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Monday, March 14, 2011

National Book Critics Circle Award (2009-10)

2010 Awards information from Critical Mass accessed 1/24/11

Fiction
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

Biography
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.

Autobiography
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!

Criticism
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
 --Winner!
Susie Linfield. The Cruel Radiance
Ander Monson. Vanishing Point: Not a Memoir

Nonfiction
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!

Poetry
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!

The National Book Critics Circle, founded in 1974 at the Algonquin, is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization consisting of some 600 active book reviewers who are interested in honoring quality writing and communicating with one another about common concerns. It is managed by a 24-member all-volunteer board of directors. For more information, go to www.bookcritics.org.


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.

Autobiography:
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

Biography:
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

Criticism:
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

Fiction:
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

Nonfiction:
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

Poetry:
Rae Armantrout, Versed (Wesleyan) -- Winner!
Louise Gl├╝ck, A Village Life
D.A. Powell, Chronic
Eleanor Ross Taylor, Captive Voices: New and Selected Poems, 1960–2008
Rachel Zucker, Museum of Accidents

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