The winners of the National Book Critics Circle Awards have just been announced:
Jennifer Egan, A Visit from the Goon Squad
Jonathan Franzen, Freedom
David Grossman, To the End of the Land, tr. by Jessica Cohen
Hans Keilson, Comedy in a Minor Key, tr. by Damion Searls
Paul Murray, Skippy Dies
C. D. Wright, One with Others: [a little book of her days]
Anne Carson, Nox
Kathleen Graber, The Eternal City
Terrance Hayes, Lighthead
Kay Ryan, The Best of It: New and Selected Poems
Isabel Wilkerson, The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration
Barbara Demick, Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea
S.C. Gwynne, Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History
Jennifer Homans, Apollo’s Angels: A History of Ballet
Siddhartha Mukherjee, The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer
Sarah Bakewell, How To Live: Or, A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer
Selina Hastings, The Secret Lives of Somerset Maugham
Yunte Huang, Charlie Chan: The Untold Story of the Honorable Detective and His Rendezvous with American History
Thomas Powers, The Killing of Crazy Horse
Tom Segev, Simon Wiesenthal: The Life and Legends
Darin Strauss, Half a Life
Kai Bird, Crossing Mandelbaum Gate: Coming of Age Between the Arabs and Israelis, 1956–1978
David Dow, The Autobiography of an Execution
Christopher Hitchens, Hitch-22: A Memoir
Rahna Reiko Rizzuto, Hiroshima in the Morning
Patti Smith, Just Kids
Clare Cavanagh, Lyric Poetry and Modern Politics: Russia, Poland, and the West
Elif Batuman, The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them
Terry Castle, The Professor and Other Writings
Susie Linfield, The Cruel Radiance: Photography and Political Violence
Ander Monson, Vanishing Point: Not a Memoir
Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing: Parul Sehgal
Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award: Dalkey Archive Press
The National Book Critics Circle (NBCC), comprised of approximately 600 active book reviewers, “honors outstanding writing and fosters a national conversation about reading, criticism and literature.” You can read more about the winners and finalists here.
~ Olivia M.
3 thoughts on “National Book Critics Circle Awards”
Booyah! Thanks for this post, Olivia. I can personally attest to the awesomeness of the biography winner: How to Live by Sarah Bakewell. Not only is it a great bio of Montaigne, but it works as a self-help guide with tips extrapolated from Montaigne’s essays on how to live a fuller and happier life. We should all stick slices of burnt toast into our hard drives and cook our cellphones, e-readers, iPads, what have yous in the microwave on high for awhile and close the curtains, read this book, and smile.
Also, one of the finalists for best non-fiction, Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick is freaking great! It’s about the lives of normal people in North Korea as told by those who have defected. It is endlessly riveting and heartbreaking. Just finished it and can’t recommend it highly enough.
I haven’t read the other 4 fiction finalists, but “Freedom” by Franzen is certainly outstanding.