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NEA Big Read Books

The National Endowment for the Arts maintains resources for NEA Big Read book selections (past and present) on their website. These resources may include information about the author, about the book, discussion questions, and audio and video clips.

Current books available for selection by applicants for the 2022-2023 application include:

  • The Best We Could Do (graphic memoir) by Thi Bui
  • Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? (graphic memoir) by Roz Chast
  • Postcolonial Love Poem (poetry) by Natalie Diaz
  • Infinite Country (novel) by Patricia Engel
  • Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude (poetry) by Ross Gay
  • Homegoing (novel) by Yaa Gyasi
  • Deaf Republic (poetry) by Ilya Kaminsky
  • The Bear (novel) by Andrew Krivak
  • Circe (novel) by Madeline Miller
  • There, There (novel) by Tommy Orange
  • Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth (memoir) by Sarah Smarsh
  • Sitting Pretty: The View from my Ordinary Resilient Disabled Body (memoir-in-essays) by Rebekah Taussig
  • The Cold Millions (novel) by Jess Walter
  • Nothing to See Here (novel) by Kevin Wilson
  • Interior Chinatown (novel) by Charles Yu

Books webinar

Hear from the new authors and the National Endowment for the Arts as we do in depth for each of these titles.