Here are the female finalists
Jennifer Egan, A Visit From The Goon Squad, Knopf
Sarah Bakewell. How To Live, Or A Life Of Montaigne. Other Press
Selina Hastings. The Secret Lives Of Somerset Maugham: A Biography. Random House.
Rahna Reiko Rizzuto, Hiroshima in the Morning, Feminist Press
Patti Smith, Just Kids, Ecco
Elif Batuman. The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them. Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Terry Castle, The Professor and Other Writings. Harper
Clare Cavanagh. Lyric Poetry and Modern Politics: Russia, Poland, and the West. Yale University Press.
Susie Linfield. The Cruel Radiance. University of Chicago Press.
Barbara Demick. Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea. Spiegel & Grau
Jennifer Homans. Apollo’s Angels: A History of Ballet. Random
Isabel Wilkerson. The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration. Random
Anne Carson. Nox. New Directions
Kathleen Graber. The Eternal City. Princeton University Press
Kay Ryan. The Best of It. Grove
C.D. Wright. One with Others: [a little book of her days]. Copper Canyon