Laurie Hertzel is senior editor for books at the Star Tribune, where she has worked since 1996. She is the author of "News to Me: Adventures of an Accidental Journalist," winner of a Minnesota Book Award.

NBA long list for nonfiction includes expose on Scientology, biography of Duke Ellington

Posted by: Laurie Hertzel under Book awards Updated: September 19, 2013 - 12:15 PM
Gretel Ehrlich. Photo by Jack Swenson/Expedition Gallery

Gretel Ehrlich. Photo by Jack Swenson/Expedition Gallery

No Minnesota writers made the National Book Award long list for nonfiction, but it's a stellar list nonetheless. It includes a book about the women of the Nazi regime, a biography of Benjamin Franklin's sister, and an expose on the Church of Scientology. 

The long lists for young adult and poetry were announced earlier in the week (and include several Minnesota writers and publishers); the long list for fiction will be announced on Thursday. The finalists will be announced on Oct. 16, with the winners in November.

Here's the full long list for nonfiction, with links to Star Tribune reviews:

"Finding Florida," by T.D. Allman

"Facing the Wave," by Gretel Ehrlich

"The Wolf and the Watchman," by Scott C. Johnson

"The Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin," by Jill Lepore (review forthcoming)

"Hitler's Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields" by Wendy Lower (review forthcoming)

"Freedom National: The Destruction of Slavery," by James Oakes

"The Unwinding," by George Packer

"The Internal Enemy," by Alan Taylor

"Duke," by Terry Teachout

"Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief," by Lawrence Wright

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