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Greater Gotham: A History of New York City from 1898 to 1919
Mike Wallace
Progress: 77/1200 pages
The Lost Founding Father: John Quincy Adams and the Transformation of American Politics
William J. Cooper Jr.

And speaking of literary awards . . .

. . . the finalists for the National Book Awards were just announced.

 

I have read exactly none of the books on the list, but from what I've read about them it seems to be a good selection, and I am going to have to add a couple of the Nonfiction titles to my towering TBR stack.

 

I do have a complaint, though, and it's a biggie: WHAT THE HELL IS JOHN LEWIS'S MARCH DOING IN THE YOUNG PEOPLE'S LITERATURE CATEGORY?!?!?

 

I'm sorry, but this angers me for a number of reasons. It seems like a total diss of what is a serious memoir by a civil rights pioneer. It should be in Nonfiction, not fobbed off in a "kids" category just because it happens to be in in graphic novel form. Or are all graphic novels to be regarded as "kiddie lit" just because they include artwork drawings?

 

Seriously, National Book Foundation, you people are real assholes.