Awards: Albertine Finalists; Books for a Better Life

Finalists have been announced for the Albertine Prize, which is presented by Van Cleef & Arpels and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and recognizes "American readers' favorite work of contemporary Francophone fiction, while encouraging the discovery of new literary voices, translated and published in the U.S. in the past year." The finalists, voted on by readers, are:

Bardo or Not Bardo by Antoine Volodine, translated by J.T. Mahany (Open Letter)
Eve Out of Her Ruins by Ananda Devi, translated by Jeffrey Zuckerman (Deep Vellum)
The Heart: A Novel by Maylis de Kerangal, translated by Sam Taylor (Picador)


Winners of the Books for a Better Life Awards, sponsored by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, are:

Childcare/Parenting: Untangled by Lisa Damour (Ballantine)
Cookbook: Vegan Vegetarian Omnivore by Anna Thomas (Norton)
First Book: Between Breaths by Elizabeth Vargas (Grand Central)
Green: The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben (Greystone Books)
Inspirational Memoir: Marrow by Elizabeth Lesser (Harper Wave)
Motivational: Grit by Angela Duckworth (Scribner)
Psychology: Emotional Agility by Susan David (Avery)
Relationships: Girls & Sex by Peggy Orenstein (Harper)
Spiritual: The Book of Joy by the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu with Douglas Abrams (Avery)
Wellness: The End of Dieting by Joel Fuhrman (HarperOne)

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