The fiction nominees are Tartt's "The Goldfinch," Edwidge Danticat's "Claire of the Sea Light" and Chimamanda (Chih-ma-'MAHN-da) Ngozi (En-'GOE-zee) Adichie's (Ah-'DEE-chay's) "Americanah."
Goodwin's "The Bully Pulpit" is a nonfiction finalist, along with Nicholas A. Basbanes' "On Paper" and Sheri Fink's "Five Days at Memorial."
Winners each receive $5,000 and finalists $1,500. The nominees were announced Monday by the American Library Association. The prizes were established in 2012 and are funded by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. Winners will be announced June 28.