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Publishers, reporters and authors gathered Tuesday at the New School in New York City to celebrate this year's exceptional nominees for the National Book Awards. In advance of the awards on Wednesday night, NPR recorded the 10 nominated authors for fiction and nonfiction reading from their works.
These 10 books — which tell the stories of a young drug smuggler, lovable philanderers, holograms in the Saudi desert, and more — inspired, informed and entertained readers in 2012.
Hear two winners — Louise Erdrich and Katherine Boo — and eight finalists as they read from some of the year's best books.
- 'Lose Her' Finds Power In Resonant Voices
- Fidelity In Fiction: Junot Diaz Deconstructs A Cheater
- 'Round House' Is One Of Erdrich's Best
- In 'House,' Erdrich Sets Revenge On A Reservation
- 'Billy Lynn' A Full-Bore Tale Of A Day After Iraq
- Stories From A New Generation Of American Soldiers
- Book Review: 'The Yellow Birds'
- 'Crushing Eastern Europe' Behind The 'Iron Curtain'
- Finding 'Life, Death And Hope' In A Mumbai Slum
- Wearing A Coat And Tie, Caro Writes Alone
- Caro's 'Passage Of Power': LBJ's Political Genius
- 'Power': Robert Caro's Life Of Johnson Hits The '60s
- From Boy King Of Texas To Literary Superstar
- Anthony Shadid, Finding Peace In A 'House Of Stone'
- Remembering 'Intrepid Storyteller' Anthony Shadid