The National Book Award finalists for Fiction include
How many of these have I read? On the fiction list, I've read the Junot Díaz, which is really wonderful. On the nonfiction side, I have read excerpts of Katherine Boo's amazing portrait of modern Mumbai, And the David Ferry, on the poetry list, of all things, for he was one of my freshman English instructors, and I was lucky enough to take an undergraduate poetry class from him as well--analysis, not writing!
Ben Fountain is next on my fiction list. I admit I'm not the world's biggest Louise Erdich fan, so I may skip that one, but Robert Caro -- for nonfiction of course! As lengthy as his books are, ever since I read his magisterial classic The Power Broker, about urban planner Robert Moses and New York City, I have little trouble picking up one of Caro's weighty tomes.
What about you? Who do you think are the front-runners, and which of these finalists have you read? My money's on Díaz, Boo or Caro, and Ferry. We will see!