Not Going to Superbowl, but Finalists Nonetheless

What an exciting weekend as we all learned that the finalists have been determined. No, I am not talking about the participants for the big football game and nacho fest. Instead, of course, I mean the National Book Critics Circle has announced its list of finalists for the best books of 2006 in various categories. Perhaps this is only exciting to book readers, but alas. Among the finalists (with links for more info on each title):

Nonfiction
Patrick Cockburn, The Occupation: War and Resistance in Iraq

Anne Fessler, The Girls Who Went Away: The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades Before Roe V. Wade

Michael Pollan, The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

Simon Schama, Rough Crossings: Britain, the Slaves and the American Revolution

Sandy Tolan, The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew and the Heart of the Middle East

Fiction
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Half of a Yellow Sun

Kiran Desai, The Inheritance of Loss

Dave Eggers, What is the What

Richard Ford, The Lay of the Land

Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Memoir/Autobiography
Donald Antrim, The Afterlife

Alison Bechdel, Fun Home

Alexander Masters, Stuart: A Life Backwards

Daniel Mendelsohn, The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million

Teri Jentz, Strange Piece of Paradise

Biography
Debby Applegate: The Most Famous Man in America: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher

Taylor Branch, At Canaan’s Edge: America in the King Years, 1965-1968

Frederick Brown, Flaubert: A Biography

Julie Phillips, James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon

Jason Roberts, A Sense of the World: How a Blind Man Became History’s Greatest Traveler

Click here for a full list of categories and finalists. National Book Critics Circle winners will be chosen and honored March 8.

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