Right Where I Left It

Sometimes I think I am on top of it, but really I am just fooling myself. Last week I scribbled in my notebook a reminder that the finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Awards had been unveiled. Then I promptly never looked at the note again. Until this morning! Better late than never? You be the judge. In the interest of time, I have not added links to each one of these titles. I am so slow I’d be here till the winners are announced (March 12, if you’re scoring at home). Rest assured, you know where to find these NBCC Award finalists:

Fiction
“2666” by Roberto Bolaño (FSG)
“Home” by Marilynne Robinson (FSG)
“The Lazarus Project” by Aleksandar Hemon (Riverhead)
“The Ballad of Trenchmouth Taggart” by M. Glenn Taylor (West Virginia University Press)
“Olive Kittredge” by Elizabeth Strout (Random House)

Nonfiction
“The Forever War” by Dexter Filkins (Knopf)
“This Republic of Suffering: Death and the Civil War” by Drew Gilpin Faust (Knopf)
“The Dark Side” by Jane Mayer (Doubleday)
“White Protestant Nation” by Allan Lichtman (Atlantic)
“From Colony to Superpower: U.S. Foreign Relations Since 1776” by George C. Herring (Oxford University Press)

Biography
“Ida, A Sword Among Lions: Ida B. Wells and the Campaign Against Lynching” by Paula J. Giddings (Amistad)
“The Bin Ladens: An Arabian Family In An American Century” by Steve Coll (Penguin)
“The World Is What It Is: The Authorized Biography of V.S. Naipaul” by Patrick. French (Knopf)
“The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family” by Annette Gordon-Reed (Norton)
“White Heat: The Friendship of Emily Dickinson & Thomas Wentworth Higginson” by Brenda Wineapple (Knopf)

Autobiography/Memoir
“Why I Came West” by Rick Bass (Houghton Mifflin)
“The House On Sugar Beach” by Helene Cooper (S&S)
“The Bishop’s Daughter” by Honor Moore (Norton)
“The Eaves of Heaven” by Andrew X. Pham (Harmony Books)
“My Father’s Paradise: A Son’s Search for His Jewish Past in Kurdish Iraq” by Ariel Sabar (Algonquin)

Poetry
“Sleeping It Off in Rapid City” by August Kleinzahler (FSG)
“Half the World in Light” by Juan Felipe Herrera (University of Arizona Press)
“Sources” by Devin Johnston (Turtle Point Press)
“The Landscapist” by Pierre Martory, translated by John Ashbery (Sheep Meadow Press)
“Human Dark with Sugar” by Brenda Shaughnessy (Copper Canyon Press)

Children’s Literature
“A Reader’s History: Reader’s History from Aesop to Harry Potter” by Seth Lerer (University of Chicago Press)

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