2010 Awards information from Critical Mass accessed 1/24/11
Jennifer Egan, A Visit From The Goon Squad --Winner!
Jonathan Franzen. Freedom.
David Grossman, To The End Of The Land
Hans Keilson.Comedy In A Minor Key.
Paul Murray. Skippy Dies
Sarah Bakewell. How To Live, Or A Life Of Montaigne --Winner!
Selina Hastings. The Secret Lives Of Somerset Maugham: A Biography
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 Lives And Legends.
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
Darin Strauss, Half a Life --Winner!
Elif Batuman. The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them
Terry Castle, The Professor and Other Writings
Clare Cavanagh. Lyric Poetry and Modern Politics: Russia, Poland, and the West
Susie Linfield. The Cruel Radiance
Ander Monson. Vanishing Point: Not a Memoir
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 America
Jennifer Homans. Apollo’s Angels: A History of Ballet
Siddhartha Mukherjee. The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer
Isabel Wilkerson. The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration --Winner!
Anne Carson. Nox
Kathleen Graber. The Eternal City
Terrance Hayes. Lighthead
Kay Ryan. The Best of It
C.D. Wright. One with Others: [a little book of her days] --Winner!
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from Critical Mass the blog of the National Book Critics Circle Board of Directors accessed 1/25/10.
On Saturday, January 23, 2010, the National Book Critics Circle announced the finalists for its book awards for the publishing year 2009 at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe in New York.
Diana Athill, Somewhere Towards the End -- Winner!
Debra Gwartney, Live Through This: A Mother's Memoir of Runaway Daughters and Reclaimed Love
Mary Karr, Lit
Kati Marton, Enemies of the People: My Family's Journey to America
Edmund White, City Boy
Blake Bailey, Cheever: A Life -- Winner!
Brad Gooch, Flannery: A Life of Flannery O'Connor
Benjamin Moser, Why This World: A Biography of Clarice Lispector
Stanislao G. Pugliese, Bitter Spring: A Life of Ignazio Silone
Martha A. Sandweiss, Passing Strange: A Gilded Age Tale of Love and Deception Across the Color Line
Eula Biss, Notes From No Man's Land: American Essays -- Winner!
Stephen Burt, Close Calls with Nonsense: Reading New Poetry
Morris Dickstein, Dancing in the Dark: A Cultural History of the Great Depression
David Hajdu, Heroes and Villains: Essays on Music, Movies, Comics, and Culture
Greg Milner, Perfecting Sound Forever: An Aural History of Recorded Music
Bonnie Jo Campbell, American Salvage
Marlon James, The Book of Night Women
Michelle Huneven, Blame
Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall (Holt) -- Winner!
Jayne Anne Phillips, Lark and Termite
Wendy Doniger, The Hindus: An Alternative History (Penguin Press)
Greg Grandin, Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City
Richard Holmes, The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science -- Winner!
Tracy Kidder, Strength in What Remain
William T. Vollmann, Imperial
Rae Armantrout, Versed (Wesleyan) -- Winner!
Louise Glück, A Village Life
D.A. Powell, Chronic
Eleanor Ross Taylor, Captive Voices: New and Selected Poems, 1960–2008
Rachel Zucker, Museum of Accidents