Now that 2011 is gone and we’re trucking along into 2012, I can finally share with you the nonfiction short list for the Indie Lit Awards. This year, Biography/Memoir got split off from the Nonfiction category, which means our nonfiction list is chock full of intensely long and serious nonfiction reads. Seriously. Every book on this list is more than 400 pages long. So much reading!
Anyway, here’s what I’ll be diving into (but not posting about) for the next couple of months:
- Berlin 1961 by Frederick Kempe (Putnam Adult)
- In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson (Crown)
- Lost in Shangri-La by Mitchell Zuckoff (Harper)
- Physics of the Future by Michio Kaku (Doubleday)
- The Social Animal by David Brooks (Random House)
I am really excited about this list. Astute blog readers will note that I’ve already read and reviewed In the Garden of Beasts and Lost in Shangri-La in 2011, but I think for the sake of the awards I’ll be rereading both to keep my memory fresh. They were both excellent books (4.5 out of 5 star reads), so that definitely won’t be a chore.
Physics of the Future and The Social Animal are both books I wanted to read in 2011, but never got around to picking up, so I’m excited to finally have the motivation I need to pick them up. And while I hadn’t heard of Berlin 1961 before it was nominated, it looks like an exciting read as well.
If you’re curious about the other lists, head over to the Indie Lit Awards website for more information. I am especially jealous of the Biography/Memoir short list, which is full of books that I have been dying to read as well. It should be a good start of reading for this year.