cover Picture

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    A Bright Shining Lie Book Cover Picture
    A Bright Shining Lie Book Cover Picture

    A Bright Shining Lie

    by Neil Sheehan

    Nonfiction 1988
    A Bright Shining Lie Book Cover Picture
    A Bright Shining Lie Book Cover Picture

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    Paco's Story Book Cover Picture
    Paco's Story Book Cover Picture

    Paco’s Story

    by Larry Heinemann

    Fiction 1987
    Paco's Story Book Cover Picture
    Paco's Story Book Cover Picture

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    World's Fair Book Cover Picture
    World's Fair Book Cover Picture

    World’s Fair

    by E.L. Doctorow

    Fiction 1986
    World's Fair Book Cover Picture
    World's Fair Book Cover Picture

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    Arctic Dreams Book Cover Picture
    Arctic Dreams Book Cover Picture

    Arctic Dreams

    by Barry Lopez

    Nonfiction 1986
    Arctic Dreams Book Cover Picture
    Arctic Dreams Book Cover Picture

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    White Noise Book Cover Picture
    White Noise Book Cover Picture

    White Noise

    by Don DeLillo

    Fiction 1985
    White Noise Book Cover Picture
    White Noise Book Cover Picture

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    Common Ground Book Cover Picture
    Common Ground Book Cover Picture

    Common Ground

    by J. Anthony Lukas

    Nonfiction 1985
    Common Ground Book Cover Picture
    Common Ground Book Cover Picture

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    Stones for Ibarra Book Cover Picture
    Stones for Ibarra Book Cover Picture

    Stones for Ibarra

    by Harriet Doerr

    Fiction 1984
    Stones for Ibarra Book Cover Picture
    Stones for Ibarra Book Cover Picture

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  38. 38
    Rabbit Is Rich Book Cover Picture
    Rabbit Is Rich Book Cover Picture

    Rabbit Is Rich

    by John Updike

    Fiction 1982
    Rabbit Is Rich Book Cover Picture
    Rabbit Is Rich Book Cover Picture

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    The Stories of John Cheever Book Cover Picture
    The Stories of John Cheever Book Cover Picture

    The Stories of John Cheever

    by John Cheever

    Fiction 1981
    The Stories of John Cheever Book Cover Picture
    The Stories of John Cheever Book Cover Picture

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  40. 40
    China Men Book Cover Picture
    China Men Book Cover Picture

    China Men

    by Maxine Hong Kingston

    Nonfiction 1981
    China Men Book Cover Picture
    China Men Book Cover Picture

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    Sophie's Choice Book Cover Picture
    Sophie's Choice Book Cover Picture

    Sophie’s Choice

    by William Styron

    Fiction 1980
    Sophie's Choice Book Cover Picture
    Sophie's Choice Book Cover Picture

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  42. 42
    Max Perkins: Editor of Genius Book Cover Picture
    Max Perkins: Editor of Genius Book Cover Picture

    Max Perkins: Editor of Genius

    by A. Scott Berg

    Nonfiction 1980
    Max Perkins: Editor of Genius Book Cover Picture
    Max Perkins: Editor of Genius Book Cover Picture

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    Going After Cacciato Book Cover Picture
    Going After Cacciato Book Cover Picture

    Going After Cacciato

    by Tim O’Brien

    Fiction 1979
    Going After Cacciato Book Cover Picture
    Going After Cacciato Book Cover Picture

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  44. 44
    The Spectator Bird Book Cover Picture
    The Spectator Bird Book Cover Picture

    The Spectator Bird

    by Wallace Stegner

    Fiction 1977
    The Spectator Bird Book Cover Picture
    The Spectator Bird Book Cover Picture

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  45. 45
    Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror Book Cover Picture
    Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror Book Cover Picture

    Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror

    by John Ashbery

    Poetry  1976
    Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror Book Cover Picture
    Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror Book Cover Picture

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    The Court of Stone Children Book Cover Picture
    The Court of Stone Children Book Cover Picture

    The Court of Stone Children

    by Eleanor Cameron

    Young People’s Literature 1974
    The Court of Stone Children Book Cover Picture
    The Court of Stone Children Book Cover Picture

