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February 28, 2020
By PW Staff


Forty-eight books from four genres advanced to the quarterfinal round of the 2019 BookLife Prize Nonfiction Contest. Stay tuned for the announcement of the semifinalists on March 3.

Selected by the editorial staffs of Publishers Weekly and Booklife, the quarterfinalists are as follows:


Business/Personal Finance

The Book Marketing Audit

Concerning the Nature and Structure of Concept

Fast-Track Your Business: A Customer-Centric Approach to Accelerate Market Growth

How to Write a Professional Bio

Material Value

The Snowman's Guide to Personal Finance

Soar: Indie Author Business Planner

The 12% Solution

What is Water? How Young Leaders Can Thrive in an Uncertain World

Write a Book that Doesn't Suck

Write to Influence!



Available Light: My Father, Photography, and the American Century

Brownsville Bred: Dreaming Out Loud


Girl with Spiral Notebook: A Writer's Memoir of New York Life

A China Story: Growing up in Mao's Cultural Revolution


A Man of His Time: Secrets from a Halfway World

River Queens

Tears of Steel

Two Weeks in Winter: A Memoir

Unleash the Girls

Upright Bass: The Musical Life & Legacy of Jamil Nasser

When the Creator Moves Me

33 Percent Rockstar



How to Self-publish and Market a Book

Insider's Guide to Quality, Affordable Healthcare

I Would, But My Damn Mind Won't Let Me!

The Meaning of Life: A Guide to Finding Your Life's Purpose

Mindful Mamas and Papas: A Mindful Living Playbook for the Whole Family

Nourish: How to Heal Your Relationship with Food, Body, and Self

Read Me: A Parental Primer for "The Talk"

Walking the Land

Whole Person Integrative Eating: A Breakthrough Dietary Lifestyle to Treat the Root Causes of Overeating, Overweight, and Obesity

Wild Ideas: Creativity from the Inside Out

Thriving After Sexual Abuse

Your Kid's Gonna Be Okay

Your Living Legacy: How Your Parenting Style Shapes the Future for You and Your Child




American Pharisee

Cor Perfectum: What You Don't Know About Your Heart May Be Killing Your Life

The Cross Symbol

Due North

Finding Hildegard: Healing Through Medieval Wisdom

The Mind-Blowing Revelations of an Artificial Intelligence

The Monk Within

My Lucky Stroke

Soul of the Seasons: Creating Balance, Resilience, & Connection by Tapping the Wisdom of the Natural World

The Spiritual Gardener: Insights from the Jewish Tradition to Help Your Garden Grow