Awards Shortlist

Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction 2014 Finalists:

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Americanah,
published by Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House, Inc.

To the women in the hair-braiding salon, Ifemelu seems to have everything a Nigerian immigrant in America could desire, but the culture shock, hardships, and racism she’s endured have left her feeling like she has “cement in her soul.” Americanah is a courageous novel of independence, integrity, community, and love.

Edwidge Danticat. Claire of the Sea Light,
published by Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House, Inc.

In interlocking stories moving back and forth in time, Danticat weaves a beautifully rendered portrait of longing in the small fishing town of Ville Rose in Haiti. The stories flow seamlessly one into another and are distinguished by Danticat’s luminous prose.

Donna Tartt. The Goldfinch,
published by Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.

In the wake of his nefarious father’s abandonment, Theo, a smart, 13-year-old Manhattanite, is extremely close to his vivacious mother—until an act of terrorism catapults him into a dizzying world bereft of gravity, certainty, or love. Tartt writes from Theo’s point of view with fierce exactitude and magnetic emotion.

 

Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction 2014 Finalists:

Nicholas A. Basbanes. On Paper: The Everything of Its Two-Thousand-Year History,
published by Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House, Inc.

Combining crisp technical explanations with vivid historical and contemporary profiles, Basbanes unfolds the two-thousand-year story of paper, revealing in the process that paper is nothing less than an embodiment of humanity.

Sheri Fink. Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital,
published by Crown Publishers, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc.

As the floodwaters rose after Hurricane Katrina, patients, staff, and families who sheltered in New Orleans’ Memorial Hospital faced a crisis far worse than the storm itself. Fink’s breathtaking account of the storm and what happened at Memorial offers a fascinating look at how people behave in times of crisis.

Doris Kearns Goodwin. The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism,
published by Simon & Schuster.

This masterful study examines the complex relationship between two presidents, Roosevelt and Taft, who played major roles in the Progressive movement of the early twentieth century. Acclaimed historian Goodwin offers a superb re-creation of a period when many politicians, journalists, and citizens of differing political affiliations viewed government as a force for public good.

 

The previous six finalists for the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction & Nonfiction:

 

2013 Shortlist

2012 Shortlist