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Here Are The 50 Books Nominated for 2020 National Book Awards

There are writers on the longlist in five categories: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, translation and young people's literature. Two debut novels are in the running for the fiction prize.(Image credit: Pornsawan Sangmanee / EyeEm/Getty Images/EyeEm)

'Here We Are' Conjures Magic From Ordinary Lives

Graham Smith's new novel seems at first to be a light little story about a seaside love triangle in Brighton, England in the 1950s — but it turns out to be about something far deeper.(Image credit: Knopf)

'The Last Million' Sheds Light On Middle East History, Newer Refugee Policy Failures

Historian David Nasaw writes with deep, broad knowledge of the hundreds of thousands of refugees filling Europe's roads after WWII, hoping to return to homes that, in many cases, no longer existed.(Image credit: Penguin Press)

Netflix CEO Embraces 'No Rules,' But Work Is Anything But Chill

In his new book No Rules Rules, Reed Hastings argues that in order for a creative workplace to succeed, it needs as few policies and rules as possible. Others say the culture is demoralizing.(Image credit: Amy Harris/Invision/AP)

Collect Data, Influence Votes: 'If Then' Traces The Genesis Of Data-Driven Politics

In If Then, historian Jill Lepore tells the story of Simulmatics. Founded in 1959, the company's "people machine" used a computer program to predict the impact of various political messages.(Image credit: Joseph Prezioso/AFP via Getty Images)

After Her Husband's Death, A Widow Discovers That It Wasn't 'Monogamy'

As the central character struggles with grief and shock at her late husband's infidelity, author Sue Miller keeps deftly shifting what readers might anticipate to be the ending of this novel. (Image credit: HarperCollins)

Grand Jury Issued Criminal Subpoenas In Connection With John Bolton Book

The move signals the Justice Department has launched a criminal investigation surrounding the publication of The Room Where It Happened after an unsuccessful effort to block it from being published. (Image credit: Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images)

'The House By The Lake' Is A Story Of Reconciliation — And The Meaning Of Home

A few years ago, Thomas Harding wrote a memoir centered on what became of his great-grandparents' German house. Now he's made it into a children's book about belonging, with the home his protagonist.(Image credit: Candlewick Studio)

Hastings Writes About Netflix's Cultural Reinvention In 'No Rules Rules'

Netflix added 26 million subscribers so far this year. Reed Hastings co-founder and CEO of the streaming service credits the company's unorthodox office culture for its meteoric rise.

'If Then' Examines Early Fears That Computers Would Manipulate Voters

NPR's Steve Inskeep talks to Jill Lepore about her latest book If Then: How the Simulmatics Corporation Invented the Future. Her acclaimed books include These Truths, a history of the U.S.

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