The 2022 National Book Awards Longlist: Nonfiction

This week, The New Yorker will be announcing the longlists for the 2022 National Book Awards. So far, we’ve presented the lists for Young People’s Literature, Translated Literature, and Poetry. Check back tomorrow morning for Fiction.

In “Lost & Found,” the New Yorker staff writer Kathryn Schulz writes about losing her beloved father and meeting her future wife. Other everyday disappearances—of a childhood toy, a letter, a wallet—adumbrate the strangeness of loss and affirm the delight of finding new objects, ideas, and connections throughout life.

The book, which began as an essay published in The New Yorker in 2017, is one of three memoirs on the longlist for this year’s National Book Award for Nonfiction: Ingrid Rojas Contreras’s “The Man Who Could Move Clouds” describes the author’s journey, with her mother, to her native Colombia to disinter the remains of her late grandfather, a curandero, or community healer; and Natalie Hodges’s “Uncommon Measure” is an exploration into the psychology of musicality inspired by Hodges’s debilitating performance anxiety.

The titles on the longlist were selected from six hundred and seven submissions by publishers. Two of this year’s nominees—David Quammen and Kelly Lytle Hernández—have previously been honored by the National Book Awards and the National Book Foundation, respectively. The full list is below.

Anna Badkhen, “Bright Unbearable Reality: Essays”
New York Review of Books

John A. Farrell, “Ted Kennedy: A Life”
Penguin Press / Penguin Random House

Kelly Lytle Hernández, “Bad Mexicans: Race, Empire, and Revolution in the Borderlands”
W. W. Norton & Company

Natalie Hodges, “Uncommon Measure: A Journey Through Music, Performance, and the Science of Time”
Bellevue Literary Press

Meghan O’Rourke, “The Invisible Kingdom: Reimagining Chronic Illness”
Riverhead Books / Penguin Random House

Imani Perry, “South to America: A Journey Below the Mason-Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation”
Ecco Press / HarperCollins Publishers

David Quammen, “Breathless: The Scientific Race to Defeat a Deadly Virus”
Simon & Schuster

Ingrid Rojas Contreras, “The Man Who Could Move Clouds: A Memoir”
Doubleday Books / Penguin Random House

Robert Samuels and Toluse Olorunnipa, “His Name Is George Floyd: One Man’s Life and the Struggle for Racial Justice”
Viking Books / Penguin Random House

Kathryn Schulz, “Lost & Found: A Memoir”
Random House / Penguin Random House

The judges for the category this year are Carol Anderson, whose book “One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy” was long-listed for the National Book Award in 2018; Melissa Febos, the author of “Girlhood”; Thor Hanson, the author of “Hurricane Lizards and Plastic Squid: The Fraught and Fascinating Biology of Climate Change”; Janet Webster Jones, the founder of Source Booksellers; and Oscar Villalon, the managing editor at ZYZZYVA. ♦

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