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Arthur Vandenberg: The Man in the Middle of the American Century
Hendrik Meijer
Progress: 74/448 pages
Harold Brown: Offsetting the Soviet Military Challenge 1977-1981
Edward C. Keefer, Erin R. Mahan
Progress: 61/815 pages
The Paraguayan War, Volume 1: Causes and Early Conduct
Thomas L. Whigham
Progress: 257/520 pages

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.