National Book Awards - 2006



Richard Powers, The Echo Maker (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
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Mark Z. Danielewski, Only Revolutions (Pantheon)
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Ken Kalfus, A Disorder Peculiar to the Country (Ecco/HarperCollins)
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Dana Spiotta, Eat the Document (Scribner/Simon & Schuster)
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Jess Walter, The Zero (Judith Regan Books/HarperCollins)
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Fiction judges:

Bharati Mukherjee (chair), Jonathan Lethem, Craig Nova, David Plante, Marianne Wiggins



Timothy Egan, The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
(Houghton Mifflin)


Taylor Branch, At Canaan’s Edge: America in the King Years, 1965-68 (Simon & Schuster)

Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq’s Green Zone (Alfred A. Knopf)

Peter Hessler, Oracle Bones: A Journey Between China’s Past and Present (HarperCollins)

Lawrence Wright, The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 (Alfred A. Knopf)

Nonfiction judges:

Jill Jonnes (Chair), Kevin Boyle, Randall Kennedy, Wendy Lesser, Luis Alberto Urrea



Nathaniel Mackey, Splay Anthem (New Directions)
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Louise Glück, Averno (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

H.L. Hix, Chromatic (Etruscan Press)
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Ben Lerner, Angle of Yaw (Copper Canyon Press)

James McMichael, Capacity (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

Poetry judges:

James Longenbach (chair), Jimmy Santiago Baca, Li Young Lee, Claudia Rankine, C.D. Wright



M.T. Anderson, The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Vol. 1: The Pox Party
(Candlewick Press)


Martine Leavitt, Keturah and Lord Death (Front Street Books/Boyds Mills Press)

Patricia McCormick, Sold (Hyperion Books for Children)

Nancy Werlin, The Rules of Survival (Dial/Penguin)

Gene Luen Yang, American Born Chinese (First Second/Roaring Brook Press/Holtzbrinck)
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Young People's Literature judges:

Margaret Bechard (chair), Patricia McKissack, Linda Sue Park, Benjamin Alire Saenz, Jude Watson