Books Honored by the National Book Awards

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The mission of the National Book Foundation is to celebrate the best of American literature, to expand its audience, and to enhance the cultural value of great writing in America. National Book Awards are given five categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Translated Literature, and Young People’s Literature.

The first African-American writer to win a National Book Award was Ralph Ellison for Invisible Man.

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One Book Honored by the National Book Awards in 1994

Finalist - Nonfiction

Fatheralong: A Meditation on Fathers and Sons, Race and Society
by John Edgar Wideman

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    List Price: $15.00
    Format: Paperback, 224 pages
    Classification: Nonfiction
    ISBN13: 9780679737513
    Imprint: Vintage Books
    Publisher: Penguin Random House
    Parent Company: Bertelsmann and Pearson PLC
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    Book Description: 
    With resonant artistry and unflagging directness, Wideman examines the tragedy of race and the gulf it cleaves between black fathers and black sons. He does so chiefly through the lens of his own relations with his remote father, producing a memoir that belongs alongside the classics of Richard Wright and Malcolm X.


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