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    Mr. Sammler's Planet Book Cover Picture
    Mr. Sammler's Planet Book Cover Picture

    Mr. Sammler’s Planet

    by Saul Bellow

    Fiction 1971
    Mr. Sammler's Planet Book Cover Picture
    Mr. Sammler's Planet Book Cover Picture

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    The Marvelous Misadventures of Sebastian Book Cover Picture
    The Marvelous Misadventures of Sebastian Book Cover Picture

    The Marvelous Misadventures of Sebastian

    by Lloyd Alexander

    Young People’s Literature 1971
    The Marvelous Misadventures of Sebastian Book Cover Picture
    The Marvelous Misadventures of Sebastian Book Cover Picture

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  49. 49
    Slaughterhouse-Five Book Cover Picture
    Slaughterhouse-Five Book Cover Picture

    Slaughterhouse-Five

    by Kurt Vonnegut

    Fiction 1970
    Slaughterhouse-Five Book Cover Picture
    Slaughterhouse-Five Book Cover Picture

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  50. 50
    The Armies of the Night Book Cover Picture
    The Armies of the Night Book Cover Picture

    The Armies of the Night

    by Norman Mailer

    Nonfiction 1969
    The Armies of the Night Book Cover Picture
    The Armies of the Night Book Cover Picture

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  51. 51
    Death at an Early Age Book Cover Picture
    Death at an Early Age Book Cover Picture

    Death at an Early Age

    by Jonathan Kozol

    Nonfiction 1968
    Death at an Early Age Book Cover Picture
    Death at an Early Age Book Cover Picture

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  52. 52
    Enlightenment Volume 1 Book Cover Picture
    Enlightenment Volume 1 Book Cover Picture

    Enlightenment Volume 1

    by Peter Gay

    Nonfiction 1967
    Enlightenment Volume 1 Book Cover Picture
    Enlightenment Volume 1 Book Cover Picture

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  53. 53
    Herzog Book Cover Picture
    Herzog Book Cover Picture

    Herzog

    by Saul Bellow

    Fiction 1965
    Herzog Book Cover Picture
    Herzog Book Cover Picture

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  54. 54
    The Centaur Book Cover Picture
    The Centaur Book Cover Picture

    The Centaur

    by John Updike

    Fiction 1964
    The Centaur Book Cover Picture
    The Centaur Book Cover Picture

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  55. 55
    Goodbye, Columbus Book Cover Picture
    Goodbye, Columbus Book Cover Picture

    Goodbye, Columbus

    by Philip Roth

    Fiction 1960
    Goodbye, Columbus Book Cover Picture
    Goodbye, Columbus Book Cover Picture

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  56. 56
    Ten North Frederick Book Cover Picture
    Ten North Frederick Book Cover Picture

    Ten North Frederick

    by John O’Hara

    Fiction 1956
    Ten North Frederick Book Cover Picture
    Ten North Frederick Book Cover Picture

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  57. 57
    A Fable Book Cover Picture
    A Fable Book Cover Picture

    A Fable

    by William Faulkner

    Fiction 1955
    A Fable Book Cover Picture
    A Fable Book Cover Picture

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  58. 58
    The Adventures of Augie March Book Cover Picture
    The Adventures of Augie March Book Cover Picture

    The Adventures of Augie March

    by Saul Bellow

    Fiction 1954
    The Adventures of Augie March Book Cover Picture
    The Adventures of Augie March Book Cover Picture

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  59. 59
    A Stillness at Appomattox Book Cover Picture
    A Stillness at Appomattox Book Cover Picture

    A Stillness at Appomattox

    by Bruce Catton

    Nonfiction 1954
    A Stillness at Appomattox Book Cover Picture
    A Stillness at Appomattox Book Cover Picture

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    Invisible Man Book Cover Picture
    Invisible Man Book Cover Picture

    Invisible Man

    by Ralph Ellison

    Fiction 1953
    Invisible Man Book Cover Picture
    Invisible Man Book Cover Picture

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  61. 61
    From Here to Eternity Book Cover Picture
    From Here to Eternity Book Cover Picture

    From Here to Eternity

    by James Jones

    Fiction 1952
    From Here to Eternity Book Cover Picture
    From Here to Eternity Book Cover Picture

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