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Tuesday, January 24, 2012 3:08 pm
National Book Critics Circle Award Finalists
Posted by: Sarah Hunter

This weekend, the National Book Critics Circle announced the finalists for this year’s award. The winner of each category will be announced on March 8th. In the meantime, read the finalists and choose your favorite!


Binocular Vision, by Edith Pearlman

The Marriage Plot, by Jeffrey Eugenides

Open City, by Teju Cole

Stone Arabia, by Dana Spiotta

The Stranger’s Child, by Alan Hollinghurst


The Information: a History, a Theory, a Flood, by James Gleick

Liberty’s Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary War, by Maya Jasanoff

Pulphead: Essays, by John Jeremiah Sullivan

To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918, by Adam Hochschild

A World on Fire: Britain’s Crucial Role in the American Civil War, by Amanda Foreman


Harlem Is Nowhere: A Journey to the Mecca of Black America, by Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts

It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing, by Luis J. Rodríguez

The Memory Palace, by Mira Bartók

One Hundred Names for Love: A Stroke, A Marriage, and the Language of Healing, by Diane Ackerman

Revolution: The Year I Fell in Love and Went to Join the War, by Deb Olin Unferth


Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China, by Ezra F. Vogel

George F. Kennan: An American Life, by John Lewis Gaddis

Hemingway’s Boat: Everything He Loved in Life, and Lost, 1934-1961, by Paul Hendrickson

Love and Capital: Karl and Jenny Marx and the Birth of the Revolution, by Mary Gabriel

Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention, by Manning Marable


The Ecstasy of Influence, by Jonathan Lethem

Is That a Fish in Your Ear? Translation and the Meaning of Everything, by David Bellos

Karaoke Culture, by Dubravka Ugresic

Otherwise Known as the Human Condition: Selected Essays and Reviews, by Geoff Dyer

Out of the Vinyl Deeps: Ellen Willis on Rock Music, by Ellen Willis


The Chameleon Couch, by Yusef Komunyakaa

Core Samples from the World, by Forrest Gander

Devotions, by Bruce Smith

Kingdom Animalia, by Aracelis Girmay

Space, in Chains, by Laura Kasischke



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