National Book Critics Circle Awards 2012

The winners of the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Awards were announced last week in New York City. The award for Fiction went to Ben Fountain’s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. See the full list of winners (in bold) and finalists below:

AUTOBIOGRAPHY
Swimming Studies by Leanne Shapton   Reyna Grande. The Distance Between Us
Maureen N. McLane. My Poets
Anthony Shadid. House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East
Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o. In the House of the Interpreter

BIOGRAPHY
The Passage of Power  , vol 4 – The years of Lyndon Johnson by Robert A. Caro
Lisa Cohen. All We Know: Three Lives.
Michael Gorra. Portrait of a Novel: Henry James and the Making of an American Masterpiece
Lisa Jarnot. Robert Duncan, The Ambassador from Venus: A Biography
Tom Reiss. The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo. Crown Publishers

CRITICISM
Stranger Magic by Marina Warner
Paul Elie. Reinventing Bach
Daniel Mendelsohn. Waiting for the Barbarians: Essays from the Classics to Pop Culture
Mary Ruefle. Madness, Rack, and Honey
Kevin Young. The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness

FICTION
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain
Laurent Binet. HHhH. tr. by Sam Taylor
Adam Johnson. The Orphan Master’s Son
Lydia Millet, Magnificence
Zadie Smith. NW

NONFICTION
Far from the Tree by Andrew Solomon
Katherine Boo. Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
Steve Coll. Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power
Jim Holt. Why Does the World Exist? An Existential Detective Story
David Quammen. Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic

POETRY
Useless Landscape, or a Guide for Boys by D.A. Powell
David Ferry. Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations
Lucia Perillo. On the Spectrum of Possible Deaths
Allan Peterson. Fragile Acts
A. E. Stallings. Olives

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