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Tuesday, January 14, 2014 5:44 pm
2013 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalists
Posted by: Tim McLaughlin

Once again the finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Award are in. Enjoy reading these books if you can find the time, and if you don’t have the time, don’t worry; we read them for you. You can read our reviews by clicking on the links in the titles, and, for a full list of the finalists, you can go to the NBCC website. The winners will be announced March 13th.

Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi AdichieFICTION

Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Someone, byAlice McDermott

The Infatuations, by Javier Marias

A Tale for the Time Being, by Ruth Ozeki

The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt

Five Days at Memorial, by Sheri FinkNONFICTION

Whitey Bulger: America’s Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt that Brought Him to Justice, by Kevin Cullen and Shelley Murphy

Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital, by Sherri Fink

Thank You for Your Service, by David Finkel

The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America, by George Packer

Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief, by Lawrence Wright

Wave, by Sonali DeraniyagalaAUTOBIOGRAPHY

Wave, by Sonali Deraniyagala

The Book of My Lives, by Aleksandar Hemon

The Faraway Nearby, by Rebecca Solnit

Men We Reaped, by Jesmyn Ward

Farewell, Fred Voodo: A Letter from Haiti, by Amy Wilentz

Lawrence of Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East, by Scott AndersonBIOGRAPHY

Lawrence of Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East, by Scott Anderson

Jonathan Swift: His Life and His World, by Leo Damrosch

Bach: Music in the Castle of Heaven, by John Eliot Gardiner

Holding on Upside Down: The Life and Work of Marianne Moore, by Linda Leavell

Birth Certificate: The Story of Danilo Kis, by Mark Thompson

White Girls, by Hilton AlsCRITICISM

White Girls, by Hilton Als

Confronting the Classics: Traditions, Adventures, and Innovations, by Mary Beard

The Kraus Project: Essays by Karl Kraus, translated and annotated by Jonathan Franzen

Forty-One False Starts: Essays on Artists and Writers, by Janet Malcolm

Distant Reading, by Franco Moretti

Metaphysical Dog, by Frank BidartPOETRY

Metaphysical Dog, by Frank Bidart

Stay, Illusion, by Lucie Brock-Broido

Blowout, by Denise Duhamel

Elegy Owed, by Bob Hicok

Milk and Filth, by Carmen Gimenez Smith

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