LA Times Book Prize Nominees: Soldiers & Shock Doctrines
LA Times Book Prize Current Interest Nominees
As the LA Times Book Prize award ceremony looms ever-closer, we're taking a look at the books nominated in each category. As we mentioned yesterday, unlike other big literary awards, the LA Times Book Prize winners are never a sure thing, which is what makes following them all the more fun.
The nominees in the Current Interest category this year are interesting indeed:
- A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah
- The Father of All Things: A Marine, His Son, and the Legacy of Vietnam by Tom Bissell
- The Second Civil War: How Extreme Partisanship Has Paralyzed Washington and Polarized America by Ronald Brownstein
- The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism by Naomi Klein
- Soldier's Heart: Reading Literature Through Peace and War at West Point by Elizabeth D. Samet
The Current Interest category is often the trickiest, as in years past it has pitted fashion books against political books and everything in between. Yet this year, three of the five nominated books examine the lives of soldiers (some children, some men) and two of the nominated books tackle politics and economic policy. So for the first year in a long time, this category is shaping up to be a pretty fair contest.