Tinkers, by Paul Harding
Finalists: Love in Infant Monkeys, by Lydia Millet; In Other Rooms, Other Wonders, by Daniyal Mueenuddin.
Next to Normal, music by Tom Kitt; book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey.
Finalists: The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, by Kristoffer Diaz; Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, by Rajiv Joseph; “In the Next Room (or the vibrator play),” by Sarah Ruhl.
Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World, by Liaquat Ahamed
Finalists: Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford’s Forgotten Jungle City, by Greg Grandin; Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815, by Gordon S. Wood.
The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt,” by T.J. Stiles
Finalists: Woodrow Wilson: A Biography, by John Milton Cooper Jr.; Cheever: A Life, by Blake Bailey
Versed, by Rae Armantrout
Finalists: Tryst, by Angie Estes; Inseminating the Elephant, by Lucia Perillo.
The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and Its Dangerous Legacy, by David E. Hoffman
Finalists: How Markets Fail: The Logic of Economic Calamities, by John Cassidy; The Evolution of God, by Robert Wright.