Bonnie Jo Campbell - American Salvage
Colum McCann - Let the Great World Spin
Daniyal Mueenuddin - In Other Rooms, Other Wonders
Jayne Anne Phillips - Lark and Termite
Marcel Theroux - Far North
Do check out the other nominees in the Non-Fiction, Young People's and Poetry categories on the National Book Foundation's website.
More about this year's nominations at Jacket Copy, and I will add as postscripts any other interesting links of the topic I come across.